Came across this article
in The Guardian.
It compares the two lead females in the Nordic and US versions of "The Bridge", known as "Bron/Broen" in the original Swedish/Danish. It captures my thoughts about Kruger's portrayal fairly well in that Sonya is missing that "she's not the entirely original, other-worldly Noren that fans of the original show found so compelling.
" in Saga. In the linked article there is a link to a YouTube clip that demonstrates a bit of Saga's self-assured purposefulness, something that Sonya is virtually lacking in. In the original, Saga is clearly the dominant personality of the duo, whereas in the US version it can easily be said that Marco is the dominant character over the rather meek and unsure Sonya.
Now, I realize that they are two different shows, and I'm trying to give Kruger a lot of rope here(and there's a high probability the character is written as such), but even at this late stage of the season she still isn't working for me. My problem, I guess, is that I've seen the original and it's colored my opinion of Kruger's performance; one of the downsides of remakes, it's difficult not to compare and choose a favorite of the two.
That said, I am enjoying "The Bridge" although I think most of that is coming from the setting, the sociological aspects of that setting, and some of the ancillary characters, particularly Adriana(reporter), Fausto(cartel boss) and Charlotte(the widow). Ted Levine is, as usual, a scene stealer, enough said there.
The Bridge: Saga Noren v Sonya Cross
"It is not an easy gig, reworking a character as distinctive as The Bridge's Saga Noren. Striding onto screen, great coat flapping, blonde mane flowing, Noren managed to breathe new life into a genre not short of detectives with great instincts but disastrous personal skills. Sonya Cross, her equivalent on FX's US remake, was always unlikely to come out of this tussle on top."
(full read at link below)
P.S. No spoilers of the American or Swedish/Danish version contained in the article.