Baldwin / Missy Elliot
November 15, 2003
Hey you guys. Nothing new in
the world of sports (at least in my eyes), but I just saw Master
and Commander and I recommend it, even if you don't like nautical
movies. I won't say anything except that Russell Crowe and Paul
Bettany did great jobs and the ending was very surprising.
I'm a fan of Alec Baldwin's
work and he has been one of the best hosts SNL has ever had (11
times is proof enough). I'm sure everyone is praying for an Ana
Gasteyer and/or Molly Shannon cameo so they could do NPR sketch
with Pete Schwetty and his Balls. Aside from that, I don't know
what to expect but I'll probably enjoy it anyway. And like I
said before, I'm not a fan of rap but Missy Elliot has my respect
and I'll probably end up watching her performances.
COLD OPENING: Address From President Bush (Members
You know, I'm not going to repeat my thoughts on this impression.
Just bring Parnell back to do it.
MONOLOGUE: (Members Involved: Alec, Horatio,
Jimmy, Mike Myers)
After acknowledging the band (which I think is sweet and every
host should do), it goes downhill. Jimmy and Horatio's characters
remind me of the Gary's Fish Tank repairmen in the Jeff Gordon
episode, which I totally hated. These guys were less annoying
but they still brought the monologue way down. The only person
who saved this was Mike Myers and that was a real surprise. I
didn't even know Baldwin was going to be in the Cat in the Hat.
I guess you learn new things everyday.
Commercial: Huggies Thong (Members Involved:
Look at my Jack Black review located in my Justin Timberlake
review (I didn't do the former when it premiered).
Sketch 1: Dr. Frank Landsman (Members Involved:
The same kind of sketch with breast references but I'm surprised
Amy allowed Alec to grope her on national TV. The sketch kinda
lagged but Alec made the jokes somewhat funny so I'll give him
that. And was he talking to his son at the end or someone else?
That was a weird ending.
Sketch 2: The Burner vs. The Stinger (Members
Involved: Chris, Seth, Maya, Alec)
I thought the whole sketch would revolve around Seth making pathetic
"zingers" but Alec came in and saved the day. I liked
the whole standoff thing but Alec should've won since his burns
were a lot better than Seth's zings *realizes that she shouldn't
take this so seriously* I really need to work on this in the
Sketch 3: The Tony Bennett Show (Members Involved:
Alec, Horatio, Fred)
I don't believe I was a fan of SNL when Alec first did this (probably
because I had to go to sleep a lot earlier), but I'll give him
the benefit of the doubt and say it was good. There was no point
for Horatio to be in and Fred's character once again reminded
me of Gabe Fisher. How could someone chop up a neighbor by accident?
That's just messed up. The best parts though were Tony promoting
maxi pads and saying he did it with a wax Angie Dickinson. This
was one of the few solid sketches of the night.
Commercial: Gaystrogen (Members Involved:
The first time I saw this, I didn't see Chris and Fred kiss so
that left me disappointed. This time though, I saw it and it
was weird but genuine in their character style so I gave it a
higher grade (if this doesn't make any sense, I'm sorry. Odd
stuff goes on in my mind all the time).
Sketch 4: The Falconer (Members Involved:
Will, Alec, Kenan, Fred)
You know, at least getting caught in your own trap is more probable
than getting stuck in quicksand in the woods. How long could
someone live upside down though? All that blood rushing into
your head must not be good. Anyway, it's like the normal Falconer
but this time, we get to see him snort crack. Not too thrilling
but at least it's something. To mix the sketch up a bit, I want
Ken Mortimer to rediscover society and after he finds out what
Donald has done while he's faced death multiple times, kill the
little bastard once and for all. Maybe not though, since they
would face a barrage of animal rights activists. I dunno know,
this sketch is starting to wear thin but it's still ok.
Musical Guest: Missy Elliot
Weekend Update with Jimmy
Fallon and Tina Fey (Members
Involved: Jimmy, Tina, Will, Fred)
- hmm, it seems Tina does a better Bush impression than Darrell
as well. This should tell Lorne something
- Love the gray content joke with Wynona Judd
- Ok, that bit with Will was disgusting but hilarious at the
same time. I closed my eyes a bit but really turned away when
Fred was sitting next to him in bed. Fortunately, my dad assured
me that nothing went on after that. Now, after I went to bed,
I pondered whether Ferrell would actually do that just to get
a laugh. I'm pretty sure he would but Forte is starting to move
up towards Ferrell's level of perverted/disgustingness (which
really isn't a bad thing)
- The Christian Slater bit was ok but sort of bland
- That joke about Rosie was cruel but terribly funny.
She shouldn't have been standing next to that woman
Miscellaneous Note: That in-between picture of Alec (the
pictures where the host does different poses. Don't know the
exact name of it though) that makes him look like a 1950's sitcom
makes him look really handsome. Sorry, just a note from a female
Sketch 5: C-SPAN Report (Members Involved:
Alec, Amy, Horatio, Seth, Red, Maya)
Ah, another sexual reference sketch (well, not really). This
one was a lot better though since the British have a knack for
twisting disgusting things around into decent words. Surprised
to see Fred do a decent British accent and not surprised that
Sketch 6: Keen Corporation Meeting (People
Involved: Seth, Jeff, Kenan, Amy, Alec, Rachel, Finesse)
This was a rather pointless sketch but I liked the facial expressions
from all the members sitting down.
Musical Guest: Missy Elliot
Sketch 7: Roy Returns (Members Involved:
Alec, Jeff, Amy)
I wouldn't say this was distasteful since Roy is still in critical
condition but maybe they could've saved it for when he got out
of the hospital. A boring sketch but it's interesting to note
that Jeff's Siegfried sounds a bit like his Willy Wonka impression.
Sketch 8: Scheinwald Studios (Members Involved:
Seth, Fred, Alec, Rachel)
I thought this would turn into a stupid sketch because they were
focusing on the father a lot but it got better when the grandfather
came in, always well played by Rachel. I love the whole family
embarrassment thing and how the older ones are so senile. Not
hard to believe that they passed up The Matrix and Lord of the
Rings. One thing to note though is that for the first time ever
(I believe), Fred has broken up during a sketch. Granted, it
was a slight smile but a smile nevertheless. Good ending sketch.
OVERALL GRADE: B. This was an on/off night and I can't
say for sure whether it was more on or off. Alec did a great
job (as always) but the sketches really lacked. I think they
need to bring back a few recurring sketches, like Jarret's Room
or Wake Up Wakefield because most of the original sketches this
season have tanked. Luckily though, the writers are going to
take a 2 week break so hopefully this will clear their minds
up a bit.
Best of the Night: Will, Alec and Fred. Will is starting
to become the driving force of the show with Fred just behind
him. As for Alec, he tried his hardest and for the most part,
it paid off pretty well.
Worst of the Night: Not enough Jimmy, Kenan, Maya, Chris,
Jeff and of course Darrell. They really need to get rid of a
few people by the end of the year or else this will continue
December 6th: Reverend Al Sharpton with Pink as the
musical guest. I'm not pleased with these choices and I can only
pray and hope that the show will be somewhat decent.
Well, that's it for now. I'll
cya guys in 3 weeks.