Garner / Beck
February 15, 2003
A Quick Outlook On The Show:
This is my first review since
1998 when I reviewed the Kelsey Grammer episode. I want to first
comment on the current cast of SNL. Many people were devestated
when they heard that Will Ferell was leaving the show. They also
thought the show would suck too after he left. I think people
don't realize that the current cast could wind up being the best
ever. It's true that the show got off to a slow start at the
beginning of the season. I think that SNL is finally going
stong again and the writers are finally not doing just a half-assed
job anymore on sketches. I do miss Will Ferell a lot like many
fans, but I am very hopefull for SNL's future. I think the current
featured players are going to be the next generation of SNL and
will all become stars and will have their chance to glow
in the spotlight in the near future. Once the veteran's leave,
such as Chris Kattan (does anyone care if he stays?), Darrell
Hammond, Tracy Morgan, and ! Jimmy Fallon, the featured players
will move up to cast member status and will be used in more sketches
as they deserve so. I think that Fred Armisen and Jeff Richards
will be the next big stars. Will Forte is hilarious and can write
too! Seth Meyers is great as well, and will be amajor addition
to the cast. And now I'm going to go out on a limb and say the
Dean Edwards will be the another breakout star on the show once
Tracy Morgan leaves and he comes out from Tracy's shadow. Dean
has a lot of potential. He just hasn't had enough air time to
let it show. Just you watch! He's gonna' blow everyone away.
I think Jeff Richards is an awesome impressionist and will take
over Darrell Hammond's spot, once he leaves, as the new go to
guy impressionist. So with all that said, the other cast memebers
are awesome too. I think SNL is in good hands and will be around
for such a long time. I can't wait to see all! Now: On with the
Jennifer Garner / Beck (February
Cold Opening - Address From President Bush
I'm starting to get used to Chris
Parnell as portraying G.W. He's getting better at it. This one
was pretty funny. Short and simple opening like usual. Chris
Parnell is my current favorite cast member.
Monologue - Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner is so beautiful.
I liked this monologue. But it didn't seem like the audience
was enjoying it to much. Tracy Morgan was great as usual when
saying "You make me feel like the lion king!" I wonder
what the female cast memebers were doing at the time, like if
they were jealous or anything.
Commercial - Clappin'
I loved this parody of the Stomp
broadway show! I love it when SNL parodies the shows that are
pretty lame and the ones that I can't believe that people pay
money to see. Who wants to pay to see a buch of kids stomping
on trash cans and other objects? I thought this was a brilliant
commercial parody. Horatio summed it all up the best "They
were just...clappin'!!! Ohhhh, man!" The best thing to was
that it involved the entire cast and even Jennifer Garner herself!
Good job SNL!
Sketch - Last Call
This was another great SNL original.
Fred Armisen!!! He was funny as hell. I can't wait to see Fred
as a cast member. Jennifer Garner just lights up with beauty
and personality. She's got such great charisma! They gotta' bring
her back. Tracy Morgan is always funny. Like Will Ferell, I laugh
just looking at him. I gotta' say this now: Mark my words - Tracy
Morgan IS the next Eddie Murphy. He's going to be a huge T.V.
sitcom star and movie star. Just you watch! Seth and Maya were
pretty much just extras in this sketch. It was an overall great
Show - Wake Up Wakefield
I usually like these. But this
one was just an ordinary one. Maya seems bland as her character
when Jimmy Fallon doesn't appear in the sketch. I like Rachel
Dratch's Sheldon charater. She can pull off being a boy real
well. It was cool to see Sheldon get some action this time! Go
Sheldon! I love Horatio as the princinpal. He's always great.
Jennifer and Rachel saved the sketch from sucking.
Sketch - Saddam Hussein & Osama Bin Laden On the
This was the highlight of the
show for me. I was laughing my ass off. I loved how Jimmy and
Horatio were improvising. Or were they? You never can really
tell those two as they always crack each other up in sketches.
But that doesn't bother me too much. I think it make it all that
The best lines of the sketch:
Horatio as Saddam: "Listen
Jimmy as Osama: "I have
to. It's a phone! What do you want me to do watch! I'm kidding!
It's a joke"
Horatio as Saddam: "You
care me, man. And I'm Saddam Freakin' Hussein."
Show/Sketch - Invitation To Love
This was alright. I'm tired of
Chris Kattan. He should have left the show years ago. He was
funny his first 3 years and then just got way overused in a lot
of episodes. He doesn't really make me laugh much anymore. I
do like when Chris Parnell plays directors though. That's the
perfect role for him. He was brilliant. Jennifer was okay and
Seth didn't have any funny lines. Why doesn't Chris Kattan just
come out from the closet and just admit that he's gay? I mean
this character along with Mango and gay Hitler. C'mon! He's too
fruity not to be at least bi-sexual like Jennifer's charcter
Sketch - Date W/ The Twins
Another sketch that proves that
Chris Kattan is gay. Why else why he storm out at the end after
saying he doesn't like football, twins, and beer. This sketch
wasn't too funny. I think they've done Rachel Dratch's in-bred
character too many times. It's not that funny anymore guys. Write
somehing new please!
Weekend Update - W/ Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Jeff
Richards, Tracy Morgan, & Chris Parnell
This was one of the highlights
of the show. Jimmy and Tina were great. Jeff Richards was awesome
as a rhyming Burt Bacharach. Tracy Morgan was hilarious when
saying "we should stage an all out race war!" And I
always love hearing Chris Parnel's brilliant raps. He should
come out with his own CD! He's got so much talent.
Musical Performance - Beck playing "Lost Cause"
Beck is great here as usual.
If you don't own a copy of his latest CD "Sea Change",
go out and get it man! It's one of his best. He shows a whole
new side of himself. And that man can sure sing!
Show - Michael Jackson In A Tree
I know some people didn't care
for this one. But I did! I laughed my ass off at the show title
alone. Amy Poehler was awesome as Michael. And guess who else
was? None other than Dean Edwards. See what I mean. This is just
a microscopic portion of the potential that Dean has. I can't
wait to see his other impressions.Rachel Dratch was great as
Liz Taylor. Even Jennifer Garner had me rollin' as Lisa Marie
Presley. This was very hilarious. I hope they turn this into
a recurring sketch.
Musical Performance - Beck playing " Doing Fine"
Another excellent performance
by Beck. This is one of his best songs that he's ever written
Sketch - Walmart Superstore
This was a good idea for a sketch.
But is was pretty much a one joke sketch too. Amy and Jennifer
were a good sketch combo though. Seth and Rachel were funny.
Fred Armisen spoke with a different accent which was cool. An
average sketch at best.
They always seem to cut it off
too quickly. This one almost latested the whole way. I think
Darrell is ready to leave the show by leaving the rest of the
cast on stage. He will be missed when he does leave.
I think this was an overall decent
show. Jennifer Garner was great as the host. The stars of the
night were Jimmy, Horatio, Chris Parnell, Weekend Update, Amy,
Rachel, and Tracy. I'm glad to see Dean and Jeff Richards get
airtime as well as Fred Armisen. Next up: Christopher Walken.
That should be another great show as usual. Thanks for reading
this revirew. I hope do reviews on a regular basis or at least
from time to time from now on.
Overall Episode Grade: B+
Episode review by Eric Amundsen.
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