FX's The Bridge: Did It Cop Your Attention?

BRIDGE_0166FX on Wednesday night premiered the best new drama of the summer, The Bridge. Did the first episode leave you wanting más?

RELATED | The Bridge‘s Diane Kruger Hails FX Drama’s ‘Risky’ Themes, ‘Ballsy’ Handling of Asperger’s

The Bridge stars Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross, an El Paso police detective who takes charge when the body of a murdered American, anti-immigration judge is found on the causeway that connects her Texas town with Juarez, Mexico. But when it’s discovered that the bisected corpse in fact had the legs of a young Mexican woman, Chihuahua State Police officer Marco Ruiz (played by Demián Bichir) finds himself collaborating with Cross on the case, which promises to turn up more and more dead bodies, getting more and more grisly.

Elsewhere on the canvas, there’s Ted Levine (Monk) as El Paso’s even-keeled Lieutenant Hank Wade, who does what little he can (and little it is) to help others make hay of Sonya’s Asperger syndrome; Annabeth Gish (The X-Files) plays Charlotte, a new widow about to discover her late husband’s deep, dark secret; and Matthew Lillard (Scream) is Daniel Frye, a newspaper reporter whom the killer “targets” with a fake bomb, as a means to deliver this haunting message:

“Why is one dead white woman more important than so many dead just across the bridge? How long can El Paso look away? We’ve got some interesting times ahead. This is only the beginning.”

Do you sense that interesting times are in fact ahead on The Bridge? Any guesses what lies behind Charlotte’s husband’s secret door? And for those familiar with the Scandinavian source material Bron/Broen, how did the pilot and its performances compare?

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125 Comments
  1. brad says:

    The story was ok, but the Sonya Cross character was absolutely HORRIBLE. There is NO WAY anyone like her with her mannerisms and methodology would ever be a police detective – totally unrealistic. Her character was so annoying that I turned it off after about an hour. I couldn’t take anymore of it. Too bad, because like I said, the storyline itself was not too bad.

    • Gregg t says:

      This is from someone who NEVER comments about anything. This show pissed me off so much i needed to say something. I honestly feel like I have been raped of time I will never get back in my life by watching two episodes of the bridge. This show is really bad. I never heard of the original show that this modern series was modeled after and I don’t care. This show should have its own legs to stand on. Every character, except the dude from the 13 ghosts is a compete dumbass. The lead detective Sonya is by far the worst…what detective acts like this???? Immature and ridiculous, not accurate and just stupid her mannerisms are HORRIBLE, every character is already looking to be too complex and it doesn’t work. In my opinion, make the 13 ghosts guy the killer and let him kill the whole cast and get away with it in like one more episode, make room for better quality shows, what a disappointment after the hype. Disgusting and probably the most annoying show I have ever seen. Yuck, I have to take a shower now.

  2. Jeff says:

    Every one on here complaining that the Cross character is all wrong and people with Asperger don’t act like that…you should know that the show has a consultant working for them. His name is Alex Plank and guess what – He HAS Asperger’s. All of you high and mighty folks who think they know it all should feel free to write him a letter and explain that even though he has Asperger’s he clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    • I know all about Alex Plank and his involvement. His perspective is just one perspective – he does not speak for everyone with autism or Asperger’s. Also, he was allowed to give input, but he didn’t write, direct, or star in the show, so I am not sure how much of his input was used or considered. That character didn’t act human. People with Asperger’s are not unfeeling about someone who just lost their spouse, they do not stop ambulances with dying men. They do not take their clothes off in a room, unaware of other people around them. It was all ridiculously bad stereotyping. Yes, there are difficulties reading other people’s feelings and getting social cues, but they are intelligent and are still human beings. So, Jeff, you can get off your high horse. No one person is the sole spokesperson for people on the spectrum. Perhaps the show could have asked more than one person what it is like to have Asperger’s and then maybe they could also have listened to those people.

      • Jeff says:

        You said no one person is the sole spokesperson and yet you sure are trying to be. You come on here saying that her portrayal is absolutely wrong and yet you yourself admit that everyone is different and that there are varying degrees. Just because her character isn’t like anyone you’ve ever met doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

  3. April says:

    Did any of you stop to think that maybe she acts that way because she’s also kind of a jerk? Yes, they want us to focus on her Asperger’s but it could also be possible that she just doesn’t have good manners. We know absolutely nothing about her background except that she had a sister who died. Maybe her bad behavior was learned growing up and has nothing to do with being on the spectrum. Perhaps we should all watch a little bit more of the show before we make final judgements.

  4. Meek says:

    Diane’s character is too dry. The portrayal of the character she gives is at times painful to watch. Caught myself saying give it a chance 1st episode. I get she’s missing parts of a personality but c’mon. Aside from like plot and the other characters. However, I may not make it through the season. Sorry fx.

  5. Layla says:

    to add my opinion that this show showed so much promise. I’m very interested in the subject of Mexico, but Diane Kruger’s acting was awful! I watched it with my husband and cousin and they said they will not sit through that again –and there were loud moans every time Diane Kruger opened her mouth. What a massive disappointment.

    • Joseph says:

      Felt the same way. I was excited for this since I saw the promos, but that character brings everything down. I hope they kill her off and bring in somebody else that doesn’t make me feel like I am watching Bones. I hate Bones,

  6. Fan says:

    The creepy guy who stuffs the woman in the trunk and leaves her locked in the trailer is the actor who played Johnno on Top of the Lake.

  7. Ruditchka says:

    It was a total let-down compared to the hype and flurry of cool commercials leading up to the pilot. I guess my imagination is just a tad better than what the producers were. Lots of “B” actors could have been substituted. Male detective is good, female just doesn’t cut the cake. My opinion only.

    • Ruditchka says:

      After I find out what’s in the basement, it won’t be a show I’ll be sad to miss. Maybe I’ll watch reruns in the future. ???

  8. Mason says:

    I don’t want to have to read half the show. It’s not good enough that I’ll follow despite this.

  9. Cecilia DuVall says:

    I couldn’t wait for this series to begin, and now I am so disappointed! The bedroom scene and the other “I can’t use the word for what Sonya was doing to herself” scene are to me so totally unnecessary to the plot of the story. I am so glad to see Ted Levine back on tv. I love his character. The premise and storyline are great, and I will continue to watch, but only after it airs so I can fast forward the “humpity hump” and “I feel good” scenes. I am not a prude, but this is pure pacification of that small portion of viewers who get bored unless there is a shocking sex scene.

  10. Michelle says:

    Everyone should really give this show a chance. It’s based on true events. I live right by the border myself & all they have talked about is reality over here. And I think that’s why a lot of viewers have enjoyed it so far, because they can relate to it. So no, it’s not boring (to those that think so)! You’re boring!

  11. Karen says:

    I grew up in El Paso and they don’t have Southern accents like the rest of Texas so the women at the wake sounded like they were from Dallas. Also the street Hueco is pronounced Waco. I love the show but wanted to point out the inconsistencies.

  12. Buzz says:

    Born, raised and live in El Paso. 39 years! Never have I seen where you can buy flowers on the street like this last episode. I don’t even see horses unless you drive to the outskirts of town. Poor and disappointing representation of El Paso. Embarrassing actually! We are a large city and classier than how it is being portrayed.

  13. susan says:

    So far I find “The Bridge” to be interesting, however, I’m not sure I will be able to get past their portrayal of El Pasoans. I moved to the El Paso area when I was in high school back in the early 90’s and moved to California in 2004. I visit the area at the very least twice a year to see my parents. El Paso is roughly about 80-85% Hispanic. So the law enforcement guys looking like JR’s (Dallas) walking around in cowboy hats is not very realistic. In reality, those detectives will most likely be of Mexican decent. I laugh when the Juarez crew refers to El Paso people as “Gringos”. Also, they make it seem like the Hispanics that do live in El Paso do not speak Spanish. Maybe some don’t (I don’t), however, the majority are bilingual or only speak Spanish. It just doesn’t look like El Paso to me. The only thing that makes me say “yeah, that’s El Paso” is the scenery such as the star on the mountain, police cars, and I-10 signs. Other than that, not even close. El Paso also has a huge Army Base (which I was stationed at), so the area is ethnically diverse. I’m pretty sure that the producers did their research but I guess El Paso was not “country” enough. Throw in some white guys, cowboy hats, an East Texas drawl, and you have a show. I do really like the Marco Ruiz character, he saved the show (for me).

  14. Bill says:

    Bring back The Shield! Trying my best to get into it but Sonya’s character puts me in snooze control.

  15. Lou says:

    Does anyone know the song/singer played at the end of the August 21, 2013 episode, where Diane Kruger steps out of the shower?

  16. josé rodrigues says:

    This show could be a lot better with more plot development than softcore sex scenes… those scenes are there just to buy time or something like that…

  17. Louise says:

    It’s not that Diane’s portrayal of a person with Asberger’s is inaccurate, it’s that she’s just bad in this role. I cringed often when she spoke and the traces of her German accent is very distracting.

  18. Tim says:

    I have to agree with many of the comments here regarding Diana Kruger. It’s astonishing that an actress can be so poorly miscast in a role. She struggles at times to conceal her German accent and it’s obvious that there are many scenes which had to be redubbed. Even when she does manage to hide her German accent there isn’t a shred of a Texan accent in her performance. Beyond that she’s just not very good in the role. Her interpretation of mental illness is to simply stare into space. I’ve liked her in other roles, and she’s very easy on the eyes, but this role was a mistake for her. Overall the show is watchable but mediocre. The same attention to detail that went into casting is obvious in all facets of the show – it just feels lazily constructed.

  19. t says:

    I was bored the entire show. The pacing is annoyingly slow, the dialog is just…awful. I really can’t believe they are working on a second season. I also can’t believe I’ve sat through two episodes and let myself be robbed of what I thought would be a good choice over the other terrible broadcasting choices on my weekend. I should have read a book. I don’t feel invested in any characters other than Marco. Just thought I should leave my 2 cents and hopefully someone involved will see others , perhaps ‘misgivings’, about the show and try to spice it up. I hope I have to come back and watch the first season to know what’s going on if a year from now the show picks up and becomes something worth while. But as of now, I don’t see much of a future for this series.

  20. Ella says:

    This show the bridge is depressing as hell. This show makes one suicidal. It is dark and wierd.

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