The Bridge: The Murderer Might Be Closer Than We Think in “ID”

Gina , the little girl, deals with the aftermath of seeing “the beast”, Marco handles the fallout of his personal life while trying to find connections between all of the victims, while Frye and Mendez head south of the border again to get their own answers.

The clock’s running out to figure out whom the murderer is and with every episode, it seems they’re getting closer…or the murderer is getting closer to them. The murderer now seems to be following them and one witness becomes his next target, setting the anxiety levels even higher.

Gina is taken to the station to try and ID the guy who killer her father but, can’t remember. Sonya believes she’s helping but, only comes up against a wall. Marco encourages her to try and connect with the girl to help get more information out of her. It’s only towards the end that Sonya and Gina find some sort of connection but, not in time to save her from “the Beast” attacking again.

Daniel becomes more conscientious as he starts to dive further into the case and gets Mendez’ help as they go south of the border to try and get answers. What they come up against is the remnants of fear that the people have garnered of Fausto and his reach. They find a man’s body knifed to an electrical pole and people just standing by and gawking at the body, which made for a disturbing scene.

They do find out that Marco is connected to the murder of Fausto’s brother and the death house, as he looked over the case and then made it disappear. Marco and Fausto’s history goes way back, as far back as their fathers apparently and Marco’s struggling to make his way out of it, saying that they’ve “taken different paths.”

We also got to see how far back Hank and Sonya go and it goes as far as her sister’s murder. Hank becomes wracked with guilt as he shoots the only lead in her case, which explains why he seems to be protective and tries to help her through things. Almost as if he is atoning for what he did in that case, without Sonya knowing that Hank was the one in charge of that case, which could possibly explain Marco’s visit to Fausto.

Sonya visits her sister’s killer in prison after the day she had, not being able to save Gina and not getting any closer to a positive ID. All that we find out is a pair of creepy eyes that Gina was able to distinguish, the proof of that on Sonya’s desk as she cleans off the rest of the blood off of her shirt. We find him coloring, showing signs of the after effects of a bullet to the head and surviving. Now knowing that she will never get answers, motive, reasoning, it’s a truly disheartening and hopeless scene just imagining being in that position and given that her sister was her last piece of family she had.

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Happy 10th Anniversary, The O.C. Pilot!

It’s been 10 years since the pilot aired on Fox and I personally couldn’t help but feel nostalgic. While the pilot was tough to find, I did find this clip from the pilot when the theme song played.

I have to give The O.C. credit for exposing me to a whole new scene of music, introducing Phantom Planet, the band behind the theme song , The All-American Rejects, Rooney and countless others.

The Bridge: The Bridge Butcher Takes it to Another Level In “Maria of the Desert”

The search is on for Maria, Charlotte makes a deal, and we see more to Sonya in this week’s episode of The Bridge.

In a race against time to find Maria, Sonya and Marco try to find Daniel who was the one that has been communicating with the serial killer, for any new information he may have as they find him completely wasted at a woman’s house.

There’s some friction between the detective pair and the FBI that have joined the task force, with differing points of view on how they’re going about solving this crime and finding this girl. Daniel is brought into it again and starts to see the killer’s point of view not before of course; the serial killer contacts him for a drop point.

Charlotte has to deal with the aftermath of her refusal of keeping the tunnel open, which resulted in a gruesome visual of a horse being hanged upside down. We learn how Charlotte became the second wife, through her continually rough interactions between her and her step daughter. The step daughter also throws the gauntlet when she tells her that Tina found Marco’s wallet in the guest bedroom.

Steven continues being creepifying as we see yet another body in his car, this time in the back seat. Continuing down the ever confusing plot line, he brings the body to what one can only assume is a religious ranch. He tells ranch owner, Bob that the woman has come to change her life. Turns out he’s actually trying to help her hide from her pimp, Hector. What’s great about that scene, was while I had thought it would have been a slight possibility that he was going to help her, it seemed more and more likely that he was giving her over to some bigger evil.

Meanwhile in Mexico, we see a glimpse of two men speaking about how many loads they have missed and how much business they’re losing. They eventually ask the help of the woman who is insisting Charlotte keep her tunnel open. My guess is that they lost their “loads” to the serial killer.

Marco finds himself in some shady business when the man who approached the woman about the tunnel comes to him and offers him the ransom the killer asked for. The conversation ending in a very ominous “I know where to find you, Marco Ruiz.”

As they’re preparing for the drop off, Sonya cracks the location of Maria wide open saving her, all because of a simple shadow. Her obsession to find this woman and her need to avoid all else actually endeared her a bit to me as we see a bit more of her emotional side, which we got especially from her conversation with the sheriff.

And, in a turn of events that many could have seen coming, the serial killer has Gedman drop his ear piece and cut communications with the team as they start trying to look for him, Frye’s phone strikes again as he finds some appalling thing in the dumpster. My idea, nothing good could come from it, assuming it’s someone’s body; while Marco gets attacked by what we assume is the serial killer.

What the killer leaves at his side as he knocks out, is the suitcase of money and a video of Gedman and a woman, ending the episode.

Is anyone bothered by the Charlotte storyline from the home? I just can’t seem to bring myself to care about her step daughter, or want to look further into her story. The one compelling point is that the tunnel just happens to be on her property that she inherited from her husband. I know we’re only four episodes in and a lot can happen in a few episodes.

A Murderer with a Point to Prove in ‘The Bridge’

From the minute the show opens, my interest is piqued. With a series of strange occurrences at the US/Mexico border, including a power outage and cameras being cut, which we attribute to the man in the car, he drops a body and then drives off. And, then the story takes off running.

That’s where we meet two very different detectives from different sides, literally. Sonia Cross, a tightly wound and socially inept El Paso detective comes to the scene where she meets Chihuahua state police Marco Ruiz and instantly butts heads over who the body belongs to. We later find out that the body, for the most part, belongs to a Texan judge.  We get to see how Cross is at crime scenes, rigid and somewhat tactless not even letting a woman pass with her husband who is having a heart attack.

We then get a glimpse into what we can assume at this point is the killer and his very creepy way of waiting for women in dark alleys, pushing them into his trunk, passing through the border without a problem frustratingly enough, and leaving them stranded in a padlocked trailer in the middle of nowhere.

We also see Ruiz on the other side of the border in Mexico with his family and dealing with the cartels and trying to keep his son away from it all. It’ll be interesting to see if we go any further into his side of the story and spend more time on that side of the bridge.

Sonia Cross instantly reminded me of a mix of the social ineptness of Brennan from Bones and the obsessive mind of Carrie from Homeland. And, for the most part I eventually came to like at least one of those characters so we’ll see how this goes, and if it’s attributed some way to her sister’s death or some other traumatic incident.

The stories are somewhat seamlessly intertwined because of the connection to the initial incident but, after Carl’s death, we kind of lose touch with where Charlotte’s story goes in connection with everyone else’s. Although, I really want to know what her husband was hiding in that basement and I assume that’s where I’ll get my answer because, there is no way anything good can be behind that really sinister door.

By the end of the 90 minute premiere, we meet one of the first suspects according to Cross and El Paso Police, a jerky reporter named Daniel Frye, who finds himself trapped in his car with a bomb and a countdown timer. And in a heart stopping moment, the timer stops at 00:00 and the car unlocks. A phone is found attached and in that message, you learn the murderer is after more than just killing random people. This guy’s motive is some sort of social justice, which is interesting and different from my usual crime drama fare.

I really liked how it was shot and perfectly mirrored the dark and gritty tone of the pilot and I assume the rest of the series. While it set a lot of the story for the series, I still had a few questions and made me look forward to next week.

Community: Body Switching and History Banners in “Basic Human Anatomy”

Better late than never, I say!

In this week’s Community, Troy and abed think they switch bodies through a Freaky Friday DVD Troy gives Abed for their five year anniversary. Meanwhile, Britta and Troy are REMINDED of their one year anniversary of their first date by Shirley and Annie while planning their history project that Jeff iterates needs to be only “passable and doable.”

The “body switching” bit leads to Troy and Britta actually talking about the things he tells Abed regarding their relationship and the fact that he just wasn’t ready for their relationship. About how he doesn’t want to ruin the friendship and we get to see it from both sides as we see the anniversary date go down at Senor Kevin’s while “Abed” and Jeff start looking through the lost and Found for the Freaky Friday DVD that started it all. It was great being able to see it from both points of view.

While Troy and Abed are seriously committing to the Freaky Friday bit, the Dean joins in as he thinks he switched bodies with Jeff exhibiting some very “Jeff” like behavior, which makes him more willing to help Shirley and Annie find out how Leonard became number one in the class. There were some moments between Annie and the Dean that made me laugh and cringe at the same time, like when the Dean rips his shirt off and Annie instantly reacts.

As this is all happening, we see at the end of the episode Pierce, who was in maybe two minutes of the episode (which I’m totally okay with) ends up finishing the project making it much more than “passable and doable”, which surprises the entire study group and the audience.

Orphan Black: Clones, Corpses and Choices In “Variation Under Nature”

We got to learn more about two of apparently many clones, Alison and Kasima, a glimpse as to who might be after them and Sarah makes a choice in this week’s episode of Orphan Black.

The formal introduction of Alison and Kasima did not come without its problems for Sarah. With Allison taking the snarky approach, talking about how they’re being hunted, Kasima taking the soft spoken, scientific route, explaining they were “related by nature”, and Felix creepily watching from outside, Sarah was told she “broke the first rule of clone club” by bringing him into it.

Meanwhile, as Sarah continues to impersonate Beth, she gets reinstated and is called out to a crime scene, which we find out is the place where Sarah actually buried the German clone, Katja. Sarah gets benched after Art sees her gun wasn’t loaded and insists that he meet her at the range. While she tries to keep her partner Art from getting the prints to identify the body at the scene, he receives a cryptic call about the “quarry body” that sets Sarah more on edge. Alison eventually helps her while also giving us more insight into Beth’s relationship with the clones and the roles each one played in ensuring their survival. It also gave us the opportunity to see the desparation and human side to Alison which balanced out her what Felix called “soccer bitch” side.

And in perhaps one of the funniest scenes of the episode, Felix was left to take care of Alison’s children while she helped Sarah. Felix is at a loss as to what to do, asking Alison’s son if he likes to dress up like a girl, but her daughter, Gemma, exclaiming “I could dress up like a boy.” What Alison sees when she comes back leaves her sighing, her children having played dress up. Gemma tells her mom excitedly and hilariously “look mom! We’re cross dressers!”

Sarah eventually comes face to face with yet another clone, as her and Art catch a lead on the motorcycle spotted at the crime scene. The clone attacks them and Sarah chases after her, when she sees her and has her on the ground so close to getting stabbed, she confesses that she isn’t Beth. By the end of the episode, we see that there is more to this clone business, genetically speaking than they thought or are giving away.

The exchange between the clones was entertaining and helped move along the story, which I was hoping would happen and the scene towards the end of the episode where we see Sarah make the choice to stick with her Beth disguise and helping her clones out, trying to stop whoever is after them. Felix was hilarious with the children and seems like the voice of reason when it comes Sarah and her daughter.

The intensity is sure to ramp up next week, when according to the preview, we will be learning more about the fifth clone who seems to be after them.

Orphan Black airs as part of Supernatural Saturday on BBC America at 9 pm.

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Community: Puppets, Singing and Sara Bareilles in “Intro to Felt Surrogacy”

This week’s episode opened on an awkwardly silent study group, with the Dean trying to figure out what happened and where Pierce was.

The Dean asks the group as he sees the empty chair, “He’s not with us. But is he WITH us?” hilarious and I couldn’t help but be reminded, as I said in last week’s review, that this character’s episodes are numbered. But, then Dean Pelton pulls out his customary costume of the week and transforms himself into “Deanocchio” and hands the group puppets to talk it out which leads the viewers on an entertaining felt filled tale, with Abed retelling the story.

And, of course there were puppets and singing an admittedly catchy song featuring hot air balloon guide Sara Bareilles, which I enjoyed and was kind of random. It’s all going well for them until Pierce touches something and makes the balloon rise even further eventually leaving them stranded in the middle of the woods. The guest spots keep coming as a strange “transient woodsman” played by Jason Alexander offers them berries and leads them to sit around a fire offering up their secrets. This part of the retelling led to some heartfelt, warm and fuzzy moments between the group and Shirley who, thanks to the berries they all ate, was the only one whose secret was actually told, which was just so sad to watch.

The rest of the group starts to reveal their secrets, in song of course. With secrets ranging from sad, with Jeff’s secret about leaving a woman and her son and his fear of becoming his father, to kind of funny with Britta only ever voting for The Voice.

There were some great lines from Troy in last night’s episode. One of my favorites had to be “If we fly to heaven, please don’t tell my grandpa about me and Britta!” as the study group puppets found themselves being blown away somewhere thanks to Pierce. I really liked the study group bingo Troy and Abed had going throughout beginning of the episode in the flashback as they realized the group was stuck in rut, which put them in the position they ended up in.

I couldn’t help but be funnily creeped out with the Jeff puppet talking back to the Dean, saying he could take him home which obviously served its purpose. And, while I enjoyed the end tag with some behind the scenes footage of the cast during the episode, I feel it could have ended with this Dean/ puppet Jeff scene.

With the same kind of feel from earlier seasons, I’ve really enjoyed the last two episodes.