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 – You Have to Play Along (2×03)
Things are getting quite messy on Big Sky Season 2 Episode 3.
While Cassie and Jenny may no longer be working together, their roads have intersected over the drug deal gone bad.
It’s honestly awesome to see them tag-teaming yet another mystery. There’s no one better in the business, I just wish they got the credit they deserved.
After Big Sam and Ringo’s bodies washed up in town, it became clear that they were dealing with a much bigger issue.
That was only further emphasized when it was revealed that state police were also working the case. And Jenny had a man on the inside as Travis, who she has been hooking up with, is working it while undercover.
It really does pay to have connections in different places.
However, much of the episode hinged on Tonya’s disappearance.
Big Sam’s death would’ve been merely an investigation if it hadn’t been for her disappearance.
Ren and Donny thought she could help them find the drugs and money, but instead, they only got Cassie and Jenny hot on their trail.
They should’ve just relied on Harvey to find their product instead. That way, they wouldn’t have raised so many red flags.
While Tonya was successfully able to escape Donny, it was infuriating to watch her act like a lamb for slaughter. When you’re life is in danger, you run like hell — you don’t keep looking back to see if the bad guy is coming.
There were also so many weapons in that kitchen that she could’ve used to defend herself. Why didn’t she?
The only thing her bravery managed to do was get an innocent kitchen worker killed.
Okay, fine, I guess it also put her on the map so that Cassie could zone in on a location and find her.
Cassie and Jerry zoned in on the trailer, but I wonder how Ren will get out of this one?
The last thing she wants to do is murder a private investigator. Surely, that’ll raise plenty of flags and ensure she never gets what she came for.
Ren also doesn’t blend in. The unique fashion style isn’t working in her favor.
While Cassie was much closer to finding Tonya, Harvey was hot on the trail of the kids, who witnessed the accident and got away with the money and drugs.
Every time I see Harper and Ruby on the screen, I get a little anxious. I wish they just dumped the drugs and put this whole mess behind them.
Haper is definitely naive about wanting to sell them, and it’s irritating that she keeps assuring Ruby that everything will be okay.
She absolutely cannot promise that, especially because there’s a witness to the crime.
Bridger also gave himself away when he went to the station to report a crime. When Jenny showed Harvey the rock, it was basically a tell that the kid had the money and drugs.
It’s getting quite messy for everyone involved, and at the end of the day, that puts them all in danger.
Even Ren, as mean as she is, has a boss she needs to respond to.
The situation with Ronald and Scarlet keeps getting weirder. Wolf Legarski was put on Cassie’s radar, but for now, they’ve put that investigation on hold.
Meanwhile, Wolf is really determined to reform Ronald through any means possible, including a taste of his own medicine — violence.
At least he’s treating him like the animal that he is.
Scarlet has seemingly adjusted pretty well, but that might be because she’s afraid of what will happen to them if they leave Wolf’s compound.
The truth is that they were never free — they were two of the most wanted people on the planet.
I can’t help but wonder if Scarlet’s behavior is all an act as part of a more elaborate rescue plan, but the more I see her, the more I think she believes that Wolf will be their savior.
I can’t wait till we see how Wolf found these two in the first place.
Can you imagine if Jenny and Cassie finally found Ronald and he was a completely changed man?
What did you think of the Big Sky episode? Are you liking how the mystery is panning out this season?
Big Sky Review – Find the Drugs and Money (2×02)
A new mystery keeps Jenny and Cassie occupied for much of Big Sky Season 2 Episode 2.
Ronald remains on the backburner in terms of cases as there aren’t any new developments in his case.
And considering Cassie was getting borderline obsessive about bringing him to justice, it’s probably for the best that she take a little break to get her mind right.
But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any movement on the Ronald front at all. As we saw in the season 2 premiere episode, Ronald is now a prisoner of himself as Wolfgang aka Wolf Legarski, Rick’s twin brother, has vowed to undo the evil his brother created, and that starts with Ronald.
Unfortunately, I don’t think fixing Ronald is possible anymore, but I’m interested to see how this will pan out.
They seem to trust Scarlet as believe she’s a “bright light,” so maybe she’ll use that to her advantage to help free him.
But for now, it’s kind of nice to see Ronald get a taste of his own medicine. It isn’t the worst twist in a series.
How did Wolf catch Ronald? How did their paths cross?
The writers have crafted such a compelling new mystery that I’m almost no longer interested in all the Ronald drama.
Jenny and Cassie are both working the same case, but they’re on two opposite ends of it.
Cassie was hired by Tonya to find her boyfriend Big Sam’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, Jenny is investigating what led to a crash involving Big Sam.
I love that their paths are crossing despite being at two different points in their careers. Jenny’s legitimate career will surely come in handy.
Sadly, the one person who could give them any real answers, Tonya, was kidnapped by Ren (Janina Gavankar) and Donno (Ryan O’nan).
While the duo is undoubtedly dangerous, they’re also odder than ever. What’s their deal? Is Ren the ultimate boss?
Their arrival in Montana isn’t as welcoming as they likely hoped as they’re forced to track down their drugs and money, both two things that are missing.
Of course, the one thing an organized crime syndicate needs to run without any issues is a connection within the force, which is where Deputy Harvey comes into play.
There’s always corruption coursing through the veins of the police department.
And this means it’s much more dangerous than the teens anticipated.
Ren and Donno are one thing, but now, they can’t even turn to cops for help because no one can be trusted.
The hunt for drugs and money is ruthless, and clearly, Ren won’t stop until she has gotten what she wants.
This is a very dangerous place to be in, so I’m not surprised Max is spinning out.
If they all laid low as promised, they might have a chance at getting away with it, but spending the money (even for a good cause) means that it can now be trackable.
Max knows it’s bad, and her gut is telling her not to sell the drugs, but her feelings for Harper have sadly clouded that judgment. Why would they ever think it was a good idea to deal? And with all the money they’re sitting on, why would they need to find ways to make more?
There might not be anything in the news about the accident, but it’s only a matter of time before people start asking questions and looking for the drugs and the money.
Since Cassie is investigating Big Sam, it’s only a matter of time before they go looking for the drugs and the money.
By sneaking out to give a seller a sample, Max got caught, which means that she’ll likely have to bring T-Lock up to speed. This is the one thing that Max should’ve avoided at all costs.
Also, maybe, just maybe, these teens should be more concerned about a man following them saying “I saw you.” Yes, the world is filled with plenty of creeps, but wouldn’t you at least consider that someone may have seen you out in the woods if they go out of their way to ambush you?
Somehow, people still have time for relationships.
Jenny and Travis’ relationship is heating up, and I find myself shipping them.
It’s only a matter of time before it’s revealed that his undercover assignment is somehow connected to Tonya, the truck crash, and the missing drugs and money.
Things aren’t going as great for Lindor, who is determined to figure out a way to get to Cassie. He even went as far as getting drinks with Jerry to get advice.
Can Cassie just give this man, who is trying so hard, a chance?
It’s nice that the series has found a way to incorporate Jerry into the main storyline. She passed her PI exam, she got a gun, and despite the tragedy of getting kidnapped by Ronald, she’s largely turned her life around. It was the wake-up call she needed. And with Jenny gone, she can be her replacement and become even more involved in the storyline.
What did you think of the episode? What do you think Ren and Donno will do to Tonya? Will Cassie and Jenny managed to crack the case in time?
Will the Ronald case come back to the forefront?
Overall, the episode was slower-paced from the season 2 premiere, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The mystery is much more intriguing than the previous season’s second half of the season!
Big Sky Season Premiere Review – Is [SPOILER] Alive? (2×01)
Big Sky excels at two things: crafting compelling mysteries (within mysteries) and delivering shocking twists.
The season 2 premiere managed to do both.
After leaving behind the Kleinsasser drama in the previous season, thankfully, fans were introduced to a new mystery. But don’t worry — the hunt for Ronald Pergman continues on and serves as an overarching plotline that allows the series to feel familiar and fresh all at the same time.
The episode picks up with the aftermath of Jenny’s shooting.
The question isn’t if she’s going to survive, but what her mental state will be down the line.
Six weeks later, Jenny is in Tubb’s office informing him that she’s interested in the badge. If you’ll recall, he previously offered her a job but she turned him down to continue on with her detective work.
It’s understandable that Jenny is looking for a bit more structure as she’s constantly trying to be taken more seriously. And this new position will allow her to do more while also helping Cassie whenever she needs something done off-book. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Jenny also gets involved with Travis, who is undercover as Stone. Jenny and Travis definitely have a history as he knows Cody and her son, but it almost seems like it’s more romantic in nature as they naturally fall into old habits.
It’s a good thing she finally took off her wedding ring earlier in the day.
This is now the second man from Jenny’s past that has waltzed back into her life and introduced her to a new case. How many other blasts from the past will we see in future seasons??
Travis explains he’s trying to bust a drug ring, so it’s pretty obvious his case will connect to the events unfolding with Max, Harper, Bridger, and her brother.
The foursome witnessed a truck swerve off the road, which we previously saw was Ringo, the driver, who ambushed a man he called Burdo and thought he successfully killed.
It’s unclear how he survived, but everyone has a tendency to come back from the dead on this show. I’m waiting for Cody to come back too!
The way he rose up in that body bag will forever haunt my nightmares.
The teens found the wreckage shortly after the crash, so Ringo was still alive and told them to grab the black bags before someone killed them.
And sure enough, a few moments after they took off with the bags, a man in cowboy boots came and shot Ringo.
And as you imagine, the contents of the bags included drugs and money to the tune of $500 thousand. Max counted. And, unfortunately, she also shared the number out loud in the forest thinking they were alone. Instead, some man has been spying on them and likely knows that they witnessed the crash. It’s almost like I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Max hid the bags under the floorboards in her shed, which seemed like a good hiding spot initially, but then you remember her mother’s nosy new boyfriend, T Lock.
He’s a deadbeat guy that has no job and no ambitions, so it seems like a pretty bad idea to hide drugs and money near him. He’s always around, so he’ll figure something out eventually.
Bottom line is that none of this bodes well for Max or her friends, who feel like they are so deep in this mess that calling the police is out of the question.
Why can’t they just lie and say they stumbled upon the scene in the morning?
Jenny is hot on the trail of the truck accident and she has the nose of a bloodhound, so it’s only a matter of time before she places them at the scene. After all, she already found the rock Harper threw that featured a mark of her tattoo.
Max’s only saving grace might be that she knows Cassie because she babysits her son, Kai.
The writers truly have a way of making everything orbit Cassie and Jenny while still feeling organic.
Cassie will eventually tackle this case, but for now, she’s been focusing her efforts solely on finding Ronald, who is in the wind with his girlfriend, Scarlet.
Lindor, who was suspended, took it upon himself to continue digging and found footage of Scarlet being escorted by State Trooper Cormac Dewey. Yep, another dirty cop.
He doesn’t seem too concerned about hiding his connection to Ronald and Scarlet, and he even openly threatens Cassie to suggest that she stay far away from the case.
Obviously, she isn’t phased and returns the next day with Jerrie. When they see his house broken into, they make their way inside only to find Dewey murderer. At least the broken window indicates to me that foul play was responsible.
Another mystery to solve!
One would think that considering Ronald and Scarlet’s incredible getaway together that they’re out there somewhere living their best life, but that is not the case.
In a jaw-dropping twist, Ronald is revealed to be tied up in a barn by… wait for it… Rick Legarski!
Legarski, how?! We saw him die! The character is named Wolf Legarski, but it’s definitely not clear as to what’s happening, which is the beauty of a compelling twist.
How did Ronald get here? Is this really Legarski? My gut is telling me it has to be because who else would take their frustrations out on Ronald like that. Or maybe it’s some kind of twin brother trying to avenge his death? Or maybe this isn’t the present timeline at all? I’m not entirely sure what’s happening here.
And, most importantly, where are Scarlet and her daughter?
This is definitely not where I expected Ronald’s storyline to go, but man, I can’t help but want more episodes. This feels like the Big Sky that fans thoroughly enjoyed at the beginning of season one.
- Max and Harper definitely have a thing for each other.
- Cassie needs to give Lindor a chance. He’s practically begging for it at this point.
- Why did Dowley have a file on her? He’s clearly not working with Ronald at this point in time, so who is that interested in her?
- Ringo was texting Ren, so my guess is someone will come looking for him, which keeps the investigation open and ongoing.
Do you think Cassie and Jenny will finally catch Ronald?
What did you think of the premiere? Are you enjoying this mystery more than the one involving the Kleinsasser’s?
Is Rick alive?
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