The winter finale of Big Sky was one wild ride!
But was justice served? That depends on your definition of justice.
The episode kicked off with Erik trying to get inside Ronald’s head.
As he was sitting in a cage in a gasoline-doused basement with two dead bodies surrounding him, he still found the courage to antagonize his captor. That is one brave kid!
Ronald’s biggest mistake up until his point was opening the door when Cassie was canvassing the neighborhood to find Erik. While she didn’t immediately recognize Ronald, which was surprising considering she had a sketch on the newspaper front page that looked exactly like him, she didn’t disappoint as she remembered a brief brush-in with him at Merilee’s shop.
Going off a hunch, they were able to track down his mother’s social media page, which had a photo of Ronald that Jerilee was able to identify. And once that happened, all bets were off!
Cassie is seriously a gem. She’s been pivotal to this whole case. If it wasn’t for her and her trusting her gut, they likely wouldn’t have even found the girls in the first place. But not only did she save the girls and prove that Rick Legarski was guilty, she was also the one responsible for locating Ronald and saving Erik.
Unfortunately, Ronald was too smart and had a plan for when he would get caught. It was only a matter of time, so you have to commend him on being prepared.
When SWAT rolled in, he set his plan into motion by rigging the house with trap guns and setting off a gas leak.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the explosion, not even Jenny, who stayed back despite orders to evacuate to save Erik, which ended up being Ronald’s mother placed there as a decoy.
He really is a twisted man! Did anyone else scream after seeing her decaying face?
It took them way too long to figure out that Ronald likely used the late priest’s Tesla as his getaway car, and really, that’s a sign of the times that a serial killer is escaping in a Tesla!
For the next half of the episode, I was convinced we were watching a Tesla commercial. Seriously, did that not convince you to upgrade to an electric car? Did you see that smooth stop when Cassie and Jenny cut the car off while it was on autopilot?
As Jenny and Cassie pursued the car, I was convinced Ronald put it into autopilot and abandoned it with Erik. However, I didn’t account for the fact that something had to be weighing down the steering wheel, so the shot of the dead priest was gruesome.
And poor Erik. He held it together, but he’s just a kid! He’ll carry that trauma that he endured throughout that whole order for a long time. At least there was a happy ending for him and his mother!
Sadly, Ronald’s escape was too clean. Tubb was right — he waited until the hunters passed until he made his escape. As we saw him merrily driving his rig towards some new future, I was angry and impressed by his ability to escape capture despite the walls closing in on him.
But if the show has taught us anything about Cassie, she’s not going to back down anytime soon. A new mystery may be starting in April, but Ronald will eventually get what’s coming to him! I’m sure of it.
While justice may not have been served with Ronald, some might argue that Rick got what he deserved.
Since he woke up from his coma, audiences have been wondering if he really was experiencing memory loss or if he was simply faking it.
His act was convincing, and he even managed to pass a lie-detector test, but the finger tapping was something that Merilee simply couldn’t shake.
And neither could I! The nervous tick was a dead giveaway that he was lying.
There was also the fact that he a clear memory of all the women that he sold into sex trafficking during a dream and when he apologized, he explained that it “got out of hand.” Sign number two that Rick’s memory was in-tact.
And as Merilee began reminiscing about their relationship to figure out how exactly she was duped all these years, she realized that all of his little sing-songs were about killing including “If I Had a Hammer,” which led her to the conclusion that Rick was coming to kill her that night.
I thought that by taking out the hammer, she was simply trying to provoke Rick so that he’d snap and reveal that it was all an act.
And technically she did.
When he said it was her “menopause” talking, you could see a flicker of the real Rick breaking through. It was a smug, assholish way of speaking that was far from the innocent act he’d been putting on this whole time.
At the moment, you saw Merilee snap.
The rage and embarrassment of being used and lied to simply bubbled up the surface, and she couldn’t fathom the idea of him walking free after committing murder.
They always say “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
His death, at the hands of his wife using the same hammer that he tried to kill her with, was disturbingly poetic.
I fully thought it was another hallucination where she was contemplating what it would be like to dole out justice and redeem herself, but this time, it was for real.
To be honest, I’m kind of disappointed by it. Merilee was hurt, and she deserved to recover from this and move on. Sure, she’d have some major trust issues to work through, but it would have been the healthier alternative for her in the long run.
I would have rather she proved that he was lying and had him stand trial so that he would have to confront all the pain he caused and answer for the crimes he committed.
After all, he was clearly feeling guilty in his subconscious, so having him live with that guilt would have been the perfect punishment.
However, there was never any guarantee that he wouldn’t walk free, and killing him ensured that the monster met a permanent punishment. I can’t be upset by that either.
In the end, the moment was pure shock value, and even if you wanted a different outcome, there was something freeing about Merilee getting a smidge of power back from the man who mentally and emotionally abused her throughout life.
With the mystery of Montana’s missing girls closed, at least partially, Big Sky is going on hiatus until April before returning with episodes that feature “deeper secrets” and “bigger twists,” per the teaser.
Cassie and Jenny have grown so much over the course of nine episodes, and their relationship has flourished to the point that Cassie even scolded Jenny after almost losing her in the explosion.
There’s no denying that they make a great team and the world needs their services for situations and cases that the police, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies fail to investigate.
And while Cassie and Jenny’s detective adventures will take them in a whole new direction, the teaser does reveal that someone will eventually pop up with information about Ronald. And we cannot wait for that glorious day to come.
What started as a mildly sloppy series in the first few episodes has turned into the most compelling series on television.
What did you think of the episode?
Was justice served? Where is Ronald going?
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!
Big Sky Review – Ronald Begins to Unravel (1×08)
Big Sky continues to up the ante with each passing episode.
I questioned how the show would continue after releasing the three hostages, but it keeps finding ways to surprise and remain unpredictable.
On Big Sky Season 1 Episode 8, Ronald has fully unraveled. Whatever semblance of humanity or soul that the kidnapped girls saw in him in the first half of the season is dead and gone.
And he’s racking up quite the body count. I think the change happened when he snapped and killed his mother with barely any remorse. Despite his toxic relationship with his mother, she kept him somewhat in check and was his last tether to reality.
With her gone, Ronald has gone full psychopath and doesn’t even make an effort to hide it.
Can you even believe there was a time when we thought Rick Legarski was the big bad?
After killing his mother, he kidnapped the newspaper kid who snapped a photo of him and then drowned a priest who came to see his mother.
It made for one spine-chilling hour.
Jenny and Cassie said that Ronald’s been very methodical up until now, but as we see, he’s a loose cannon that’s just killing anyone who gets in his way or close to figuring out the truth.
Rick would’ve been upset with how sloppy he’s gotten.
When Erik snapped the photo, Ronald snuck up behind him and locked him in a cage. At least he hasn’t stooped to killing children yet, but he’s well on his way.
The priest’s death was avoidable if he had just looked at the paper that day. I mean, Ronald’s mug is all over town and there’s a statewide manhunt underway! How did he not know who they were looking for?
Also, wouldn’t someone be able to identify him? He may have flown under the radar, but his mother seems to be connected in the community.
The priest’s second mistake was following Ronald downstairs without a weapon. He heard clanging and muffled screaming — what dog is capable of making those sounds?
At the very least, he was alerted that something was off about Ronald because of Helen’s concerns, so he shouldn’t have followed him without a weapon. Rookie mistake.
But even though it was obvious the priest was going to die, it still didn’t lessen the severity of the situation. To be quite honest, I’m shocked that such a gruesome death scene made it to primetime television. Those kinds of scenes are typically saved for cable and streaming. I guess we’re just that desensitized these days, huh?
With three people missing all in the same area, it’s only a matter of time before investigators and/or Cassie (as seen in the teaser) connect the dots and seek out Ronald. The only question is, will they be able to one-up him?
His unpredictable and reckless nature may work in his favor.
Though, I really hope he doesn’t burn the house down with Erik inside because that kid is one brave soul! He’s a 12-year-old that had the nerve to stand up to a deranged man and aim a staple gun at his head.
Cassie and Jenny focused largely on figuring out if Rick was really suffering from memory loss. Turns out, he’s not faking it.
The idea that he could be faking it is much easier to swallow than admitting that the man isn’t competent enough to stand trial because accepting that he won’t ever answer for all of the crimes he committed and the pain he cause is just too painful.
We see that with Jenny, specifically, as she confronts him for killing her husband. Despite her best efforts, she can’t deny that Rick is no longer there.
Rick’s situation is unfortunate because he’s the only one who can fill in the pieces of the puzzle and lead them to Ronald.
However, the finger-tapping makes me think that the old Rick is there just below the surface and is just dying to come out.
I wonder if the series will ever explore how “Big Rick” came to be bad Rick in the first place? From everything Merilee said, he was a stand-up guy when she married him as he cared about humanity and wanted to help others, which is why he became a State Trooper.
Where did he go wrong? Or is this some case of a split personality disorder like Jekyll and Hyde?
It would be interesting to see what he remembers last as that may be where the “switch” happened.
It’s hard not to feel bad for Merilee, who is questioning everything about her existence. She’s been fooled by two men that she trusted, which doesn’t paint her in a great light. It’s not surprising that the police think she’s an accomplice because how could one woman be so blind to what was happening right in front of her?
I guess willful ignorance is bliss!
And this is more of a general question, but why does the media reveal everything that they know about a case when the suspect is still at large? It’s the equivalent of revealing your cards to your opponent while playing poker.
With the news revealing that the victims were able to give an accurate description of the truck, it gives the suspect time to revamp and/or get rid of the truck! It makes no sense.
Ronald gave his truck a makeover immediately after they caught Rick, but he’s still able to stay one step ahead by watching the news and seeing what they know about him!
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Rick will remember the truth? What’s Ronald’s next play?
How deeply disturbed are you by the series?
Big Sky Review – Who Died? (1×07)
This is the episode where Big Sky found its footing and brought its A-game. This is the episode I was waiting for. This is good television!
Since its premiere, the show has proven that it isn’t afraid to take big risks. And the big risks seem to be paying off.
Big Sky Season 1 Episode 7 is filled with intense, jaw-dropping, and I-can’t-believe-this-is-actually-happening moments!
As Rick wakes up from his coma, the investigation really starts to take shape, even if he isn’t quite in the right headspace.
His ability to talk and construct sentences is impressive and nothing short of a miracle. Up until the end, I was convinced Rick was pretending and actually remembered everything. He’s cunning enough to pull something like this off, and he of all people would know that it would buy him some time.
But it seems as though he’s truly suffering from some kind of memory loss and has regressed three years ago since he remembers he’s a Montana State Trooper (a role he prides himself on) and thought his father was still alive. It makes me wonder what happened to him back then to bring him into the world of sex trafficking and make him such a terrible person.
Sadly, his current state means that he isn’t paying the price for his actions. At least, not fully. But even without his memories, there’s no getting out of this for Rick even with a “best efforts” lawyer by his side as the evidence is stacked against him. Even his own wife thinks he’s guilty!
Grace’s positive identification also has him on the hook for murder. She was beyond brave in this episode by confronting her captor, leading the police to the acid pit, and identifying the disintegrating fisherman. I’m not sure how quickly acid deteriorates the body, but would it be possible to make this identification without pulling dental records? And why couldn’t Grace just pick out Rick from a photo lineup? They really made sure to pile on even more trauma on top of the emotional and physical abuse she suffered!
It probably would have been in Ronald’s best interest to skip town, but instead, he walked right into the line of fire while trying to protect himself.
Using Merilee to get privileged information on Rick’s health was both smart and incredibly stupid. He would have been better off dying his hair and skipping town. Even if Rick regained his memories eventually, by that point, Ronald could have been in a different country.
Instead, he stuck around and quite possibly got himself caught.
Every time Merilee agreed to meet up with “Mitchell,” I kept yelling “Merilee, you’re in danger, girl!” How is it that one woman could be played and fooled by two psychopaths within weeks of each other? Look for the signs, Merilee!
After what happened with her husband, she should have had her guard all the way up.
Mitchell preyed on her insecurities and weaseled his way in with kindness. He saw a neglected woman and found the sweet spot to make her feel like someone cared.
Cassie and Jenny’s timing couldn’t be more perfect. I was afraid they weren’t going to show Merilee the photo, but this series insists on doing things the “smart way” and upping the stakes, which is so refreshing and allows for the fast-paced nature of the show.
Merilee immediately recognized Mitchell from the sketch and didn’t hesitate to inform them that he was upstairs. And all of this just as Ronald found Rick’s hiding space and secured the evidence that incriminated him.
Catching Ronald while he’s inside the house would be too easy though. As the teaser for next week reveals, he likely heard the commotion downstairs and escaped through a window.
After all of this, Merilee needs to retire to some mini-islands that’s free of psycho and sociopaths.
Speaking of Ronald… throughout the whole episode, I kept asking myself why Helen just didn’t call the cops on Ronald. It’s clear that she was terrified of him and yet, there she was protecting him despite knowing all the “filthy” things he’s done.
They say a mother’s love knows no bounds, but she was harming so many innocent lives with her silence. And it was very obvious that Ronald would never change.
The only logical explanation for her cooperation is that she felt some sort of guilt for the way he turned out because she coddled and belittled him all his life. Also, I couldn’t help but laugh at her prayer comments. No amount of prayer could fix this.
Eventually, Helen realized it was her responsibility to get her son some much-needed and long-overdue help, which was smart.
What wasn’t smart? Telling a man who openly said he would consider murder that she was going to report him to the cops. He was already so agitated, why would she think this was a good idea?
Maybe she could’ve informed him as the cops showed up at their house, but absolutely not before she even made the call. What did she think was going to happen when she pushed him into a corner? Did she think God was going to protect her?
It was like watching a car accident unfold. By confronting him, she was basically asking to be killed. I wish God told her that.
Ronald was so upset that he snapped her neck, and unlike all the other times, this one didn’t happen in his imagination. You could tell he didn’t want to hurt his mother, but he couldn’t stop himself nor was he even aware of the rage bubbling inside of him.
Their relationship was dysfunctional and highly-uncomfortable to watch, but it was nothing compared to Ronald leaving his dead mother on the chair watching television.
And right after that, he went to Merilee’s house and didn’t even miss a beat. If that isn’t delusional, I don’t know what is.
Seeing how calm and collected he was after killing the person closest to him, you can see why I was so worried for Merilee. At any moment, she could say the wrong thing or push the wrong button and end up just like Helen.
Poor Merilee. She’s not a bad person, she’s just a person that bad things keep happening to.
Do you think Cassie and Jenny will apprehend Ronald based solely on a sketch and a fake name?
And will the decaying Helen eventually help them crack the case? If Ronald doesn’t do a better job of cleaning up, he’s going to leave a trail of bodies that lead right back to him.
Will Rick regain his memories? Is he faking it?
- Why is Tubb so insistent on Cassie and Jenny staying off of the case? They may not be cops, but it wasn’t cops who cracked the case. They’re clearly good at their jobs, have earned the trust of the kidnapped girls, and are determined because the same suspects killed Cody. At the very least, they should be able to assist.
- I hate watching Jerrie live in fear. The fact that the cops didn’t offer protection from the get-go is unreal. There’s a kidnapper/murderer on the loose and these girls can identity him. How does that not warrant protection?
- The show was heavily criticized in its early stages for ignoring the kidnappings and sex trafficking of indigenous women in Montana. However, it was brought up by a cop named Elena, who suggested looping in the tribes at reservations truck stops for help. How else should the show incorporate this real-life problem?
Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comments below!
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