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Big Sky Review – The Shipping News (2×13)

BIG SKY - “The Shipping News” – The kids may be free from the trouble they caused, but the Bhullars’ reign continues as Jenny finds herself frustratingly stuck one step behind their crew’s every move and Travis struggles to maintain the balancing act of his two lives. Elsewhere, Cassie reels from her final interaction with Ronald and decides to take some time off; meanwhile, the syndicate bares its teeth at Wolf on an all-new episode of “Big Sky,” THURSDAY, MARCH 24 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Anna Kooris) LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN

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While Big Sky has dabbled in several mysteries throughout its two season run, the Ronald Pergman of it all was always at the center. 

However, since Cassie finally “got him,” Big Sky Season 2 Episode 13 focused most of its attention on the new threat in Montana: the Bhullars. 

There was a brief scene with Wolf Legarski, who paid the ultimate price by breaking his promise to the syndicate. When he didn’t rehabilitate Ronald and lost control of Scarlet, he became a liability and thus, they took care of him by suffocating him with a plastic bag. 

That’s a brutal end, I’m not going to lie. But is it something that we’re going to lose sleep over? Also no. Wolf may have had good intentions, but he wasn’t exactly a good man, nor did he have anything to live for now that his wife was killed by Scarlet. 

His death was inevitable, and it doesn’t make much a difference for the series considering he wouldn’t have been much help to Cassie and Lindor as he has no knowledge of Scarlet and Phoebe’s whereabouts.

Jenny had a lot on her plate on “The Shipping News” as she attempted to locate Bob, questioned whether or not she could trust Travis, and found herself almost the victim of a bomb. 

Are you really still surprised by her take-no-bullshit attitude?

After two deputies died at the hands of the bomb that also sent Poppernak to the hospital with broken ribs and a concussion, Jenny softened up for just a brief moment before putting back her hardass cop armor. 

Whenever anyone close to her gets hurt, Jenny makes it personal, so her quest to find Bob was deeply personal. 

The personal is something Travis can relate to as he’s been working the Bhullar’s this whole time as a way to get revenge for his partner. 

However, it’s not entirely unreasonable that Jenny is struggling to trust Travis throughout all of this. From the outside looking in, he’s pretty much gone rogue.

Travis does whatever he wants with whoever he wants all in the name of getting that revenge. 

In one moment, he’s on Jenny’s side, but he never told her that he stole the money from Bob in the first place, so he’s pretty much lying to her because it’s convenient for him. 

He’s in too deep with everyone around, which is why it was so easy to get caught up with everyone he’s been lying to. 

He was too focused on the Bhullar’s to realize that Jenny was suspicious. She reached out to his handler and her worst fears were confirmed — Travis hadn’t been in contact with the higher ups about the case at all. 

The partner he was also hoping to avenge was a woman named Kate Garza, Veer’s mistress, who Travis flipped to be an informant. He also fell in love with her, which likely wasn’t easy for Jenny to hear.

While no one knows exactly what happened to Kate, Travis doesn’t just want to find out, he wants revenge at any and all costs. When you’re doing something for love, there’s no telling how far you’ll be willing to go. 

And since he was trying to help Jenny locate Bob and deal with Dietrich, he was blindsided by Ren.

Dietrich turned on Bob and gave him up to the Bhullar’s, and in a last-ditch effort to buy himself some freedom, he informed her that Travis was a cop. 

Of course, Ren didn’t take lightly to the intel that there’s a mole among them. When Travis was put on the spot, he realized that it was either him or Bob, so he stabbed him right in the jugular to prove that he wasn’t a cop at all. 

Again, Travis is in way too deep, and in order to sell his cover story, he has to do whatever is necessary. 

Of course, if he wasn’t so hellbent on revenge, he would’ve had more than enough to make the proper arrests, though, I imagine someone as powerful as Veer likely would’ve had people who could’ve gotten him out of it. 

With betrayals left and right, it’s getting pretty difficult to follow along or stay abreast of everyone’s true motivation and alliance. 

Will Travis lose his way? Will he come clean to Jenny and team up with her to finally bring the cartel down?

And we haven’t even broached the subject of what Veer’s big secret is. Ren and Jag don’t trust Alicia, and for good reason — she clearly knows a lot more than she’s letting on. 

What is Veer not telling his children? The comment about not eating too much red meat makes me think he’s very ill, plus, the fact that he’s basically grooming Jag to “get his hands dirty” and take care of business. 

But another part of my gut suggests that maybe Alicia is Kate’s mother and she got close to Veer to find out what happened to her daughter. 

Wouldn’t that be an unexpected plot twist?!

However, if anyone were to take over the family business, it should be would be Ren. Jag doesn’t have it in him. He’s not tough or bold nor is he the brains behind the operation. Ren is her father’s daughter through and though.

Also, I know Tonya is technically assisting the cartel, but I didn’t want anything to happen to her! It wasn’t her fault she lost the shipment. Her and Donno are also giving me Huck and Quinn on Scandal vibes! 

This mystery is significantly better than all the Kleinsasser drama on the second half of Big Sky Season 1, but the outcome is either Travis gets his revenge or Jenny nails the Bhullars. I don’t see a reality where they get away with any of it, so I’m having a hard time deciding why we should still care about this family.

What did you think of the episode?

What do you think Travis’s endgame is? Will Jenny allow him to do what needs to be done or will she interfere?

Do you trust Travis? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Big Sky’?

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Big Sky ended on a high note on Wed, Jan. 18, wrapping up a whirlwind season filled with murder, mystery, and deception.

And naturally, fans are already craving more, especially as each season of the series delves into a new storyline centered in Helena, Montana, and involving Dewell & Hoyt’s Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt. 

As of now, ABC has not renewed Big Sky for a fourth season, and it may be months before we get any insight into the matter. 

In terms of ratings, the series kept steady with 2.4 million viewers and a 0.2 demo, which means ABC could go either way with their decision. 

The fact that they brought in the big guns like Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles for this season likely means the network believes in the series—and it’s hard to argue with the dedicated fanbase that has stuck around through every twisted and over-the-top plot.

The third season wrapped up many lingering storylines, giving fans closure to the mystery plaguing the season, however, there’s always more to explore when it comes to the dynamics between the core characters. And something tells me, there’s no shortage of criminal activity in Helena.

While Cassie and Cormac finally made things official, fans were likely hoping to see a bit more romance for Jenny and Ackles’ Beau. The show has been toying with their chemistry, sparking a “will they or won’t they” debate, but when it finally came down to solidifying their relationship, they left it open-ended. While it may have been frustrating to fans, it’s likely the show’s hope that it’s enough to convince ABC to green light another season to allow them to explore these relationships further.

When TV Insider asked Ackles if he’d return for a fourth season, he explained, “I don’t know. They haven’t even picked up the show yet for Season 4, so I don’t know if anybody’s coming back for Season 4 yet. That’s above my pay grade.”

However, he added, “But if they do decide to pick up a Season 4 — which I would hope they would, I think the show’s really great, and I think it’s got a lot of story left to tell — I don’t know. They had me for one season. They were probably like, well, let’s just bring him in for one, and we’ll see how it goes, and then we’ll go from there. So they’re waiting to hear what happened with the show, and then they’ll probably talk to [showrunner] Elwood [Reid] and try to figure out what to do with the characters, those that are returning and those that they want to return.”

Seems promising! 

Once ABC gives the word—we’ll update this post accordingly. In the meantime, don’t be shy, read our review of the Big Sky Season 3 finale right here. 

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Big Sky Season Finale Review – That Old Feeling (313)

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Big Sky Season 3 Finale Episode 13 Recap That Old Feeling

And just like that, Big Sky brought another absolutely bonkers season to a close. 

Big Sky Season 3 Episode 13 picked up with the hunt for Buck (Rex Linn), who kidnapped Denise and Emily and was holding them hostage as leverage. 

The whole kidnapping storyline with the women trapped in a trailer was reminiscent of Big Sky Season 1, bringing everything full circle and subtly reminding viewers of what drew us to this series in the first place. 

Buck sent us all on a frustrating goose chase. The old man had nothing to lose, which made things all the more difficult, but there’s no denying that the unhinged man who was also badly injured should’ve been taken down way sooner. It was annoying to see him wield the upper hand just as it was tiring to see him overpower person after person who got in his way or tried to stop him. Killing one innocent bystander was fine, but in his state, he shouldn’t have been able to overpower Walter or Beau.

Though, I guess when you have the streak of a cold-blooded killer, it’s different. Buck went off the deep end, and there was no bringing him back. And with the way he was just snapping necks left and right, you’d think this was an episode of The Vampire Diaries.

Buck thought he was playing the long game, but he underestimated Sunny. He tried to manipulate her by using the love that they once had for each other, but it didn’t work. While she was his blind spot, Sunny no longer saw him as the man she married—all she saw was a liar who broke her heart in unimaginable ways. He was convinced that she was on his side after everything he’d done—it was evident when he told her to “shoot them” right before she shot him in the heart. Poetic. 

The thing about Sunny is that she always has a plan. It wasn’t a smart plan throwing Walter to the wolves, but I guess she felt as though she owed him this much. And when she realized that Buck was like a cat with nine lives, she knew the only way to make sure he never hurt anyone again was to take the shot, even if it meant that she’d spend the rest of her life in prison. Honestly, something tells me she’s going to really thrive there. She’s resourceful and not above getting her hands dirty. 

Sunny may have been fed up with Buck for lying to her and turning her against Walter (because he knew exactly who Buck was), the last straw was when Buck bashed Walter’s head and nearly killed him. At that point, Sunny knew that he was unpredictable and she’d never be safe, despite his promises that he’d never hurt her. If that was true, he wouldn’t have messed up their lives and attacked her boy. 

No one even blamed Sunny for what she did as both Jenny and Cassie acknowledged that they’d likely make the same choice if they were in her shoes. Sunny may have been questionable throughout the season, but she came through when it mattered. 

Buck and Sunny left behind a trail of victims—thankfully Emily and Denise weren’t included—but the biggest one had to be Cormac. Not only was his whole life a lie, but he found out that his father was one of the worst serial killers of his time, found out that he had a brother, and lost both of his parents in one fell swoop. 

Big Sky Season 3 Finale Episode 13 Recap That Old Feeling

BIG SKY: DEADLY TRAILS – ÒThat Old FeelingÓ Ð With Denise and EmilyÕs lives on the line, Jenny and Beau are determined to bring the Bleeding Heart Killer to justice, no matter what it takes. Meanwhile, Cassie uses her connections to pin down their possible location; and Sunny makes a fiery decision that will change her family forever, but will it all be enough to save the ones they love? Find out on the season finale of ÒBig Sky: Deadly Trails,Ó WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC)
JENSEN ACKLES, KATHERYN WINNICK

And he was crucial in helping Cassie locate Emily and Denise by leading her to a cabin where he used to camp with his dad. It’s a chilling thought to know that Cormac was present for so many of his father’s crimes as a child without even knowing it. 

If it hadn’t been for Cormac, however, there’s a huge possibility that the women would’ve never been found. I know that in many cases, loved ones don’t get such good news, but I’m glad Beau didn’t have to endure the pain of losing his child.  He went through a father’s worst nightmare when Emily was kidnapped, feeling as though he failed to protect his daughter, and it was painful to watch him feel so helpless. 

While I don’t think that Beau was in the right headspace to make his romantic feelings known to Jenny, the series has been playing the “will they or won’t they” game the whole season, so I wish we got some kind of moment. However, it’s understandable that Beau simply needed time to process; he was in a fragile place and needed a friend more than anything.

He went through a rollercoaster of emotions, which were topped off by Carla’s announcement that she’s returning to Houston and taking Emily with her. It’s a bummer to lose Emily because I feel like she was such a great intern for Dewell and Hoyt, but it makes sense that her mother doesn’t want her to have anything to do with it after what transpired. 

Plus, the fact that he has no plans to reunite with his wife may just be the sign we need that he’s considering pursuing something romantic with Jenny. And the hand holding definitely solidified their feelings. Both of them deserve happiness, so I’m hoping they find it with each other. 

As for Cormac, it’s a good thing he had Cassie in his life, who seemingly even got his mom’s blessing as she asked the detective to “keep an eye out on her son” while she was in prison. Cassie was also on hand to support him when he finally met his half-brother, which is likely a moment Sunny dreamt of for quite a long time. Walter didn’t end up being this season’s monster as we all thought in the begging, but there’s still something off about him. It takes a monster to be able to identify a monster, and I’m not convinced that Walter was completely innocent. The series also gave Paige closure as she popped into the hospital to “thank” Walter for allowing her to escape this hellish nightmare and giving her another shot at life. She’s one of the few that made it out semi-unscathed. 

Since the series tackles new mysteries each season, they also put to rest Tonya and Donno’s storyline. The good news is–Donno lived. The bad news is that he’s in a wheelchair, which kind of feels like necessary karma for all the terrible things he’s done. And still, I have a soft spot for him, and his cozy friendship with Tonya has been the highlight of the season. They weren’t exactly pivotal to the storylines, but I’m glad the writers saw value in them and did their best to keep them around. They’ll always have a presence in Helena, so it’s wise to keep them looped in. And they may just be the richest people in town now that Tonya managed to cap the $15 million! I hope they finally hit pause on their life of crime and actually just live. 

And that’s that, friends. Cassie and Jenny are Helena’s monster slayers, bringing justice to the worst of the worst like Ronald Pergman and Buck Barnes. 

What did you think of the season?

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Big Sky Part 1 Season Finale Review – Are You Mad? (312)

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Big Sky Recap Season 3 Episode 12 Are You Mad?

Big Sky is pulling out all the stops for its two-part season finale. 

This season has been a beautiful mess, with one intriguing and twisted mystery after the other. 

And somehow, they had us all thinking that Emily and Denise were kidnapped by the men coming after Avery. Oh, how naive of us. 

The series pulled off the mother of plot twists, shocking even Beau Arlen himself, when it was revealed that the kidnapper was Buck Barnes. 

Of course, Buck would survive the whole ordeal with Paige. I was naive to think that she had succeeded in killing an evil man. 

While Paige managed to get herself to safety, so did Buck, and when Jenny, Cassie, and Beau finally located the bunker in the woods, it was Buck-less. 

They did, however, find themselves completely disturbed by the hearts in jars, proving once and for all that Buck is the Bleeding Heart Murderer.

Sunny was shocked to learn all about her husband’s dark side, or, at the very least, she wanted everyone to believe she was shocked. But somehow, I’m not buying it. I don’t believe that she didn’t know anything about it, especially when Walter revealed that he told her that he’d seen Buck the night of Blaire Lucan’s murder. 

Who would have thought that after everything, Walter would’ve turned out to be the normal one? Upon finding Paige alive at Sunny’s wielding a huge kitchen knife and covered in blood, the police released Walter. And while he didn’t kill Paige, didn’t they find out that he did murder his foster parents? How was he able to walk free? And what about Luke? Are we just going to forget about him? My guess is that Buck also killed him, but why hasn’t that been made clear?

Walt realized that this whole time, his mother made him feel like he was different and dangerous when in reality, she and Buck were the rotten apples. He said his goodbyes, which didn’t sit well with Sunny, but I doubt that their paths will diverge for long as they’re both going to be motivated to find Buck now that they know he’s alive. 

Big Sky Recap Season 3 Episode 12 Are You Mad?

BIG SKY: DEADLY TRAILS – ÒAre You Mad?Ó Ð Jenny, Cassie and Beau uncover the truth about the Bleeding Heart Killer, but before justice can be served, chaos breaks out. AveryÕs involvement with TonyÕs crime family escalates to a standoff; Emily and Denise are put in grave danger; and despite her recent revelations, SunnyÕs family ties continue to pull apart. As Cassie, Jenny and Beau work to clean up the mess, the killer is still on the loose, ensuring no one is safe on ÒBig Sky: Deadly Trails,Ó WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Anna Kooris)
HENRY IAN CUSICK

Walter will want revenge for what Buck did to Paige, while Sunny, well, I have no idea what card Sunny is going to play now. She’s always been loyal to Buck, but she’s also a force, so I feel like she might finally do the right thing once she realizes Buck kidnapped the Sheriff’s daughter. 

Throughout all of this—and while injured—Buck still managed to kill another innocent victim. Gabriel, much like the Mark the hiker, was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. It was heartbreaking to see his dog, Lulu, whimper and stay behind with the body after witnessing such brutality. 

But for now, enough about Buck as he’s going to be the star of the second half of the season finale. 

The first half tied up the whole $15 million/Avery storyline with a bloodbath. Avery, Tonya, and Donno showed up for their meeting with Tony, but things took quite a nasty turn. Avery should’ve known better than to get into bed with a bunch of reckless criminals, but by being greedy, he sealed his own fate. There was no way he was going to get out of this alive. He was constantly in way over his head, and as Beau explained, he thought he was smarter than everyone else, which was his biggest flaw. 

The moment he gave up his control of the money, Tony shot him dead. Rest In Peace, Avery. 

Avery wasn’t the only one who let greed get the best of him as Tonya’s money-hungry ways led to Donno’s untimely death. I know that Donno was a terrible person who killed people for a living, but god, his death was a gut punch. He went out in a blaze of glory. How is it possible that the sweetest love story coming out of season 3 was between Tonya and Donno? The kiss broke my heart! 

In the end, they all lost.

Other Notable Moments

  • Jenny put her full support behind Beau to help him find his daughter. Her feelings for him are evident, even though this definitely ins’t the right time. However, with Avery out of the picture and Beau going the extra mile to protect his girls, does Jenny stand a shot against Carla?
  • Carla truly is a boss babe. She may have been terrified, but she didn’t let on in the slightest when confronting her stalker. 
  • Cormac finally found out the truth about his family, and I feel for that boy. His whole life has been a lie, he has a half brother he never knew about, and his dad is a serial killer. And now that he knows it, it jogged a traumatizing memory of when he was a kid and sort of witnessed his dad commit the crimes. He’s going to need a lot of therapy. 
  • I really bet all those people wished they’d never went glamping. 

It’s unclear why Buck kidnapped Denise/Emily, though it definitely seems like he’s not even doing anything with a purpose anymore. He kills for the thrill of it—and he found two people that would motivate everyone to hunt him down. 

Will they get to Emily and Denise in time? Will Buck finally get what’s coming to him? The second half of the season finale airs next Wednesday! 

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