Though all of the many TV databases will classify The Bridge alongside the likes of CSI and NCIS as a ‘Crime’ show that is something of an oversimplification. Though the promotional campaign was built on the brilliant concept of a body found in the centre of a bridge connecting the US an Mexico it seems clear, based on this pilot alone, that FX’s latest drama – and perhaps its most mature, i kept forgetting that I wasn’t watching Showtime, AMC or some other premium cable network – is not so much a program about a crime as it is one about crime, in general.
Of course, that body is found and yes after forensic analysis it provides some clues to the cops investigating and sure the show provides some suspects to us in the audience via cutaways to chilling criminal types ( there are two Buffalo Bill’s present here, one in character and one out) but these crime tropes are never what drive the action, they’re more a B-plot occurring in the background. The conflict at the true core of The Bridge isn’t a whodunit, because the battle most important to it is still raging, that being the bout between the artificially twain halves of North and South America; neither is dead yet, but boy has some blood been spilled.
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