John McCain / The White Stripes
October 19, 2002
Hello my name is Jet, well technically
it is Mark, and this is my first review, so bear with me.
I've watched live SNL on and
off for several years now but have gotten into it more recently.
I've seen enough of the show's many years to get a feel for all
the casts, at least the primary ones, that they've had. I actually
enjoyed the 80-81 season in repeats, the one with Charles Rocket
and company, so this probably says a lot about me.
As for my opinions on the current
Favourites (yes I'm Canadian): Meyers, Parnell, Rudolph
Good, valuable performers: Fey, Fallon (most of the time), Hammond,
Indifferent: Edwards, Richards (he's impressed over
the last few weeks though), Sanz
Least favourites: Dratch, Kattan
Jury's Out: Armisen, Forte
Well, we're off to a weak start
this season but hopefully this show will pick up the pace.
I'm using a scale of * to ****
I assume I've ripped somebody off but it's not like that person
didn't rip someone off in the first place.
*- No laughs. No one could save
this sketch or perhaps it was not worth saving.
**-Average. Some laughs but flawed
in some way or another.
***-A good, solid sketch. Represents
its genre (ad, recurring etc.) well but doesn't go the extra
distance to distinguish itself.
*** _- Excellent. Not much, if
anything, to complain about. Ideally, all sketches should be
around this level.
****- Classic. Not many sketches
meet this criterion. It's something that catches you off guard
and stays in the memory. Basically, the kind of sketch that is
talked, or at least thought about, for some time. If this season
turns out to be quite weak then more standout sketches may appear,
thus more classic ratings (given the season). This may sound
confusing but I'm sure you get the idea.
McCain doesn't strike me as being
too funny but this may be proved wrong. Haven't heard much of
The White Stripes so maybe I'll be surprised by them.
- Funny, if not a bit
- Parnell and Maya make a pretty good pair; they should be put
together more often.
- It's rigged I tell you. That man is not Saddam; it's a fake.
- That reporter dude also reminded me of Saddam.
- Much better than the last two openings.
- Ferecitio again?
- Liked the character in the opener but if they want to burn
this into the ground then this is a good way of going about it.
- The ending surprised me though.
- Seemed like all the
other ones that I have seen SNL do (not a bad thing).
- McCain's Ashchroft was so ridiculous that it was funny (he
looked more like a younger Reagan).
- Hammond was great and Morgan provided one of the funniest bits
of the show.
- Rachel brought this down a few notches. She had funny lines
but just doesn't have the delivery, at least in my opinion.
- Funny premise and well
executed, if not a little long.
- The funniest part was probably the bit about Maya's character
having a law degree but not being able to use it because she
is a woman.
- McCain was funny here.
- Quite a few technical problems.
- Great last season but
not so great here.
- Maya was solid as usual but didn't exactly bring anything new
to the table. She also has great breasts, or so the writers are
- Rachel creeped me out here. She seems to have aged over the
summer or else the wig and makeup were off and thus the character
of Sheldon, who started out kind of cute, has become uncomfortable
to watch. Rachel really needs to put her talents to better use
because she stands out in bad way as it is now.
- McCain was also out of place and relied too much on the cue
- Funny but not truly
- A nice change though.
Meet the Press:
- Many people will disagree
but I thought this was one of the funniest overall sketches in
- Hammond was at his best and the laughter at the beginning only
added to my laughter.
- McCain was good at keeping a straight face.
- Easily the sketch of the night.
Rating: ****, really liked this one.
- Not too bad.
- The jokes were good
but not great.
- Tina got a few good rants in, the AIDS one especially.
- Will bumped this up to the next level. Possibly the funniest
individual part of the show was his bit here and one of the funniest
WU guests in some time. He seems like a great comedic talent
and should add a lot to the shows this season.
- The audience seemed to like Forte's bit too.
Rating: ***1/2 (Forte gets a ****)
- Decent, given the limited
- Pretty good for a last
sketch, again given the limited material.
- They seem to be using alcohol a lot this season. Perhaps that
is because the cast needs beer, pot and cocaine to keep themselves
awake through the dreadful materialI'm just keeding (holds up
- On a related note, Will and Fred must being doing something
right to have me remember the above bits.
- Better than the first.
- Definitely Meet
- Wake Up Wakefield.
Hate to give it to it though.
Hall of Fame (Top 3 Performers)
- Darrell Hammond: Great
in both Hardball and especially Meet the Press.
- Maya Rudolph: Good in all her skits, great legs and breasts
- Jimmy Fallon: Only other person used a lot. Not bad in the
Irish Bar sketch.
Hall of Shame (Worst/Weakest
- Rachel Dratch: Killed
some of the sketches. She has the material but doesn't have the
delivery. Or maybe it could be that I just don't find her funny.
Either way, she wins (er loses) this one.
Minor League MVP (Best Featured
- Will Forte: Proved
himself in WU.
Minor League Strike Out (Worst//Weakest
- Dean Edwards: Thought
he may have been let go, until he appeared in the closing that
is. I don't mind Dean but he is really being wasted compared
to everyone else, even the newbies.
This seemed like a very
uneven show, cast member wise, but more memorable than the first
two by far. Not a shining beacon of comedy but a good effort
and had more of team feel, with no one standing out.
Rating: 2.69 * which is average to good but closer to
good than average.
The Season Thus Far:
Don't normally tape the eps but
I did a quick analysis of the previous eps as I recall them being
from the guides and came up with
SMG: 1.875 *
Damon: 2.14 *
I'm still waiting for a show
to pass ***, hopefully next time.