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Big Sky Review – Ronald Begins to Unravel (1×08)

BIG SKY - “The End is Near” – Cassie and Jenny grow more suspicious of the circumstances with every visit to the hospital, while Ronald finds himself in a precarious situation thanks to a nosy paperboy. With his back against the wall, Ronald will have to address his inner demons and decide just how far is too far on “Big Sky,” TUESDAY, FEB. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Darko Sikman) BRIAN GERAGHTY

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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?

Big Sky The End is Near Review Season 1 Episode 8

BIG SKY – “The End is Near” – Cassie and Jenny grow more suspicious of the circumstances with every visit to the hospital, while Ronald finds himself in a precarious situation thanks to a nosy paperboy. With his back against the wall, Ronald will have to address his inner demons and decide just how far is too far on “Big Sky,” TUESDAY, FEB. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Darko Sikman)
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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?


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‘Big Sky’ Season 2 Adds Jamie-Lynn Sigler and 6 Others Cast Members for Thrilling New Mystery

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'Big Sky' Season 2 Adds Jamie-Lynn Sigler and 6 Others Cast Members for Thrilling New Mystery

ABC’s 2020 crime drama, Big Sky has announced the addition of Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), among others, to join as a key role for Season 2, premiering this fall.

The Season 1 finale left audiences on a cliffhanger perfectly lining up Season 2 to open with a mysterious car crash right outside of Helena, Montana. And just as Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt begin to investigate the wreck, the case becomes a little bit more complicated than expected.

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Sigler will portray Tonya, a waitress at a local diner whose boyfriend has gone missing. She enlists the help of Dewell and Hoyt to find him, but it turns out, she’s hiding secrets of her own.

Sigler joins the previously announced Janina Gavankar, who snagged the series regular role of Ren. She’s described as “an enigmatic woman who, in the wake of a car wreck involving one of her employees, comes to the Montana town hunting for answers — including about who exactly betrayed her.”

Series regulars from Season 1 who are set to return include Dedee Pfeiffer, and Brian Geraghty, among a couple of others.

Additionally, six new faces will join the upcoming season.

Madelyn Kientz (Walker’s Ruby) will play Max, Cassie’s teenage babysitter (so we’re getting some throwbacks!).

Lola Reid (Barkskins) will play Madison friend of Max and Harper.

Troy Johnson (On My Block) will play Harper, fearless best friend of Max.

Arturo Del Puerto (For All Mankind) will portray Max’s bad-boy boyfriend T-Lock.

Jeremy Ray Taylor (It) will portray Bridger, Madison’s older brother, while T.V. Carpio (The Client List) will portray Rachel, Max’s mother.

Big Sky has switched from Tuesday nights to Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC, with its premiere date set for September 30th.

Catch up on Big Sky Season 1 reviews now!

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Big Sky Season Finale Review – Ronald’s Great Escape (1×16)

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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.

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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?

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Big Sky Review – I’m the Bad Guy (1×15)

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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. 

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BIG SKY – “Bitter Roots” – When Scarlet gets an alarming call that her sister is missing, Ronald realizes just how twisted his situation has become and must decide his next move. Meanwhile, Cassie, Jenny, Gil and Rosie find themselves in a whole mess of trouble on the ranch, forced to face off against the worst of the Kleinsasser bunch. But this team is tough and even the strongest family trees can fall on “Big Sky,” TUESDAY, MAY 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Darko Sikman)
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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?


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