Big Sky Brings Big Thrills to the Small Screen
Big Sky. ABC. Tuesday, November 17, 10 p.m.
A few weeks back, in a review of HBO’s The Undoing, I wrote of David E. Kelley’s “amazing transformation” from the ratings-restrained world of broadcast television to cable, where he’s turned out a string of intelligent and exciting suspense series unequaled by any another producer I can think of in the history of the medium.” It seems I was a little premature—not about The Undoing, which is a brilliant piece of work—but about Kelley’s ability to work within the constraints of broadcast TV. Big Sky, his new ABC series, is a muzzle-velocity suspense drama that’s easily the best broadcast show of 2020.
Unlike Kelley’s other recent works, which use violence as a lens to refract class conflict (The Undoing and HBO’s Big Little Lies) or aging and redemption (the now-defunct Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes trilogy), Big Sky is an unadorned crime thriller that goes straight for the throat.
A couple of teenage sisters on a road trip to visit a boyfriend are snatched off a remote stretch of Montana highway by men whose appetites fall somewhere between those of Hannibal Lecter and the Marquis de Sade. A team of ex-cop private investigators with a personal connection to the missing girls swings into action before the thinly s
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