The Bridge Season 1 Finale Review “The Crazy Place”

Finales are all about closure. We have some long-term story arcs that need to be resolved, and there is usually some sort of cliffhanger involved when you have a confident drama. Instead of searching my tidiness and clarity in tonight’s season finale, The Bridge went the opposite direction and made things so much messier. The show is confident in its new direction, so much so that it makes you believe this is the show Meredith Stiehm and company wanted to make all along. Now that they are done serving their Danish masters, they are free to take things in places most people really wanted to go in the first place. After watching the show fold in on itself as the David Tate storyline came to a conclusion (Sort of. Don’t do it Marco!), it was really cool to see the show sprawl back out in an attempt to set up several intertwined storylines for season two. It’s obvious that the missing girls of Juarez will become a central piece of the puzzle, but I’m ultimately okay with it. As long as the show doesn’t wallow in the political issues surrounding the issue, then the show should be able to manage it just fine. “This has many layers”, says Marco hitting the nail perfectly on the head. While it may have seemed too on the nose, the fact that the show wants to delve into each of the layers is pretty encouraging. No more supervillians, no more high-powered cell phones, just our fascinating cast of characters exploring this fascinating world.

The finale itself showcased much of the changing circumstances for our actors. We clearly have a new Marco. A man once so honorable (on his job) is now getting in bed with Fausto Galvan. I can’t say I particularly enjoy the good cop turns bad story angle, but Marco and Fausto can share screen time whenever they like. Marco’s partner, Sonya, has been played with more warmth than we saw from her in the first 11 episodes. Whether it’s Kruger easing her way into the role, or the writing making it so, the subtraction of the cold, robotic Sonya is most welcome. At many points during the season, her rigidity has hurt scenes that should have been played with a deeper connection. I know it’s part of her character, but it really delayed the audience’s warmth to Sonya. (I’m sure many people still don’t care for Kruger’s performance. I’m a fan.)

One of the best things about this show’s first season is the introduction of so many mysterious characters. With differing motives on both sides of the border, the introduction of new characters throughout the season has constantly given the show more juice. Charlotte’s new friend seems like someone with an interest in her business, but his motivations will probably be unspooled over the course of the second season. It’s one of the best things about cable dramas: The good ones take time to peel back the layers of its characters. Motivations and feelings can change throughout the course of the season. If there’s any show that understands how to do that given its up and down first season, it’s The Bridge.