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Big Sky Winter Finale Review – A Good Day to Die (1×05)

BIG SKY - ÒA Good Day to DieÓ Ð Jenny and Cassie feel as if theyÕre closing in on Legarski, but they are racing against the clock as he and Ronald are preparing to move the girls. Jerrie makes one last attempt to convince Ronald to let them go. Elsewhere, Cassie visits Merilee to question her about her husband and Ronald aggressively confronts his mother on the winter finale of ÒBig Sky,Ó TUESDAY, DEC. 15 (10:00-11:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Darko Sikman) ALIX LANE

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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!

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?


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Big Sky Midseason Review – The End Has No End (2×08)

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And just when you thought you couldn’t hate Ronald more… 

After the Big Sky Season 2 Episode 8 midseason finale, what I really want to tell Wolf is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. 

Ronald couldn’t just let Cassie move on and live a peaceful life. 

Even when his mission was to save Phoebe and bring her to the ranch, he just couldn’t help himself and paid Dewell and Hoyt a visit, which is where he came face-to-face with Cassie’s dad. 

The moment Joseph and Cassie walked into the office to fix the pipes, shared a beer to celebrate buying the ranch, and exchanged “I love you’s” as he told her not to wait up for him that night, I knew he wasn’t going to survive the ordeal. 

While I was surprised that Ronald attempted to walk away from the situation without hurting Joseph, it was a given that he would retaliate once Joseph attempted to take Ronald down.

I just wish he had the strength to take him out too. 

Instead, Cassie had to come into the office and bear witness to the sight of her murdered father clutching a photo of his daughter and his grandson. 

I mean, could they hit us with a more heartbreaking scene?

Cassie had every reason to pursue Ronald initially, but now, she shouldn’t show any mercy if she ever gets her hands on him. 

Wolf, however, is partially to blame for this death because he’s allowing Ronald to roam free instead of just turning him over to the police. 

He captured Ronald right after he killed Joseph, but it was too late. The damage had already been done. 

Phoebe was right to be terrified of him. She has always known there was something off about him, but being separated from him was the confirmation she needed that he was a monster. 

When he took his eyes off the prize and made a pit stop, she should’ve made a run for it. Though my guess is that Wolf came and took her right before he knocked Ronald out. 

Part of me wishes that Phoebe would’ve been able to get Cassie’s attention, but that would’ve been too easy of an ending.

The war on drugs continued as the cartel went to great lengths to get their money back from Dietrich and the local kids.

The good news is that Travis definitely isn’t dirty. The bad news is that he’s in way over his head for personal reasons. He’s gunning for the Bhullar cartel to avenge his best friend’s death, which will never end well.

Ren and her brother, Jag, are two very dangerous people.

Travis was able to secure the drugs from T-Lock and get them back to Ren but getting the money has proven to be a bigger issue.

And it all boils down to those kiddos. Creary was right by warning them that they would never be safe because the cartel would never stop looking for their money. 

At this point, everyone seems to know the kids are involved. 

Ren harassed poor Bridger at his karate class; his Sensei didn’t stand a chance. 

After getting roughed up by Travis, T-Lock, who was reported missing, ambushed Max inquiring about the cash. 

The money has the power to unravel it all. 

Thankfully, Jenny realized that Max was connected to T-Lock and Harper, which puts her smack dab in the middle of the case. 

Hopefully, she and Cassie can get to Max and her friends before the cartel does. Otherwise, it’s not going to end well. 

Something tells me though that we’ll be meeting Ren and Jag’s father soon enough, and he likely puts them both to shame. 

Elsewhere, Jerrie finally made it back home to visit her dying mother. We didn’t get to see that interaction just yet, but it’s bound to be emotional as her mother hasn’t seen her since her transition, which isn’t something she approved of in the first place. 

What did you think of the midseason finale? Are you impressed with how the series continues to find new ways to up the stakes?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Big Sky Review – Little Boxes (2×07)

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Things sure got messy on Big Sky!

I wish that Lindor found something when he revisited Wolf Legarski’s property instead of getting caught. 

You would think a Marshal would’ve been better prepared. Wolf knew that Lindor was onto him, so he moved Ronald and Scarlett out of sight. 

The whole incident snapped Scarlett back to reality, and she decided to help Ronald escape. 

To be honest, I’m surprised it took this long. Wolf has obviously been brainwashing her, and she believed him until she saw Aggie almost kill Ronald and realized that these people that were holding them captive didn’t want to help them at all. 

And based on the preview for the winter finale, Ronald has his sights set on our girl Cassie. 

I truly hope nothing happens to her, but at this point, Ronald is the least of their problems. 

They are digging deeper and deeper into this cartel situation. Doesn’t it seem like everyone in town is somehow involved at this point?

Both Cassie and Jenny stumbled upon Tonya, who is now working for Ren. 

While questioning Dietrich about Smiley’s hand, he told Jenny that Ren is part of the cartel. 

And Jenny’s gut told her that something was off with Ren, though, she didn’t have any concrete evidence linking Ren to the cartel and the drugs. 

It’s frustrating to see Jenny and Cassie so close yet so far from wrapping this case up with a neat little bow. 

Hopefully, they’re able to find something out before Bridger and Madison’s parents meet the same fate as T-Lock. He kind of had it coming for stealing the drugs from Max and trying to make a quick buck, though. 

Ren and Donno traced the last call Harvey made to Bridger and Madison’s parents, and when Ren paid them a little visit, she recognized Bridger from one of the crime scenes. 

Will she realize that he’s the one involved rather than his parents?

The poor kids have been through hell and back since finding the drugs and the money, and the last thing they need is to be responsible for their parent’s death. 

They spent most of the episode trying to help the homeless man who saved them and made the connection that he is Seth Creary’s dad, a boy that drowned in a lake. 

He has been helping the teens and keeping an eye out so that he can protect them. I truly thought the revelation would be something bigger, but oh well. 

Meanwhile, Dietrich and Travis/Rand were trying to find out what happened to Smiley. When they encountered TLock at Smiley’s house aka the crime scene, Dietrich immediately thought he was responsible and asked Travis to put him in the hole. 

Of course, Travis is undercover, so my guess is that he’s somehow going to help TLock out of this situation. 

I wish that Travis and Jenny would just join forces and bring everyone down. 

Travis doesn’t want to ruin his cover, but at this point, I feel like he has so much evidence against everyone! 

I really hope nothing happens to him because man, I was feeling all the feels when he called Jenny to ominously tell her that he loves her. 

Big Sky Review Little Boxes Season 2 Episode 7

BIG SKY – ÒLittle BoxesÓ Ð Cassie and Jenny discover a gruesome message meant for Dietrich in their search to find Travis, leading them to fear the worst. Elsewhere, Tonya works to gain DonnoÕs trust and RenÕs ear, and the kids hope to stay out of sight as they tend to CrearyÕs injuries. Meanwhile, Cassie has an emotional breakthrough and Ronald and Scarlet work to break out on ÒBig Sky,Ó THURSDAY, DEC. 9 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Karen Kuehn)
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This is a high-stakes game, so it’s better to let your feelings be known before it’s too late. 

Which is why I guess it’s a good thing that Lindor and Cassie finally kissed. It’s about time. 

In this game, there’s always big fish and bigger fish. While Donno, Ren, and now, Tonya, seemed like they were at the top of the food chain, in swooped her brother and his bodyguard to make them look small and pathetic. 

Seeing mad man Donno knocked to the floor like that proves that we haven’t seen anything yet. 

Also, is anyone else totally digging Donno and Tonya’s Huck and Quinn vibes? It’s like I’m watching Scandal all over again. Nothing like murder and cleaning up body parts to bond people. 

What does Ren’s brother have planned? He wants his drugs, but Smiley and TLock had them, so where are they now?

And how will this all end?

How does Ronald’s storyline fit in? Will Aggie meet her match with Scarlett? It was foolish of Wolf to leave his wife alone.

The anticipation for the winter finale has never been more palpable. 

I’m just glad season 2 of Big Sky delivered a gripping mystery with plenty of big twists. 

Let us know what you thought about the episode in the comments!


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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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