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Big Sky Review – Bad Vibes in Montana (1×02)

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Was it just me or did the momentum fell a bit on the second episode of Big Sky. Did the series plays all of its cards in the pilot in order to hook fans?

Likely not, but it didn’t play any of them this week either as the action was pretty much at a standstill.

Instead, the episode focused on deepening the audience’s bond with the characters and building up some backstory. 

The newest revelation – which was more of a confirmation since we expected it – is that Ronald and Rick are involved in sex trafficking. But the plan for the girls gets foiled rather quickly as Danielle and Grace are, as Rick put it, “unmarketable” because they are two wholesome girls with families who have come looking for them less than 24-hours after they’ve gone missing. Selling Michelle, aka Jerrie, also isn’t going to pan out for them as she reveals her true nature. 

The dynamic between Rick and Ronald is calm despite being knee-deep in a mess that doesn’t seem to have an easy solution. They can’t kill everyone that they cross paths with! 

Also, the line of the week has got to be “kidnapping doesn’t always go easy peasy.”

For now, it’s clear that Rick is leader who calls the shots, while Ronald is the man who carries out the orders and does the heavy-lifting. It’ll be in the show’s best interest to explore their relationship and how they got to this point. 

Ronald has plenty of issues, most of them stemming from his disturbing relationship with his mother. He’s easily triggered, usually by his mom, whom he also turns to for comfort. Their relationship is the most bizarre aspect of the series, which means that there’s plenty to unpack as episodes progress. For now, it seems like she’s far-removed from his “trucking” reality, but those wires have to cross at some point and reveal a connection, right? 

Does she know what’s going on and remains in denial? Is she truly unaware about just how messed up he is? 

What I found interesting is that while Ronald and Rick are very clearly monsters and psychopaths, the vision these two have of themselves is quite the opposite — they think they’re heroes. 

Rick mentioned that they’re “cleaning up the muck” by picking off women who moonshine as prostitutes. They really are out her thinking that they’re doing the world a favor by kidnapping women and selling them off into the world of trafficking. And their justification? That these women put themselves in these situations. 

They’re in for a rude awakening when they realize that Cassie and Jenny are just as involved in finding Jerrie – now that they know about her disappearance from the waitress at the diner – as they are about finding Danielle and Grace. And I’m glad that there is someone that not only noticed Jerrie is missing but cared enough to bring it to Jenny’s attention. I wasn’t fond of the idea that only two girls from a “good home” were important enough to have people looking out for them. 

As Cassie and Jenny look for the missing girls, they’re also dealing with Cody’s disappearance, which is initially written off as an alcoholic relapse. 

The lack of Ryan Phillippe in this episode was felt deeply, and I’m not sure I liked it. Yes, he appeared in a brief flashback, which indicated that his relationship with Cassie was more seriously than they previously let on, but it wasn’t as captivating as having him be an integral part of the cast. 

The pilot pitted both Cassie and Jenny against each other for having relations with Cody, but they’re both going to have to come together to solve this mystery.

While they both have a certain set of skills that’s already coming in handy, I’m wildly impressed with Cassie. The fact that Jenny, Cody’s wife, assumed his drinking was to blame while Cassie felt that something more ominous was to blame may just show which woman had the stronger connection with him. 

Cassie is astute; she immediately picked up weird vibes from Rick. Better yet – she knows enough to trust those instincts. Women are always being told not to follow their gut. Heck, even Denise keeps telling Cassie to let it go. And truthfully, her comments about Rick not having it in him to be a bad guy are a red flag.

Unfortunately, Cassie allowed Rick to read her like an open book. I wish she hadn’t so that he was completely onto her, but she’s putting on the pressure and making sure he knows that she’s onto him.

It’s a dangerous position to be in considering the last time he thought someone was getting to close… well, we all saw what happened to Cody. There was the fear that what happened to Cody would happen to Cassie as Rick found himself in the exact same scenario with Cassie as he did with Cody. Sneaky of the directors to trick us like that.

But while he may be a monster, he’s not stupid. If both Cody and Cassie went missing just hours apart, he’d be raising too much attention that he wouldn’t be able to manage.

Still, Cassie is on his radar after contacting his ex-wife to question her about his character. It seems like Sally continues to remain loyal to Rick even after their divorce as she gave him a courtesy call following Cassie’s visit. The fact that she mentioned him hanging around strip malls makes me wonder she knows all about his business and is helping him cover. 

And it is the best cover if you think about it. No one would ever assume (or dare to accuse) a State Trooper of being involved in kidnappings and sex trafficking. It’s the perfect front, for now. 

Cassie and Jenny will ensure that his perfect little operation gets taken down, but based on what we know about him so far, he’s not going down without a fight.

But neither are the women! 

The best part about the show is that it has a cast of women that aren’t being dumbed down for the sake of storyline. 

Cassie may not have the evidence, but she figured out who is behind the kidnappings simply by trusting her intuition. Jenny connected Jerrie to the girls and managed to pull camera footage, which will hopefully give her a lead. And despite being locked underground in a trailer, the kidnapped girls didn’t curl up in a corner and hope for the best. Instead, they faced Ronald head on and concocted a pretty decent plan to “bond” with him, feed into his insecurities, and give him the validation he so desperately seeks.  

While it didn’t work the way they hoped it would, it shows that they aren’t going to give up. And a show this dark needs strong female protagonists to propel it forward. 

The pilot episode may have been more riveting, but Big Sky Season 1 Episode 3 plans to return to the action with more twists that we didn’t see coming!

What did you think of the episode?


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Big Sky Midseason Review – The End Has No End (2×08)

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And just when you thought you couldn’t hate Ronald more… 

After the Big Sky Season 2 Episode 8 midseason finale, what I really want to tell Wolf is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. 

Ronald couldn’t just let Cassie move on and live a peaceful life. 

Even when his mission was to save Phoebe and bring her to the ranch, he just couldn’t help himself and paid Dewell and Hoyt a visit, which is where he came face-to-face with Cassie’s dad. 

The moment Joseph and Cassie walked into the office to fix the pipes, shared a beer to celebrate buying the ranch, and exchanged “I love you’s” as he told her not to wait up for him that night, I knew he wasn’t going to survive the ordeal. 

While I was surprised that Ronald attempted to walk away from the situation without hurting Joseph, it was a given that he would retaliate once Joseph attempted to take Ronald down.

I just wish he had the strength to take him out too. 

Instead, Cassie had to come into the office and bear witness to the sight of her murdered father clutching a photo of his daughter and his grandson. 

I mean, could they hit us with a more heartbreaking scene?

Cassie had every reason to pursue Ronald initially, but now, she shouldn’t show any mercy if she ever gets her hands on him. 

Wolf, however, is partially to blame for this death because he’s allowing Ronald to roam free instead of just turning him over to the police. 

He captured Ronald right after he killed Joseph, but it was too late. The damage had already been done. 

Phoebe was right to be terrified of him. She has always known there was something off about him, but being separated from him was the confirmation she needed that he was a monster. 

When he took his eyes off the prize and made a pit stop, she should’ve made a run for it. Though my guess is that Wolf came and took her right before he knocked Ronald out. 

Part of me wishes that Phoebe would’ve been able to get Cassie’s attention, but that would’ve been too easy of an ending.

The war on drugs continued as the cartel went to great lengths to get their money back from Dietrich and the local kids.

The good news is that Travis definitely isn’t dirty. The bad news is that he’s in way over his head for personal reasons. He’s gunning for the Bhullar cartel to avenge his best friend’s death, which will never end well.

Ren and her brother, Jag, are two very dangerous people.

Travis was able to secure the drugs from T-Lock and get them back to Ren but getting the money has proven to be a bigger issue.

And it all boils down to those kiddos. Creary was right by warning them that they would never be safe because the cartel would never stop looking for their money. 

At this point, everyone seems to know the kids are involved. 

Ren harassed poor Bridger at his karate class; his Sensei didn’t stand a chance. 

After getting roughed up by Travis, T-Lock, who was reported missing, ambushed Max inquiring about the cash. 

The money has the power to unravel it all. 

Thankfully, Jenny realized that Max was connected to T-Lock and Harper, which puts her smack dab in the middle of the case. 

Hopefully, she and Cassie can get to Max and her friends before the cartel does. Otherwise, it’s not going to end well. 

Something tells me though that we’ll be meeting Ren and Jag’s father soon enough, and he likely puts them both to shame. 

Elsewhere, Jerrie finally made it back home to visit her dying mother. We didn’t get to see that interaction just yet, but it’s bound to be emotional as her mother hasn’t seen her since her transition, which isn’t something she approved of in the first place. 

What did you think of the midseason finale? Are you impressed with how the series continues to find new ways to up the stakes?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Big Sky Review – Little Boxes (2×07)

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Things sure got messy on Big Sky!

I wish that Lindor found something when he revisited Wolf Legarski’s property instead of getting caught. 

You would think a Marshal would’ve been better prepared. Wolf knew that Lindor was onto him, so he moved Ronald and Scarlett out of sight. 

The whole incident snapped Scarlett back to reality, and she decided to help Ronald escape. 

To be honest, I’m surprised it took this long. Wolf has obviously been brainwashing her, and she believed him until she saw Aggie almost kill Ronald and realized that these people that were holding them captive didn’t want to help them at all. 

And based on the preview for the winter finale, Ronald has his sights set on our girl Cassie. 

I truly hope nothing happens to her, but at this point, Ronald is the least of their problems. 

They are digging deeper and deeper into this cartel situation. Doesn’t it seem like everyone in town is somehow involved at this point?

Both Cassie and Jenny stumbled upon Tonya, who is now working for Ren. 

While questioning Dietrich about Smiley’s hand, he told Jenny that Ren is part of the cartel. 

And Jenny’s gut told her that something was off with Ren, though, she didn’t have any concrete evidence linking Ren to the cartel and the drugs. 

It’s frustrating to see Jenny and Cassie so close yet so far from wrapping this case up with a neat little bow. 

Hopefully, they’re able to find something out before Bridger and Madison’s parents meet the same fate as T-Lock. He kind of had it coming for stealing the drugs from Max and trying to make a quick buck, though. 

Ren and Donno traced the last call Harvey made to Bridger and Madison’s parents, and when Ren paid them a little visit, she recognized Bridger from one of the crime scenes. 

Will she realize that he’s the one involved rather than his parents?

The poor kids have been through hell and back since finding the drugs and the money, and the last thing they need is to be responsible for their parent’s death. 

They spent most of the episode trying to help the homeless man who saved them and made the connection that he is Seth Creary’s dad, a boy that drowned in a lake. 

He has been helping the teens and keeping an eye out so that he can protect them. I truly thought the revelation would be something bigger, but oh well. 

Meanwhile, Dietrich and Travis/Rand were trying to find out what happened to Smiley. When they encountered TLock at Smiley’s house aka the crime scene, Dietrich immediately thought he was responsible and asked Travis to put him in the hole. 

Of course, Travis is undercover, so my guess is that he’s somehow going to help TLock out of this situation. 

I wish that Travis and Jenny would just join forces and bring everyone down. 

Travis doesn’t want to ruin his cover, but at this point, I feel like he has so much evidence against everyone! 

I really hope nothing happens to him because man, I was feeling all the feels when he called Jenny to ominously tell her that he loves her. 

Big Sky Review Little Boxes Season 2 Episode 7

BIG SKY – ÒLittle BoxesÓ Ð Cassie and Jenny discover a gruesome message meant for Dietrich in their search to find Travis, leading them to fear the worst. Elsewhere, Tonya works to gain DonnoÕs trust and RenÕs ear, and the kids hope to stay out of sight as they tend to CrearyÕs injuries. Meanwhile, Cassie has an emotional breakthrough and Ronald and Scarlet work to break out on ÒBig Sky,Ó THURSDAY, DEC. 9 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Karen Kuehn)
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This is a high-stakes game, so it’s better to let your feelings be known before it’s too late. 

Which is why I guess it’s a good thing that Lindor and Cassie finally kissed. It’s about time. 

In this game, there’s always big fish and bigger fish. While Donno, Ren, and now, Tonya, seemed like they were at the top of the food chain, in swooped her brother and his bodyguard to make them look small and pathetic. 

Seeing mad man Donno knocked to the floor like that proves that we haven’t seen anything yet. 

Also, is anyone else totally digging Donno and Tonya’s Huck and Quinn vibes? It’s like I’m watching Scandal all over again. Nothing like murder and cleaning up body parts to bond people. 

What does Ren’s brother have planned? He wants his drugs, but Smiley and TLock had them, so where are they now?

And how will this all end?

How does Ronald’s storyline fit in? Will Aggie meet her match with Scarlett? It was foolish of Wolf to leave his wife alone.

The anticipation for the winter finale has never been more palpable. 

I’m just glad season 2 of Big Sky delivered a gripping mystery with plenty of big twists. 

Let us know what you thought about the episode in the comments!


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Big Sky Review – Gettin’ Right To It (2×04)

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Big Sky has proven time and time again that it’s exceptionally good at cliffhangers. 

There were plenty of solid ones during Big Sky Season 1, and only four episodes into the second season, and it continues to be the most compelling mystery on television. 

One thing is clear — Jenny and Cassie make a hell of a team. Even when they aren’t working together, they manage to crack the case and make more progress than the whole police force. 

When Tonya walked in through those doors, she immediately pointed the finger at Harvey. While we know Harvey isn’t the one that kidnapped her, he’s not entirely blameless either considering he is working for the cartel and involved in the kidnapping of a child. 

Ren’s whole plan was to incriminate Harvey and then take him out before he could tell the cops anything, but what she underestimated just how good Cassie and Jenny are at their jobs. 

They’re perceptive as hell. Ren put on her best act to get them off her scent, but they both found the coincidence of the “new woman” too good to be true.

They can’t be fooled. 

Ren also didn’t anticipate that the group of kids would once again thwart their plans. 

When Ren showed up, the whole place was crawling with potential witnesses. 

And Cassie and Jenny are right there, too, albeit, dodging quite a handful of bullets. 

Donno really took it to heart that no one is allowed to make it down that road. 

It’s unclear how this is all going to unfold, but let’s just say that Harvey didn’t anticipate all these visitors when he kidnapped poor Bridger. 

You have to hand it to the teens for holding their own against two drug syndicates. This is a whole drug war, and the people messing everything up are a couple of teens that were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s impressive. 

At this point, Ren is also not really playing it safe. She’s crossed paths with every single person, so if they really wanted to, they could connect the dots and place her as the leader of the cartel. 

She’s not exactly lying low and remaining incognito. 

To top it off, Trevor would be able to confirm her involvement. The perks of remaining undercover, I guess.

This is definitely one of the more exciting mysteries that Cassie and Jenny have stumbled upon. And why is it that they always have to go against the grain and fight Tubb on what to do?

After everything that went down with Ronald, he should trust their judgment. He wanted Jenny back on the force only to continuously ignore her gut instinct and tell her to follow protocol. Why would he hire her if he knows that isn’t her thing?

Admittedly, they are being fooled by Tonya, so Tubb is technically right in not making any accusations without all the facts, but Harvey is still dirty. Would it kill him to at least investigate the claims without raising any flags?

The latest mystery makes the whole Ronald Pergman storyline less interesting. 

Jerrie and Lindor are continuing to pursue leads, but I wonder if the cabin they checked out was the actual place where Ronald is being held by Wolf. 

What if they actually found him and simply missed him?

Why else would this cabin be so important? And there was so much emphasis on the cereal!

Jerrie was made aware of Wolf Legarski, so you would think that would be one of the first places they’d check out. 

Personally, I’m not really invested in the Wolf storyline. He’s trying to avenge the Legarski name by rehabilitating Ronald? Why? It doesn’t seem believable in the slightest. 

Jerrie and Lindor have gotten close, but I hope that the kiss was just a friendly “thank you” on her part. He’s been there for her, he’s looked out for her, and he’s been a good friend. 

Let’s keep it at that. 

It would be pretty shady of her if she moved in on Lindor considering she knows how he feels about Cassie. We all know Cassie likes Lindor too but due to her past trauma, she’s taking it slow.

How do you think this will all unfold? Will they make some big breakthrough on Ronald?

Will Cassie and Jenny crack the case of the missing drugs and drug money?


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