The Bridge: The Beetle

The Bridge: The Beetle

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen The Bridge Season 1, Ep. 9 – “The Beetle”.

There a lot of things I’m willing to forgive within a television show if it is also offering interesting characters and exciting moments. I can overlook plot holes and taking the easy route of killing off characters to tie up loose ends. I can even live with not having everything connect, though I would obviously prefer if it did.

What I cannot forgive is false advertisement.

When The Bridge began it sold itself as a drama that would lay bare the tensions surrounding immigration. It sold its killer as one with a twisted moral code meant to expose racism and white privilege. It created a warped world that seemed to revolve solely around the friction of two such different realities existing so close to one another. And now it is revealed to be nothing more than a complex revenge plot.

Now, I don’t dislike complex revenge plots (I mean, I watch Revenge. I get it), but when that’s the buildup you’ve created, a revenge plot doesn’t exactly pack a lot of punch at the reveal.

Perhaps the explanation for the other killings will be revealed at some point in the next three episodes, but the focus has clearly been moved towards the David Tate Seeks Revenge on Marco Ruiz line of thinking. The aspects of the case that don’t fit within that line of thinking (i.e. everything before the murder of Santi Jr.) have been forgotten, we haven’t seen Galvan in weeks, Daniel Frye is fast becoming a distant memory, and all Charlotte got to do this week was stab Graciela, thus ending her own issues as long as she GETS THE HELL OUT OF TOWN.

Linder is now making even less sense than usual. His connection to The Beast ended with his killing of Hector and that was like four weeks ago. Now apparently he’s in love with Eva and needs to seek out spiritual counseling to get through it. I really like Linder and I would like good things to happen to him, but I would also like everything to make sense. I’m not sure those two things go hand in hand.

And now I’ve rambled on for 300 words and haven’t even touched on the excitement of this week: a grenade. It was an interesting blip in the overall revenge arc, but it was solved too quickly to ever feel dangerous. One minute Alma and the girls are trapped in an empty room with a live grenade and by the end of the next commercial break Marco had the coordinates and everyone was fine.

But now Tate has Gus so perhaps the real revenge is a son for a son. But I was more distracted by his means of taking Gus; by crashing his car into Sonya’s and dragging him from the car while she was semi-unconscious. How exactly did he plan a car crash? How could he know how much damage would be done and if Gus would even survive an overturned car? How could he know that he wouldn’t be hurt or that he’d be able to get away, which I also don’t understand because his car looked just as smashed as Sonya’s. I know all of this is nitpicky, but that’s what happens when I stop forgiving. I start picking.

The Bridge still has a lot of potential, but it’s running out of time to live up to it.

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