Matt Damon / Bruce Springsteen
October 5, 2002

By Joey MacQueen

It's short, but will be longer in upcoming weeks.

NBC Special Report-

This was a short, but sweet skit. B

Monologue-

Not very funny, but Amy was good. B-

NRA 1-

Short, but was a little funny. B

Brian Fellows

Can we please kill off this character? D-

NRA 2-

Funnier than the first. Seth as Carrot Top was good. B+

Sully and Denise-

Surprisingly fresh, and definitely hilarious. A-

Nutri-Quick-

A surprise commercial, with a great one-joke premise. B+

Hannibal at College

Original, and amusing. Damon's impersonation was shaky, but acceptable. Will Forte's only mentionable appearance is here too. B

Weekend Update-

Funny stuff. Some great news jokes, along with the return of Seth's Boston fan, and the debut of the offbeat Latin character, whose name I cannot remember. Tina looks better than ever. B+

The Real Matt Damon

This idea (guy tries to get ahead, but falls behind) is old, but Parnell does good here, especially with the cancer bit in the end. B-

Versace Pockets

Not very funny, but seeing Maya was good. Who played Axel Rose? I'm guessing Matt, but who knows? Lorne Michaels does. C

The Smurfette Show

This was very funny, and definitely a great parody of Anna Nicole. Hopefully we'll see more of Robert Smigel's TV Funhouse this year, especially if they're this funny! B+

Sexbot

Ah yes, one of the last sketches of the night. It had only two or three laughs, which is above average for sketches that air after the second musical act. C+

Dr. Phil

Does Jeff finally have an actual impersonation? Probably not, but this was pretty good, and definitely the truth that Phil needs. Damn him! Unfortunately, the audience didn't seem interested. A slow Springsteen song, and bad sketch is hard to follow. B-

War on Iraq

Another commercial?! Oh well, at least it had a laugh or not. Too short, and really wasn't funny. C+

Overall: B This was not the best season premiere, and certainly could've used stronger writing, and less cast members. Do we need this many?? Well, the post Will-era got off to a lackluster start, but hopefully will improve with Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Strongest Players: Matt Damon and Amy Poehler
Weakest Links: Dean Edwards and Chris Kattan
Best Sketches: Sully and Denise, Weekend Update
Worst Sketch: Brian Fellows
Hardest Workers (including commercials): Horatio Sanz and Seth Meyers (5), Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell and Amy Poehler (4)
Well, They Tried: Fred Armisen and Rachel Dratch (1)

Be sure to watch Sarah Michelle Gellar next week!