If you've ever needed evidence that TV shows—even great-looking ones on popular cable networks—are living, breathing, and oftentimes messy entities, look no further than The Bridge. The first season was one of the more unfortunate messes of 2013 and despite the pre-season assertions from showrunner Elwood Reid that Season 2 wouldn't fall victim to the same clichéd murder plots, Tim was right to question the season premiere.
But as The Bridge moved through this season, everything about the show—from its storytelling and characterizations its sense of place and the cast's performances— improved, and quite substantially, to boot. And thankfully, the Season 2 finale (which might also be the series finale, as The Bridge isn't currently renewed for Season 3) continued on that path, delivering the right combination of closure and the sense of underlying dread that nothing Sonya or Marco or anyone else does will actually solve the issues raised in these 13 episodes. You see, for as much as The Bridge got much better at focusing on a particular place in the world —one that we don't get to see on American television in any form—it also found something more specific to say about that place and its role in a much larger institutional scheme that keeps the drug cartels in business and money moving through the United States and Mexico. The show's theoretical Big Bad, cartel kingpin Fausto Galvan (Ramón Franco. who just slayed all season), did his rightful damage to protect his spot and strike the fear of God into Marco and whomever else wanted to challenge him. But as "Jubliex" and the previous few episodes really hammered home, Galvan wasn't so much the ultimate boss as a crucial player in the con put together by the cartels, local law enforcement, the CIA, the DEA, and any number of other agencies.
Unfortunately, those forces didn't truly "lose. " Marco and Sonya wrangled key figures in the cartel's reign of terror and brought them into custody. but it's not a given that they'll stay in custody, or even live to pay for their crimes. Hank tracked down the necessary transport vehicles and discovered concrete evidence (10 tons' worth!) that illustrated multi-level government corruption.
And thankfully, the Season 2 finale (which might also be the series finale, as The Bridge isn't currently renewed for Season 3) continued on that. Watch The Bridge (SE) online. Stream episodes and clips of The Bridge (SE) instantly. Season 2 will premiere on January 2, 2015. Subscribe to Hulu to watch. . The second series starts 13 months after the end of the first series. A coaster veers off course and rams into the Øresund. Production. FX ordered the series ' pilot episode in July 2012. Shooting for the pilot took place on location in the El Paso area and.
but that's just one bust. And Daniel and Adriana got close enough to the true parts of the story that a government agency was forced to gaslight—and ultimately murder—one of its own rogue-ish members. but all that did was get them a phony statement from an manipulative agent for a story that will probably get killed anyway. The outlook is kind of hopeless. What I really enjoyed about "Jubliex" was that it didn't shy away from that hopelessness; Galvan mocked Marco for trying to take him into custody ("You thought you were going to be the hero?"), Daniel and Adriana had to start considering the TERRIBLE possibility of producing their story for a godforsaken blog because they knew it wouldn't fly with someone above their pay grade, and Sonya lost almost all trust in people, even more so than normal. The institutional power that facilitates the CIA and DEA's investment in the drug trade is too strong for anyone to deconstruct. Yet, while this episode acknowledged that challenge, it also showed us the characters sucking it up and making an attempt to do so anyway.
Our so-called heroes are screwed up in their own right, but they've simply seen too much to let it all fall by the wayside, no matter how ineffectual their work might ultimately be. That's pretty cool.
That speaks to another strength The Bridge displayed in Season 2, in that while the show took off with this multi-level drug conspiracy involving some brutal murders and government corruption, it also gave its characters more interpersonal and internal conflicts to wrestle with. So much of Season 1 was dedicated to the singular external event of David Tate's killing spree, leaving Marco and Sonya and everybody else feeling like pieces on a game board, being pushed around just so they'd fit whatever Tate had in mind next. This year, though, Sonya got involved in an especially messy relationship with Jack Dobbs, the brother of Jim Dobbs, the man who murdered her sister. And it completely blew up in her face when it was revealed that A) Jack knew about a previous murder that his brother had committed but did nothing about it, and B) Hank flat-out executed Jim so many years ago and falsified the police report. That one scene destroyed nearly everything Sonya has built her entire life on—that maybe Jim Dobbs' mental issues made her sister's murder easier to swallow, that Hank's mentorship helped her find a calling, and that her relationship with Jack was worth anything. For a character who had trust and intimacy issues before, The Bridge did a solid job of giving Sonya clear reasons to act the way she does, and Diane Kruger was even better in the role.
On top of all that, the show did a fine job of dirtying up Marco even further, entrenching him in the messiness in Mexico and distancing him from El Paso and Sonya. His attempts to save the drug-addicted daughter of Season 2's other power player, Sebastian Cerisola (Bruno Bichir. Demian 's brother), definitely read like some attempt to deal with all the loss he's suffered in these 26 episodes. "Jubilex" didn't belabor that point too much, but he lost his family, particularly his young son.
The Bridge (FX): Season 2. 86%. Critics Consensus: Thanks to beautiful cinematography and unique, captivating characters, The Bridge is a.
That's still eating away at him. And man, did The Bridge embrace its weirdness in the best ways. Early in the season Franka Potente 's Eleanor earned some buzz around these parts. and the show managed to keep her odd and scary and compelling as it added layers to her throughout the season. In fact, her arc was so successful that by the time she finally brought her gross father out to the oak tree where he raped her as a child—circumstances which Galvan helped her escape from, driving her initial allegiance to the cartel —you couldn't help but feel some sympathy for her. Eleanor wasn't a likable or heroic individual by any means, but she is the shining example of how The Bridge covered a deeper and more complex moral spectrum this season. But she wasn't the only one.
Ian Hart 's Agent Buckley had a terrible accent but wreaked some real havoc for just about every other character. Matthew Lillard and Emily Rios continued to be one of the best duos on all of television, thanks to their infectious and believable sibling chemistry. And Alejandro Patino 's Ceasar kept adapting, as well as being weirdly earnest and loyal in a cutthroat business. That's a deep bench of supporting players who infuse The Bridge with real life. All in all, The Bridge improved dramatically in Season 2, and not just because the macro story was stronger or because Sonya was more likable. No longer beholden to its source material or the murder mystery plot, the show finally found its voice.
Sometimes it takes a couple of seasons to make that happen. Here's hoping that FX doesn't close The Bridge any time soon. – A big, bloody, and season-altering shoot-out took Annabeth Gish 's Charlotte from the world, but that was probably for the best. It also displayed how that character was simply in far too deep, far too quickly. You're not going to survive this game operating like that.
Ray is still alive though, right? We could get more of him in a theoretical Season 3. – Thomas M. Wright 's Linder was isolated in his own storyline for the majority of the season, and his journey with Eva didn't get enough burn. That's too bad. – Daniel's screed against basement-dwelling bloggers was totally on-point for someone of his (now diminished) stature. I, for one, enjoy my mother's basement.
– The episode's opening sequence, with Hank pursuing the transport drug, was very well done, and well directed by John Dahl. The Bridge does great stuff with its location during the daytime, but it's always nice to see it be more ambitious at night. I especially liked the shot of Hank dipping under the semi, and then the driver's blood and gun slowly falling, signaling his death. – Seriously, FX better renew this show. Tell your friends! Build your own bridge! Start your own drug cartel! Whatever it takes. Did you keep up with The Bridge in Season 2? What'd you think of the finale.