The Bridge – S1, Ep. 5 – “The Beast”

Oh, The Bridge. Right when you get me thinking that I was too harsh on you in the beginning, you revert back to your old tricks. While not entirely horrible, this week’s episode of The Bridge had me scratching my head more than anything. There were a lot of moments this week where what was happening just didn’t make sense. This proved to be very distracting, and ended up making it very hard to focus on the few things that were actually good about the episode.

So, let’s start with that. The good. These things were few and far between this week, but there definitely was some good. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Sonya’s character is really starting to grow on me. It was only a few short episodes ago that I was complaining constantly about her. I thought she was overdone and forced. That really seems to have died down a bit. She’s still that same quirky character, but in a much better way.  I never thought I would say this, but I think I may actually be leaning towards liking her more than Marco at this point. His actions in the last couple of episodes have got me rethinking my position on him. I like the fact that there is much more to him than what meets the eye, but I don’t know if I like everything that we’re learning about him.

Without spoiling it, I will also say that the ending to this week’s episode was very well done.  I love the fact that things are really beginning to come together. We have been presented with this huge landscape, and just now it seems to be weaving together more and more. This week’s episode definitely left us on the biggest cliffhanger to date.

Unfortunately, those couple of things was all that I really liked about The Bridge this week. There were more confusing things happening than I can count, so I’ll limit it to a couple of the most major pieces. These may uncover some minor spoilers, so beware.

The main thing I had trouble was Linder’s story. Leading up to this week, I was really intrigued by his character and the choices that he had been making. After “The Beast,” though, I’m frustrated. There literally wasn’t anything that he did this week that made sense. The scene in his apartment was only the beginning. Not that I would know for sure, but I’m going to go ahead and say that it isn’t possible to kill someone by hitting them in the head with a clothes iron 4 times. Especially since the guy was regaining consciousness right before the last hit, and someone that last one did him in. Right.

Also, can we talk about his decision about where he would bury the body? He drives into the desert, ditches his car, drags the body for who knows how long, only to decide to dig a grave next to the road. Um, what? Oh yeah, and Fausto (Ramon Franco) just happens to roll up on him there. Give me a break. Lazy, lazy, lazy.

The biggest disappointment of “The Beast” was not necessarily something that was done wrong or didn’t make sense. It’s the fact that it seems like this show is going to go down the path that we’ve all seen 1,000 times. I say this cautiously because this show has been known to prove me wrong in the past, but are they really playing at the fact that a cop could be the killer? Ugh. When it comes to crime dramas, this may be one of the most overplayed scenarios. It’s discouraging to say the least. The Bridge felt different up until now. At this point, I’m starting to feel that we’ll be going down the same road we have before, many, many times.

Score: 6.5/10


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