Random Netflix TV Night – The Ranch, part 2

Part 2 of season 1 is all about relationships. The brothers got over their feuds and have bonded again. It’s great getting to see Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson continue their long-lived on-screen friendship in this show, especially as Wilmer Valderrama joins the cast as an old friend for a few episodes. At least we know where he’s from in this show, too.

Luckily, the father (Sam Elliott) hasn’t mellowed. We get to see him grow the buried emotional side of his character, but that doesn’t mean he’s any sweeter to his sons. In fact, he might be even more jaded and unforgiving. The mother (Debra Winger) still gets on my nerves, but she really faded into the background this go around. She felt like such a small part, only coming in occasionally to help her sons or annoy her husband. Now that they’re divorced, I’m not sure how much she’ll be involved.

We left part one as Colt (Kutcher) told Abby (Elisha Cuthbert) he wanted to be with her, and part two opens up exactly where they left off: she’s not sure if she can leave her fiancé. Kutcher really shines here, so many of his roles have been the dumb guy or romantic lead so he’s gotten good at it. He’s able to create a really goofy, loveable character without going over the top.

What I find really interesting, is the clear Red State vibes they cultivate so strongly in this show. Everything is very conservative mid-West, but that doesn’t really fit where this show is set. Colorado has been solidly, unwaveringly blue for over two decades, and barely qualifies as midwest anyway. Wherever this is, they’ve done well at creating the rural country town atmosphere needed for this show to feel authentic.

Netflix released Part Two on October 7 and is set to have another 2-part season released in 2017. Are you interested in checking it out? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @reviewsbylauren or in the comments below!

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