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The Bridge – S1, Ep. 4 – “Maria of the Desert”

If you’re trying to learn Spanish, this week’s episode of The Bridge may be a good place to start. There was a ridiculous amount of Spanish spoken in this one. I felt like I was back in 10th grade Spanish class. Even if you didn’t take anything else away from the episode, you were educated.

Along with the Spanish lessons, there was also quite a bit of stuff that was going on. Overall, I liked the direction of this episode. It seemed to spend a lot less time on some of these sub-plots and more on the main plot. It was nice to focus on what was really central to the story, and not so much on the outside stuff.

There were a couple of things that really stood out to me as positives for this week. First, I have to say, is that Marco is back. If you read my review from last week, you’ll know that I was feeling down on Marco. However, he rebounded quite nicely this week. He definitely stole the spotlight again and really drove the episode in the right direction. I get the impression that we still don’t know everything there is to know about him, so this may end up being a weekly debate.

The other thing that really impressed me was something that only took a couple of minutes to happen, but essentially changes many of my thoughts on the show. I don’t usually like to post specifics in my reviews, as I don’t want to spoil anything for those who may have not seen the episode, but I think that this is important to state. So, needless to say, this is a bit of a SPOILER alert. Don’t read further if you haven’t seen the episode.

Ok, now that the warning is out of the way, I’m referring to the scene with Linder (Thomas M. Wright). It becomes clear, at least at this point, that he is not the killer. Although I’m still uneasy about him, he is cast in a different light this week. He’s still a weirdo in my book, but I’m happy that he doesn’t appear to be the killer. Again, in my review last week, I complained about the writers not committing to either revealing the killer or keeping it a mystery. It is now obvious that they read this blog, and decided to keep it a mystery. Thanks, guys.

This wouldn’t be one of my review of The Bridge without some criticism. To be honest, I didn’t have a ton of issues with the episode this week. The FBI agents played a bigger role this week. I can’t really remember if we had met them before, but it doesn’t really matter. They really annoyed me. They were both SO cliché. The less that they are involved from here on out, the better.

I was also frustrated with the way that Sonya ends up finding “Maria of the Desert.” The rationale is that there isn’t many oil rigs in the area. Are you serious? They do realize they’re in Texas, right? According to this article, Texas is home to 22.7% of the WORLD’S oil rigs.

Right. But you found her in no time. And it was 5 minutes away from where the money drop was supposed to happen.

Okay.

Fortunately for The Bridge, these couple of hiccups didn’t really spoil the episode. I’m finding myself ever-so-slightly invested in the show at this point. It certainly isn’t the best show I’ve ever seen, but it’s good enough to keep me watching.

Score: 7.5/10

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