Big Sky – Crime Drama
Category – TV Series
Content – We follow detectives Jenny Hoyt and Cassie Dewell through a season of intrigue and mystery. Two girls go missing that were on their way to see Jenny’s son. This sparks Jenny, her husband Cody and Cassie’s interest immediately. Through the investigation, Cody is quickly shot and Jenny finds herself looking for two missing girls and a missing husband. While they believe they are getting hope from Sheriff Rick Legarski, they soon realize he is not an ally in this investigation. And he and his lacky Ronald are behind the kidnapping, selling girls to Canada in the slave trade. One thing leads to another and the girls end up following the clues and realizing what is happening. Rick is shot, the girls are found…But Ronald escapes. As we go to the mid-season break, we are left with many unanswered questions still. Part Two of this series kicks us to an old flame of Jenny’s and his tumultuous family, the Kleinsasser’s. A family driven by a forceful father that has made their land into an illegal dump zone, for more than just chemicals. Now, while the girls investigate this family, Ronald is out there roaming free in a relationship with a girl named Scarlet and her daughter. And the season leaves us with a HUGE cliffhanger, leaving us all wondering what in the world will happen in Season Two (which has been renewed so it is coming). While I really enjoyed the intrigue to this series, I have to say I liked the first half better than the second. It felt like it had a lot more substance, while the second half just fell a bit short. All in all, I’m liking this new series from creator David E. Kelley. This scores a 8 out of 10.
Acting – A TV Series has a lot of moving parts and characters, and this one is broken into two halves. The detectives are played by Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury. While both girls do a great job, I have to say I like the Winnick character better. Maybe it’s her fierce work as “Lagertha” on Vikings that has made her an actress to want to watch, as she is just as fierce as Jenny Hoyt. We had many heavy hitters in Season 1 – the likes of John Carroll Lynch, Dedee Pfeiffer, Natalie Alyn Lind, Jade Pettyjohn, Brooke Smith, Ted Levine, Britt Robertson, and the short lived Ryan Philippe. Newcomer Jesse James Keitel has good acting chops, and this character is getting better per episode. I cannot wait to see where this one develops into! But the true surprise of this series is Brian Geraghty. In both sections of this series, his character and acting get better and better. To the point that he certainly steals the show for the men’s side. His character is cunning, intelligent and simply crazy, and Brian pulls off this task so well! And the other surprise is in the second half Ronald’s love interest is played by Anja Savcic. In a shocking twist, her character is almost as cunning and crazy as Ronald, which makes them a match made in heaven. They compliment each other’s character perfectly, I wonder if they are feeding off the other actor’s craziness? Score is 9.5 out of 10.
Duration – 1 hr TV Series, 16 episodes. 8 episodes per half show. Now the first 8 are better than the second 8, but the show is still good. I’m happy to see a show get 16 episodes and give us weeks of entertainment. Lots of shows are 6 to 10 episodes anymore, they are great for a quick fix but I want an actual series. Big Sky gives you that! This gets a 7 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for Big Sky – 24.5 out of 30
Recommended Watch – I’m really enjoying this series and actually cannot WAIT for Season 2. I think anyone would have a good time watching this series, So if you aren’t watching it, give it a go on On Demand!!!
PS Trivia Note – Good to see Ted Levine and Brooke Smith in a series together, as they worked together in Silence of the Lambs!!!