Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen The Bridge Season 1, Ep. 11 – “Take the Ride, Pay the Toll”.
I’m not sure where The Bridge can go from here. The Beast storyline has dominated the show for the past few weeks, but by the end of “Take the Ride, Pay the Toll”, it was tied up in neat little bow.
Ok, maybe not all that neat.
We caught up with Tate and Marco back where it all started on the bridge between El Paso and Juarez. This time Tate planned on leaving more than two bodies on the border. He revealed Daniel Frye in the trunk of the car as well as his fashionable new bomb vest. He gave Marco an offer, kill Frye and save Gus. Marco was more than a little conflicted. As Tate pointed out, Frye represented the kind of people Marco hated, a degenerate drug addict that enabled the high crime and cartel run justice system. How could the loss of a man with no friends or family or discernable greater purpose be worth more than Marco’s innocent son?
As Marco struggled between his paternal instincts and his morality, Sonya fought through her Vicodin haze to figure out where Gus was. If this were a normal crime drama Sonya would have found Gus at exactly the right time, made it back to the bridge in time to tell Marco and keept him from killing Tate, thus thwarting his evil plan and saving the day. That’s certainly what they wanted us to think had happened, but The Bridge isn’t a normal crime drama.
Sonya made it to the bridge before Marco could kill Tate and she told him that Gus was still alive, but lies don’t come that easily for Sonya and Marco saw through it. So Sonya shot Marco to keep him from killing Tate and then shot Tate to keep him from running away.
“Take the Ride, Pay the Toll” suffered a bit for having not enough material for an entire hour, relying far too heavily on slow motion and lingering shots. But the final moments after the shootout really shined. Marco’s grief wasn’t overplayed, but still felt palpable while Sonya’s confusion and attempts at friendship lent another layer of sadness over the entire situation.
It was an emotional and fitting closure for The Bridge. Except it wasn’t the end. There are still two more episode to go. Honestly, I’m glad to be done with this Beast business. Once the show settled on a direction with the serial killer it stalled. I’m glad we have two more hours to get back to Linder and Charlotte, and whoever lies at the end of that tunnel. This show has always excelled when it was dealing with the interesting characters living in this peculiar little world. The Bridge may have faltered in the middle, but it looks like they’re attempting to go out on top.
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