Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- There has been a sudden flux of Swedish/Danish remakes over the last few summers of television. Some, like the recent Welcome to Sweden, have their moments, but don’t quite hit the beats they should. Others, like The Killing, feel cold and detached like the countryside they come from. One show that has avoided that pitfall is FX’s The Bridge, which had a pretty good first season by really taking the premise and making it more accessible to an American/Mexican audience. Now the show has returned for a second season.
Following the events of season one, Detectives Sonya Cross and Marco Ruiz are trying to move on with their lives. That is, until the Cartel send their fixer to El Paso, leaving behind a trail of bodies for Sonya and her boss Hank. Meanwhile Marco begins to become suspicious of his fellow cops in Juarez. It isn’t long before Sonya and Marco begin to work together again to solve all sorts of crimes near the border.
The Bridge’s debut season was a consistent blend of thrilling, gritty, crime drama that made it one of the standout shows of the summer. Returning for its second season, The Bridge still remains a consistent show, trying to grow from its predecessor into something more sustainable (the original only ran for two seasons). The show still suffers from having a few too many storylines to follow that never seem to connect like they did in the previous season.
However, the cast is still an impressive showcase of performers. Damien Bichir still proves he is a talented actor as Marco. Ted Levine tries and get out of the Buffalo Bill mold as Hank, Sonya’s mentor and it’s refreshing to see him play a good guy for once. Franka Potente is proving to be a formidable presence as the cartel’s fixer Eleanor. But Diane Kruger still continues to fascinate as Sonya, a woman trying to do her job despite her own handicaps. More and more layers keep getting unraveled about her and she’s engaging to watch.
The Bridge continues to be pretty good television going into its sophomore year. It’s not outstanding television by any means, but it’s a good drama that has a dedicated team behind it. In a sea of remarkable television, this one can be sort of hidden, but is worth unearthing whenever you have the chance.
The Bridge is on Wednesdays @10 pm on FX. The first season is available for streaming on Amazon Prime