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#1 Jul 14 2013 at 8:14 AM Rating: Good
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So I watched the premiere of The Bridge the other night, and like most FX shows, I was impressed with it.

I really liked that it didn't feel too heavy-handed, though any show with a setting dealing heavily with the US/Mexico border is going to have to touch on issues such as racism, drug cartels, and Mexican police corruption. The lead actress did a decent job handling a character with Asperger's (and yes, the original show featured such a character; it's not just a gimmick for American audiences). From what I understand, they have Alex Plank from the site Wrong Planet as a consultant, to help make the portrayal as authentic as possible.

They teased just enough that I'll definitely be tuning in next week. The fact that there's @#%^all on TV in the summer should help them retain viewers, as well.
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#2 Jul 14 2013 at 12:45 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, I liked it too. I watched it mainly because of the commercials. I had no idea what it was about, haha. But I'll be keeping up with it.

Edited, Jul 14th 2013 2:45pm by Nadenu
#3 Jul 14 2013 at 7:30 PM Rating: Good
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I don't care much for the socially awkward female lead role (in general). Not a fan of it in Bones, and in this one, she's even worse.

I don't think it's made clear in the Pilot that she has Asperger's, unless I missed something. But it's definitely made clear that she doesn't know how to handle herself around other people. I guess that gives it more credence than in Bones where she's just smart and social norms are illogical, Captain. But I still don't care for the character type. (No, I don't watch Bones, but my parents do, and I've seen bits and pieces of it in the past)
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#4 Jul 14 2013 at 7:50 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I don't know that they'll ever come out and state it. Bones is basically supposed to be an Aspie, but they've never come out and said it in so many words. I just read an article about the portrayal of characters with Asperger's that mentioned that they don't explicitly state it but the character is loosely based on a real person with Asperger's (as well as being loosely based on the book character).
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#5 Jul 14 2013 at 9:19 PM Rating: Excellent
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Bridges suck. We should melt them all with lasers. That is all/
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#6 Jul 18 2013 at 4:41 PM Rating: Good
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Second episode was pretty good.

My thoughts about half way through the episode: Is she playing with herself? Na, can't be. *Next scene with her* Trolling the bar looking for a sausage. Yup, she was.

I think my favorite moment was in the first episode, the whole "Buenos dias" "Howdy, Partner".

Edited, Jul 18th 2013 7:45pm by TirithRR
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#7 Jul 18 2013 at 7:43 PM Rating: Good
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I thought her acting was much improved in the second episode. Playing characters like that has to be difficult. Trying to make an unrelatable character relatable in some aspects so you don't lose the audience.

I watched the original series. It was awesome, and easily available on the internet.
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#8 Jul 18 2013 at 8:36 PM Rating: Good
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I didn't know there was another series this one was based on.

Also, was there any significance to the Chief bumping into her shoulder seemingly on purpose when she was upset that she had done wrong by letting the journalist hear the phone call? Seemed kind of an odd moment. He went out of his way to do it...
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#9 Jul 19 2013 at 8:14 AM Rating: Good
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It's based on a Danish/Swedish series. It's out there in 720p, with subtitles if you feel like looking. I'm sure they'll be a bit different, as there aren't so much the undertones of police corruption, drug cartels, and whatnot with regards to international relations. The US/Mexico border situation provides a much more significant context, in my opinion. Of course, perhaps someone from Sweden or Denmark might relate more to their border issues. It just didn't seem to be as big of an issue aside from the typical police department jurisdictional rivalry.

I think that the shoulder bump was just his way of showing her he's there for her. They seem to have kind of a father/daughter relationship. Like in the first episode, when he's talking about leaving at some point, and she breaks down with "what about me?"

Edited, Jul 19th 2013 10:19am by Spoonless
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#10 Jul 24 2013 at 9:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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I liked tonight's episode. The scene at the house in Mexico (sorry, I don't know the character's names yet), where the sisters are hitting on the reporter was pretty funny. Also, when Sonya saw her "guy" at her place of employment. I giggled.
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