This show has only been on for 6 weeks and it already feels like it’s been on for 2 years. It’s just completely at home with it’s characters and settings. Taking the majority of “ID” off to explore Sonya and Ruiz, often leaving on things implied and left unsaid.
Nothing left unsaid with the opening to “ID”. Though it is post sex banter so there is plenty being unsaid in between the congratulations of a job well done. In a move that is truly dumb Charlotte reveals the existence of the tunnel to her boy toy Ray. Who is now setting up his own side business thanks to the tunnel. Nothing is left unsaid between them and Fausto with his Lieutenant, who is dragging Calaca by the foot. Linder gift wrapped him very well.
High angle shots that simply hang on an object are what make this episode. The first being the shot revealing the evidence box from Sonya’s sisters murder. Even without the history provided by Hank, the shot was a brief moment of imagination by Alex Zakrzewski and audience. For a few fleeting moments on another show you could imagine Sonya going into the interrogation room box in hand and opening up to Gina about her own brush with The Beast. The pair would have a unique connection and then Gina could remember his face and maybe stop a couple red crosses from being planted. Gina mirrors a younger in many ways by circumstance, and if it weren’t already established outside of the show that Sonya has Aspergers, it could’ve been concluded that her sisters death made her this “intense”. That the same fate was going to happen to Gina if Sonya didn’t breakthrough. Another show a different universe.
Sonya looks down at the box for a good while and then closes it before returning to the interrogation room empty handed. She doesn't breakthrough. Hanks attempts to smooth things over with burgers and chilli don’t work much better. Gina soon bolts as soon as it becomes apparent the State will likely take care of her. The Bridge has done an excellent job making it’s stock characters a bit more lively than their one note. Gina’s only importance and operation within The Bridge is only defined by her status as a mirror to Sonya, it is the ambiguous nature of this definition that makes her death actually hurt. Even more so when coupled with Diane Kruger acting in the scene.
The other key high angle shot feature Sonya with her sisters murder, with emphasis on his drawings. All of a blonde woman with a black smudge where the face would be. The womans eyes shine through the blackness. What isn’t being said is more literal in this case. The artist can likely barely speak. Only communicating with Sonya via these drawings of her dead sister. No real chance to find closure. They are connected by his act of savagery and perhaps the biggest connection Sonya Cross even has. No breakthrough is even possible.
That is a certainty due to Hank Wade’s actions. Wade chased him too the border and put a bullet in his head. In the report he paints it as self defense, the fugitive reaching for a gun. Official reports on both sides of the border aren’t completely accurate. Hank didn’t kill the man though, just render him brain damage and a leech on the state. It isn’t surprising that The Bridge brought up the trope of the “case that cost” it’s a common angle crime shows run with. In the case of Hank it isn’t the act of near killing that holds him back; it’s the fact that he didn’t kill him. Alive all Dobbs does is serve is a constant reminder of the sister’s death. Worst of all he sits here taunting her that on another show in another universe he could explain himself. In the here and now he can not provide any kind of answers for Sonya. That part hurts Hank the most.
There should be talking between Marco and his wife Alma. There aren’t any physical roadblocks with this one. Just emotional and Alma is fully in control of the flow of dialog between the two. It’s interesting to see, from my limited white male perspective, the normally machismo dominated mexican culture turned on it’s head by placing Alma firmly in control. Marco has machismo within him but he is colored and set apart by his empathy, which seems to get the better of him when women are involved.
So the Beast wants the reporters to believe Marco is dirty. This is a gray area as he and Fausto have a history with one another that no one else knows about. Marco and Fausto’s fathers started the cartel together and Marco turned away from it. This explains how Fausto was so comfortable with Marco. In away the Beast is right, Marco is dirty. He covered up Fausto’s murder (i think) of his brother. If Marco were truly the cop Juarez needed he wouldn’t have buried his friends dirty work. And not doing it for money doesn't make it any more nobel. That scene actually ended differently than expected. Most shows would have had Marco trading on their past relationship in order to get protection for is estranged wife and family. He does no such thing and his family is an open target.
Like these lingering shots focus must return. The Beast getting Gina, and the realization that he is somehow monitoring them (like a omniscient Moriarty villain). Brings everything back into focus. This was a fun excursion down possibility lane but now it’s time to go back to work and hope it doesn't cost them.
The Bits At The End
After watching The Bridge I always rock to Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. I wonder what Sonya listens to on her iPhone.
If you thought the ghost of Patrick Swayze was guesting on The Bridge you’d be close. Tampa Tim is played by Don Swayze, his brother.
I really hope Daniel stays sober I also hope he doesn't’ die because him and Graciela are an awesome odd couple.
Hopefully Steven Linder is found in a ditch in the desert.