Just a mere five episodes into Big Sky, the series is going on a hiatus.
My biggest gripe with the episode throughout much of the hour was that not much was progressing in terms of storyline, but that all changed in those final few seconds of the winter finale.
Yes, a bit of backstory was revealed and the tides were changing between Rick and Ronald, but other than that, Cassie and Jenny were still hitting dead ends despite being hot on the trail of the missing girls.
It was frustrating to say the least, but then, something amazing happened — the series took a much-needed turn and raised the stakes.
The Big Sky pilot was proof that this show isn’t afraid of killing off characters, which either means it’ll be a short-lived series or the writers and producers have a good game plan in place. Let’s hope its the latter.
Since day one, Rick hid behind the “Sheriff” persona because no one would ever question someone that decorated. He abused the badge and he abused his power, and through it all, he convinced himself that he was some kind of American hero.
Rick had an ego-complex and even in his final moments, when he was pinned against a wall, he genuinely thought that he could weasel his way out of the kidnapping by gaslighting Cassie. It’s the same erratic behavior he displayed when they closed in on him at the shed and he began to deflect and bring up Cassie’s personal failures to get the heat off of himself.
It’s a good tactic, but not one that works on strong-willed women who see past the bullshit. And that’s what made Cassie’s shot so brilliant. She was relentless in her quest to find the missing girls, and even more relentless in her pursuit to prove that Rick was the responsible party.
She didn’t fall for his party tricks and clever words. But he totally underestimated her and her abilities. When she shot him, she shot to kill. Just like he shot Cody!
— Big Sky (@BigSkyABC) December 16, 2020
Of course, there was no reason for her not to. Yes, Rick could have played the “I just came to rescue these girls” card, but that would have been easily debunked by the very fact that this closed bar was “his” known hangout spot.
And let’s not forget the girls who would testify against him.
This was a dead-end for Rick. He would’ve been better off just accepting it.
However, the shot could have also been the series shooting itself in the foot because… what happens next?
Killing Rick makes every other storyline that was introduced pointless. They found the fisherman’s truck near the storage unit. Who cares? Rick’s dead.
There’s no point in caring about his relationship with Merilee anymore, or the fact that he wanted to be a better husband, because he’s dead. And he’ll never find out that Ronald was macking on his wife — though, I would have liked to see his reaction to that.
The search for Cody is less of a priority because the killer is dead. And all of those flashback scenes have contributed nothing to the story.
Rick’s death kills so many other storylines that it truly makes you wonder what the series has planned next.
Depending on who arrives at the bar next, things can get a bit murky. Is it whoever Rick called to get rid of the girls? Is it Ronald? Is it Jenny, who said she was on her way?
That is unless Rick doesn’t actually die. The chances are slim, but if anyone was going to survive that, it would be a misogynistic ass like Rick.
One of the better parts of the episode was some backstory that gave us insight into Rick and Ronald’s relationship, specifically, how they met. In previous reviews, I mentioned that it was hard to understand their dynamic since we didn’t know how they got into this “business” in the first place.
And while I never want to call someone responsible for a kidnapping a victim, but in a way, Ronald was also Rick’s victim.
Rick hunted him down and called him out on his sexual weakness – which is a whole other story itself – and then basically didn’t give him much of an option but to join this crusade of “cleaning up America” by selling prostitutes. The justification is a stretch, but Rick seemed to think he was doing the world a favor and helping these women and managed to convince Ronald of the same.
Because of this, Ronald has never truly gotten the help he so badly needs to deal with his sexual compulsions.
And honestly, his mother is at fault here for knowing that he’s a pervert and staying silent.
Of course, Rick is the guy to blame the women for engaging in these acts rather than the men who can’t seem to keep it in their pants, which also just tells us everything we need to know about the Sheriff. Good riddance.
With Rick now out of the picture, it’s unclear what the future holds for Ronald. Does he get a clean break? Will he somehow get wrapped up into this mess? Will further investigations into Rick reveal his connection to Ronald?
Will Ronald’s mother finally come clean and stop contributing to the problem?
Will Cassie and Jenny continue investigating to find all the other missing girls? Because at this point, that’s the only way I can see this show continuing on.
There’s also the whole creepy situation with Merilee and Ronald. She’s clearly smitten by him and likes the attention he’s giving her, but what she fails to realize is that she’s simply attracted to toxic men.
However, with Rick dead, I could care less what happens to Merilee, so there’s that. I’m just glad she didn’t get whacked with the hammer, though, Rick really considered it for a hot minute.
While the series exceeds with delivering big punches that are jaw-dropping and unexpected, it’s simply hard to see how it will sustain itself. The fact that it hailed from the creator of Big Little Lies was promising, but honestly, aside from those unexpected moments, there aren’t many redeeming qualities.
The only good part about the series is seeing how the girls have bonded in captivity. They’re fearless and strong and supportive of each other. While it’s Grace that was always the kickass one standing up to Rick and Ronald, Danielle really came through by calling out Ronald for doing this because he was rejected in high school.
Cassie and Jenny may have been breaking the rules to find them, but Jerrie, Danielle, and Grace’s will to survive has also been instrumental.
What did you think of the winter finale?
Big Sky Season Finale Review – Ronald’s Great Escape (1×16)
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.
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!
Big Sky Review – I’m the Bad Guy (1×15)
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.
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?
Big Sky Review – No Better Than Dogs (1×12)
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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