Hello, I'm Paul Buxton and this is my third episode review for SNL.com! Hopefully I can make it four in a row next week! SNL has gotten better this season, quite a step up from last season. In case you were wondering about the abbreviations I use for reviews on my site, well here's a simple rundown if you have not figured it out yet.
(COMM) - Commercial
(LFNY) - Live from New York
(MONO) - Monologue
(MONT) - Opening Montage
(MUSC) - Musical Performance
(OPEN) - Cold Opening
(SKCH) - Sketch
(WKUP) - Weekend Update
Looking Back - October 29, 1977: Consumer Probe
Now here's some old school. This sketch was part of SNL's recent Halloween Special, and is a classic SNL halloween sketch. Irwin Mainway (Dan Aykroyd) is hilarious with that Chicago/Minnesota accent. The other Consumer Probe sketches I've seen have been equally funny!
Foreword - Charlize Theron / Paul Simon
First Kate Hudson, and now Charlize, what a treat! Charlize is extremely hot, I hope she does the same thing Kate did in her monologue! As for Paul Simon, my parents like his music, so therefore I don't. There's a nice little button on the TV that starts with "M" and ends with "UTE." I plan to use that during the musical sketches.
(OPEN) - A Glimpse of our Possible Future: George W. Bush
Finally, not a debate sketch! But it's still politically themed. This one was quite amusing, especially the binocular-shaped canteen and the map of America after Bush took over, with Mexico controlling the western US and the South underwater. Aaaah, post-apocalyptic America, I can see it now.
SNL Quotable: "I told you, this is hard!" --Will Ferrell as George W. Bush, on being president
(LFNY) It's Will Ferrell
OK, he was the only person in the cold opener, so it has to be him.
(MONT) Opening Montage
Wow, nothing new here. No new cast members or that, but a cartoon by Robert Smigel sounds good!
(MONO) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron, Tracy Morgan
OK, let me be the 600,000,000th person in the world to say that Charlize Theron is hella f***ing hot!!! With that said, this was a generally good sketch. For once, SNL actually succeeded in using cast members in the monologue, unlike other times this year. The part about the African-American coincidence was great, never really thought of it that way, huh?
(SKCH) TRL: Total Request Live
Jimmy Fallon, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron
A great way to poke fun at TRL and groups like Destiny's Child (or, in this case, Gemini's Twin). Charlize Theron played the visual part, and that was the most awesome thing(s) on the show, not because it's funny :-) Also great was the "No Bling Bling" song, it was funny and stimulating at the same time. For some reason, Ana Gasteyer did not seem to fit into the sketch, I don't know why, it may be just me.
SNL Quotable: "I'm Carson Daly, and I'm a massive tool. Peace out!." --Jimmy Fallon as Carson Daly
(COMM) A Glimpse of our Possible Future: Al Gore
Another successful sketch! Usually the repitition of a same sketch like this results in a lower quality bit, but this was only slightly lower. The economics class on TV was good, and I can definitely see Clinton as a lazy fatass after he's gone from office.
(SKCH) Blair Witch 2
Chris Kattan, Horatio Sanz, Molly Shannon, Charlize Theron
One of my favorite recurring sketches of all time is back! Not the actual sketch, but the characters, anyway. I knew the Goth Talkers would be back, and sure enough, Azrael Abyss and Circe Nightshade returned. Once I saw them, I knew that Azrael Abyss would poke fun at Cinnabon employees, and he did. Pretty predictable, but didn't really detract from the quality of the sketch. Horatio was great, referring to himself as the "Blaine Witch."
(TOON) The New Adventures of Mr. T
Voices: Andrew Daly, Ana Gasteyer, Tracy Morgan, Robert Smigel
He's back, and he needs WORK! This is by far my favorite TV Funhouse cartoon, and they didn't F it up at all this time. Absolutely hilarious, especially the normal ending. The Mr. T quotes "Jibber-Jabbering" and "Fooo" were used a lot and were funny.
SNL Quotable: "If you believe in yourself, eat all your school, stay on milk, drink your teeth, don't do sleep, and get your eight hours of drugs, you can get WORK!" --Tracy Morgan as Mr. T
(SKCH) Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz, Charlize Theron
This sketch had some laughs and some great harassment action from Sanz and others. The ipmressions of Marilyn and Joe were welldone.
(MUSC) Paul Simon
I don't really care for Paul Simon, not my type of music. So I will not give this segment a rating.
(WKUP) Weekend Update with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey
Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Hugh Fink
This time, the jokes were not really good from either Tina or Jimmy. Fallon was probably more than just drunk... The appearance with Rachel Dratch was somewhat random, and Jewish SNL writer Hugh Fink was probably the best thing on this otherwise tepid Update.
SNL Quotable: "I can't marry you, I just got a Playstation 2, it's really time consuming!." --Jimmy Fallon
(SKCH) Mr. Peepers
Chris Kattan, Molly Shannon, Charlize Theron
More Charlize Theron is a good thing! Mr. Peepers is funny for awhile, then gets boring. But sensual groans of Charlize are a big bonus!
(MUSC) The Wallflowers
The Wallflowers are great, they sing a ballad-style of alternative music, which is OK. They sound a lot like the Counting Crows, and this particular song (I don't know the name of) was pretty good. I might even get it off of Napster.
(COMM) A Glimpse of our Possible Future: Ralph Nader
Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Chris Parnell
A bit dull and overused, but the "pigs can fly" and "snowballs in hell" ideas were well-done, and real ideas at that.
(SKCH) Kyle and John DeMarco try out for Paul Simon
Rachel Dratch, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Paul Simon, Charlize Theron
These two jabroni's are back, and I don't know whether to say that their song dancing was funny or stupid. Like a few other sketches on this show, it got repetitive after awhile. Paul Simon did an above average job in his cameo appearance.
(COMM) Robert Goulet's CD
The whole thing was great, especially the imitation of Sisqo's
Thong Song. He also pronounced Notorious B.I.G. as "notorious
big." That was funny as well, what a great rebound from
some tepid sketches.
SNL Quotable: "It's Snoop-y, Dre, Biggie, Puffman, Cooli-ooolio, the whole bunch!" -Will Ferrell as Robert Goulet
(MUSC) Paul Simon
Once again, no comment.
Best Cast Member: Will Ferrell
Best Sketch: Mr. T; Robert Goulet CD (both 10/10)
Worst Sketch: Kyle and John DeMarco (5/10)
Host Rating: 10/10
Musical Rating: 7/10
Sketch Rating: 7/10
Overall Rating of Show: 7/10
Most of the sketches were above average, and Charlize Theron did absolutely excellent -- of course, I'm a bit partial, if you know what I mean.
November 11, 2000: Calista Flockhart / Ricky Martin
Calista Flockhart, yet another host who's been played in Celebrity Jeopardy. And Ricky Martin, yet another musical guest I can't stand one bit! ¡Living La Vida que Chupa Mucho Asno! Oh well, for the SNL Episode Review staff, I'm Paul Buxton, good night, and don't let Gore gore this country a new one!
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