You try making a television show with a cast that includes:
- Serial killers
- Drug lords
- CIA Officers
- DEA Officers
- El Paso County Sheriff’s Officers
- Bible Bumpers (My daughter (not he good one) says this should have been “Thumpers.” Well, I like “Bumpers” better.
- Corrupt police officers
- Mexican police offices
- Newspaper reporters
- Hit men
- U.S. and Mexican Politicians
- The family members of all of these people
Then use a plot line that includes:
- Murder for hire
- Murder for fun
- Murder for revenge
- Murder of murders
- Murder by cop
- Drug trafficking
- Drug use
- Allow at least one major character to be killed or wounded each week
- Allow more than one minor character to be killed or wounded each week
- Allow the police to be some of the worse criminals
- Allow the good cops to do anything they want including torture or murder
- Tell a horrid story about the life background of every major character and anyone else who wanders in
- Let every character have a romantic or sexual relationship with one or multiple other characters
Sound like an incredible task for a television series. It would be, but this isn’t about what happens over 13 episodes. This happens in every episode, every week. That’s why FX Network’s The Bridge is so difficult (no downright hard) to watch.
But it’s not a “bad” hard. It’s a challenging hard. You have to pay attention and even then you gasp when what you assumed was a main character who would be around for awhile suddenly meets a gruesome end. What the ???
The Bridge is about the people who live in El Paso and Juarez who are involved with the drug dealers and murders on both sides of the Rio Grande River. The show takes a hard look at two cultures that look and deal with the law and life very differently, but are suddenly thrust together by the ugly business of making money in what is basically a free-for-all of blood and violence. The Bridge is , dark, gritty, baffling, and nearly impossible to follow at times, but it works. You might hate watching it, but you always look forward to the next episode. The thing is, the series is well-acted, well-written, and something you haven’t seen for a long time–a show with a lot of surprises.
That’s all I’ll say. When you get a chance give it a try.