Thursday, February 18, 2021

What I’m Watching: Big Sky

Big Sky: Season 1, Episode 9 “Let It Be Him” (C)

This is the last episode of this show that we’ll see until April, which is definitely a good thing, and I hope that six of the seven remaining installments, which were only ordered after the show got off to a positive start in the ratings, will take the show in a far more interesting and coherent direction. I really had expected that it was going to deal with a criminal organization operating in Montana and the sex trafficking ring, but instead it’s increasingly focused every hour on the individual characters, some of whom are now dead. The montage at the end of this episode of all of the departed players smiling felt totally unnecessary, and it boggles my mind that Ronald is still out there. It shouldn’t have been possible for him to escape the completely surrounded house (only from the front, apparently) and to take the time to plant two dead bodies in important decoy locations while secretly getting back to his somehow hidden truck. Erik was never going to die because that would have been too dark for this show, and Ronald getting caught and put in jail wouldn’t accomplish much since he doesn’t know anything about connections to the people Rick was planning to hand the women off to or any other criminals, for that matter. The response to Rick’s death at Merrilee’s hands after she confirmed for herself that he was lying – a still unexplained phenomenon – was similar to how people yesterday seemed to be describing the passing of Rush Limbaugh, though I do hope to see actor John Carroll Lynch in a more honorable role like the one he had last year in “The Trial of the Chicago 7” so that he isn’t forever detestable.

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