Pierce Brosnan / Destiny's Child
May 5, 2001


Hello. My name is Neil. This is my first review so bear with me.

George and Jenna- Julia Stiles was one of the better hosts they've had this year and she has good chemistry with Will. Jokes about Bush's intelligence are funny more often than not.
Grade B+

Pierce's Monologue- Almost freaky that shortly before sitting down to watch the show I wondered if they might have Darrell Hammond come on as Sean Connery during the monologue and who do we see? Hammond's Sean Connery usually makes me laugh and it was cute at times but he just doesn't work as well outside of the "Celebrity Jeopardy " sketches.
Grade B-

Homocil Commercial- I kind of wish they wouldn't show commercials more than once but since they're considerably more expensive to make than the average sketch I suppose they need to get their money's worth. This was one of the better ones though.
Grade B

Gemini's Twin- In the past I've found these characters at best uninteresting and at worst annoying but for some reason this one worked. The video was fun and I actually had parts of that song stuck in my head the next day. Pierce's Fabio-ish character wavered a bit though.
Grade B+

The Weakest Link- Okay. We all knew it was just a matter of time before they did it. It was very well written but I think some of the players bogged it down just a bit. Rachel's Anne Robinson was all right but I couldn't help but think if Cheri Oteri was still around she might have done a better job. Still who wasn't secretly laughing that the Fred Flintstone head line? Horatio was such a good sport! The flashback to her childhood was cute and kudos to that kid for emphasizing "the weakest link" just right. One thing I found that put me off a bit was Maya Rudolph's odd smirk when introducing herself. What was so funny about that? It was almost like she was trying to play the character dumb when, in my opinion, this sketch would have worked best if they played the people as having a normal degree of intelligence. Oddly enough, Jerry Minor's performance really stood and it would be nice if he could use that character (or one similar) in something else (Would someone mind telling me why there were so many contestants from Texas and why the only one with a Texas accent was from Florida?)
Grade B

Jeffrey's- Take two employees off Total Bastard Airlines and stick them in a trendy fashion store and what do you get? I don't know but it can't be as bad as this sketch. I didn't like these guys the last time they did this one and I didn't like them now. Stylish people at a store/customs checkout/post office/etc. has been done to death on SNL. Also someone should tell Horatio that it wasn't his job to be funny in this sketch. Pierce and Jimmy may have been laughing but I sure wasn't.
Grade D

Weekend Update- Always one of the show's better bits. Tina is always reliable. Jimmy got off to a slow start early on but has since caught up. I particularly liked the "vampire dolphin" line. Tracy's "Lamont Bond" struggled a bit, but even that had it's moment, like his refusal to jump out of a plane.
Grade B+

Destiny's Child- I'm not big on this kind of music but I kind of like this song.
Grade N/A

The Brutal Boss- This is the opposite of the "Weakest Link" and "West Wing" sketches. A so-so sketch that was perform quite well. Will's psycho act can go over the top at times but it was right at home here. Nice to see Tina in more that just Weekend Update. I wish we could see her in more but I guess being the head writer forces you to budget your time. Pierce was better than in most of the sketches tonight.
Grade B+

The West Wing on Mushrooms- A good idea on paper but they just couldn't make it work. What the surest sign that an impression doesn't work? When people don't know who you're supposed to be! I couldn't tell if Darrell was doing the President or Leo (the chief of staff). I knew who the rest were supposed to be but while I'm not a big West Wing fan, I've seen it enough to know that everyone in this sketch was off! Surprisingly Maya was the most accurate. Chris Kattan was Toby wasn't believable at all. He was woefully miscast as Toby although he tried his best. I was amazed that Darrell and Ana, normally two of the show's heavyweights, couldn't pull it off at all. Normally the players' appearances and voices have rarely kept an impression from being convincing, or at least funny, but for some reason, it didn't work. Maybe if they gotten the real West Wing cast to do it (I loved the clip of the fighting cats though!)
Grade D+

The Shoplifter- I always like seeing Molly Shannon but this was not her best work. It's really her fault but the sketch didn't stand out really. She did do the bitchy act well though.
Grade C+

The History Channel- Not nearly as good as the one they did when James Van Der Beek hosted. Pierce did do the historian well, though. Easily his best work tonight. (Which is disappointing)
Grade C+

The Daycare Lounge- Easily the low point of the show. Remember what I said about giving Tina Fey more to do? Well if this is what they have in mind, forget it! The stripper act was good (not like that, I meant it was convincing) and it might work in some other sketch but was totally out of place here. I don't know what made me cringe more. That or Maya "little man at snack time act". No that booby-prize would have to go to Pierce's dreadful tipsy Irish comedian. I was wincing when he told that little Asian kid to "give us back our plane". Ah, the line between funny and tasteless is a fine one indeed.
Grade D-

Overall- Pierce wavered quite a bit tonight and therefore bogged it down at times. I can't tell if it was the writing that just wasn't right for him or Pierce himself. Everyone else was their usual top notch self (with some exceptions mentioned above). I don't think he's the type to bring back but it's always good to try out new people.
Grade B-


Episode Review written by Neil Mcrae


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