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The Bridge “Rakshasa” Review (2×09)

3 Sep

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We’re now back at the beginning of the season.

The extent of the massacre at Red Ridge View is finally seen: we end the episode with Charlotte, the DEA agents, Jamie, and a few of Galvan’s men dead, and both Hank and Cesar are wounded in one way or another; in fact, the main target of the attack, Eleanor Nacht, ends up being the one who puts the final bullets into Galvan’s man as the episode closes.

This is an episode in which Fausto Galvan attempts to utilize the violence he knows so well to rid himself of his problems, but fails on many fronts. For one, the Chopper’s planned execution of Sonya doesn’t work out for him, and it actually ends up nudging Sonya and Marco toward each other once again. As for the Red Ridge View shootout, Galvan’s essentially severing ties once and for all with everyone (most notably Sebastian Cerisola). He’s already on the run, and although he probably won’t let you see it, his attempt to eliminate his problems in one fell swoop illustrates the desperation steadily creeping upward as the days progress. It’s also because that’s who he is, and dishing out punishment is something he’s done for a very long time.

What’s even more interesting–aside from setting the plot wheels into motion for the remainder of the season–about that final sequence is the implication surrounding Hank getting shot, the implication surrounding Sonya’s relationship with him moving forward. Here’s an episode in which two men she used to trust, but has recently lost much trust in, end up risking their lives, and as many of us may know, being reminded of our mortality can certainly make us rethink our positions on certain aspects of life. Of course, it’d be too lazy to suddenly have Sonya and Marco and Hank be all fine and dandy, so I like that the writers are easing their way back into the Sonya-Marco dynamic. There are still elements of wariness and distrust in there, a clashing of moral boundaries, but perhaps that can eventually change.

Sonya, after all, still recognizes the value in working together. Last week explored an individual-driven environment, and this week explores tackling of situations from group perspectives (Fausto’s is a case of an individual attempting to rid himself of problems all at once, as I’ve mentioned). This is where the setting and the directing come into play at full force. The first half of the episode emphasizes isolation, loneliness, and the oppressive heat of the desert sun, whereas the second half begins to transition from one body in the desert to two.

The key moment is when Sonya looks up, and she at first can’t tell that it’s Marco there to rescue her. It, in essence, sums up the Marco-Sonya dynamic and character arcs nicely: Marco may have traveled down paths that didn’t mesh with her notions of morality, but even if she feels like she may not recognize him at times, he’ll at least always retain some of what made him a great partner in the first place.

GRADE: B+

OTHER THOUGHTS:

– “That’s a weak password.”

-RIP, Charlotte. You had a few interesting moments here and there throughout the series, but you never really amounted to much.

-Marco, in a rare moment this season, seems to acknowledge what side he’s on. Sonya tells him that they need to find everyone responsible, and you can see that he genuinely agrees.

-I like how the bad guys always wait to kill someone until another person shows up to rescue said someone. “Yeah, I’ll just dig this grave at the exact pace needed to give Marco Ruiz the opportunity to shoot me in the face.”

-No Frye or Adriana this week.

-Romina Cerisola’s arrested at the beginning for drugs; at first, I thought the cops were trying to abduct her.

Photo credit: FX, The Bridge

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