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Big Sky Review – The Great Escape (1×03)

BIG SKY - “The Big Rick” – Still on the search for the missing girls, Cassie grows more suspicious of Legarski after a threatening conversation between the two. Meanwhile, Grace manages to make headway on the girls’ quest for freedom. Merilee pleads with Legarski to open up emotionally before it’s too late, and Helen finally confronts Ronald about his increasingly strange behavior on an all-new episode of “Big Sky,” TUESDAY, DEC. 1 (10:01-11:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Darko Sikman) JOHN CARROLL LYNCH

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“You kidnapped the wrong girls.”

Not only is that the quote of the year, but it’s also the understatement of the year. I’m surprised that Rick Legarski continues to be involved with this situation knowing just how badly Ronald botched it up on Big Sky Season 1 Episode 3. 

Think about it (and not that I’m rooting for Rick here at all, but he seems like the brains of the operation), if Legarski just started ignoring Ronald, he could wash his hands of the whole situation. He could at least try to pretend to help Jenny and Cassie instead of coming up with some lame excuse about worrying about his pension. The best-case scenario for him is that he leads them down the wrong path, the worst-case is that they catch onto Ronald.  Even if Ronald talked, the chances of someone believing a somewhat deranged truck driver over a “respected” Sheriff that’s squeaky clean would be slim-to-none, regardless of Cassie’s “bad feeling about him.”

But instead, he exposed himself to all three girls, particularly Grace, who can now identify him if they’re ever rescued. Both Rick and Ronald are being sloppy in trying to fix their mess. 

The truth is that they are in way over their heads here and have no plan — they can’t let them go without incriminating themselves, but they also don’t want to kill them. 

Rick and Ronald have never been involved in a “kidnapping” kidnapping. Their operations always seem to involve selling off women into trafficking, particularly women who don’t have anyone looking for them, and never thinking about them again. 

But they can’t sell two wholesome girls that have a whole search time without raising any flags. Especially since they’ve already raised so many flags.

Cassie has made it clear that Rick is her prime suspect even though she has zero credible evidence. I love that she’s not backing down, even when Rick tries to spin some tale about being a good and respect cop. She is not fooled and she doesn’t care if he knows it. And while Rick isn’t letting on, her intimidation tactic is getting to him. 

To be honest, I’m impressed with the intuition that all these women have. Not one of them, Cassie or Grace for now, have come across Rick and been fooled by his uniform; their gut tells them that something’s off and they listen to it.

At this point, it’s even worse for Rick and Ronald because Cassie and Jenny motivated by their personal quest to find out what happened to Cody. It’s such a bummer how little Ryan Phillippe we get in this show that hinged its promotion on Ryan Phillippe. I’m still not over his death on Big Sky Season 1 Episode 1

The pace ticked up a bit this week with Grace’s bold yet disgusting escape. She really is a trooper for climbing into the drainage system. 

Grace is nifty, brilliant, and brave, but even with all that determination fueling her, there was too much working against her, particularly knowledge of the area and a cop with a vehicle. 

If Rick hadn’t found her, she would have definitely been able to get help from the fisherman, but sadly, it ended with Rick raising his body count as she was tossed back into the underground truck. And even after being shot twice, the girl still had fight left in her.

Also, can anyone tell me where he got that acid in the middle of the forest? 

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Law enforcement hasn’t been much help for Cassie and Jenny as it has been less than 48 hours, which means the girls aren’t even officially declared missing. Imagine how much more difficult it’s going to be for Ronald and Rick once the general public begins looking for these women!

The teaser for next week shows Cassie and Jenny planting a tracking device on Rick’s vehicle, which leads them right to the barn, but if I know anything about procedural shows, something will prevent them from finding the girls. 

Thus far, much of the episode is spent in the present, and we’ve yet to fully dive into Ronald or Rick’s background too much. We know both men have issues with the females in their lives — Rick with his wife and Ronald with his overbearing mommy — but how does that play into their “career path.” What makes Ronald’s mother question if he had anything to do with the girls’ disappearance in next week’s teaser?

And how did “Big Rick,” who swore he always did the right and moral thing, end up in sex trafficking anyway? Also does he not take care of any other business, or work with anyone else? I know he’s a Sheriff, but how is he just able to come and go as he pleases? Are there no other crimes in Montana? 

We also haven’t seen the girls’ mother/parents, which I’ve found odd. Jenny briefly mentioned being on the phone with Grace and Danielle’s mother, but you would think they would be in town looking for their kids and raising hell when the cops refuse to assist. Make it make sense. 

Do you think the Church of Glory and Transcendence was just a red flag or are they somehow connected? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a cult-like church that essentially marries off young women to older men was mentioned during talks of sex trafficking. William Edwards did seem to “know” that the Sheriff was always “up to something,” but it’s unclear if the two are connected at this point. 

Other Thoughts

    • Why did Ronald’s tooth come out? Is he sick? I can’t see that happening from a single punch! 
    • Grace did all that for them, and yet Danielle and Jerrie can’t come up with successful sneak attack? It’s two against one! Danielle keeps saying she’s just the pretty face, but I’m going to need her to step it up! 
    • I said it before but it needs to be said, the receptionist, Denise, who gave them Rick’s number is shady. 

Big Sky had a captivating pilot, but the fact that we’re asking so many questions means one of two things… either ABC has a compelling mystery-driven thriller on their hands or the show is losing steam quickly. Despite the rollercoaster of emotions and the palm-sweating anxiety, the fact that there’s been zero character development since the first episode makes me think it’s the latter. 

It’s unfortunate because they have some promising female leads and some great material to work that could make bold, necessary statements in terms of sex trafficking, cult-y churches, corrupt law enforcement, transgender issues, and more.

But the bottom line is that we’re three episodes in and not much further along than we were at the end of that first episode. For the show’s sake, I hope it picks up the pace quickly. 


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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?

Let us know in the comments below!


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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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Big Sky Review – No Better Than Dogs (1×12)

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Big Sky Review No Bwetter Than Dogs Season 1 Episode 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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