The Bridge: The Complete Second Season

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Main Plot Points:

  • In Season 2 of “this uniquely Mexican-American drama, where the layers of corruption on both sides of the border seem impenetrable” (Robert Rorke, New York Post), Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) and Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) are brought together again by the murder of a cartel member whose body is found in El Paso.
  • Meanwhile, reporters Frye and Mendez venture deeper into the border region underworld to follow the path of a money-laundering operation. The unraveling mysteries quickly pull all of these compelling characters into a complex web of cartel assassinations, crooked cops and the explosive Juarez drug war

What We Thought:

  • The Bridge should have been a slam dunk.
  • With a cast that includes Demian Bichir (of whom I’m a big fan), Diane Kruger, Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish, and Matthew Lillard, plus an intriguing central mystery, I was very excited to watch it.
  • Unfortunately, I didn’t like it at all.
  • The first problem with it is Diane Kruger’s character. Apparently, she’s supposed to have Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, and I’m all for having diverse characters on a TV show, but it doesn’t really work here. What it really makes you do is dislike her character intensely from the first minute she’s on screen.
  • Add to that the fact that the show is dark, dreary, and slow, and it does not add up to a series I’ll be revisiting.

Special Features:

  • Building the Bridge Featurettes
  • Building the Bridge: Wrap-up
  • Blurring the Border Line Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • Diane Kruger
  • Demian Bichir
  • Annabeth Gish
  • Matthew Lillard
  • Ted Levine

Recommended if You Like:

  • Low Winter Sun
  • Other FX series
  • Annoying characters