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The Bridge Ep. 2.09-2.10 “Rakshasa”/”Eidolon” an energetic pair of dramatic crescendos with one glaring flaw

12 September 2014 6:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Bridge Season 2, Episodes 9 & 10 “Rakshasa”/”Eidolon”

Written by Marisha Mukerjee/Patrick Somerville

Directed by Guillermo Navarro/Colin Bucksey

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX

 

For all the talk around the internet of how The Bridge solved “the David Tate” problem of season one by removing the whole Serial Killer with a Personal Vendetta crap from the proceedings, “Rakshasa” and “Eidolon” both prove – as the entire season has, really – that the show hasn’t really ‘solved’ this issue at all, even after killing off David Tate a few weeks ago. They’ve merely replaced it, morphing a scorned employee of a main character’s wife into a one-off villain whose personality and characteristics are as random as the motivations David Tate seemed to have throughout season one’s episodes. I’m obviously talking about Eleanor Nacht – and while the performance and dramatic storytelling around it continue to be entertaining, her »

- Randy Dankievitch

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How ‘The Bridge’ rebuilt itself into the best show you’re not watching

10 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In this Golden Glut of TV drama, it's hard for any new drama to break through and find an audience, because there are so many options out there (not to mention easy access to most of the great dramas of the previous 50 years). It's harder still for a show that has an audience and loses it to get those people back, no matter how good it becomes. Case in point: FX's "The Bridge," the current belt-holder for Best Show You're Not Watching. In season 1, the ratings weren't huge, but they were decent enough for FX to order a second season. The problem is that the original batch of episodes — translating the Scandinavian series "Broen" from the Denmark/Sweden border to the one dividing the U.S. and Mexico, complete with a relatively faithful rendering of that show's serial killer story — wound up turning a lot of viewers off as the season went along. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Bridge Ep. 2.06-2.07 “Harvest of Souls”/”Lamia” two strong episodes bring the season into sharp focus

21 August 2014 7:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Bridge Season 2, Episodes 6 & 7 “Harvest of Souls”/”Lamia”

Written by Evan Wright (“Harvest of Souls”) and Dre Alvarez & Anna Fishko (“Lamia”)

Directed by Guy Ferland and Adam Arkin

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX

 

There have been unfair comparisons made in the past between The Bridge and The Wire, but there’s no way not to invoke the latter during the last two episodes of The Bridge, which have seen various characters from both sides of the border crossing paths, at times seemingly at random. And like it often did with The Wire, The Bridge‘s use of this narrative device serves a useful purpose outside the plot: it narrows the show’s scope a bit, adding a bit of focus to a sprawling world rich with diverse characters that would otherwise feel like a random collection of stories only related by geography. The more characters on The Bridge enter each other’s lives, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Lamia'

20 August 2014 8:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I plan a trip to see the fjords... "The system... does not work." -Gary I'll admit to feeling puzzled at times this season that the show didn't feel appreciably better despite dumping the serial killer mastermind nonsense. But the plots have really started to intersect in fascinating ways the last two weeks, and we're starting to get enormous payoff to all the patient storytelling done in the season's first half. "Lamia" — easily the season's best episode to date, and one of the best hours of "The Bridge" so far — was a reminder not only of the power of that patient storytelling, but of the many strange and seemingly incompatible tones this show can feature in the same hour when all the elements are in balance with one another. It's an episode that can open with a darkly comic »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘The Bridge’: Business is Not Just Business

13 August 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

[This is a review of The Bridge season 2, episode 6. There will be Spoilers.]

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Not many would argue that, despite the searing presence of the south Texas sun, The Bridge is a fairly dark show. So, for an episode of that show to be titled ‘Harvest of Souls,’ it’s fairly clear that things are on the verge of getting darker, and that the characters are most likely in for a rough time.

This comes just a week after Marco’s nemesis, David Tate, had his left eye casually dug out with a spoon in a prison hallway. And while one might think the series isn’t going to top that level ...

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- Kevin Yeoman

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The Bridge Ep. 2.05 “Eye of the Deep” benefits greatly from some thematic unity

8 August 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Bridge Season 2, Episode 5 “Eye of the Deep”

Written by Mauricio Katz

Directed by Alex Zakrzewski

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX

 

If there’s been a common theme among the main characters of The Bridge, it’s exploring the darker avenues of dealing with great loss. It occurs on both a human level, and with the larger plots at play: while Fausto and his organization scramble from the $70 million loss they just took on the other side of the border, characters like Adriana, Marco, and Sonya are dealing with the loss of family members, and Charlotte and Ray find themselves at a loss for freedom under Galvan’s violently oppressive thumb. And as all these plots begin to coalesce, “Eye of the Deep” reaches farther and deeper than the episodes before it to go out of it’s way painting a group of people reaching their wit’s »

- Randy Dankievitch

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Eye of the Deep'

6 August 2014 8:02 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I end up being transferred to Sierra Leone... I was on vacation last week, and therefore didn't review "The Acorn." This is probably for the best, because the majority of the review might have just been expletives and emoji as I grappled with my feelings about both the final scene with Eleanor and her mysterious imprisoned friend/relative/lover/pet/acorn-eater, and with Sonya trying too hard to connect with her late sister by inviting Jack Dobbs' brother to choke her in bed. The show tends to be at its best when it's at its strangest, but this might have been a weird "Bridge" too far. "Eye of the Deep" doesn't offer a ton of clarity on the Eleanor front, instead adding another quirk in her enjoyment of romance novels. Its primary concern, unfortunately, is to revisit »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Sorrowsworm'

23 July 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we speak in the universal language of pain... "The Bridge" tends to be at its strongest when it's also at its strangest, and "Sorrowsworm" feels like the creative team looked at the season's first two episodes and thought, "Yeah, not weird enough. We can do better." So we get the return of the show's quintessential oddball, Steven Linder — only he's reintroduced in a scene where he encounters a roadside salesman with an even more unsettling affect than Linder himself. As we follow Eleanor Nacht on her journey to dispose of Kyle's body, Heisenberg-style, we see that she takes great pleasure in inflicting pain on herself, and Joe from the DEA explains that she's a shunned Mennonite. Charlotte, Ray and Cesar also make their first appearances of the season, and while they don't tend to be on the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Bridge Ep. 2.02 “Ghost of a Flea” continues to find its identity, with varying success

17 July 2014 9:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

The Bridge Season 2, Episode 2 “Ghost of a Flea”

Written by Elwood Reid (story), Damien Cave & Elwood Reid (teleplay)

Directed by Daniel Sackheim

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX

I’m glad The Bridge appears to be getting right to the point in its second season; after a premiere that felt more scatter-brained than carefully orchestrated, “Ghost of a Flea” (mostly) pulls everything back into orbit for a morbid, if slightly over-exerting hour. It still feels like a very different show than the first season, both in plot construction and how it delivers its story to the audience. Is it a better show? Only time will tell: but at the very least, it feels like the show’s beginning to figure out it’s own identity.

And what is that identity exactly? With quasi-religious enforcers who dress “downright devout”, dead transvestite bar singers, and splatters of blood everywhere, The Bridge »

- Randy Dankievitch

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‘The Bridge’: Those Stains Won’t Come Out

17 July 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

[This is a review of The Bridge season 2, episode 2. There will be Spoilers]

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During last week’s premiere, The Bridge introduced several new characters to what was, at the time, a murky plot only vaguely connected to certain events of the previous season – that being, primarily, everything that happened in the two episodes following David Tate’s apprehension. ‘Yankee’ was a delirious episode that began with a bloodbath and ended with Franka Potente hosing herself off in a garage with two teens on a late-night bike ride getting an unexpected crash course in human anatomy. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the goings-on with Sonya, Marco, Daniel, and ...

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- Kevin Yeoman

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Ghost of a Flea'

16 July 2014 8:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we're on the same bowling team... "Ghost of a Flea" turns into an elaborate game of Where's Eleanor?, as it seems that everyone of consequence is looking for the mysterious Ms. Nacht, all while she's hiding out with poor, doomed, stupid, horny Kyle. The DEA wants her because of their murdered undercover agent (and the murdered dog), Sonya wants her because it's a murder in her jurisdiction, Marco wants her because he owes Fausto Galvan a favor for the David Tate request(*), Galvan wants her because she's important to his operation (and also brought a lot of attention on said operation with this killing spree), Frye and Adriana don't even realize they're following a path that will likely lead to Eleanor, and dumb Kyle wants her because she is a woman promising sex — even though it's clear »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Bridge Ep. 2.01 “Yankee” a premiere overcrowded with new stories

9 July 2014 8:25 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Bridge Season 2, Episode 1 “Yankee”

Written by Elwood Reid

Directed by Keith Gordon

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX

 

Unexplained pools of blood, assassins, break-ins, and sexcapades mark the opening of The Bridge‘s second season, an uncomfortably scattered hour that only seems to prove this show still hasn’t figured out what it wants to be. A jumbled mess of familiar and new faces dealing with both new and familiar problems, “Yankee” is an hour that ignores major plot threads from last season (if only for the time being) in order to introduce a plethora of new ideas, without giving the audience much sense of direction as to what this seemingly random collection of scenes actually means. Is it intriguing? Sure, there are parts of “Yankee” that suggest this season of The Bridge could head in some interesting directions: but surrounded by so many other plots and characters, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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Season premiere review: 'The Bridge' - 'Yankee'

9 July 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of "The Bridge" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I defend my Rush t-shirt... In my advance review of the season, I noted my relief that "The Bridge" had moved beyond the silly serial killer plot that consumed so much of season 1, while ultimately feeling like the series hadn't improved significantly overall. Through the five episodes I've seen, there are fewer lows, but also not quite as many highs. The new story arc, and the introduction of so many significant characters keeps things moving at a nice clip, but I found myself missing some of the lingering weirdness that season 1 seemed to have more time for. We do get some of that vintage strangeness at the open and close of "Yankee," though. The episode begins with everyone's favorite business card-wielding drug lawyer Monte P. Flagman showing up at a housing development in the desert that's the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: FX's 'The Bridge' finds more consistency in season 2

8 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For most of its first season, FX's "The Bridge" seemed as caught between two worlds as its two heroes, who worked opposite sides of the El Paso/Juarez border. In one world, the show was stuck adapting the serial killer story from the original Scandinavian "Bron," and not providing a particularly inspired take on an overdone subject. In the other world, "The Bridge" was having a lot of fun looking at the weird culture along that border, and in establishing the bond between Texas cop Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir). The second show was much more interesting than the first, but the first show kept swallowing the second one whole.    Then two promising things happened. First, the season wrapped up the serial killer arc with two episodes to spare, and devoted those concluding chapters to all the things the show had done well, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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