The pilot for the FX TV show, The Bridge, aired last Wednesday. Based on the Danish/Swedish TV series of the same name, the story line follows two police detectives – one Mexican (Demián Bichir as Det. Marco Ruiz) and one American (Diane Kruger as Det. Sonya Cross) – and their joint effort to investigate a serial killer menacing both the U.S. and Mexico. The title refers to the Bridge of the Americas that serves as a border crossing between El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Chihuahua. The miss-matched detectives investigation is complicated by the rampant corruption and general apathy among the Mexican authorities and the violence of the powerful borderland drug cartels. Bichir plays funny, soulful, world-weary and wise. Kruger plays anti-social, geek-nerd brilliant, to the max. While the writing in the pilot was uneven in places, both characters are compelling and I look forward to more shows.

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