Big Sky continues to up the ante with each passing episode.
I questioned how the show would continue after releasing the three hostages, but it keeps finding ways to surprise and remain unpredictable.
On Big Sky Season 1 Episode 8, Ronald has fully unraveled. Whatever semblance of humanity or soul that the kidnapped girls saw in him in the first half of the season is dead and gone.
And he’s racking up quite the body count. I think the change happened when he snapped and killed his mother with barely any remorse. Despite his toxic relationship with his mother, she kept him somewhat in check and was his last tether to reality.
With her gone, Ronald has gone full psychopath and doesn’t even make an effort to hide it.
Can you even believe there was a time when we thought Rick Legarski was the big bad?
After killing his mother, he kidnapped the newspaper kid who snapped a photo of him and then drowned a priest who came to see his mother.
It made for one spine-chilling hour.
Jenny and Cassie said that Ronald’s been very methodical up until now, but as we see, he’s a loose cannon that’s just killing anyone who gets in his way or close to figuring out the truth.
Rick would’ve been upset with how sloppy he’s gotten.
When Erik snapped the photo, Ronald snuck up behind him and locked him in a cage. At least he hasn’t stooped to killing children yet, but he’s well on his way.
The priest’s death was avoidable if he had just looked at the paper that day. I mean, Ronald’s mug is all over town and there’s a statewide manhunt underway! How did he not know who they were looking for?
Also, wouldn’t someone be able to identify him? He may have flown under the radar, but his mother seems to be connected in the community.
The priest’s second mistake was following Ronald downstairs without a weapon. He heard clanging and muffled screaming — what dog is capable of making those sounds?
At the very least, he was alerted that something was off about Ronald because of Helen’s concerns, so he shouldn’t have followed him without a weapon. Rookie mistake.
But even though it was obvious the priest was going to die, it still didn’t lessen the severity of the situation. To be quite honest, I’m shocked that such a gruesome death scene made it to primetime television. Those kinds of scenes are typically saved for cable and streaming. I guess we’re just that desensitized these days, huh?
With three people missing all in the same area, it’s only a matter of time before investigators and/or Cassie (as seen in the teaser) connect the dots and seek out Ronald. The only question is, will they be able to one-up him?
His unpredictable and reckless nature may work in his favor.
Though, I really hope he doesn’t burn the house down with Erik inside because that kid is one brave soul! He’s a 12-year-old that had the nerve to stand up to a deranged man and aim a staple gun at his head.
Cassie and Jenny focused largely on figuring out if Rick was really suffering from memory loss. Turns out, he’s not faking it.
The idea that he could be faking it is much easier to swallow than admitting that the man isn’t competent enough to stand trial because accepting that he won’t ever answer for all of the crimes he committed and the pain he cause is just too painful.
We see that with Jenny, specifically, as she confronts him for killing her husband. Despite her best efforts, she can’t deny that Rick is no longer there.
Rick’s situation is unfortunate because he’s the only one who can fill in the pieces of the puzzle and lead them to Ronald.
However, the finger-tapping makes me think that the old Rick is there just below the surface and is just dying to come out.
I wonder if the series will ever explore how “Big Rick” came to be bad Rick in the first place? From everything Merilee said, he was a stand-up guy when she married him as he cared about humanity and wanted to help others, which is why he became a State Trooper.
Where did he go wrong? Or is this some case of a split personality disorder like Jekyll and Hyde?
It would be interesting to see what he remembers last as that may be where the “switch” happened.
It’s hard not to feel bad for Merilee, who is questioning everything about her existence. She’s been fooled by two men that she trusted, which doesn’t paint her in a great light. It’s not surprising that the police think she’s an accomplice because how could one woman be so blind to what was happening right in front of her?
I guess willful ignorance is bliss!
And this is more of a general question, but why does the media reveal everything that they know about a case when the suspect is still at large? It’s the equivalent of revealing your cards to your opponent while playing poker.
With the news revealing that the victims were able to give an accurate description of the truck, it gives the suspect time to revamp and/or get rid of the truck! It makes no sense.
Ronald gave his truck a makeover immediately after they caught Rick, but he’s still able to stay one step ahead by watching the news and seeing what they know about him!
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Rick will remember the truth? What’s Ronald’s next play?
How deeply disturbed are you by the series?
Everything We Know About ‘Big Sky’ Season 3
ABC’s Big Sky was a breakout hit when it first premiered in 2020, but since then, it’s become a fan-favorite drama as we follow the brilliant detective work and crime solving of Jenny Hoyt (Katherine Winnick) and Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury).
The serial has found success with its mystery-of-the-season format. It’s not entirely a procedural, but adding a new case each season allows the series to capitalize on the familiarity of old characters while enticing fans with brand-new cases and a rotating cast of players that bring mischief and chaos to the otherwise picturesque town.
Season 3, specifically, is getting quite an upgrade with some heavy Hollywood hitters!
And as the premiere date inches closer, we’re breaking down everything there is to know about Big Sky Season 3.
What Will the Show Be Titled?
Big Sky is being dubbed Big Sky: Deadly Trails to reflect the season’s theme!
Who Will Appear on Big Sky Season 3?
The season will see the regular cast return.
- Katheryn Winnick as Jenny Hoyt, an ex-cop turned deputy detective
- Kylie Bunbury as Cassie Dewell, the private detective running the show at Dewell & Hoyt investigation agency
- Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, an employee of D&H that provides comedic relief mostly
- Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie, an employee of D&H and Ronald Pergman’s previous victim
- Omar Metwally as Mark Lindor, a deputy marshal and Cassie’s significant other
- J. Anthony Pena as Deputy Poppernak, Jenny’s partner in the sheriff’s office who also serves as the right-hand/comedic relief. He was upped to series regular this season
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tonya, a local waitress-turned-crime associate (and Ren’s right-hand woman) who has been upped to series regular this season
- Logan Marshall-Green as Travis Stone, Jenny’s on-again-off-again working undercover to avenge his former lover
- Janina Gavankar as Ren Bhullar, the daughter of a drug lord who is expanding business into Montana. Her storyline wrapped up but it’s possible she’ll be around considering Jamie-Lynn Sigler was upper to series regular for the season
- Anja Savcic as Scarlet Leyendecker, Ronald Pergman’s girlfriend who did the right thing by giving Phoebe over. Her storyline felt wrapped up, but Scarlet has a way of popping up again and again as a recurring mystery
Any New Faces Coming to Town?
Helena, Montana definitely seems like a popular place to spend your time as this season will welcome some famous stars who will be involved in the deadly new mystery occupying Jenny and Cassie’s time.
Reba McEntire as Sunny Barnes, a “successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers.”
Jensen Ackles as Beau, the freshly appointed sheriff after sheriff Tubbs’ shooting. We met him in the Big Sky Season 2 finale
Henry Ian Cusack as a tech exec named Avery
Luke Mitchell as play Sunny’s son Cormac
Anirudh Pisharody comes on vacation from New York with his girlfriend looking for a wilderness adventure
Madalyn Horcher the other half of the young couple from NY looking for a good time in the wild
Seth Gabel as Walter, a recluse living in the woods
Rosanna Arquette as Virginia “Gigi” Cessna, Jenny Hoy’s charismatic and fast-talking mother. “She’s a world-class scam artist who used childhood Jenny in her grifts, much to present-day Jenny’s resentment. Gigi has an uncanny ability to charm her way into people’s lives and then disappear without a trace. When she returns to Helena to pull her latest con, Jenny catches onto her and mother-daughter must work through their difficult relationship.”
What Can We Expect?
The official description via the ABC press site notes: Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles step into the world of “Big Sky” on its new night, bringing with them a new mystery to unravel as the mercurial matriarch of an established local family and the new sheriff in town, respectively.
Big Sky Season 3 Trailer
When Does Big Sky Season 3 Premiere?
The crime thriller will be moving to a new night — Wednesday. It will premiere on September 21, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Big Sky Season Finale Review – Catch a Few Fish (2×18)
The Big Sky season 2 finale was — and I hate to say this — uneventful.
There were some high moments, but overall, it was a bit of an anticlimactic outcome to a seriously twisted and dark season.
Why is that?
Most of the major storylines were wrapped up, but it was too neat for the magnitude of the storylines delivered over the course of 18 episodes.
I’ll start with Scarlett as she’s been the overarching connection to Ronald Pergman for two seasons.
She may have been a sociopath, but there’s no denying that Scarlett was a mother that cared deeply about her daughter. She would’ve done anything for Phoebe.
So, when it became abundantly clear that Cassie was right — she’d never outrun the syndicate and be “safe” — she dropped Phoebe off at Cassie’s apartment, along with the drive detailing all the info on the sex trafficking ring.
It’s the smoking gun as that drive is the exact reason that the syndicate is after her.
Of course, the fact that Scarlett witnessed the dangers that this lifestyle poses to Phoebe firsthand likely impacted her decision to give up her daughter, along with Phoebe’s declaration that she no longer wants to live life on the run.
After everything she’s been through and witnessed — including her mother killing a man with her bare hands — Phoebe was strangely okay when she was handed over to Cassie and Lindor. Scared and unsure? Yes. But she was already thriving in a home setting more than she ever was around her mother and Ronald. The poor girl just needs stability and a hot meal. Scarlett never could’ve provided her with that, so good on her for doing the right thing by her baby even if it completely broke her. Over the course of the season, she lost the only two people she ever cared about, so on some human level, I feel bad for the girl.
We’ve seen the dangers the syndicate poses firsthand as they’ve come after Ronald, Scarlett, and Wolf, so it’s only a matter of time before they set their sights on Dewell and Hoyt. After all, they unlocked the drive, which means that they already know too much.
I was genuinely expecting something to come of that drive — at least a warning to the detective agency from the syndicate member or something. They are clearly tying up loose ends, so why wouldn’t they be more careful about trying to open encrypted files?
Again, it felt anticlimactic, though, I know we’ll explore this more in season 3.
The Bhullar storyline also came to a close, and with it, Travis’s quest for answers and revenge. Well, sort of.
Veer Bhullar wasn’t just a problem for Travis. It turns out that a lot of people wanted him dead, including his own girlfriend and children.
Alicia was right when she predicted that he would die at the hands of his son, but she failed to mention that Ren would be stoking the flames. After his father seemed all too comfortable with having his son killed, Jag returned the favor and mustered up the courage that his father never believed he possessed.
Truthfully, Veer did this to himself. He pushed his own children away, and he pushed them towards hatred and wanting to steal the family business away from him.
Once Ren realized that her father was pretty much a monster, she allowed Travis to get his hands on Veer. It’s the very reason why she kept him around because she knew he had what it took to eliminate him if it came to it.
Travis seemed promising throughout the season. I mean, I know that he got in way over his head, but it always seemed like he had some kind of plan if the moment ever arrived.
And then, when it finally did, Travis was a complete mess. He took Veer to where he previously kept T-Lock locked up and just laid in the punches until Veer got to talking. There was no strategy at play, which was disappointing.
Like what if Veer didn’t talk? Would he just kill him and destroy the possibility of getting answers?
Veer ended up confessing that Kate Garza was still alive, but he’s a deceptive man who stares down danger and doesn’t flinch, so who knows if he’s telling the truth.
Jenny and her new partner, Beau (Jensen Ackles), arrived on the scene just in time to stop Travis from actually killing Veer.
Of course, that allowed Jag to deliver the final blows via a hospital pillow.
Veer never saw it coming, but he almost asked for it with all the gaslighting and instigating that he did. I mean, how many times did he put Jag down and basically deny giving Mason the A-ok to shoot his son? It really shouldn’t have come as a surprise to him.
And it surely didn’t to Alicia. She was plotting and making moves for this very outcome from Day 1.
The “insurance” paperwork that she had Veer sign actually gave her power of attorney over the business, so she was able to make off with a huge chunk of cash.
Alicia was always in it for the hustle, and it just goes to show you how much Veer’s ego blindsided him.
I genuinely enjoyed the moment between Alicia and Tonya. They are, in a way, kindred spirits, and the advice not to die on Montana is sound.
Tonya has always been in over her head, but she’s now addicted to this lifestyle, so I don’t see her breaking away from Ren ever.
It definitely seemed like a curtain call on the Bhullar siblings, but it’s unclear if we’ll see their operation become a problem in the future.
Big Sky has a tendency to reinvent itself and the mysteries with each season, so my guess is that even if they are in the picture still, they’ll be in the background.
It’s also unclear how Travis plans to find Kate with zero information and resources. Ren and Jag have no idea where she is, and the only person who had any intel is dead.
What’s his plan?
Though, it was big of Jenny to take the empathetic approach and give Travis the chance to finish what he started. He was so passionate and dedicated, that if his whole life is about to wither away in prison, at the very least, it should all mean something.
Do you think Kate’s actually alive?
I wasn’t exactly digging Beau’s energy when he first showed up — his Texas was showing, and it was a lot.
But by the end of the episode, he definitely grew on me. It honestly feels like he’s Cordell Walker’s counterpart/brother, which is fitting considering the renovated Walker is Ackles’ Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki.
Beau is a nice addition to the two-woman show that is Jenny and Cassie. He seems to be a buffer between their personalities. Plus, he definitely knew exactly what to expect for Jenny, and he trusts her enough to believe that she knows what she’s doing when she makes her calls.
Tubb was a bit of a hardass on her and was constantly pushing back, so Beau’s approach of letting her do her thing and having her back is refreshing. Admittedly, Jenny does need to be reigned in sometimes, so I hope that he’ll be the checks and balances that she needs from a partner.
With Denise, Jerrie, Lindor, and Beau to complete the squad, D&J has a pretty solid lineup going into next season.
And that’s not even including Reba McEntire, who is joining the cast!
If there’s one thing Big Sky knows how to do, it’s build out the squad.
To sum it all up: Phoebe is safe, Scarlett is on the run, the syndicate is after her and likely after J&D+ team for having access to the drive, Travis has gone rogue to find Kate, Veer is dead, the Bhullar siblings are closer than ever and running the cartel show, and Beau is Hoyt’s new partner. And he can throw a punch that can knock the wind out of Donno, so for that, he’s impressive.
What did you think of the finale? It wasn’t terrible because everything that happened made sense, but it simply wasn’t the jaw-dropping, OMG-moment-inducing finale that I expected either.
Do you have any hopes for season 3? Share them in the comments below!
Big Sky Review – Family Matters (2×17)
I’m going to need everyone on Big Sky to just take a breather.
The penultimate episode revealed that sometimes, family can be your own worst enemy.
At least, that was true for Jagat. Dynamics between a father and son tend to be complicated, but allowing your own son to be shot as you turn your back on him is just plain cruel.
I don’t care what events transpired right before the shooting either — it’s a major sign of disrespect.
Veer’s pride took a hit, but again, that’s no excuse to give someone the go-ahead to kill your son.
And knowing that Veer has done his fair share of terrible things didn’t make this any easier to swallow; his actions and lack of empathy for his son were jolting.
I’m #TeamJag all the way. I want him to get his revenge.
You also can’t blame me for not buying any of the things Veer said to Ren at the end of the episode.
Veer doesn’t strike me as the kind of man that will just give up his power. Alicia may have stood up to him — and good on her for coming into her own and not being intimidated by him — and promised to leave him if he didn’t give the reigns to his children, but considering he’s killed his girlfriends before, I don’t think he’d just have a change of heart just because she told him to.
Though, I am so intrigued by how Alicia stood her ground. It almost seemed like she was the boss in all of this, which would be a major game changer.
Overall, I’m distrusting because the Bhullar clan is not one to reveal their hand. We don’t know what Veer has gotten into, only that he’s not doing well financially.
Ren seems to have an idea of the direction she wants to take the company, but it’s unclear how she plans to proceed with the knowledge that Travis is a cop. You would think that she would simply ask Donno to take care of him, but we know she hasn’t done that because Travis is still very much alive and very determined to get his revenge on Veer for what he did to Kate Garza.
Ren knows who her father is, but she’s also always idolized him. I think digging up the truth about Kate helped her see her father in a new light. She seemed equally as upset about it as Travis, which is why I can’t shake the feeling that she’s going to be the one to secure her father’s downfall.
I was convinced that right as Veer was telling Ren that he loves her and that he knows she’s his heir, Travis was going to walk in and shoot him with Ren’s permission.
I see them in a Bonnie and Clyde type of situation just riding into the deranged sunset together.
Travis has gone off the deep end — he’s willing to risk it all for his mission. While I don’t think he’ll die, I do think that his involvement in the cartel and with Ren is more permanent.
He’s dirty, and there’s no coming back from that.
Truthfully, I wouldn’t blame Ren for turning her back on her father.
She’s always sought out his acceptance, but seeing him completely turn on his own child out of shame may have swayed her decision. She knows she can have a better handle on the business, so eliminating her father from the equation would allow her to do it while also dishing out the proper punishment for how he treated Jag.
As the mastermind behind many of the decisions this season, I think Ren has something up her sleeve that’s going to make jaws drop.
Veer had an interesting take on the business when he was confronted by Richard. He has a good read on people, so he didn’t seem all that intimidated by the man with the gun because he never actually thought he would shoot.
I think Veer was slightly surprised that Richard had it in him to shoot his son, but he also gave him no choice. Instead of apologizing, he belittled him by calling Mason, the son who died of an overdose because of his tainted drugs, weak.
Veer didn’t care about cutting the drugs with fentanyl because he saw what he did as cutting poison with poison. If you don’t see the problem, you’ll never actually feel bad for your actions.
It’s almost disturbing that someone has the means to distribute drugs and no care for who they hurt.
Grief affects us all in different ways, so Richard’s actions, while extreme, weren’t entirely surprising. He wanted to get revenge on the people who killed his son, however, the game was rigged because it was never an eye-for-an-eye since Veer never cared about his son. He basically handed him over on a platter.
In a way, Mason was much luckier than Jag. His death was a tragedy, but it proved just how much his father loved him. Veer, on the other hand, told a man to shoot without giving his son a second thought.
You can’t blame the Bhullar kids for being as messed up as they are.
Cassie’s grief manifested as she sought out a counseling group to work through her emotions.
As she talked about keeping Ronald with her as a reminder never to let her guard down, she got a call from Scarlett, who was trying to sell her information in exchange for her and Phoebe’s safety.
Of course, safety is a loose term when Humbert, a man from the syndicate, is tailing you because you stole evidence that can bring down the whole sex trafficking ring. I love that we’re making a full circle right back to this storyline.
Scarlett, unfortunately, is in danger, and instead of putting her daughter’s safety first, she’s willingly putting her in danger, too. Love makes you do crazy things, but it’s heartbreaking to watch Phoebe dragged into all of this. She knows that their lifestyle isn’t normal, so it’s only a matter of time before she escapes her mother’s clutches. She’s been going along with everything because of her loyalty to her mother, but we know that Phoebe is observant and will eventually realize that something is off.
The worst-case scenario is that she’ll witness her mother getting killed, be it by the syndicate or Cassie.
Cassie’s goal was to bring Phoebe to safety as she knows just how ruthless the syndicate is. They are tying up loose ends — first they came for Tubbs, then they approached Scarlett.
I’m just glad that Jenny was in Tubb’s hospital room to make sure that nothing happened to him.
She fights for the people she loves, but unfortunately, her love might not be enough for Travis anymore.
He’s willing to risk it all to get his revenge, but as he pointed out, Jenny always had an inkling it would come to this. She didn’t want to admit it, but it is the truth. Their relationship never had a shot at surviving this mess and everyone knows it except for her. Everyone has told her to cut Travis and walk away, and I fear that if she doesn’t, she’s going to end up with more than a broken heart.
The season finale blows Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles into town as the new acting sheriff, and him and his cowboy hat look like they mean business.
I’m not saying that Jenny needs a new love interest, but with Travis having gone completely rogue, I can see this being a potential thing moving forward. Especially since we all know how much Jenny loves mixing business with pleasure.
Will the season finale finally wrap up Scarlett’s storyline and put an end to the sex trafficking syndicate? Or will she once again escape from Cassie’s grasp?
And how will the Bhullars’ story end? I don’t expect they’ll stay in Helena for much longer, but as seasons go, they were definitely the most captivating crop of characters!
If this season was any indication, expect some big twists ahead!
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