ABC’s Big Sky has been making enemies across both political parties lately. First, it was from not properly representing indigenous kidnap victims in television (really). Then, it was turning around and mourning “all the hatred out there” for trans people. Now it’s giving the most right-leaning dialogue to its corrupt cop character. It’s safe to say Big Sky is no friend to conservatives.
The December 8 episode “Unfinished Business” continues the investigation into missing sisters Grace (Jade Pettyjohn) and Danielle Sullivan (Natalie Alyn Lind). Two private detectives, Cassie (Kylie Bunbury) and Jenny (Katheryn Winnick), take up the case and eventually find connections to Montana State Trooper Rick Legarski (John Carroll Lynch, pictured). However, since he has deep roots in the area, it looks like it will take a lot of effort and connections to prove he’s tied to the crime.
Of course, Rick is indeed behind the kidnappings, and he’s growing more and more agitated as Cassie gets closer to outing him. When a fellow officer brings up Cassie’s investigation into him, Rick starts quoting Reagan, pining for the days when America was great, and rambling about how it’s “open season on the police” and this is “equality run amok.” That’s right, the evil, sex-trafficking cop is apparently Hollywood's stereotypical conservative character.
Rick: Good God. What's happened, Walter? When we were kids, America was special. "A light unto the world, the shining city on a hill." President Reagan said so. Now look at us. We're a dim bulb. Just a dead town with vacant stores, busted windows, methamphetamines. Man, you can't even drink the water.
Walter: You seem to be drifting off-point, Rick.
Rick: Or maybe it's not a drift at all, more like a shift.
Walter: I mean, I asked you to come here to discuss some missing persons whose lives might be in danger, and you're banging on about how America don't shine on the hill like it used to.
Rick: No, you asked me in here because it's open season on the police, and if a black person now complains, then you're a racist if you don't jump up and do a backflip. That's what this here is -- you doing a backflip. And I don't like it. It's too much equality run amok, is what this here is.
Walter: Alright, you're out of line.
Rick: No, you're out of line! This Cassie Dewell, she gets all in a ruffle, and, well, then it is cancel Rick Legarski. My, my, my. We've lost the plot. You can burn the flag, you can spit on the police, but if you say "Blue Lives Matter," then you're a bigot. Especially if it's a blue white life. Look at what it's come to.
Rick is so desperate to get investigators off his back he tries to turn it into a Black vs. Blue Lives Matter issue (Cassie is black) to get his fellow officer on his side.
Sadly, despite this show taking place in Montana, we’re unlikely to see any good conservatives any time soon, especially if this show continues to pander to the left. In fact, Big Sky appears to be “doing backflips,” as Rick would say, for the indigenous groups by adding what seemed like a hastily-made radio voice-over discussing the kidnappings to one scene: “There have been hundreds of unsolved abductions along these same roads, the majority being indigenous women.”