Murder And Mismatched Cops Anchor 'The Bridge'

If all "The Bridge" did was bring Demian Birchir to wider attention in the United States, that would be reason enough to watch the show.

Fortunately there are many other promising elements holding up "The Bridge" (10 p.m. ET Wednesday, FX), which has been adapted from an acclaimed Scandinavian series by executive producers Ellwood Reid and Meredith Stiehm, a "Homeland" and "Cold Case" veteran.

As is the case with "Homeland," "The Bridge" has a topicality that makes the series hum with a low-key but unmistakable energy. The drama's stories of crime and corruption on the U.S.-Mexico border aren't ripped from the headlines in a cheesy way, but the show meditates on these topics in ways that allow it to resonate more than your average crime thriller. In this day and age, it's astonishing that so many mainstream movies and films avoid topics like immigration and fraught border relations, but "The Bridge" incorporates these issues into its ongoing story in thoughtful and suspenseful ways.

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