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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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What Happened to Travis on ‘Big Sky’?

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Big Sky Review The Shipping News Season 2 Episode 13

If you’ve been watching Big Sky since the beginning, you probably noticed a handful of familiar faces on Big Sky Season 3. 

And there’s definitely an absence of a few core characters as well, including Travis Stone (Logan Marshall-Green), Jerrie (Jesse James Keitel), and Mark Lindor (Omar Metwally). What happened to these characters, and why aren’t they part of the brand new season of the ABC drama?

 

Travis 

Travis, Jenny Hoyt’s love interest and undercover cop, got pretty tangled up with the Bhullar drug cartel in season 2 as he sought out revenge for his former love, Kate Garza, who was reportedly killed by Veer Bhullar. Kate was Veer’s mistress who Travis turned into an informant before falling in love with her. As the season progressed, Travis went rogue during his undercover work, determined to get answers about Kate’s death. And when Veer was near death, he revealed that Kate was actually alive, so Travis became determined to find her. Jenny, who arrested Travis, pulled the truck over in the final episode and let him go in order to find some closure under the condition that he would turn himself in after/if he tracked Kate down. Travis wasn’t sure if Veer told the truth, but he knew he had to do everything in his power to see if she was still out there. 

There hasn’t been any mention of Travis in season 3 yet, but hopefully we’ll get some kind of conclusion to this story, though, don’t hold your breath that Jenny and Travis will get back together. 

 

Jerrie

Jerrie has been with the show since the beginning as one of Ronald Pergman’s original victims in season 1. She later joined Dewell and Hoyt as a private investigator, however, when season 3 kicked off, she was nowhere to be found. Cassie addressed her exit by informing Jenny and Denise that she was chasing down information about the syndicate that was connected to Ronald and his love, Scarlett, along with Lindor, who she was now dating. Cassie assured her co-workers that “he and Jerrie are a good match.”

In reality, James Keitel booked a role on the Queer as Folk reboot and Star Trek, which likely conflicted with the Big Sky filming scehedule. The door is open for her character to return, however, so we’ll hopefully see her back sometime soon to put this syndicate/Ronald drama to bed.

 

Lindor

Lindor, as mentioned, was Cassie’s love interest in season 2 but apparently jetted off to chase leads on the syndicate with Jerrie. Lindor was a U.S. Marshall who arrived in Helena to track down Ronald Pergman in season 2. During his time in town, he developed feelings for both Cassie and Jerrie, and while the season 2 finale saw him making things official with Cassie, in the brief explanation at the kickstart of season 3, Cassie decided they were better as friends and he reportedly moved on with Jerrie. Sadly, that’s the only thing that really made sense for his exit as there was a scheduling conflict that prevented Metwally from returning. 

. “At the end of [Season 2], Omar came to me and he had this opportunity to be in an off-season play. And I said ‘sure,’” showrunner Elwood Reid told TVLine, adding, “I didn’t know if we were coming back. I didn’t know when we would come back.” Metwally signed on for the play, and when the show got renewed, Reid had to find a way to write him out. That’s showbiz!

 

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Big Sky Review -The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep (3×02)

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Big Sky Review The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep Season 3 Episode 2

Big Sky needs to tone it on down on the “big” when it comes to its plot. 

The promos for Deadly Trails hooked audiences because they provided one singular focus—a mystery involving a Sunny Barnes’ camping adventure where hikers go missing under mysterious circumstances. 

It felt like the series was hitting refresh after two thrilling yet muddled seasons. Unfortunately, the writers seem to be repeating the mistakes of the past, packing all too much into one season in a way that’s overwhelming for audiences. 

There’s the mystery of Mark, the hiker that we saw fall off of a cliff when he encountered Walter, a strange man, at the top of Deadman’s Drop. The beginning of the episode reveals that Walter, a recluse who lives in the woods, informs his mother about Mark, claiming he accidentally fell from a cliff. She goes into protective mama bear mode, telling Walt she’ll handle it, but when she’s alone with Mark, she just lets him die a slow and agonizing death. When Cassie and Beau come around investigating, she pretends that she knows nothing about Mark’s whereabouts when that’s clearly not the case. 

There’s also the mystery surrounding the campers at Sunny’s, including Paige and Luke, a couple who clearly didn’t mesh well when it came to vacation plans. After the premiere, it seemed as though they simply didn’t see eye to eye about glamping, but a little time in the woods is beginning to unravel them as they mention that they are hiding out until the money comes in. Paige even mentions that Luke would be in jail for what happened. The campers at home base get concerned when Paige and Luke don’t come back, but it’s even more concerning that Luke grabs a rock after he gets into a fight with Paige and attempts to choke her. 

When Emily, Beu’s daughter who is camping with her stepdad Asher, sets out to find the missing couple, she sees Luke covered in blood and makes a run for it. It’s good podcast material… if she survives. The teaser also talks about a missing woman from Sunny Day Camp, which could be Paige or Emily. Did Luke do something to Paige? Or was she the dangerous one since she threatened to kill him if he ever laid hands on her again?

There’s also Asher, who didn’t seem suspicious at first, but he started becoming way too invested in Paige and Luke’s relationship, even sniffing around their room and finding a gun in Paige’s duffel. Why would she leave that behind? Why did she have it in the first place?

There are clearly a lot of concerning things happening at Sunny Day Campgrounds, and it doesn’t seem to be a first. Sunny is great at burying her secrets, but it does make me wonder if Mark’s death at Deadman’s Drop is connected to the case Denise mentions from 20 years ago, And was Walt responsible? 

Sunny seems to have everyone fooled, but Cormac hesitated when he stumbled upon his mother in the woods and questioned her carefree plan to find the troubled lovebirds. Does he know something he’s not letting on? Is he aware of Walt? Or is Walt a child from a previous relationship?

Jenny and Beau also team up to deal with a squatter situation at one of Tonya’s properties. They encounter Donno manhandling Jef with one F, who isn’t exactly forthcoming about his true identity or why he’s living inside the home. Jenny arrests him, along with Donno and another drunk that they pick up on the side of the road, who actually attempts to assassinate Jef. Donno and Jenny save the day, and while I know Jenny does a good amount of kicking butt in this scene, Donno is such a gem. I can see why they chose not to write him out. He brings a sort of flair to the series that continues to be interesting even as he tries to walk a straight and narrow path these days,

Anyway, the near-attack forces Jef to come clean about what’s really going on—he’s a whistleblower for Redmond, a jet company that’s allowing a fleet that failed inspection to hit the skies, putting all of their passengers in danger. Since he knows too much, they want him dead. Jenny persuades him to go into Witness Protection, but the agent that comes to get him raises some red flags. Technically, it all checks out, but Jenny and Beau have played this game before, so they send Poppernak to make sure that Jef gets to safety. When they see Weaver’s car divert from the road to the airport, they leap into action, saving Jef in the knick of time. They also find Camille, the CEO’s executive assistant that went missing, hiding in the basement ready to corroborate Jef’s story. It’s unclear why this new storyline was introduced, but it does beg the question: how does it connect to the hikers at Sunny Day Camp?

Also, did anyone else catch the subtle nod to Jensen Ackles’ Supernatural character when Beau gives Cassie bread and salt as a housewarming gift to “fend off the demons?” Classic. 

Does Asher work for this company? Are Paige and Luke somehow involved?

And if Walt didn’t kill Mark, why is Sunny so eager to cover for him? Has this happened before? What’s her story? 

Do you think there are too many threads to follow this season when it should have been more simplified? 

Share your thoughts about the episode in the comments below! 


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Big Sky: Deadly Trails Season 3 Premiere Review – Do You Love an Apple

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Big Sky: Deadly Trails Do You Love an Apple Season 3 Episode 1 Premiere Review

Big Sky: Deadly Trails is entering a new era and living up to its new name!

After dealing with two murderous truckers and a drug syndicate, Helena finally got a break for a few months before danger crept back into town disguised as a glamping experience of all things. 

Sunny Day Excursions, run by Sunny Barnes and her husband, Buck, seems like a fun nature escape, but what’s lurking in the shadows, er, trails, is much more sinister. 

The episode kicked off with a death on Deadman’s Drop. The curious hiker, Mark Woodman, was ambushed by a hunter, who lured him in with a cassette player. While Mark initially managed to get away, when he reached the top of the cliff, he heard the same song playing, and when he turned around, Walter was standing right behind him. As fear washed over him, he backed away slowly and fell to his death. 

Mark’s disappearance hit the desk of Dewell and Hoyt, and they immediately jumped on the case. Cassie visited Sunny Day because has a personal relationship with Sunny Barnes, which is what threw everything for a loop. Cassie has a good feel for people, so if she thinks that Sunny is a great person, the kind of person she’d trust to go camping with her son, I’m inclined to believe her. 

Except that Sunny is hiding a very dark secret. After all of her glamping guests went to sleep, she threw the missing person’s poster into the fire, made some smores, and walked into the woods while singing the exact song that is played on the cassette player. She then called out to the man, Walter, who is revealed to be her son. I’m not entirely shocked since that was my guess from the very beginning, but when they introduced Cormac, I figured maybe I was wrong in my assumption. Now, I’m just bummed that Sunny’s friendly tour guide act is a total fake. 

It’s unclear why her son is a man of the woods, but we’ll just peel back the layers as the season progresses. Is he responsible for the murders and the hushed-up missing glampers? Or is he a witness to the killings? How is Walter involved?

It’ll be quite a shock to Cassie once she realizes that Sunny isn’t the woman she thought she was. 

The campers are all in danger, particularly Emily, who arrived with her stepdad Avery. Initially, they seem like just another random group of glampers, but by the end, the connection between Emily and Beau is made apparent. He’s concerned about his daughter and jealous that she spends so much time with her stepdad, Avery, who Beau hates and has on his punch list.

This also explains why Beau’s ex-wife, Carla, was brought up so many times. We haven’t met her yet, and she didn’t come glamping with Avery and Emily because of work, but I’m sure that she’ll show up eventually. Will Avery and Emily’s dangerous glamping trip bring her to Montana and reconnect her with Beau? And will she really hate Jenny as Beau said?

Sunny’s business and overall plan, however shady it may be, is in danger now that both Beau and Cassie are somehow involved. They won’t stop until they get to the truth. 

While it’s not entirely clear if Sunny’s husband and son, Cormac, know what she’s really up to, my guess is that they have to be aware. Buck questioned why Cassie visited them before the guest’s arrived, and he seemed worried that maybe the whole operation was going to unravel before it even began.

The mystery of Sunny Day excursions and the hiking trails was only just beginning as Beau and Jenny Hoyt tackled another case involving a nearly-naked man that flagged them down on the side of the road. The man, a cop, was seduced by a prisoner named Faith, who then robbed a small store at gunpoint and took the manager, Bill, as a hostage. Beau or Jenny couldn’t figure out why someone who just wanted cash would take a hostage, and when they checked out the manager’s house, his body dropped right onto the hood of their car. 

Big Sky: Deadly Trails Do You Love an Apple Season 3 Episode 1 Premiere Review

BIG SKY: DEADLY TRAILS – ÒDo You Love An AppleÓ Ð ItÕs been a few months of relative peace in Helena, but all thatÕs about to change when Sunny Barnes and her family set up Sunny Day Excursions just outside of town. From the moment they arrive, things begin to go awry, with Cassie being called in to investigate a missing backpacker and the new sheriff in town, Beau, partnering up with Jenny to track down a murderer on the loose. A mountainous mystery begins to unravel for Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt on the season premiere of ÒBig Sky: Deadly Trails,Ó WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Michael Moriatis)
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Jenny threw caution to the wind and ran up to check the apartment without backup (Beau should expect this behavior from her at this point), and figured out that the case may involve a child. When they tracked down Faith, sure enough, she risked everything for a little girl that she helped raise like a daughter. The scene that unfolded was heartbreaking as Maddie ran into her mother’s arms to save her from the guns that Beau and Jenny pointed at her. Eventually, Faith surrendered, and they allowed her to say goodbye to her daughter one last time before she was locked up for good. 

This was definitely a one-off case that didn’t tie into the overall mystery of the season, but it was necessary to help us get a deeper understanding of Beau and Jenny’s partnership. They work well together, even if they’re roasting each other half the time.  

These two may still be figuring each other out, but Beau and Cassie are the kind of BFFS that have movie nights together. If you’re thinking they are probably more than friends, well, so did Jenny, and Beau shot that right down. He’s clearly still hung up on his ex, while Cassie is getting over a breakup with Lindor. Honestly, I hate that. I know the series wasn’t able to get Lindor back this season because of a scheduling conflict, but I don’t buy the “we’re better as friends” and “he and Jeri are a great match” excuses at all. He was such a promising love interest for Cassie, so it hurts. However, there was definitely some sexual tension between her and Cormac, and I’m not opposed to giving him a shot, as long as he’s not involved in any shady business with his mom and man of the woods brother.

Cassie also purchased the ranch that was previously owned by the Bhullar cartel, and she managed to get it at a good price by playing Tonya at her own game. Tonya truly got off easy considering everything she did. She’s only a “legitimate business owner” because she worked her way up to acquiring land and property by working for a gang. Therefore, there’s nothing legitimate about it. I hope that at some point, Cassie and Jenny destroy her and Donno once and for all. Much like Ronald last season, these two are the lingering characters that keep the series grounded for longtime viewers, but it also means that their storyline isn’t over. Why did they stick around when the cartel operations clearly folded?

What did you think of the Big Sky: Deadly Trails Season 3 premiere? Have all your glamping dreams fizzled out? Maybe Luke was onto something when he complained that they weren’t at an all-inclusive 5-star hotel. 


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