If they ever start giving out medals for watching television, then I should definitely get a purple heart for this one! My sympathies go out to Ted Levine who must wonder how he got stereotyped into co-starring with mentally handicapped detectives. In this case the lead character has the mentality of a 12 year old, but still manages to shine as a senior detective, in a police division where everyone else is still at pre-school level and the Mexicans are all bad ass corrupt drug dealers trying to find a way across the border into the US.
This show is more than just a little bit predictable, even when it is trying not to be predictable. The drama is shallow and not very exciting. It doesn’t even qualify as a psychological thriller that makes you think after each episode, even though it did make me think “why did I watch that” after the show. Even “Monk” was more entertaining than this where at least the occasional attempt at humour offset the dreary stretching of the metaphorical tape.
At the risk of starting another war with the Trojans, there were times I had to physically restrain myself from trying to put my boot through the screen trying to kick “Sonja Cross” (the lead detective) in the face! The childish temperament and twitching gets very old very quickly, and I hope this is just the shortcoming of a poorly developed character and not solely due to bad acting. Has it really been 10 years since Troy? To be honest “Helen” has aged well and she is still gorgeous, I just could not relate to Sonja Cross and often found myself grinding my teeth in sheer frustration, praying for the episode to end. Slow, Predictable and boring. Not even full frontal nudity and gratuitous violence could redeem this one and make it worth watching. If I thought “The Killing” might have gotten better if it were even drearier, then I’m certain I would have enjoyed “The Bridge”. I didn’t!