Ashton Kutcher made his Two and a Half Men debut last night in fine form: most often, as naked as the day he was born. I’m not sure anyone really anticipated that, but what did we think to Charlie Sheen’s replacement?
Ashton Kutcher is certainly comfortable in his own skin; he showed us enough of it last night. But then, if I looked like (the female equivalent of) Ashton Kutcher, I might be comfortable in my own skin, too!
But how did Kutcher shape up as the main man on the ninth season premiere of Two and a Half Men Monday? Huge ratings were anticipated, after the show’s previous season was cut short during Charlie Sheen’s public fallout with executive producer and creator Chuck Lorre and his ensuing meltdown.
So, just in case you had any hopes of Sheen returning, this season kicked off with the funeral of Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper. True to Sheen, a string of ex-girlfriends rocked up at his funeral just to insult his memory with sex jokes.
Even neighbor Rose implied she murdered Harper after catching him cheating on her following their engagement in Paris, as he “slipped” on a subway platform and was hit by an oncoming train. Even his housekeeper said he never wanted much, just “clean sheets and hosing the vomit off the occasional drug-addled hooker.”
But it was after Charlie’s ashes were delivered to Alan Harper (played by Jon Cryer) that we first saw Ashton Kutcher make an entrance. Alan was so shocked he dropped Charlie’s Ashes. If you were looking for symbolism in this episode, it was there for all to see.
So now we know that Ashton Kutcher will play Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire who is depressed over a broken love affair and who has bought Charlie Harper’s former house that Harper owned. Oh ad we know he likes to walk around naked.
So we are likely to see a lot more of Kutcher in the following instalments of Two and a Half Men on Mondays at 9/8c. But do we want to? Can thios show live without Sheen?
Judging by the herpes, vaginal warts and spanking jokes that littered the first scene, this show hasn’t missed a beat with the firing of Charlie Sheen. Walden may have appeared like a phoenix from the ashes, suicidal and dusty, but he double-teams nicely with Jon Cryer and recaptured some of the warmth we will recognize from his early career in Dude Where’s My Car?
It was disappointing not to see Angus T. Jones more. I’d like to see how Kutcher interacts with the “half” man. But the signs look promising. I’m sticking with the show. Are you?