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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? 

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

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 Review – Gettin’ Right To It (2×04)

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Big Sky Review Gettin' Right to It Season 2 Episode 4

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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Big Sky Review – You Have to Play Along (2×03)

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Big Sky Review You Have to Play Along Season 2 Episode 3

Things are getting quite messy on Big Sky Season 2 Episode 3.

While Cassie and Jenny may no longer be working together, their roads have intersected over the drug deal gone bad. 

It’s honestly awesome to see them tag-teaming yet another mystery. There’s no one better in the business, I just wish they got the credit they deserved. 

After Big Sam and Ringo’s bodies washed up in town, it became clear that they were dealing with a much bigger issue.

That was only further emphasized when it was revealed that state police were also working the case. And Jenny had a man on the inside as Travis, who she has been hooking up with, is working it while undercover.

It really does pay to have connections in different places. 

However, much of the episode hinged on Tonya’s disappearance. 

Big Sam’s death would’ve been merely an investigation if it hadn’t been for her disappearance.

Ren and Donny thought she could help them find the drugs and money, but instead, they only got Cassie and Jenny hot on their trail. 

They should’ve just relied on Harvey to find their product instead. That way, they wouldn’t have raised so many red flags. 

While Tonya was successfully able to escape Donny, it was infuriating to watch her act like a lamb for slaughter. When you’re life is in danger, you run like hell — you don’t keep looking back to see if the bad guy is coming.

There were also so many weapons in that kitchen that she could’ve used to defend herself. Why didn’t she?

The only thing her bravery managed to do was get an innocent kitchen worker killed. 

Okay, fine, I guess it also put her on the map so that Cassie could zone in on a location and find her. 

Cassie and Jerry zoned in on the trailer, but  I wonder how Ren will get out of this one?

The last thing she wants to do is murder a private investigator. Surely, that’ll raise plenty of flags and ensure she never gets what she came for. 

Ren also doesn’t blend in. The unique fashion style isn’t working in her favor. 

While Cassie was much closer to finding Tonya, Harvey was hot on the trail of the kids, who witnessed the accident and got away with the money and drugs. 

Every time I see Harper and Ruby on the screen, I get a little anxious. I wish they just dumped the drugs and put this whole mess behind them. 

Big Sky Review You Have to Play Along Season 2 Episode 3

BIG SKY – “You Have to Play Along” – After officially teaming up, Jenny and Cassie sit down with Tubb who reveals that this one goes far beyond their jurisdiction. Realizing Travis may be a man on the inside, Jenny reaches out for intel and learns the cartel is involved. With Tonya still missing, Cassie and Jenny fear the worst and kick their search into high gear. Meanwhile, the kids’ plan continues to fall apart, with secrets and scheming threatening to land them in hot water, on an all-new episode of “Big Sky,” THURSDAY, OCT. 14 (10:00-11:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Michael Moriatis)
JOHN CARROLL LYNCH, BRIAN GERAGHTY

Haper is definitely naive about wanting to sell them, and it’s irritating that she keeps assuring Ruby that everything will be okay. 

She absolutely cannot promise that, especially because there’s a witness to the crime.

Bridger also gave himself away when he went to the station to report a crime. When Jenny showed Harvey the rock, it was basically a tell that the kid had the money and drugs. 

It’s getting quite messy for everyone involved, and at the end of the day, that puts them all in danger. 

Even Ren, as mean as she is, has a boss she needs to respond to. 

The situation with Ronald and Scarlet keeps getting weirder. Wolf Legarski was put on Cassie’s radar, but for now, they’ve put that investigation on hold. 

Meanwhile, Wolf is really determined to reform Ronald through any means possible, including a taste of his own medicine — violence. 

At least he’s treating him like the animal that he is. 

Scarlet has seemingly adjusted pretty well, but that might be because she’s afraid of what will happen to them if they leave Wolf’s compound. 

The truth is that they were never free — they were two of the most wanted people on the planet. 

I can’t help but wonder if Scarlet’s behavior is all an act as part of a more elaborate rescue plan, but the more I see her, the more I think she believes that Wolf will be their savior. 

I can’t wait till we see how Wolf found these two in the first place. 

Can you imagine if Jenny and Cassie finally found Ronald and he was a completely changed man? 

What did you think of the Big Sky episode? Are you liking how the mystery is panning out this season?


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Big Sky Review – Find the Drugs and Money (2×02)

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Big Sky Review HuckleBerry Season 2 Episode 2

A new mystery keeps Jenny and Cassie occupied for much of Big Sky Season 2 Episode 2. 

Ronald remains on the backburner in terms of cases as there aren’t any new developments in his case. 

And considering Cassie was getting borderline obsessive about bringing him to justice, it’s probably for the best that she take a little break to get her mind right.

But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any movement on the Ronald front at all. As we saw in the season 2 premiere episode, Ronald is now a prisoner of himself as Wolfgang aka Wolf Legarski, Rick’s twin brother, has vowed to undo the evil his brother created, and that starts with Ronald. 

Unfortunately, I don’t think fixing Ronald is possible anymore, but I’m interested to see how this will pan out. 

They seem to trust Scarlet as believe she’s a “bright light,” so maybe she’ll use that to her advantage to help free him.

But for now, it’s kind of nice to see Ronald get a taste of his own medicine. It isn’t the worst twist in a series. 

How did Wolf catch Ronald? How did their paths cross?

The writers have crafted such a compelling new mystery that I’m almost no longer interested in all the Ronald drama. 

Jenny and Cassie are both working the same case, but they’re on two opposite ends of it. 

Cassie was hired by Tonya to find her boyfriend Big Sam’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, Jenny is investigating what led to a crash involving Big Sam.

I love that their paths are crossing despite being at two different points in their careers. Jenny’s legitimate career will surely come in handy. 

Sadly, the one person who could give them any real answers, Tonya, was kidnapped by Ren (Janina Gavankar) and Donno (Ryan O’nan). 

Big Sky Review HuckleBerry Season 2 Episode 2

BIG SKY – “Huckleberry” – Cassie takes on a missing person case brought in by a concerned girlfriend while Jenny continues to search for clues relating to the mysterious truck accident. As they check in with each other, the two eventually realize they are working the same case. However, they are not the only ones looking for answers as a new face comes to town hellbent on taking what she believes is rightfully hers. Meanwhile, Max, Harper, Madison and Bridger are at odds over the stolen money on an all-new episode of “Big Sky,” THURSDAY, OCT. 7 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Michael Moriatis)
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While the duo is undoubtedly dangerous, they’re also odder than ever. What’s their deal? Is Ren the ultimate boss?

Their arrival in Montana isn’t as welcoming as they likely hoped as they’re forced to track down their drugs and money, both two things that are missing.

Of course, the one thing an organized crime syndicate needs to run without any issues is a connection within the force, which is where Deputy Harvey comes into play.

There’s always corruption coursing through the veins of the police department. 

And this means it’s much more dangerous than the teens anticipated. 

Ren and Donno are one thing, but now, they can’t even turn to cops for help because no one can be trusted. 

The hunt for drugs and money is ruthless, and clearly, Ren won’t stop until she has gotten what she wants. 

This is a very dangerous place to be in, so I’m not surprised Max is spinning out. 

If they all laid low as promised, they might have a chance at getting away with it, but spending the money (even for a good cause) means that it can now be trackable. 

Max knows it’s bad, and her gut is telling her not to sell the drugs, but her feelings for Harper have sadly clouded that judgment. Why would they ever think it was a good idea to deal? And with all the money they’re sitting on, why would they need to find ways to make more?

There might not be anything in the news about the accident, but it’s only a matter of time before people start asking questions and looking for the drugs and the money. 

Since Cassie is investigating Big Sam, it’s only a matter of time before they go looking for the drugs and the money. 

By sneaking out to give a seller a sample, Max got caught, which means that she’ll likely have to bring T-Lock up to speed. This is the one thing that Max should’ve avoided at all costs. 

Also, maybe, just maybe, these teens should be more concerned about a man following them saying “I saw you.” Yes, the world is filled with plenty of creeps, but wouldn’t you at least consider that someone may have seen you out in the woods if they go out of their way to ambush you?

Somehow, people still have time for relationships. 

Jenny and Travis’ relationship is heating up, and I find myself shipping them. 

It’s only a matter of time before it’s revealed that his undercover assignment is somehow connected to Tonya, the truck crash, and the missing drugs and money. 

Things aren’t going as great for Lindor, who is determined to figure out a way to get to Cassie. He even went as far as getting drinks with Jerry to get advice. 

Can Cassie just give this man, who is trying so hard, a chance?

It’s nice that the series has found a way to incorporate Jerry into the main storyline. She passed her PI exam, she got a gun, and despite the tragedy of getting kidnapped by Ronald, she’s largely turned her life around. It was the wake-up call she needed. And with Jenny gone, she can be her replacement and become even more involved in the storyline. 

What did you think of the episode? What do you think Ren and Donno will do to Tonya? Will Cassie and Jenny managed to crack the case in time?

Will the Ronald case come back to the forefront?

Overall, the episode was slower-paced from the season 2 premiere, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The mystery is much more intriguing than the previous season’s second half of the season! 


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