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THE BRIDGE Review: FX's Border Crime Drama Builds Slowly, But Is Worth the Wait

Though the setup of FX’s new drama series The Bridge has a litany of familiar crime show elements — a straight-laced female detective paired with a laid-back male cop, for starters — over its first few episodes it unfolds into a beautiful patchwork of sprawling storytelling that is linked through a serial killer with political agenda, but not beholden to it. The Bridge is adapted from a Scandinavian drama of the same premise, where detectives from two different border towns must work together when a body is found severed on the borderline itself. In FX’s version, the border is the United States and Mexico, and the towns El Paso and Juarez, the latter being a notorious site of drugs and violence, particularly against women. The serial killer who left the severed body has a statement to make about the crimes in Juarez and about immigration, and the story goes deep when exploring it. Hit the jump for more on why you should, no matter what, watch past the pilot. READ MORE...

THE BRIDGE: PILOT REVIEW

FX’s newest drama, The Bridge is a change of pace for the network. Established shows like Justified, Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story move at a fast pace and are punctuated by shocking, sometimes over the top, moments of violence. In what could be FX’s answer to The Killing, The Bridge is a remake of a Scandinavian show and the pilot plays its shocks and twists quietly for the most part, content to have us just get to know the lead characters as they get to know each other. READ MORE...

The Bridge Season 1 Review Pilot

On the surface of FX’s new drama, The Bridge, there seems to be the possibility for a lot of missteps. Yin and yang cop pairings have become better suited to be punchlines instead of dramatic players. The setting gives the show a real chance to be preachy and ham handed with their discussion of the border politics between the United States and Mexico. Finally, the serial killer beat has become quite crowded. It becomes difficult for any show in the genre to stand out from the rest without strong performances or other fascinating quirks. Fortunately for all involved, The Bridge manages to overcome such pratfalls. READ MORE...

The Bridge Series Premiere Review: On the Border of Greatness

Setting and character are more important than a grisly serial killer in FX's solid new drama. Read More... //www.tv.com/news/the-bridge-series-premiere-review-on-the-border-of-greatness-137332449887/

The Bridge Review: Only the Beginning

A dead woman is placed strategically over the US-Mexican border with half of her body in the United States and the other half in Mexico. That sounded more like the synopsis for a police or forensics procedural episode than for an entire series. The Bridge took the imagery of one body split into two parts over two countries to explore the differences between the disparate neighboring countries and law enforcement resources, highlighted by the investigating officers: Sonya Cross and Marco Ruiz.  Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2013/07/the-bridge-review-pilot/

'The Bridge' Premiere Recap: A Border-Crossing Killer

FX's new drama opens with a gruesome murder and its political implications.      //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/YM7K3TriBEM/story01.htm

Series premiere review: 'The Bridge' - 'Pilot'

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews the pilot episode of "The Bridge," in which the new FX drama kicks off with an unusual corpse left on the El Paso/Juárez border crossing. Read More... //www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/series-premiere-review-the-bridge-pilot-parts-of-a-whole

'The Bridge' review: FX delivers summer's best new drama

FX adds another bold, gritty and compelling drama to their stable of shows with "The Bridge," starring Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir ("A Better Life") and SAG Award nominee Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds").That unexpectedly brilliant odd couple casting is just the first clue this isn't your average cop drama, despite the fact that Bichir plays Detective Marco Ruiz from Juarez, Mexico and Kruger plays Detective Sonya Cross from El Paso, USA.Ruiz and Cross start off on awkward footing when they meet over the body of a dead woman on the Mexico-US border. But many things -- including the body -- are not exactly what they appear and soon enough Ruiz and Cross find themselves working together to crack the case.She's by the book, he likes to bend the rules. They spar and banter and investigate leads. So far, so familiar. But "The Bridge" is a perfect example of how smart choices in writing, acting and... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/07/the-bridge-review-fx-delivers-summers-best-new-drama.html

'The Bridge' Review: A Dramatic Crossing, Worth the Congestion

When a show opens with a sudden blackout and an order to seal the border, you know it's not going to have any problem being dramatic. "The Bridge," which debuts tonight on FX, may even pile on more drama than it needs. The FX murder mystery feels tenaciously rooted in the real world, forcing us to confront our own feelings about immigration and American privilege even as our eyes pop at a truly compelling crime. Read More... //www.thewrap.com/movies/tv/article/bridge-review-dramatic-crossing-well-worth-congestion-102171

Television Review: The Bridge Adapts a Scandinavian TV Crime Series

"The Bridge," a new series on FX, is an adaptation of a sinister, psychologically dense Scandinavian crime series, but not as interesting. Read More... //tv.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/arts/television/the-bridge-adapts-a-scandinavian-tv-crime-series.html?partner=rss&emc=rss