The Bridge Season 2 Review “Goliath”

The Bridge Season 2 Episode 8 Goliath (1)

Two quotes

“You either do the right thing or you don’t!”

This may be the case for Sonya Cross and yet The Bridge excels at revealing the areas of grey. There is the “doing the right thing,” but there is also “doing the right thing at the right time.” Take Hank’s handling of the Jim Dobbs situation. In hindsight, was it the right thing to do- probably not. But then one can play Hank’s confession to Sonya over and over and hear the anger, hate, despair, and utter sadness. Jim Dobbs didn’t just rape and murder Lisa Cross. He left a young girl without the rock in her life and destroyed a family. At that specific time, in Hank’s mind, shooting that man (who unbeknownst to him had raped and murdered even more) was the right thing to do. Every decision for Sonya is so black and white, so simple because of her condition. And maybe life would be that much easier if everyone could think that way. But we don’t. We think like Hank and Marco. Many times simple means no emotional attachment and for the majority of human beings that just isn’t possible. Marco took full responsibility for the Juarez police deaths to spare Sonya scrutiny. He tolerates Galvan and Robles because they trust him with confidential information. He smartened up and did not murder David Tate. Linder and Eva are on their own vengeance path taking down those responsible for her rape. Would Sonya agree with their methods? Heck no. But the Juarez police were the specific problem for Eva in the first place. So their actions become the right thing at the right time. It’s something Sonya is finally becoming privy to.

“You can’t kill your way out of this.”

Cerisola was specifically referring to Galvan here yet his piece of advice could apply to anyone on The Bridge who has done as much. Perhaps the line should be “You can kill your way out of this, but it’s going to come back and bite you in the ass.” Captain Robles had Prosecutor Abelardo murdered which led him to being kidnapped by the Mexican Marines and divulging the location of Galvan’s hideout. The drug lord has murdered countless people as a part of his trade only to finally have the Marines attack him. Eleanor killed Kyle, but that specific incident brought Sonya on her path. Charlotte’s killing of Graciella last season brought her right into working with Galvan. Even in understandable situations of Marco wanting David Tate dead and Hank shooting (and hoping to kill) Jim Dobbs outright, both instances have come back to haunt them in losing the trust of Sonya. Murder is the easy way out. There’s no negotiation, no trials. And yet, what should be dead always rears its ugly head back.

More Thoughts As I Stay Away From the Drain:

– I’m guessing the homeless woman who Sonya visited was her mother (and blanking on what happened to her father).

– Count me surprised that Galvan did not send Eleanor to murder Adriana and Frye. I thought that was on her to-do list anyway. Maybe he figured she was too busy tracking Sonya. I was also shocked he sent The Chopper after Sonya instead of Eleanor too. But then he learned from Cerisola that Eleanor’s loyalties could be shifting so that decision now makes sense. And I get that Diane Kruger can’t die because she’s the main character, but good lord, if you send someone out to murder a cop, just kill them outright. Scott Evil would be having a field day over that whole situation.

– Eleanor’s unhealthy attachment to her father mirrors that of Sonya’s to Jim Dobbs.

– Sonya telling Hank he should be held accountable for his actions. Ouch. And Hank is right, Sonya: DEA Joe doesn’t give a crap about Kyle’s death.

– Thomas M. Wright does so much doing so little: his story to Eva about his sister.