One of the biggest live-action drama series to arrive on Disney+ as part of the new launch lineup of its new general entertainment brand “Star”, is “Big Sky”.
This series has been airing weekly in the US on ABC and is available on Hulu to stream, but internationally it’s only going to be available on Disney+. The first two episodes of the show will be available on Disney+ when “Star” launches on February 23rd. I’ve had early access to these two episodes and here are some of my thoughts on the show, based on what I’ve seen so far.
Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go. It’s instantly noticeable that this isn’t your usual “Disney+ Original”, it’s not fluffy, it’s not aimed at kids and doesn’t include superheroes or Mandalorians. This is as my wife called it “a normal show”, something more in line with “The Right Stuff”. This is where the addition of “Star” really brings the quality level up with original programming. Having something for adults to watch.
The show tells the story of two private detectives, Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt, who 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.
As you might expect, there are some twists and turns in the story, but I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are some things that happen in the show that I wasn’t expecting and I really enjoyed watching these two episodes. There are plenty of characters that I was intrigued with and want to see where the story goes in future episodes.
There are some issues with this series. One of the biggest is that many of the characters are very stereotypical, though I hope as the show goes on, these characters can expand a little, especially as the villains are a little one dimensional. There are possibly a few too many clichés, so it might not appeal to everyone. If you want an investigative detective story set in beautiful Montana, this one shouldn’t disappoint, just don’t expect anything too groundbreaking. I’m hoping some of these issues are ironed out as the series continues and we have longer to expand these characters beyond the basics. In some ways, the first two episodes tried to cram too much in, introducing too many characters, too quickly, which increases the pace of the show, but doesn’t give many of the characters chance to grow on you.
It’s easy to see why “Big Sky” has been a huge hit in the US on ABC and I’m sure it’ll be a hit for Disney+. Disney is going to really need to heavily promote this show to get adult and teenage subscribers to check this show out. With a vast amount of new content arriving on Disney+ as part of the “Star” expansion, it could get lost in the shuffle. This is the one show that I’d recommend to friends and family to check out from the “Star Originals”. I know I’ll be telling my parents to watch it and it’s going to become a regular Friday night viewing in our house with the new episodes dropping weekly.
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.