Disjointed – Chocolate Wontons
A Netflix original series about running a marijuana dispensary: Kathy Bates shines as the owner, a character I can really relate to. When asked if she’s busy, she responds, “I have a marker, a whiteboard, and a planet to save!” as she stands in front of the said board with a list of her issues: global warming, immigration, Yeti and SETI. They have even snuck jokes onto the whiteboard. The little details in the set are impressive – an ATM machine (this is a cash only business) and the WIFI username and password (have you ever seen that before?)
“I have a marker, a whiteboard, and a planet to save!“
This is the first time I’m seeing actress Betsy Sodaro as Dabby. I describe her as a “female Jack Black” – she is hilarious and uses physical comedy in much the same way Jack Ritter did in the “Three’s Company”. (How I would enjoy getting to know her and her character!) She tried to extract information from “Jenny” – she lays out “President five-dollar bill.” (I’m laughing because, right now, I don’t know which president is on the five-dollar bill.) Missy Pyle is Mary Jane – the physical embodiment of the marijuana plant. (I have loved this actress since “Galaxy Quest” and “Dodgeball”.) While her femininity is showcased in this show, she is an actress that is not afraid to ditch her beauty for a role. I really respect her for that – and she is on “Mom now”, so….
The series starts out with a musical number, which I am not partial to. (Musicals in sitcoms don’t sit well with me.) There is animation reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. What we’ve got here is a thought revolution – normally seen in music first – like the acid rockers and the grunge revolution; many musicians helped pave the wave for the current administration’s view on weed, which is now a States Rights issue.
[The intense anti-marijuana movement of the 1930s intertwined nicely with the intense anti-Chicano movement of the same decade. Marijuana was associated with Mexican-Americans and a ban on marijuana was seen as a way of discouraging Mexican-American subcultures from developing. Today, thanks to (in large part) the very public popularity of this plant among whites, marijuana is no longer seen as an “ethnic drug” (the groundwork was also laid that the drug causes psychotic episodes, addiction and death.) But as very successful people are in favor of weed, the overblown tales of disaster from using weed has diminished.]
Like Cheech and Chong, there are times when they are just sitting around telling tales, sometimes tall tales. You will crack up over Chocolate Wontons and the Whatnot Girl and so much more (such as Olivia’s Shitballs). Piracy hurts the carpenters, set designers, hair and make-up. “Ruth Whitefeather Feldman” would want you to know that. Multi-cultural cast, fracking and one-liners.
I love the famous quote, “All things are poisonous and nothing is poisonous, it’s the amount that matters.” Weed is the only substance known to man that you cannot overdose on. It’s just that simple.
Think globally, act locally!
I am now sucked into a scene where they are discussing, all too seriously, “Popeye’s Chicken and biscuits”. It’s more than mildly amusing – it’s hilarious! You should give it a watch! 🙂