Add braces removal to the list of tropes that signal death when dealing with cops. Poor Manny Stokes braces were his red shirt. “Destino” is explicit in what it depicted last night. Sex seems to transition everyone from scene to scene. The remains of Manny Stokes’ face are shown in all its gory detail. They don’t even bother cleaning Demian Bichir up after Stokes’ head explodes like a watermelon. Spending the rest of the show painted red like a Native American. For once those viewer discretion advised messages were earned.
“Everything is connected with this guy!” a shaky, withdrawing, Daniel Fry bites back at Adriana. She wants to go investigate Jackson Childress because the cops are. No idea how or if he is connected to anything else. Rushing in without pausing to think about what traps lie ahead is normally what characterizes the seemingly incompetent police force of most serialized crime dramas. No matter. By the end of “Destino” Hank believes he has got their Beast. With the evidence how could you not want to see it that way? All the guns, crazy screenplay/manifesto, along with computers and locator software. How is this guy NOT The Beast? “Destino” has a reflection motif that is used to transition from scene to scene. Jackson Childress is the cheap hollow reflection of The Beast. Childress is the type of two-bit psycho seen on Criminal Minds. The ones they pick up at minute 45 and spend the rest of the time reflecting on the trying time they just experienced. Jackson Childress is the shadow of The Beast not the his flesh and blood.
There is a nice intensity to the stand off with Childress. An intensity that hasn’t been felt since “Maria of the Desert”. Everything works better when you have to work against the clock. It’s alos a nice change of pace from my usual reaction to THe Bridge. Most of the time I don’t care about the investigation to The Beast. He’s still to nebulous a character with some kind of message that is hidden from sight. All I’ve cared about is the world of The Birdge, which has been built up fantastically. There is still a investigation to finish and even though Childress isn’t the man it was a nice reminder that the show can make cop stuff interesting.
Most of the scenes ended on the motif of people staring into something with a reflection. It gave the proceedings a creepy voyeuristic vibe as the camera pans right to the TV to show Alam and her worker friend have revenge sex. These moments of literal reflection are important for the characters as some come to an understanding about themselves or current predicament. Manny Stokes has that moment staring into picture of Texas desert. Marco appears to be coming to the realization that he really is a shit father, no matter how moral and incorruptible a cop he is. The ending shot of Sonya coming out of the shower was by far the most overtly German expressionism with her face being perfectly bisected by hard dark shadows. Staring into the mirror and slowly putting her hand around her neck. In a gesture that fits into her claustrophobic life and current case. she’s listening to her gut for once and it’s telling her The Beast is still out there. Ready to strangle her.
Finally, after the third blatant sex scene of the night, I leaned over to my and chided her with “Like watching Spartacus eh?” The phenomenal Starz drama was not shy about getting soft core at a moments notice. Thankfully the show eventually moved on from titillation for the sake of titillation and used its sexual escapades as a way to show the dynamics or expression of power within a couple. Graciela and Alama use sex as a way to control and get revenge on the men in their life. It isn’t about pleasure or romance it’s just a tool for them. Charlotte is the only one who is shown having and enjoying sex. It isn’t a tool, it’s an actual intimate experience for her. One she believes will allow her to read Ray’s truthfulness in his eyes when asked if he is trustworthy. Ironic that after largely being an object for Carl that she isn’t usng sex in the way her contemporaries are. It just reinforces why Charlotte’s the naive one. Everyone else in this show approaches their function like a business, hell Ray turned boy toy into gun running and people moving. Charlotte has no such aptitude, leaving her out to dry when it all comes crashing down.
The Bits At the End
O The Bridge you just make watching TV with my parents so fun. If it isn’t vivd intercourse it’s people getting ther heads blown off like a watermelon.
Man Stephen Linder is just running into Fausto Galvan more than any man should want to.