Saturday, July 17, 2010

Review - The Bridge Season 1 Episode 3 Fat Lady Sings the Blues

After the pilot which featured a large time skip, essentially telling us the show would not proceed with the awesomeness of the first hour and a half, The Bridge settled into more or less what it will be like--never too exciting or intense, but solid enough keep me interested.

This week, Frank dealt with a cop acting as a hitman, a cop in prison after killing his wife, and got really close to cheating on Abby with Jill. I'm curious to see how many threads continue on, and it seems like all could. Canadian television is iffy to say the least, but I like the ambition.

What sets The Bridge apart from the cookie cutter police procedurals rolled out this summer (Rookie Blue, The Good Guys, Memphis Beat, Rizzoli & Isles, The Glades, etc, etc...) is the moral ambiguity. Frank Leo is no Vic Mackey--yet--but it's hard not to see a resemblance. Already, Frank is cutting deals, not necessarily to uphold the law, as he is no longer as cop, but to help officers. His role as head of the union is to help cops--which means the city is not his first interest.

My huge complaint, which took up the majority of my review last week, that Frank no longer is the underdog and in any danger is an even bigger problem in the third episode. While the random characters are at risk a few times, the main characters are never at risk, going about their business with relative ease.

I'm not sold on the series yet, but the start has been promising and I'll be watching a few more episodes.

Score: 8.4/10
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