'Disjointed' on Netflix

A buddy from Studio Unseen (formerly 3rdSpace) told me checkout the new Netflix comedy series, Disjointed. It stars Kathy Bates who, after spending decades advocating for medicinal marijuana, now owns a legal cannabis dispensary in a Southern California strip mall.

What's interesting about this series is its technical accuracy, much like The Big Bang Theory. The show portrays most every "type" of person in the industry while referencing actual cannabis strains, brands, etc. solidifying its authenticity. As an added touch, the show also spoofs pot-themed commercials for real and fictitious brands.

Kathy Bates plays Ruth Whitefeather Feldman whose hippie roots go back to the Vietnam War. She loves what she does, but resents that the cannabis movement is now a commercial industry. For decades, she was the oppressed and now she's coming to grips with the reality that, in a way, she's become "the man." Her son is a recent MBA grad who wants to run the dispensary like a business, as the two of them debate semantics such as the difference between a patient and a customer. The fictitious dispensary, Ruth's Alternative Caring, actually has a real YouTube channel.

Tone Bell plays the dispensary security guard, Carter. Early on, we discover that he's suffering from PTSD as a result of his time in the Army with three combat tours in Iraq. Although he's never touched cannabis, he begins to wonder if it'll help reduce his flashbacks to the war.

The dispensary's horticulturist, Pete, played by Dougie Baldwin, grew up on a commune in Humboldt, which is one of three counties that make up the Emerald Triangle in Northern California, the largest cannabis-producing region in the U.S.

There's an over-the-top annoying couple, Dank and Dabby, who are burnouts, appearing to do little more than make videos of themselves getting high, albeit with 100,000+ YouTube followers.

Of course, the cannabis industry wouldn't be complete without its prohibitionist, Tae Kwon Doug, played by Michael Trucco. Doug owns a Tae Kwon Do dojang and he vehemently opposes cannabis due to its stigma, and the fact that people get high in the strip mall's parking lot (typically Dank and Dabby).

With most every stereotype covered, the show is funny while having its deep and touching moments as the characters deal with life's problems, from the mundane to the inner demons.

I'm hooked.

Update 14 Feb 2018: Looks like I was wrong. Disjointed has been cancelled.


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