Uncle G’s FUN Television Reviews: Disjointed (Netflix)

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Uncle G’s FUN Television Reviews
Source: Original Netflix Series
Disjointed (Part One)
By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown
Twitter @GBrown0816

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So I heard a couple/a few months back that coming soon to Netflix would be an original half-hour comedy type sitcom that would center around a California (USA) marijuana dispensary. Created by David Javerbaum (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Chuck Lorre. For those not from this planet, Chuck is a mega-successful Hollywood person. You have seen his name on television credits that include; RoseanneTwo And A Half MenMom, and The Big Bang Theory. In his early 60’s now, Mr. Lorre has over three decades worth of experience in the entertainment industry. Even more, if you count his involvement with music. Classic Rock’s Debbie Harry recorded one of his numbers. Numerous professional accomplishments so far. No signs of slowing down. A spin-off of The Big Bang Theory entitled, Sheldon, premieres on NBC this fall season. Based on the clips I saw, I can conclude it looks mighty promising.

Regarding the new Netflix show, Disjointed, my initial question was if Chuck Lorre’s Midas touch was going to extend to this groundbreaking, cannabis oriented mainstream audience show that stars acclaimed actress, Kathy Bates. After watching the first season (part 1), my answer; kind of does. This first offering gives the sitcom a solid foundation to build on. Similar to being inside a real pot dispensary.  A lot of goodies spread throughout.

Uncle G discusses … Disjointed

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I already mentioned the show’s star, Kathy Bates. I became aware of her some years back when she starred in a movie called; Misery (1990). A very intense film directed brilliantly by, Rob Reiner. Years earlier we would learn of him from his portrayal of Michael Stivic on the popular TV show, All In The Family.  ‘Misery’ earned Kathy an Academy Award for; Best Actress (1990). Another film I enjoyed that Kathy was in; Fried Green Tomatoes (1991). So Kathy Bates being in an adult-oriented comedy sitcom found on Netflix, and me not watching it … I would find it enticing. I know she is a very good actress that does projects worth checking out. Not that I’m a Kathy Bates fanatic (ha). I do admire her work. How about centering the program around a marijuana dispensary?

When news first broke out about ‘Disjointed’, I immediately became intrigued. The biggest reason is that I am an active, licensed, cannabis user. Nothing to brag about. I have injuries that come from breaking one’s ass trying to make a living, decade after decade. Life goes on. The promo stories for “Disjointed’ did their job. Yet, I wasn’t completely reeled in. Would have to watch the 10 episode ‘Part One’ season, for that to happen. I became aware! A couple/a few months later, I was reminded.  Completely committed, it took me four or five streaming sessions to complete all ten half hour (on the average) episodes.

I put off seeing the tenth one for a few days because I didn’t want it to end. Silly huh? A pattern I seem to be repeating when using Netflix. Example, I recently just completed watching ‘30 Rock’. Enjoyed it immensely. Towards the end (seasons 6 and 7) one could see storylines starting to weaken. Still, I hated to have Liz Lemon and what I come to think of as an example of television excellence (overall) come to a close. A solid adult-oriented comedy sitcom that didn’t insult my intelligence and was FUN to watch. Escapism (from real life) at its finest. One of the real purposes of television and film. It isn’t just to inform. In part, to help us forget life’s unpleasantries. This is what I use it for mostly.

Near that same ballpark as where one could find award-winning situation comedies like ’30 Rock’, up the street some, there’s, Disjointed. Both shows humorous in their own ways. If a well-versed cannabis user, the actual pot references found within ‘Disjointed’ made sense and having done so, in some cases motivated you to crack up (laugh out loud). The well-done ‘30 Rock’ centered around the making of a television variety show. For NBC, a potentially vast audience because anyone can watch ‘30 Rock’ age 13 and up, having watched tv sitcoms previously, and immediately understand whatever the episode’s premise. Who would watch a semi-typical American sitcom comedy that allowed cursing and tackled adult themes, presented in a unique format, that maybe even those with no experience with its main topic, would/could derive pleasure from? Seeing how Netflix just premiered Disjointed (Part One), one can assume they are crunching numbers now. The initial commitment was for 20 episodes.  For the viewer, delivered in parts, 10 shows at a time.

Without wanting to give away the whole storyline of the first released batch of ‘Disjointed’ episodes, I decided to mention some of my favorite parts. I will say storyline wise, that there is a really cool payoff at the very end of episode 10. What you find from the start of episode one to that time, is a mix of visually, mentally, and or both stimulating entertainment that likeability depends on what level of consciousness, the viewer happens to be at the moment of connectivity.

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Promo Still: Disjointed (2017 Netflix) – Left to right: Aaron Moten as Travis Feldman, Ruth’s son_Dougie Baldwin as Pete, one of the dispensary’s employees, and Kathy Bates as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman.

Uncle G’s List of Cool Things about Netflix’s Disjointed (Part One)

The intro of Pete and YouTube videos – The intro of Ruth Whitefeather Feldman – laugh track, cursing, Carter (Tone Bell) intro – Jenny (Elizabeth Ho) intro (Tokin’ Asian_med school dropout) – Olivia (Elizabeth Alderfer) intro – Travis (Ruth’s son) intro – Clips of the film ‘Reefer Madness’ – Trixie Smith: Jack, I’m Mellow – Maria (Nicole Sullivan) intro (housewife_medical marijuana client) – Jenny’s tea – In between scenes; short random clips/stills – pretend commercials – LAYS! – Carter PTSD (sad and comical moments) – Absolutely incredible animation throughout all ten shows (Monty Python Flying Circus to the 10th power) – Strain O’ The Day Videos (standout Eve’s Bush) – Tae Kwon Douglas (Michael Trucco) – Dank (Chris Redd) & Dabby! – Dank & Dabby (Betsy Sodaro) YouTube Videos (The Best of Dank & Dabby: Coughing IV) – Food fight – whereas one star means iCannaFoam – White Girls and Weed – Shitballs – and … Dank and Dabby Rooftop.

Uncle G Rates … Disjointed (2017 Netflix)

Using the same ten-star rating system as the IMDb website whereas one star means it’s schwag and you should put it back under the rock in which you found it under, to ten stars which means it’s mind-blowing beyond belief, “Uncle G” rates the Netflix’s new sitcom comedy series Disjointed … 8 STARS! For me, there were 10-star moments scattered throughout. I foresee equal or better as more parts of ‘Disjointed’ are released for general consumption. The cast works! Standout characters! Clever writing! Talented people behind the camera such as James Burrows, who directed two episodes of the 10 ‘Disjointed’ episodes being aired. FYI: Mr. Burrow’s was a co-creator behind the hit 80’s TV comedy; Cheers. Working steadily in television since the 1970’s.

In a way, pot is seen on ‘Disjointed’ as more than just a joke. There is a positive message there. Cannabis is a threat to some. Others call it a blessing. I can understand where BIG anything can see cannabis/hemp as competition. Do the world a favor, and let it fucking compete. As ‘Disjointed’ will in whatever ratings Netflix uses to determine if to give a green light on another go-round of new stories. I’d personally like to see this show hang out some. In between new ‘parts’ … puff puff pass. Age 21 and up. And most important, no toking and then driving farm equipment. Scares the farm animals.

Uncle G’s Helpful Website Links

Official Netflix Disjointed Facebook Page – https://twitter.com/Disjointed

Uncle G’s FUN Television Reviews: GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling)

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06 July 2017
Uncle G’s FUN Television Reviews
Source: Netflix Series (Season 1)
Spotlight: GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling)
By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown
Twitter @GBrown0816

Some days ago I got sick of watching the political cable news channels, and picking up the remote, I spoke right into it saying; 

Netflix.”

I’m a second-year subscriber. Started out with their snail mail Blu-ray/DVD service. Seriously good turn around. While staying in Pennsylvania, I watched about 50 movies in nine months (Dec 2015 – Sept 2016). 

Voice command remote is awesome! Seconds after I spoke, Netflix’s streaming service appeared on my TV. Once signed in, the first thing I saw was a promotion for a brand new series they just debuted called; GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling). A comedy/drama about the making of a professional female wrestling cable TV program. It all takes place in the 1980’s. Inspired by a true story.

The promo image(s) Netflix uses/used for GLOW is very enticing. Caught my eye.

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Of course, my first reaction was to pass and scroll immediately down to my list. Am into season 5 of a comedy sitcom called; 30 Rock. Well written! Very funny! I totally missed the show when it first aired. Was going to eat dinner, and watch an episode of that. Instead, I added ‘GLOW’ to my list, and before I knew it, was watching the ‘pilot’ episode. Finished the debut season within a few days. Decided “GLOW” was something I could write about.  Started doing research. Taking a break, I stepped out for a bit. Got some good smoke from ‘Verts Neighborhood Dispensary’ here in Fort Collins, and a big bottle of Mike’s Hard Lemonade on the way home. Viewed all ten episodes of GLOW again, in a row. A little over a half hour long each. I proved that it’s possible to sit down and binge watch the whole thing. Would need to devote about five to six hours of your life. You can do an old time ‘intermission’ like they did back in the day when a movie contained many reels, or the theater wanted to sell more snack food. I did bathroom breaks.

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Uncle G discusses … GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling)

When it comes to a movie or a new series, if I’m not interested 20 minutes into something I’m watching, then it’s bye-bye whatever it is. I’m even harder on Netflix’s stand-up comedians. Five minutes into their act and I’ll decide if I want to go on any further. After all, only so much time in a day. In that situation, it’s pretty cut and dry. Their act either makes me laugh, or it doesn’t. Here comes the thumb down rating. 

I’m not sure if I was completely hooked twenty minutes into the 37-minute first episode (Pilot) of GLOW. All I know is I kept on watching. And yes, by the time it was over, I already had decided to watch episode two in which was entitled; ‘Slouch.Submit.’ With a title like that, how could I not? 

GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) is an adult comedy/drama. Behind the scenes includes some heavy hitters in the entertainment industry, associated with past shows you might recognize; Jenji Kohan (Orange Is The New Black), Liz Flahive (Nurse Jackie_Homeland), and Carly Mensch (Weeds).  

In front of the camera, is a wonderful main cast, and a bunch of equally wonderful, supporting actors/actresses.

Season One of GLOW tells the tale of how the semi-popular cable TV problem that ran from 1986 to 1990, came into being. Being around back then, I admit I never tuned in. Frankly, television wrestling wasn’t ever a favorite of mine. Placed in the same category as soap operas. I really couldn’t care less. Not to criticize. Certainly, I understand the entertainment value. Having ladies wrestle is more appealing to me, than seeing the men. Especially when their heads are between each other’s legs. The last wife I had, she and her family were heavily into all the wrestling programs. I never even came close to sharing that passion with them.  

In defense, besides the usual one on one body contact, sometimes be it with pretty people (male or female), are storylines that will either suck you in or make shake your head in disbelief, as to how horrible this can truly be. Sketches and storylines created purposely for shock effect. The actual wrestling match can be engrossing if wrestlers are skilled. Should storyline and actual match be equally good, the thrills and chills for those into it, are seemingly orgasmic. Going by outward appearances. 

The cast of GLOW includes Alison Brie (Mad Men), and Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie). Both portray main characters of the program. Episode one opens up with Alison’s character, Ruth Wilder, at an acting audition. Professionally she could be doing better. Life appears a total uphill struggle. Luckily her BFF is a stay home new Mom/former soap opera actress; Debbie Eagan. As a friend, she totally rocks, until something happens involving Ruth, and Debbie’s husband that redefines their relationship. 

The stereotypical B movie director of GLOW, cocaine-loving Sam Sylvia. Superbly portrayed by successful stand up comic/actor; Marc Maron. Throughout the 10 episodes, expect lots of well-written one-liners from this guys mouth. Reflections and dealings with the life around him. Capable of being a sorry sack of shit, deep inside redeeming qualities. 

There is really not a character, no matter how small, that seems wrong, or out of place. The cast of GLOW is more diverse than the original show. Again, that long dead series is but a pool of ideas from which to pick or choose. 

One of my favorite characters besides the three I already mentioned; Sheila the She-Wolf. Played by Gayle Rankin. Found her interesting from the get go. Am looking forward to at least one show in Season Two (assuming Netflix renews) devoted more to Sheila’s backstory.

So many great characters on GLOW … Melanie Rosen (actress Jackie Tohn) is another one I dig.  

A couple more mentions.  Capturing a few minutes screen time, and while doing so making a lasting impression, actor; George Murdoch. Most people know him for his association with professional wrestling. I watch him almost every week on Fox News; The Greg Gutfeld Show.  A likable fellow.  Appears so out of the ring anyway. His character on GLOW is the ‘Mighty Tom Jackson.’ Part of a wrestling dynasty that’s tied to one of the GLOW women. Her name is ‘Carmen’, and is portrayed splendidly by actress, Britney Young. 

Warning

GLOW contains nudity and adult language. Nothing that ever insulted my intelligence, or dulled my visual senses. 

Many times throughout the 10 episodes, Netflix’s GLOW, starring the beautiful  Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin,  made me laugh out loud. I might have been even been shocked, at least once. Was pleasantly surprised to see Elizabeth Perkins. Showtime’s Weeds was such a delight, and Elizabeth’s acting, especially comedic skills, made me a fan for life. In GLOW, she plays a supporting role; Birdie.

“Uncle G” rates … GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling)

Using the same one to ten star rating system, whereas one star means it sucks celery stalks, to ten stars which would mean … it’s like totally bitchin  … “Uncle G” gives the new Netflix comedy/drama GLOW … 10 STARS! Even if nit-picking, I just can’t seem to find anything wrong with this. I like the way it was filmed. The soundtrack includes many a song that the radio station I write for, play every day. 

I conclude that the gorgeous ladies of GLOW make a great team, and along with the few token guys in front of the camera (only kidding) are extremely capable of going just as long as the real television show did. Even longer.

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Official Netflix GLOW webpage

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