Okay, the 2nd season of “Disjointed” has been up on Netflix for just over a month or so (https://youtu.be/So2gm84RzdY).
For the most part, it’s more of the same. Just bigger. It’s a giant celebration of stoner culture and comedy. The jokes are broader. The swears are swearier. The stoners are stonier.
There’s a giant song and dance number to celebrate 420. There’s a random animated sequence every episode. And they really lean into the surreal and hallucinatory aspects – because apparently marijuana brings forth hallucinations and it causes inanimate objects can start talking…
I’ll admit, I did laugh at certain points throughout. But because their Alternative Care dispensary exists in the timeline before full legalization, it’s technically medically-focused. Or at least, it’s supposed to be. But most of the time, they act like they’re working out of Cheech and Chong’s basement.
But, I’m going to focus on one specific episode. Because for one episode, “Disjointed” showed us the sort of show it COULD be.
There are two main aspects of this episode that I want to talk about in a positive light.
First, there’s a moment where an older gentleman enters the dispensary. He has a recommendation from his doctor because he has insomnia.
(We also find out at the end of the season that he’s dying from Cancer. Was that the real reason he was referred to weed? They don’t tell us).
But Kathy Bates’ character – Ruth – helps the gentleman (who has never tried marijuana in any way). She recommends different types and strains. She shows compassion. And she generally goes out of her way to help him get the right medicine.
It’s a nice, sweet, and funny moment that helps to highlight the medicinal side of marijuana while still being entertaining and hilarious.
The other moment is when suddenly, this “commercial” pops up part way through the episode (https://youtu.be/oCRRG0GnXpk).
It has numerous former NFL players talking about why they use marijuana, and why the NFL shouldn’t test and penalize for marijuana usage by its players.
It’s a funny, biting, informative, and brave little bit in a show that normally likes to go big and crazy.
The style of the show is to constantly fill small chunks of time with fake commercials and old pieces of anti-marijuana propaganda.
And I initially thought this commercial was a part of that. A satirical bit of social commentary in a show that is in serious need of that. But upon closer look, there’s a link at the end of the ad (http://gridironcannabis.org).
It’s for the Gridiron Cannabis Foundation.
This is directly from their website:
“A Non-proﬁt Foundation focused on developing medical research, education, and creating a State of the Art Neurological Research Facility combining the latest research and therapeutic tools used in the treatment of:
CTE, Concussions, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathy, Dementia, Chronic Inﬂammation, Leukemia, Brain and other cancers”
These guys, and this foundation are fighting the good fight.
I’ve written numerous articles about how marijuana can help most of these issues. And I specifically wrote an article about how marijuana can help with CTE – a major problem in professional football.
So props and respect to “Disjointed” for shining a light on this organization and for allowing numerous former players to directly call out the NFL Commissioner by name.
Most people might watch the show and think of it as a throwaway bit and then never think twice about it. That’s unfortunate. And that’s the fault of the show’s tone throughout the remainder of its two seasons.
But for one episode – Episode 6 – I was impressed and I was pleasantly surprised. For that one episode, “Disjointed” went from mindless, fun, funny, R-rated sitcom, to an important show with something to say. And if the show at least tries to add a few more bits like this each season (instead of just one anomalous episode), then I think it can rise above it’s “Stoner comedy” status to be something else. Something better.
It should be using it’s stoner comedy vibe to draw in viewers, and then educate them and others on the medicinal benefits of marijuana and the dangers & problems some people face by trying to use or obtain it.
I don’t know if they’ll try to add more of these medicinally positive aspects to the show, but for one episode, “Disjointed” was jointed and we were all better for it.