ABC’s ‘Big Sky’ drops the season’s biggest WTF moment

Maybe ABC’s “Big Sky” will seem familiar.

Sure, fans of ’90s television will see similarities to David Lynch’s iconic “Twin Peaks.”

There’s big, open country – here, Montana – eccentric characters, evil afoot, and even a woman wrapped in plastic.

But David E. Kelley, in his return to broadcast television, is here to shake you up.

In the premiere (Tuesday at 10:01 p.m.), private investigator Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillippe, “Shooter”) is in the middle of a messy triangle. He’s having an affair with his fellow investigator Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury, “When They See Us”), but not sure where he stands with his estranged wife Denny (Katheryn Winnick, “Vikings”), an ex-cop.

The two women have a way of working off their frustration by brawling in a bar.

When two teenage sisters – Danielle (Natalie Alyn Lind, “The Goldbergs”) and Grace Sullivan (Jade Pettyjohn, “Little Fires Everywhere”) – go missing, the three try to put their personal drama on hold to find them.

John Carroll Lynch, "Big Sky" (Photo: ABC).
John Carroll Lynch, “Big Sky” (Photo: ABC).

Trooper Rick Legarski (a terrific John Carroll Lynch, “American Horror Story”) is just a few years shy of his pension, having a difficult time with his wife Merrilee (Brooke Smith, “Grey’s Anatomy”), and fond of ending sentences with the words “easy peasy.”

He’s chatty and off-putting, yet he doesn’t hesitate to help a big-city tourist with an electric car stuck in the mud or to volunteer to look for the girls.

If you ever wondered how Norman Bates became a nightmare, look no further than trucker Ronald Pergman (Brian Geraghty, “Chicago P.D.”). His mother (Valerie Mahaffey, “Dead to Me”) is both smothering and sadistic.

“I don’t mean to be a nuisance,” she says, passive-aggressive on steroids. “I guess mothers can get that way. ‘Don’t forget to clean your room. Don’t forget to do your homework.’ Don’t be 38 years old and not have made something of yourself.”

Don’t be fooled into thinking you know where this show is going.

Stick around to the last minute of the premiere.

It’s the one you’ll be talking about the next day, and maybe for the rest of the week.

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