This is the episode where Big Sky found its footing and brought its A-game. This is the episode I was waiting for. This is good television!
Since its premiere, the show has proven that it isn’t afraid to take big risks. And the big risks seem to be paying off.
Big Sky Season 1 Episode 7 is filled with intense, jaw-dropping, and I-can’t-believe-this-is-actually-happening moments!
As Rick wakes up from his coma, the investigation really starts to take shape, even if he isn’t quite in the right headspace.
His ability to talk and construct sentences is impressive and nothing short of a miracle. Up until the end, I was convinced Rick was pretending and actually remembered everything. He’s cunning enough to pull something like this off, and he of all people would know that it would buy him some time.
But it seems as though he’s truly suffering from some kind of memory loss and has regressed three years ago since he remembers he’s a Montana State Trooper (a role he prides himself on) and thought his father was still alive. It makes me wonder what happened to him back then to bring him into the world of sex trafficking and make him such a terrible person.
Sadly, his current state means that he isn’t paying the price for his actions. At least, not fully. But even without his memories, there’s no getting out of this for Rick even with a “best efforts” lawyer by his side as the evidence is stacked against him. Even his own wife thinks he’s guilty!
Grace’s positive identification also has him on the hook for murder. She was beyond brave in this episode by confronting her captor, leading the police to the acid pit, and identifying the disintegrating fisherman. I’m not sure how quickly acid deteriorates the body, but would it be possible to make this identification without pulling dental records? And why couldn’t Grace just pick out Rick from a photo lineup? They really made sure to pile on even more trauma on top of the emotional and physical abuse she suffered!
It probably would have been in Ronald’s best interest to skip town, but instead, he walked right into the line of fire while trying to protect himself.
Using Merilee to get privileged information on Rick’s health was both smart and incredibly stupid. He would have been better off dying his hair and skipping town. Even if Rick regained his memories eventually, by that point, Ronald could have been in a different country.
Instead, he stuck around and quite possibly got himself caught.
Every time Merilee agreed to meet up with “Mitchell,” I kept yelling “Merilee, you’re in danger, girl!” How is it that one woman could be played and fooled by two psychopaths within weeks of each other? Look for the signs, Merilee!
After what happened with her husband, she should have had her guard all the way up.
Mitchell preyed on her insecurities and weaseled his way in with kindness. He saw a neglected woman and found the sweet spot to make her feel like someone cared.
Cassie and Jenny’s timing couldn’t be more perfect. I was afraid they weren’t going to show Merilee the photo, but this series insists on doing things the “smart way” and upping the stakes, which is so refreshing and allows for the fast-paced nature of the show.
Merilee immediately recognized Mitchell from the sketch and didn’t hesitate to inform them that he was upstairs. And all of this just as Ronald found Rick’s hiding space and secured the evidence that incriminated him.
Catching Ronald while he’s inside the house would be too easy though. As the teaser for next week reveals, he likely heard the commotion downstairs and escaped through a window.
After all of this, Merilee needs to retire to some mini-islands that’s free of psycho and sociopaths.
Speaking of Ronald… throughout the whole episode, I kept asking myself why Helen just didn’t call the cops on Ronald. It’s clear that she was terrified of him and yet, there she was protecting him despite knowing all the “filthy” things he’s done.
They say a mother’s love knows no bounds, but she was harming so many innocent lives with her silence. And it was very obvious that Ronald would never change.
The only logical explanation for her cooperation is that she felt some sort of guilt for the way he turned out because she coddled and belittled him all his life. Also, I couldn’t help but laugh at her prayer comments. No amount of prayer could fix this.
Eventually, Helen realized it was her responsibility to get her son some much-needed and long-overdue help, which was smart.
What wasn’t smart? Telling a man who openly said he would consider murder that she was going to report him to the cops. He was already so agitated, why would she think this was a good idea?
Maybe she could’ve informed him as the cops showed up at their house, but absolutely not before she even made the call. What did she think was going to happen when she pushed him into a corner? Did she think God was going to protect her?
It was like watching a car accident unfold. By confronting him, she was basically asking to be killed. I wish God told her that.
Ronald was so upset that he snapped her neck, and unlike all the other times, this one didn’t happen in his imagination. You could tell he didn’t want to hurt his mother, but he couldn’t stop himself nor was he even aware of the rage bubbling inside of him.
Their relationship was dysfunctional and highly-uncomfortable to watch, but it was nothing compared to Ronald leaving his dead mother on the chair watching television.
And right after that, he went to Merilee’s house and didn’t even miss a beat. If that isn’t delusional, I don’t know what is.
Seeing how calm and collected he was after killing the person closest to him, you can see why I was so worried for Merilee. At any moment, she could say the wrong thing or push the wrong button and end up just like Helen.
Poor Merilee. She’s not a bad person, she’s just a person that bad things keep happening to.
Do you think Cassie and Jenny will apprehend Ronald based solely on a sketch and a fake name?
And will the decaying Helen eventually help them crack the case? If Ronald doesn’t do a better job of cleaning up, he’s going to leave a trail of bodies that lead right back to him.
Will Rick regain his memories? Is he faking it?
- Why is Tubb so insistent on Cassie and Jenny staying off of the case? They may not be cops, but it wasn’t cops who cracked the case. They’re clearly good at their jobs, have earned the trust of the kidnapped girls, and are determined because the same suspects killed Cody. At the very least, they should be able to assist.
- I hate watching Jerrie live in fear. The fact that the cops didn’t offer protection from the get-go is unreal. There’s a kidnapper/murderer on the loose and these girls can identity him. How does that not warrant protection?
- The show was heavily criticized in its early stages for ignoring the kidnappings and sex trafficking of indigenous women in Montana. However, it was brought up by a cop named Elena, who suggested looping in the tribes at reservations truck stops for help. How else should the show incorporate this real-life problem?
Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comments below!
Big Sky Season Finale Review – Ronald’s Great Escape (1×16)
The Big Sky Season 1 finale was better than the whole second half of the season!
Arthur, er, sorry, Ronald, knows how to takes us on an adventure.
And he always has a few aces up his sleeve.
When Lindor and Geri busted into Mary’s home, it seemed like he and Scarlet hit the end of the road, but Ronald always anticipated this moment, and he set quite the plan into motion.
It seems the only time that the feds have ever taken him by surprise is when Geri ambushed him with a gun. He didn’t see that coming, and he didn’t seem pleased to see her.
Ronald knew that above anything else, Lindor, Cassie, and Jenny wanted answers, so he knew exactly how to manipulate them. He laid one breadcrumb, and they followed just how he wanted.
Initially, I wasn’t sure what the whole John Milton plan was exactly, and neither was Scarlet, but she trusted her man and rolled with it.
Turns out, it was Ronald’s “get out of jail” free card as it notified the syndicate that he needed help. When a Sheriff came to Scarlet’s house, it was clear that Rick Legarski wasn’t the only Sheriff operating within this syndicate. And that’s a disturbing revelation for a different day.
Scarlet was picked up as set up with a getaway car, while Ronald led Lindor, Cassie, Jenny, and Tubb on a little field trip.
They probably would’ve been better off listening to Jenny about not giving Ronald so much free reign.
Lindor may outrank them, but he got played! Cassie and Jenny know exactly who they’re dealing with and how clever Ronald is. He managed to evade them once, so they really shouldn’t have risked it again.
While he led them to his creepy little garage where he hid Kelli, one of his first loves, it was also part of his escape plan as it allowed the syndicate to ambush them and free Ronald.
The whole action sequence here was truly exceptional. Jenny was a boss until she got shot, while Cassie held her own as Ronald tried to choke her out.
And Lindor was unconscious throughout the whole thing. Seriously, this guy.
Eventually, Ronald managed to escape and reunite with Scarlet. One of the men from the syndicate hooked them up with new identities and it all seemed to be on track, that is until he informed them that they would not be picking up Phoebe.
Scarlet and Ronald may be the unhinged versions of Bonnie and Clyde, but they would never leave behind her daughter, so they went with plan B and killed the driver instead.
And that, friends, is why you don’t help murderers and human traffickers.
Will they find a way to get Phoebe?
Considering Jenny’s gut feeling about Scarlet was right, I’m surprised they haven’t picked up Phoebe yet.
There’s no way a mother would ever abandon her child, so it would have led them right to Ronald and Scarlet.
Will their devotion to the little girl be their undoing?
Phoebe trusts her mother, but she’s also smart enough to know when something feels off like the whole situation with Arthur in the forest.
I wouldn’t be surprised if she blew their cover somehow.
At first, it didn’t make sense as to why Scarlet was so comfortable and turned on by Ronald’s psychotic tendencies, but the fact that she was committed to an insitution for the criminally insane does put things in perspective.
It also explains why she was so calm about killing Steve. Ronald tried to take the blame for that, but that should’ve been the first red flag for Lindor, Cassie, and Jenny. I mean, wasn’t Steve’s corpse older than 3 months? Did they know that the cops wouldn’t have time to verify their story?
With Scarlet and Ronald on the run, and Cassie pursuing them with a vengeance, I’m excited to see what season 2 has in store.
As I mentioned, the second half of the season, which focused on the Kleinsasser family, wasn’t as thrilling or captivating as all the drama with Ronald.
I’m glad he’s back at the wheel — no pun intended.
I didn’t expect to get any closure when it came to the Kleinsasser family nor did I think I needed it, but I have to say, it was nice to see Margaret finally get her revenge on Horst.
He was emotionally abusive to her for years, and she finally found her voice and silenced his.
In short, the family is full of murderers, but this is one that was deserved.
It doesn’t just set Margaret and Cheyenne free, it’s also payback for all the poor souls that never got to leave that toxic farm.
What did you think of the Big Sky Season 1 finale? Were you surprised by how clever Ronald is?
Let us know in the comments below!
Big Sky Review – I’m the Bad Guy (1×15)
Cassie and Jenny may have been responsible for the Kleinssasers’ undoing, but that family was always capable of destroying themselves all on their own.
Blood was spilled on Big Sky Season 1 Episode 15 as we saw the demise of Rand and JW.
And it was a long time coming.
After the Kleinsasser family caught Cassie, Jenny, and Gil on their property, it was every man (and woman) for themselves.
And thankfully, they all made it out alive.
The same couldn’t be said for Rand and JW, who deserved everything they got.
When Rand tried to run Cassie over, she shot out his wheels ensuring that he crashed. The next morning when Rosie found Cassie unconscious, they found Rand bleeding out inside his cabin.
He survived long enough to see his mother one last time before bleeding out.
JW died not long after his psychotic brother. Cassie and Cheyenne found him just as he was gearing up to take out Jenny. A wrestling match ensued and his little sister pulled the trigger.
While Cheyenne definitely knew that her family was disturbed and wanted to break free from them, she wasn’t all that different from them either.
She wanted the same thing JW and Rand did — she wanted the ranch for herself. And she wanted to be free from the control of the deranged men in her family.
And she got it. With JW and Rand eliminated, the ranch now belonged to Cheyenne.
We never saw Horst pay for his sins, but considering that Cassie and Jenny had a sample of the toxic chemicals on his land, it’s safe to assume he was held accountable for all the skeletons on his property.
Does anyone else feel a little cheated for getting invested in Margaret’s storyline only to see nothing come of it? If anyone deserved to kill anyone, it should’ve been Margaret killing Horst.
Cassie and Jenny made sure justice was served on all fronts by taking down Sheriff Wagy, who admitted on video to plotting to kill Cassie.
With the Kleinsasser family taken care of, Cassie and Jenny are free to return to their biggest problem: Ronald/ Arthur.
I’m much more invested in all the Ronald developments than I ever was in the Kleinssaser mystery, which made it feel like a completely different series.
It would’ve made more sense if Ronald was somehow connected to the Kleinsasser’s, but instead, we’ve just been following two separate storylines about people who are all too comfortable with killing for their own benefit.
I’m glad to be circling back to the former one.
The episode kicked off with Arthur burying Mary’s body and getting caught by Phoebe.
It was tense as he explained he was burying a dead deer, and then contemplated bashing Phoebe’s skull in with a rock.
I’m really glad he didn’t. Phoebe didn’t seem to buy Arthur’s story either — she’s a smart kid and knows that something is definitely up, which is why she lied to her mother.
Even when Arthur tried to remain normal, he gave off creep vibes.
Arthur was terrified of what would happen if Scarlet found out about his past, but much to his surprise, she didn’t even care.
It’s unclear how long Scarlet knew about his real identity, but I think that she knew the whole time Mary tried to warn her and just hoped Ronald would get rid of her sister.
She even seemed less concerned about what happened to Mary and more concerned with authorities finding Steve’s body.
Yep, turns out Scarlet was the one that bashed in her baby daddy’s skull (with a screwdriver!) as Mary helped her hide the body.
Scarlet explained that Mary held the crime over her head all these years, but obviously, this made Mary an accomplice.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to let the authorities believe Mary was the murderer? After all, the body was on her premises!
And Steve is the least of their worries since they’re really after Ronald!
However, Scarlet revealed she was cool as a cucumber with Ronald’s past crimes. In fact, she was even more attracted to him, which meant Ronald somehow met his perfect match.
If you didn’t think soulmates existed before, you definitely do now.
Scarlet may be even more deranged than Ronald since she owns up to what she’s done and is more than happy to give into her urges whereas he tries to tame them and is ashamed of them.
Having someone who shares his “interests” is bound to make Ronald much more dangerous.
Scarlet’s confidence likely won’t have a positive influence on him.
Will he go full-on psycho? And what does this mean for poor Phoebe?
Lindor and Geri — who is hellbent on revenge even if it might get her killed — were closing in on them, but Ronald’s storyline is far from over.
As the teasers for next week’s Big Sky Season 1 finale reveal, Ronald is going to get caught, and it will likely unearth something much more sinister than we ever anticipated.
Will Ronald take them to where all the bodies are buried?
What else was he involved in? And why do I have a hunch Scarlet will help him escape again?
Big Sky Review – No Better Than Dogs (1×12)
Big Sky has tackled a new mystery in the second half of season 1, but the shift has been pretty abrupt.
There are still plenty of jaw-dropping cliffhangers as Cassie and Jenny investigate Rosie’s disappearance at the hands of the Kleinsasser family, but the new plot has turned the show into more of a procedural so it just feels off.
Big Sky Season 1 Episode 12 picked up with Jenny getting ambushed on the Kleinsasser property by Rand, while Cassie was being kidnapped by Sheriff Wagy and his officers.
Something is really off about this little town. And something is off about the Kleinsasser’s.
While it’s unclear what exactly is going on, it’s evident that Rand is a bad guy.
Cassie and Jenny were dragged into the case at Blake’s request, but since he’s been released from jail, why have they stuck around?
Their lives have been threatened, they’ve been knocked unconscious, and it’s very clear that the family wouldn’t hesitate to take them out to keep them quiet.
Blake seems to know exactly what happened that night, so again, I’m not sure why he dragged Jenny into this in the first place.
Or even if he doesn’t know, he has an inkling as to what his family is hiding. He keeps saying that he’ll reveal exactly what’s happening on the farm, so why hasn’t he?
And while we don’t know for certain, after Jenny and Cassie found Rosie, she admitted that she remembered having flashes of Rand being there during the attack.
Rand seems to be the common denominator in everything.
Blake even revealed that Rand killed a kid named Cole back in the day and the family covered it up.
Why does everyone keep covering for Rand?
And what is up on the farm aside from Rand making drugs in his little trailer?
And more importantly, why do we care about any of this?
Yes, it’s the case that they’ve taken on, but it seems like even the cops are in on the family’s doings, so I’d just let sleeping dogs lie.
The family didn’t even hesitate to take out one of their own.
When Blake confronted John Wayne, about the sins of his family and threatened to expose them, his brother pulled a Rand and knocked him out into a ditch.
Blake is dead… right?
And their sister, Cheyenne, saw all of it. Why is she sticking around in this dysfunctional household?
It seems as though she’s only there to make sure that her mother is safe and sane, but you can’t help someone who can’t be helped.
Her mother may hate their father, but she doesn’t seem to want to break free from the toxicity either.
And again, why are Cassie and Jenny involved in all of this?
The best part about the new season is Lindor, who I’m guessing will have a romantic relationship with Cassie moving forward.
He’s also been involved in the Rosie disappearance, but in reality, he teamed up with Dewell and Hoyt to track Ronald.
I’m willing to bet that most of the audience continues to watch the series to see how Ronald’s (new name Arthur) storyline will pan out.
First of all, can someone please explain why Ronald thought that look was the way to go? I mean, what the hell is going on with his hair?
It’s shocking that he was able to score a girlfriend looking like that.
His relationship with Scarlet is super dysfunctional, and the poor girl has no idea that she’s falling in love with a serial killer.
The whole thing is like a page book ripped for the Ted Bundy chronicles.
Scarlet seems to want a man so badly that she didn’t mind finding Arthur’s taser or using it on him.
But considering how high-profile the Legarski case was, I don’t understand how she didn’t recognize Arthur as Ronald immediately.
Her sister mentioned that he looked very familiar, so I’m hoping she’ll make the connection before he takes her out. Unfortunately, knowing Ronald, that likely won’t be the case.
However, if Ronald really wants to remain under the radar, he wouldn’t draw attention to himself. They’re all waiting for one of his urges to get the best of him, but will it?
The series started off so strong in the first half, but a huge part of the success was the mystery and the cast.
This shake-up seems too abrupt, and while I want to know what the Kleinsasser family is up to, I’ll also be just fine if I never see any of them again.
And maybe part of that is that we don’t care enough about Jenny and Cassie as characters to follow them on these continued journeys with their P.I. firm?
It would be better if the writers explored their characters deeper, but instead, we’re being bombarded with this new family and all their secrets and issues.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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