The Bridge

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Show­case If you en­joyed Scan­di­na­vian drama The Killing but were unim­pressed with the Amer­i­can re­make, here’s an­other chance to see how a trans­planted Euro-drama fares. You may re­call that in the de­but episode of the Dan­ish-Swedish co-pro­duc­tion of The Bridge, shown on SBS Two in Septem­ber, the lights mys­te­ri­ously went out on the Ore­sund Bridge, which con­nects Copen­hagen in Den­mark with Malmo in Swe­den. When the lights came back on, the Swedish and Dan­ish po­lice turned up to dis­cover the body of a fe­male politi­cian draped ex­actly across the bor­der. In this ver­sion, the ac­tion takes place on the USMex­ico bor­der on the bridge con­nect­ing El Paso in the US and Juarez in Mex­ico. The plot is es­sen­tially the same, as Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) from the El Paso PD must work with her Mex­i­can coun­ter­part from Chi­huahua State Po­lice, Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), when they are forced into an un­com­fort­able al­liance to catch a se­rial killer. Too of­ten with trans­planted TV shows, the es­sen­tial for­eign-ness that makes the show so en­gag­ing in the first place is neutered, to be re­placed with the cul­ture we all live and breathe daily, at least on TV. For­tu­nately for the Amer­i­can ver­sion of The Bridge, the Mex­i­can con­nec­tion is alien enough to be al­most other-worldly.

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