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The Bridge “Old Friends” Review (1×10)

12 Sep

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Most of television nowadays is entertaining without really being thoughtful. The Bridge is starting to shift toward this end of the spectrum, as the story that’s now unfolding on screen is one of a criminal mastermind and the cops that are trying to catch him. That’s not to say the show is bad, but the tonal shift is evident.

Most of this specific episode involves Marco and Sonya trying to find Gus, and this storyline ultimately feels like a waste of time. Marco would’ve gotten that phone call from Tate no matter what, and their search feels like a wild goose chase. I suppose it could be spun so that a wild goose chase is necessary, as it heightens the sense of desperation felt by the two cops, but there are better ways to do this. Bichir and Kruger milk the hell out of their roles (the scene shown in the picture above is absolutely fantastic. It marks a reversal of their character roles, as last week, Marco was the one trying to inject optimism into the proceedings. This week, Sonya’s forced to comfort him and maintain a level of confidence.), but I find myself losing interest. This is especially the case for Tate, as his motivations are a bit muddled now. For example, why blame Marco more than anyone else? It’s these kind of inconsistencies that prevent me from really getting involved with this storyline.

I am interested, however, in Mathew Lillard’s Daniel Frye, a character whose layers are exposed in this episode. Lillard is wonderful throughout, especially in an AA meeting scene in which he goes from making a joke out of everything to breaking down and pledging to maintain sobriety. Lillard conveys a full range of emotions there, and it’s almost a moment of catharsis for him. Of course, then Mr. Omnipresent Tate walks up to him in the parking lot and abducts him. Enough with this kind of stuff, show.

The other side story of the episode involves Charlotte, a character that I have a ton of problems with. Right now, she’s just tangentially related to the search for Gus, and her scenes really feel out of place. I also don’t buy her sudden transformation into a killer. Yes, she’s been backed into a corner, but when I said I wanted her to become more of herself, this isn’t what I meant.

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So, we head into next week with Gus in some giant barrel lit by a glowstick, and Marco and Tate driving  together to get him. Of course, there’s always the possibility that they’re just going to drive off into nowhere and eventually meet up with Todd.

Grade: B

Other Thoughts:

-Or, maybe Marco will realize that he doesn’t care about Gus, and just shoot Tate. Or, Tate’s whole plan will revolve around Marco having a gun, and when they get to their destination, they find out that his gun is out of bullets.

-I like Alma and Marco’s scene, as well as Alma’s refusal to go with him. Yes, it may seem stupid and cold, but it makes sense if you think about it. She realizes that it’s Marco all along that has been the danger to her and her children.

-“Twelve steps can suck my dick.”

-No Linder. I guess he’s off eating ham sandwiches, disposing of corpses, and being his usual unintelligible self. I hope that if this continues for multiple seasons, his storylines just involve him wandering around doing whatever the hell he wants.

-Diane Kruger still looks great while injured.

Credit to FX and The Bridge for all pictures. I own nothing.

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3 Responses to “The Bridge “Old Friends” Review (1×10)”

  1. JustMeMike September 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Have to agree that this episode was all over the place.

    Did you notice that after we saw Gus in the tank with the water slowing dripping falling into the tank – we then had Sonya having a moment when she took water from the tap in Tate’s uncle’s house. They made such a point (volume wise) with the dripping faucet that we knew that Sonya would be able to connect some dots from this.

    Alma decides to go with her father and brothers because she cannot bear to be with Marco. Her distrust with him has never been higher. Not sure we can call this stupid.

    Is Frye dead? He was injected via a syringe in the hands of Tate, but what happened to him.

    By the way – you made a reference to Todd? Who is that?

    • polarbears16 September 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      Wow, I didn’t notice that. I don’t know how I didn’t. Great catch.

      Yep, exactly. It makes sense that Alma would want to leave Marco because Marco’s the one that got her in trouble in the first place.

      I hope Frye isn’t dead. He’s just as much to blame as Marco, but he has no family or friends to torture, so Tate may not have kept him alive.

      It was a Breaking Bad reference.

      • JustMeMike September 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

        For some inexplicable reason, I’ve not watched Breaking Bad at all. I didn’t watch Homeland’s first season either.

        As for Sonya and the water tap – I can see how that might have been missed, but when the non-uniformed assistant at the police station gave Sonya the glass with Milk to drink – something clicked. With Sonya’s autism, it is no surprised that the dripping faucet was recorded in her memory.

        I can see Frye feeling guilty about not testifying against Santi Jr., but he wasn’t driving or anywhere near the accident. At worst he is an accessory after the fact.He cannot possibly be as guilty as Marco with regard to Tate’s family.

        Another question is how would Tate know about Frye not testifying. Since it was a hit and run, how would Tate even know about Frye?

        I suppose Frye does have one friend – Mendes, but the bigger question is – how would Tate be tailing Frye and Mendes as they headed out to the AA meeting which began at 7:00 AM.

        Not sure that how Linder will fit in the remaining epsiodes.

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