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Review of 'Big Sky' 1.3

by Paul Levinson 2 months ago in tv review

"You Kidnapped the Wrong Girls"

Review of 'Big Sky' 1.3

Well, that was the best line in Tuesday night's episode 1.3 of Big Sky -- "You kidnapped the wrong girls" -- said by The Big Rick (title of the episode) to Ronald, after Rick retrieves Grace, with two arrows in the leg, after Grace escapes and almost makes her escape good, by getting a fisherman to help before Rick shoots him dead -- with an arrow.

In Big Sky, just about everyone is bad ass -- which leads to good drama -- with the exception of Ronald, who can't do much other than taze the girls every time they attack him and try to escape. When you add to that Jenny and Cassie, who are pretty tough, too, you have a pretty unevenly matched situation: five tough women against one tough man.

How has Rick managed to succeed, at least so far? Mainly cause he's a state trooper, and not considered a bad guy by anyone, except by Cassie and maybe his wife, at first. But by the end of this episode, Jenny has joined Cassie in her misgivings about Rick, so there may be some hope for the kidnapped women after all.

At this point, I gotta say that Big Sky is moving along a little slowly for my tastes. Rick emerged as the villain at the end of the debut episode. All the pieces were set at that point. And though the two episodes that have followed were each exciting, the pieces on the board are still all, essentially, in the same place. I'd have much rather seen Grace still at large at the end of this episode.

There are seven more episodes in and under Big Sky. I'm hoping that sooner rather than later the narrative will break out of the relatively small container that it finds itself in. Not to mention those three brave kidnap victims.

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Paul Levinson's novels include The Silk Code & The Plot To Save Socrates; his LPs Twice Upon A Rhyme & Welcome Up; his nonfiction including Fake News in Real Context, The Soft Edge & Digital McLuhan have been translated into 15 languages.

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