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The Bridge “Lamia” Review (2×07)

20 Aug

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“Sometimes I think it wouldn’t be so bad for it to be over.”

Fausto Galvan is the most important player in the show right now, but he’s the one most removed from the action; he’s still in that speedboat warehouse, suddenly overcome with a desire to see Norway and seemingly at his most vulnerable. Perhaps that’s a comment on the endless cycle of violence here and what happens when you cease participation for a while: you’re left with yourself and your past to mull over, and that cycle never relinquishes its grasp on your psyche. The violence is what keeps him going because it’s what he knows.

We get some more insight into what exactly that meant for Galvan, especially with regards to Eleanor Nacht. Franka Potente delivers a chilling and intriguing story about her past, a story that reveals that her castrated father essentially became Galvan’s pet in a cage, and it, understandably, frightens Ray and Charlotte here in the present. These are two people caught in the cycle perpetuated by Fausto Galvan’s influence, and outside forces are beginning to bear down on them and the cartel.

Those outside forces are Frye and Adriana, both of whom are seeking answers and are walking into the lion’s den as a result. They’re voluntarily doing so and are taking on the risks, but their desire to also remain outside of that cycle is becoming more of a fantasy with each passing week. In “Lamia”, for example, Lucy’s attacked and stabbed, and Adriana opens the door to find her home, her escape, her relationship, intruded upon and possibly destroyed (we’ll find out if Lucy survives or not next week, probably). Frye has his coke and his Rush, and Adriana has her significant other, but the cold truth is that they’re both being swept up in one way or another by Fausto Galvan.

The other major storyline of the episode involves Sonya, Hank, and Jack Dobbs. It’s fitting that following an episode in which Marco–her partner–shoots two cops and gets away with it, she finds out that Hank–her father figure–killed Jim Dobbs in cold blood. She also finds out that someone she’s not only been intimate with, but also opened up to by giving him a key to her place, is indirectly involved in her sister’s murder. It’s interesting how Marco and Hank utilize their relationship with her as justification for their actions, and although they did have her best interests in mind, their view of her best interests were probably flawed. Sonya, therefore, becomes swept up in the cycle of violence that she wants no part of.

In the end, David Tate is dead and Jim Dobbs remains dead, and each of these characters has to live with the guilt of the past. Each of these characters has been and will be emotionally burdened, and it’ll be extremely tough for them to dig themselves out of the never-ending hole they’re in. Darkness seems to follow them around because they live in darkness.

GRADE: A-

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-A dead–I’m assuming–David Tate is better for this show. We all know how that turned out last year, so. I was especially afraid the writers would have his presence hang over the rest of this season, but I’m happy I’m wrong; the effects of his death and the history between him and Marco will continue to be essential moving forward, just without the actual person there.

-Fausto Galvan wanting to see Norway is most likely a sly reference to the original Danish/Swedish series.

– “If there were more cops like you, things would be different, Marco.” That, along with the juxtaposition of Tate’s death and Marco receiving the Medal of Valor, paints a picture of a man overcome with guilt. He wants no part in the award or in Tate’s death, but both happen anyway. It hurts, and he doesn’t even know what’s happening in that prison as he’s receiving an award for, essentially, murder.

Photo credit: FX, The Bridge

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4 Responses to “The Bridge “Lamia” Review (2×07)”

  1. sarah9461 August 21, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    So, the pet in the cage that Eleanor feeds acorns, is her father! “Dainty!”

  2. Linda Jeannette August 22, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    Can someone tell me how David Tate was killed?? What was injected into his stomach through his nose??

    I will say my fav scene of The Bridge “Lamia” was Eleanor’s story about the being a pet. That was priceless lol

    • BaronessVonShoe September 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

      Hank shot but did not kill Jim Dobbs. He says “Dobbs charged him when he bust the door down’ to Sonya at the station. Sonya needs to chill and finish the bathroom tile.

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