What To Expect From FX’s ‘The Bridge’ Premiere

FX TheBridge Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir

FX’s new series The Bridge, based on the Danish/Swedish series of the same name, follows two police detective, Sonya Cross (Dian Kruger) from El Paso PD and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) from Chihuahua State Police in Mexico. After finding the body of an American judge on a bridge between the US-Mexico border, the two of them will have to work together to solve the case which hides a lot more than they expected.

It’s a bit hard for me to review the premiere of The Bridge because I have seen the original series and thus all the surprises are gone, since the pilot episode stays pretty close to the storylines from the original series. So knowing that, I want to first share some thoughts about the original series before moving on to FX’s The Bridge.

When I first saw The Bridge, which was on an international flight, I got hooked right from the first episode and couldn’t stop watching. There was something so captivating not only about the case, but the two main characters (I seriously could watch these two for hours). The first season was amazing beginning to end and I cannot wait to see these two back on another case next season.

And now moving to FX’s version of The Bridge, I was so happy when I heard they were bringing the series to the US, because it’s just an interesting story and concept. Plus I thought the switch with the US/Mexican border instead of the Danish/Swedish border was a great twist. And now having seen the pilot episode, I almost wish I hadn’t seen the original so that I could get surprised once again by all the twist and characters from the series.

I bet you thought I disliked this new version right? Well, quite the contrary. While there are similarities and some of the surprises are gone, The Bridge brings in things of its own. And I’m so excited for people who have never heard of the series to discover it.

Starting with Demian Bichir, who is so unbelievably great in this show, he’ll become a favorite of yours in no time. From the second we meet him, he outshines everyone on screen with him. He’s incredible. I certainly look forward to following him on this case this season.

And then there is Diane Kruger, who’s character Sony Cross has Asperger’s and contrasts Bichir’s Marco Ruiz perfectly. Kruger didn’t win me over right off the bat like Bichir did, but it only took one scene for her to change all of that. Be on the lookout for a scene between her and Lt. Hank Wade (Ted Levine), it is not only an incredible scene from Kruger, but it’s my favorite scene of the episode.

I think these two will become a new favorite TV team for lots of people.

As for the story and case itself, I don’t want to say too much about it because it’s something you have to discover as you go along, but let’s just say that it’s a pretty gripping mystery and it looks like some of it might differ from the Danish/Swedish series, which has me excited because I’m looking forward to finding out how it all relates. In fact, I’m hoping the denouement is different from what I’ve seen because with its new setting there are different places the series can go and that makes it even more exciting to watch.

Overall, even though your experience of watching The Bridge might differ from mine, there is no doubt that this is must-watch TV and that chances are you’ll find the story and characters as compelling as I did.

Also make sure to come back to TV Equals after the first episode airs tonight to read Adam‘s take on the premiere episode.

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