THE BRIDGE ''The Unguarded Moment'' Review Episode 4

THE BRIDGE defied expectations, at least my expectations and in its second episode “The Unguarded Moment” became a generic procedural. Did I think it was going to be a socially important yet entertainingly addictive show like The Wire, with realistic people, delving into their prince-and-pauper lives from the perpective of a Robin Hood with a bit of Jack Bauer’s ruthlessness to him? Perhaps not. But I did not expect to be watching a case-of-the-week procedural, not after the messy yet potentially arresting pilot.

A woman is given a bag of money; she is to go to Singapore. She has done this before. Why is she working as a waitress if she gets paid to risk life in jail making marijuana deals (weed, not the hard stuff. They make sure to point this out to the audience, which is like pulling out a blue Crayola and writing “Likable Character Making Bad Choices” across her face). The restaurant she works in is held up by two men toting guns. They are clearly working with the woman, though The Bridge bizarrely does not confront this immediately and instead they make her seem like an innocent bystander. Like we’re not going to connect the dots after she’s been given a bag with a few million dollars.

Frank Leo appears to sort the whole thing out; a police officer having breakfast was shot in the chaos, and he is now the primary hostage. Leo talks a lot. He talks to the Canadian SWAT team. He looks frustrated. He juts his jaw, furrows his brow. He yells and looks serious.

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