Television Review: The Bridge (Episodes 5 & 6)

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She drives me mad sometimes but there’s something about her. – Martin on Saga

I understand you. – Saga
It takes one to know one. – TT

As foreshadowed by Lars and his samurai sword in the last episode, the third problem turns out to be cuts to psychiatric programmes. Or, as TT puts it in a message to his pet tabloid journalist, “A pat on the shoulder and a pill is the help the mentally ill receive.” TT does load the dice in favour of his argument by substituting placebos in the medication of four paranoid schizophrenics, sending them off on missions to hack people up with sharp objects. He cuts through the metaphor of “cuts” in a very direct and lethal way. His assassins are supposed to commit suicide afterwards, but Lars is prevented from doing so. And it’s his concern for Anja that prompts him to give the police a description of TT. They later get a CCTV picture of his figure, but not his face.

The race is on to find Anja, also seen on CCTV, who saw him close up outside Lars’ apartment building. Now the different approaches of Martin and Saga begin to clash. Martin reassures Anja’s mother that they’ll bring her home, while Saga insists they can’t give any such guarantee. For Martin it’s one of the “unwritten rules” of police work that you give the friends and relatives of victims some hope. For Saga it’s all about logic. In this case the hope is misplaced. TT shoots Anja in a parking garage before they can get to her. I was actually shocked by this development, which would probably not have taken place in an American or British production, where the tender feelings of viewers are usually catered for.

Saga is affected by Anja’s shooting, and perhaps by Martin’s unwritten rule about giving comfort, because she says, “No” when Anja asks if she’s going to die in the hospital. But she does die, while Saga is urging her to draw a picture of TT. You have to assume some guilt behind the facade of logic, particularly since her sister committed suicide at the same age. Anja is only able to complete the eyes and part of a nose, which Martin interprets as representing Stefan.

Stefan is a killer, though not necessarily TT. When Soren attacks him at his apartment, Stefan deliberately beats him to death with an iron, despite Soren being incapacitated. Then he has the coolness to haul the body into the bedroom and answer questions from Martin in the living room. A later search by Martin and Saga finds no body, a small amount of unidentified blood on the floor, and a cupboard full of medical supplies. But there’s not enough evidence to hold Stefan.

The fourth problem is the unequal justice meted out to Muslim immigrants, highlighted by a trial against four Danish cops who are charged with beating and killing a man. Henning saw it all and refuses to testify against his colleagues, who are acquitted, causing widespread outrage and riots. TT’s game plan is to provoke a crackdown on immigrants by kidnapping Henning and chaining him up in the basement of the apartment where the victim’s brother and father live. The brother, Saif, is sent a key to the basement room. TT is clearly hoping that Saif will kill Henning, but it doesn’t work out that way. While Saif is angry, he’s unwilling to commit murder. In fact, it’s his father who wants to kill Henning when he finds out, and Saif restrains him. They set Henning free. TT is waiting outside, dressed a cop, and shoots him dead.

When his police car is found, not even stolen, Saga begins to suspect the worse. TT has already called her directly and told Saga that she knows how he knew they were looking for Anja. The police car triggers the realization. “What if he’s one of us? What if he’s a police officer?”

Saga and Martin’s relationship is now coming under stress. As well as telling the truth to Anja’s mother, there’s Saga’s casual bedding of August, who invites himself into her apartment. “He slept over” is ambiguous, but given the way he was looking at her when she stayed for supper at Martin’s house, you know exactly what was on his mind. That and “Is she single?” Martin is so angry with Saga that the only way he can deal with it is not to talk about what provoked it.

It doesn’t help that he’s allowed himself to be seduced by Charlotte, who whipped off her blonde wig in a very erotic way when he called to look at some of Goran’s old files. Bad decision. And bad luck that he dropped his wallet during the encounter. Even worse luck that Saga publicly returned it to him at the aforementioned supper, with full details of its provenance. Not surprisingly, Mette is suspicious and asks him directly if he’s sleeping with Charlotte. So Martin is kicked out of the house, and when he shows up with breakfast at Saga’s apartment, she asks him if he’s brought croissants for August as well. He has a right to be grumpy.

Daniel is still a tabloid scumbag hack – his article on the murders by four psychiatric patients includes a list of addresses for many more psychiatric patients, prompting a vigilante to throw a brick through the window of one of them. The headline probably had something to do with it – “A Killer May Be Living Near You.” On being confronted, he denies responsibility for the consequences. Ake, his colleague, also has some choice words. “TT is in charge. You’e just a useful fool.” Daniel’s response to criticism is to party harder, ending up with a drug overdose and a two minute clinical death. We’ll see if he learns anything from this.

Anton, Saga’s casual date, may be getting more involved in the plot. We now know his name, and in one scene he notices Saga across the street and looks meaningfully at her.

A fine cliffhanger ending to episode 6. It TT is a cop, then who can they trust? And there’s one more social problem to be explored by TT in his own inimitable way. I suspect this will be the one where Martin becomes a pawn in his plans, having been spared during TT’s near capture after Bjorn’s death.

3 thoughts on “Television Review: The Bridge (Episodes 5 & 6)

  1. I too am enjoying the Bridge but I really would like to know how Martin slept with Charlotte when he was still very sore from his vasectomy and also had been punched and his stitches broken the previous few days. Not very logical.

    • I’m wondering that as well. One of the excuses he gave Mette was that he had something to prove after the vasectomy, and he was probably taking fairly strong painkillers.

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