Hey, everyone, welcome to my second Saturday Night Live review! Three-peat next week, baby!
PRE-SHOW THOUGHTS: I've never heard the name Kate Hudson in my life, except for on the SNL websites. I've at least heard of Radiohead, but never one of their songs. I wasn't sure how this episode was going to turn out.
COLD OPENING- Second Presidential Debate: Last week's debate
sketch had me rolling on the floor, but this was sorely lacking.
It was semi-amusing to see Bush read off the names of foreign
leaders, but the whole "I agree" thing was inaccurate
and not very funny in the first place. Hopefully if they do this
again next week it'll be better-- more along the lines of the
first one. Also, has anyone else noticed that both of the lead-ins
to "Live, from New York..." have been kind of weak?
OPENING MONTAGE: Still pretty cool, but hey! No Jerry Minor? Too bad...
MONOLOGUE: I've never seen Laugh In, so I'm sure a lot of
the inside jokes flew right by me. Anyway, there wasn't much
humor in this to begin with. If they're going to interrupt the
monologue (a theme which I do enjoy, I like that much better than
the host just telling jokes or something), it should be for something
SKETCH- Girls Gone Wild: This was classic. A prime example
of how great SNL can be. Yeah, when the started showing the first
commercial you knew EXACTLY what was going to happen, but they
kept building it up so well (always funny to see Will yell "Son
of a bitch!") and the twist at the end was so great that
it didn't matter.
CARTOON- X-Presidents: I assumed this would be the "Sex
and the Country" thing that someone in the newsgroup was
talking about, but instead we got the X-Presidents watching the
debate. The joke, apparently, was that one of the X-Presidents'
kids was running, so why shouldn't the others' kids? It wasn't
executed (no pun intended, George) very well, though. A better
joke was on the Politically Incorrect poll: "Most pathetic
presidential relative: A) Billy Carter B) Roger Clinton C) George
W. Bush." Oh, well. At least we got another sketch immediately
after this...better than sitting through commercials.
GRADE: C- (Hey, it's a Smigel cartoon that isn't deliberately vulgar!)
SKETCH- Inside the Actor's Studio: I've only seen this once
before, when Screech was the interviewee. I liked it then, but
that was primarily because I used to watch Saved by the Bell all
the time. This sketch DID cause my one HUGE laugh of the night,
though, when Will fell backwards out of his chair. The interview
with Drew Barrymore wasn't great, but not bad by any means.
SKETCH- Sully and Denise: With The Ladies' Man gone, there
are only two recurring sketches now that I like: Nick Burns and
this one. The reason all three work time and time again is that
they don't rely on some stupid catchphrase (Simma Da Na) or physical
comedy (Mango). With Sully and Denise especially, there's a new
twist each time. Nomar Garciaparra's cameo was great. Good one-liners,
MUSICAL GUEST- Radiohead: What was this about??? This was
like Nine Inch Nails on Nyquil. The entire song was pretty much
a fairly derivative bass riff, interspersed with some pulsy techno
sounds and the lead singer whispering into his mike. His weird
convulsions didn't really fit the music, either. I will say that
it did transmit a neat atmosphere, and the guitar player looked
WEEKEND UPDATE: Jimmy and Tina do it again! An excellent
build on last week's total shocker. I love their little between-joke
banter. (I know, scripted, but still funny) President Clinton
was, as always, a riot, delivering some classic lines: "I
should say that my friend Al Gore is the best choice, but that
would not be truthful. And I feel that if there's anything this
administration will be remembered for, it's honesty and integrity.",
" 'Oh, Mr. Gore, there's a crisis in the middle east, what
should we do?' 'Well I propose we calculate the ratio of an isosceles
triangle...' What the hell is he talking about?", "And
Bush isn't any better...subliminable? Unacceptabable? Can we
say...unelectabable?" It was cool to see Darrel doing an
impression of Bill Clinton doing an impression of Al Gore. This
would be a hands-down A+, but most of the news jokes were kind
SKETCH- Woodrow: I didn't like this when they did it with
Britney Spears, and I didn't like it any better this time. Points
for effort, though, as everyone seemed to be really into it.
SKETCH- Meet the Press: This was okay. Nothing particularly
humorous, and Darrel's Tim Russert blew, but at least it was topical.
SKETCH- Japanese Laverne and Shirley: Last season, MadTV did
"Laverne and Shirley 2000", and it was set up pretty
much like this, except in English, obviously. On the same night
this episode aired, they did this Spanish soap opera, all in Spanish
(it was a riot- captured the soap-opera feel 100%, although it
was the only funny sketch during the first half-hour of the show,
which is all I watched, obviously). This seems to be a poorly-done
amalgam of those two themes. It wasn't even interesting watching
them speak Japanese.
MUSICAL GUEST- Radiohead: This was much better. It sounded
like it actually had a point. It was kind of funny when they
showed the close-up of the drummer going wild and you realized
that you couldn't hear him at all.
SKETCH(?)- Voting While Impaired: Hey! Jerry Minor! Huh?
Anyway, this was interesting and semi-amusing. Good premise.
CLOSING: Oh, look at that, a sign that says "Let Ralph Debate". What is it with everyone's obsession with Ralph Nader? He's a radical freak! Do we REALLY NEED all of this change? Are things so bad right now? Oh, well. At least the Radiohead guy threw down the sign like he didn't really care.
OVERALL: This was a pretty varied episode. Some classic moments,
but also some unbelievably terrible ones. A little more gelled
that the season premiere, though.
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