The Bridge “All About Eva” Review (1×12)

26 Sep

marcohankWe all have tragedy in our lives. We all have to get through every day, whether we feel like it or not, and sometimes, starting off the day is the hardest thing to do. Perhaps we pour ourselves a cup of coffee. Perhaps we go for a jog. Perhaps we make our bed.

Hank tells Marco that his wife told him to make his bed every morning, and Marco takes that suggestion to heart; he needs to get a sense of order back in this crazy life he’s living. Getting drunk is an easy way out, something Frye knows all too well.

Still, Marco attempts this at first. However, the one force that’s stopping him is Sonya Cross, that woman whose condition has alienated her, preventing her from connecting with Marco on a more personal level. It’s both sweet and refreshing to see Sonya so determined to make this connection, a connection that may very well be more important to her than to Marco. He’s a guy that can pick himself up again; she, like she says at Marco’s front door, “has no one else”. Yet, possession is essential to her. She can’t let go of her sister’s car or the cassette tape in it. All throughout her life, she’s been alienated, and she’s turned to objects to fulfill her emotional needs.

These two characters are inherently fascinating. I can only lament the fact that the David Tate storyline was the impediment to the continued exploration of this relationship. Hopefully we can just get back to the rudimentary ideals behind the show.

One of these ideals is that the border situation affects everyone living there. The other main storyline of the episode involves Linder’s search for Eva, a character that really doesn’t feel like a character right now. However, what the show does is show the effects of the El Paso-Juarez world on specific characters (in this case, Linder), and then use that to represent the larger scope that they want to convey. The storyline is “All About Eva”, and we’re invested because Linder’s a main character. Yet, take a look at the final scene. It, and the episode, focuses on him first, then slowly zooms back so that we can see the truly far-reaching effects of this particular case. It both magnifies and underscores the tragedy.

lidnerrWhat this episode does well is reflect actual humans living through actual tragedies. It doesn’t make them the tragedy, as with Tate. Tate’s character was emblematic of the exact opposite of what I mention in the paragraph above, and that ultimately hurt my opinion of the handling of the character. We all have stuff to get through. We’re all human.

Grade: A-

Other thoughts:

-This episode also has a sense of finality to it. I’m interested to see how the actual finale plays out.

-Fausto Galvan is the best. I wish his storyline had been more developed.

-“I told him you wouldn’t like it if we dated.” “No I would not have.”

-“Is there any chance she went back to her boyfriend?” “No, not really.”

-The Frye/Adriana dinner scenes are always a treat.

-Next week, Fausto should just walk into the police station and start threatening everyone. He might as well cut off a few dicks, balls, and lips while he’s at it.

-FX renewed the show for another season. This is good news.

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


5 Responses to “The Bridge “All About Eva” Review (1×12)”

  1. JustMeMike September 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I thought it was Sonya who told Marco that Hank Wade’s wife had one rule for her while stayed at their place, get up and make your bed every day. But this was not what got Marco going.

    It was the secretary from the police station.

    Nevertheless – a very good episode which had to naturally decompress after the high octane set piece on the bridge last week. They had no choice but to put Marco in the deep end – seemed that it was a natural choice for him.

    What I did like was the evolving Sonya Cross. We got so little of her autism this week.

    I look forward to the Season Finale next week – since The Bridge has been given another season – maybe David Tate makes an escape, maybe Eva is found, and maybe we’ll get more of Galvan and Charlotte next year as well as next week.

    Thanks pb for another perceptive review.

    • polarbears16 September 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      Thanks for the correction. I wasn’t sure after the episode, so I looked online somewhere to figure out who said it. I guess he/she was wrong.

      I never really said that’s what got him going, although I can see where it would seem like I implied it; I was just mentioning it. However, I agree that the secretary was essential to spurring him on. Sonya also played a role there, that’s for sure.

      No problem. Thanks for another great comment.

    • Jack Tamby September 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      It doesn’t seem like the season is building up to anything though. Tate making an escape would be really stupid, and Eva feels like a plot device that’s just being moved around. I don’t know what will happen to Galvan and Charlotte although I do like Galvan.

  2. ericdmunoz September 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    The writing is good. It can only go up from here. More symbolism, motifs, more well developed themes. Excited, but I don’t know how the season finale could push the show’s limits like the prior episode.

    • polarbears16 September 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Yeah, I’m not sure the finale will actually feel like a finale. Maybe that’s better; who knows?

      Thanks for commenting!

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