Back in September I wrote a brief commentary on a TV series called “The Bridge”, encouraging mature readers to view it.
The Bridge follows two police detectives – one Mexican, one from the US – and their joint effort to investigate a serial killer menacing both nations along the Texas–Chihuahua border. Their investigation is complicated by the rampant corruption and general apathy among the Mexican authorities and the violence of the powerful borderland drug cartels. The show title refers to the Bridge of the Americas that serves as a border crossing between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where the series is set. LINK
The show has received critical acclaim for the two seasons it’s been on the air:
On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season scored 77 out of 100, based on 36 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 90% ‘fresh’ rating based on 42 reviews, with the consensus “A seductive crime drama, The Bridge draws viewers in with culturally conscious themes that combine intelligent mystery and spellbinding drama.” Chuck Barney from the San Jose Mercury News gave The Bridge its highest praise, saying: “FX may have struck dramatic gold again. This series is mesmerizing. It sucks you in like a good book and has you yearning for more.” HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall wrote: “With these characters, with this fascinating, complicated place – and one that’s at the forefront of so much of what we’re talking about in real world politics… The Bridge is off to such an outstanding start.” Maureen Ryan from The Huffington Post commented: “Mismatched cops forced to work together is one of the oldest TV tropes in the book, but The Bridge builds such a realistic, detailed world around the detectives here that the dynamic is often fresh.” The Hollywood Reporter ’s Tim Goodman called the series “mandatory viewing for drama lovers”, adding, “but it will be interesting to see where the writers take it and whether they have the big-league ability to make the evident potential materialize. One thing they’ve hopefully learned is that sometimes holding back information isn’t mysterious, it’s just confusing.” Robert Bianco from USA Today thought there was “rich ground to explore in the problems Mexico faces and the responsibility we may bear for some of them”, adding “but the show’s clumsy attempt to boil that down to a catchphrase is offensive and silly, particularly as it has no real connection to the story being told.” The second season received a Metacritic score of 68 out of 100, based on 13 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
In June 2013, the series was honored, along with five others, with the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series. The pilot episode of the series received the 2013 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Long Form – Dialogue & ADR from the Motion Picture Sound Editors society. The series won a 2013 Peabody Award, which noted that “its rare, non-stereotypical depiction of two cultures rubbing against and informing each other is as fascinating as the mystery.” LINK
The series was an accurate dramatic representation of life and crime along the border. It’s weekly story lines could be found every day on the pages of American and Mexican newspapers IF, I say again, IF only the leftist controlled lamestream media in America would cover the tragedy of border life and the failed Mexican state.
I guarantee you that EACH and EVERY dramatic event contained in “The Bridge” can be found in the articles I post on One Old Vet.
Now comes the announcement that FX has cancelled the series!
The reason given? Viewership dropped from an initial 3 million to 1.5 million in the second season. The series is available on DVD and Bluray and can also be viewed online free at: http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-bridge/episodes
I think the real reason, and it’s only my opinion, is that the series was 100% spot on critical of the politics of border life and was embarrassing to both Mexican and U.S. administrations.
Political correctness kills again!