Big Sky (TV/Crime/Thriller) [TV/Review]


Season 1: 5 (6/4)

Year: 2020-
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Source: Streaming (Disney+)


Private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

Following the resolution of the kidnappings, Jenny joins forces with Cassie to continue the search for the missing truck driver while also dealing with a new mystery.


I almost quit after episode one, but decided to stick with it a couple of episodes more. Why I was thinking about quitting? It kind of felt a bit to “disneyfied” for my taste, a bit too polished, too many actor faces that seems to be taken directly from a photo model catalogue. Overuse of handcuffs in situations it would never have been used in real life. No risk of kids ever being in serious danger. The girls sing-a-long in the container, I mean one of them starts to sing, and when the chorus comes the other two fills in. Is this Glee? All the tiresome lazy filming techniques such as someone taking a painkiller and the second after they swallowed it has effect, cars driving up behind them, but they can’t hear them until 1 second before it tries to run them over, bad guy of course listening to Death Metal, the two private detectives go out on their own instead of together, even though they more or less get killed every time. etc. etc. etc.

Anyway, the breathtaking landscape from Montana (that turns out to be British Colombia, Canada) and one of the characters weird relationship with his mother (Ed Gein immediately came to mind) made me go on.

The first season is really two seasons in one, with more or less two separate storylines. Although the second one has its creepy part, there’s a LOT of filling. Long pointless dialogues that doesn’t make the story progress in any way (yes, I’m looking at you daughter of the “bad family”). I usually get annoyed that all TV show seasons today are too short, but here I come to regret it. This should only have been max 12 episodes. So, I would give the first storyline 6/10, and the second 4/10, they are both good stories, but as I said before, to “disneyfied” for my taste.


Directed by David E. Kelley and takes place in Montana. From the get-go, viewers were eager to dive into the rich landscapes on display in the trailers. But is “Big Sky” actually filming in Montana proper?Turns out, much like “Yellowstone,” the “Big Sky” production team has found some remarkably convincing stand-ins for expensive Montana filming.

To cut straight to the chase, “Big Sky” primarily films in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadian metropolis has been a hotspot for Hollywood filming for decades now. Many iconic films and shows – from the “X-Men” movies and “Godzilla,” to television hits like The X-Files and MacGyver, have all called Vancouver home. “Big Sky” is simply the latest to take advantage of the city’s Pacific Northwest beauty.

The reason is two-fold. For starters, Canadian tax breaks are a huge incentive for Hollywood producers to shoot in the country. In addition, that PNW beauty is undeniable. If you want dramatic, foggy, “Big Sky”-esque nature – then it’s hard to beat British Columbia. But the show wasn’t always set to film in Vancouver.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Big Sky” was originally set to film in Nevada and New Mexico. In Nevada, the settings would’ve become Las Vegas. New Mexico, in turn, would have focused on Albuquerque. Both real-life locations would have featured prominently in the fiction of the show, as well. All of this would have changed the show’s aesthetic considerably, to be sure.

So what brought on this change of scenery? As with much of the past year, the COVID-19 Pandemic put a halt to “Big Sky”‘s filming in the American West. Unable to film in Nevada and NM, the production team sought out Vancouver for the reasons mentioned above. As a result, “Big Sky” has become the moody, misty Montana drama we have now.

Based on the C.J. Box book, “The Highway.”

The character of Ronald was based on real life serial killer Ed Gein. Gein was also the inspiration for Norman Bates from Psycho, Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw, and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs.

Series creator/executive producer David E. Kelley and series regular Dedee Pfeiffer(Denise Brisbane) are brother/sister-in-law in real life, Kelley married to Pfeiffer’s older sister, Michelle Pfeiffer.


I watched this streaming on Disney+ so not much to talk about there when it comes to video and audio.

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