When you think Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s Hyde and Kelso – from That 70’s Show. I had the urge to rewatch it and thanks to Netflix I did just that. I started binge watching (is there any other way to watch a TV show on Netflix?!) a few weeks ago and just finished it up. Not ready to turn it off just yet I followed their next recommended option which happened to be The Ranch starring Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher.
Now, I’m not one to jump in blindly so I did a little Googling to see what the buzz was. Surprisingly there wasn’t much – you’d think with these two guys people would be all over it. Or maybe there aren’t as many of us as I’d like to think. Anyway, I didn’t actually read the few results I did find, I mainly looked through Google images. I saw Wilmer Valderrama (aka Fez whoknowswhathislastnameis} and that pretty much sealed it for me.
I’m actually watching the second episode now… well kind of. I guess that’s the first thing to point out. It doesn’t have my full, undivided attention. I am pausing here and there to see if it’s getting better. It does, but it has some yawn moments too, but we’ll get to that.
Here’s the low down so far. You have Colt (Ashton) Bennett, a semi-pro football player who seems to be the disappointment of the family. He’s stubborn, immature, and a bit on the lazy side. Pretty much the Kelso you loved on That 70’s Show. He has (basically) the same voice/lack of accent as Kelso. That wouldn’t be a big deal if his brother, Rooster (Danny) Bennett, didn’t have a heck of a country twang intermittently. There are times where if you close your eyes he’s Steven Hyde and other times when he’s country as hell.
The fact that I JUST finished That 70s Show a few hours ago may have some influence on my analysis.
Rooster seems to be the black sheep of the family. The dumb one (which is new since Hyde was considerably smart). He also seems to be the one desperately trying to reunite his family. I have mixed feelings about this guy.
Their dad is played by Sam Elliott (the grave keeper from Ghost Rider) and I want to like him but he’s not really loveable. He seems kind of emotionless most of the time, but there are a few rare moments where you can connect with him. I think my biggest issue with him is the overuse of the F-bomb. Don’t get confused, I curse like a sailor, but when he uses the F-bomb it seems overly forced and flat.
I kinda really love the bar scenes. They remind me of m favorite hometown bars and that helps me put myself in the scene and feel connected.
I’m still getting a feel for the story, but I really like Danny and Ashton together. They have a natural chemistry that makes them seem real as opposed to forced characters. At this point, I could take or leave the story but plan to keep watching because I love these guys and for an Independent, straight to Netflix show I’m entertained!