The Joker: It's not about money... it's about sending a message.
Sonya and Marco understand this. Even Daniel Frye gets it. The FBI, the Mexican drug cartel, and various agencies the murder is commenting on do not get this. Continuing his message of the United States lack of human interest/care in it’s neighbor to the south, the killer plans to extort $1 million split four ways from the four richest men in El Paso for the wife of the illegal women he captured. All of these men make money off of the border through all of its legal and illegal shipments. What kind of message does it send when the “official channels” appear to be moving slowly when it comes to saving the life of one Mexican national. Daniel wonders if they’d even be waiting till midday if it was some blonde coed duct taped to four posts. That Fausto Galvan, head of a Mexican cartel, delivers the $1 million dollars to Marco Ruiz via his reputable shipping company. The irony is lost on the higher up cogs in the machine.
Nothing like a solid deadline plot to give an episode extra tension and gravitas. The normally meditative lonely pace is thrown to the side as local police and FBI search for the Maria of the Desert. This change of pace really freshened things up. It allowed for the case to really take center stage but the show didn’t forget to have several interesting character moments.
The most interesting of which belong to Marco Ruiz. The lone cop who cares in Juarez finds himself in a SUV with cartel leader Fausto Galvan. Galvan plays it like he cares about the girl in the desert. And to a degree he may actually care, his contempt for the gringos ways of doing things is evident. The larger motivating factor is this Bridge Butcher is costing him money. Having recently lost a pair of tunnels he needs to Bridge of Americas to be flowing like a good artery. Marco Ruiz is pushed into a grey area as he finally accepts the Cartel’s money. As it turns out his price is $1 million, which isn’t that much to Galvan. Accepting that money now puts Ruiz in an interesting position. Even if his teenage son wasn’t hanging out with one of Galvan’s nephews and smoking weed, Galvan now has a very direct connection to Marco. The cartel leader reminds him that he always know where to find Marco Ruiz as the SUV pulls up to El Paso PD headquarters.
Annabeth Gish has been good enough as Charlotte and for once her character actually manages to play a role in the larger story even if she doesn't know it yet. By allowing her side of the tunnel to be opened, she allowed Galvan and his man to cross the broder and give Marco the money. The Bridge is going for the universal connection theme, even if it’s characters do not realize. Charlotte’s choice to do nothing was a nice way to tie her into the main plot and hit that theme.
I watch this show with my Mother. She really doesn't like the character of Sonya Cross, her coldness doesn't allow my Mom to “connect” as she puts it. Personally, I’ve never bought into the whole need for connecting with a character to find enjoyment. Just make them interesting, which Sonya is and Diane Kruger is giving a hell of a performance. This performance is no more evident than in sonya’s ride with Hank. What starts off as a conversation about Maria and the fear of not finding her soon turns into a discussion of Sonya’s departed sister. Who appears to have alone as well. Kruger’s delivery when talking about how hard it is to have happy thoughts when visiting her sisters grave was fantastic. It drew me in and humanized the character in a way that the show really hadn’t before. It even got my Mom to perk up a little bit.
Steven Linder continues to be a mystery unto himself. This loner who splits time between an apartment, an isolated trailer, ferry women across the border, and what appears to be a nursing position, leaves much to the imagination. Outward appearance suggest he is a Buffalo Bill in the making. And it certainly appeared as such in the first three episodes. But then he drops the women he picked up off at safe place, with a fervent believer to protect her. All for a kiss. Maybe he meant it when he said he’s just a man who helps people, in that totally non-creepy way which he delivered it.
It’s always nice seeing David Meunier aka Cousin Johnny pop up. He certainly made the later half of the first half of Revolution more enjoyable than it had any right to be. Than he had to go lose his head like that. His involvement with Cristina Flores (the lower half) came as quite a shock. This officially elevates whatever Moriarty-esque master scheme the killer is working to another level. It is a simultaneously broad statement about the Norths lack of humanity and care to the South all while personal one to the men and women who find themselves caught up in its web.
Man bad stuff just keeps being discovered by Matthew Lillard.
The Bits At The End
According to IMDB Meunier was voted “The Most Likely to Sleep Through the Day" in high school.
If you want more Matthew Lillard you can catch him this weekend in Beware The Batman episode 4 “Safe”. Sadly this isn’t another Batman-Scooby Doo crossover How rad would another one of those be?