Monday, May 21, 2012

SNL; 5/19/12

This week’s SNL was the season finale, and the last show for several current cast members, including Andy Samberg, Kristin Wiig, and rumored Jason Sudekis.  Mick Jagger hosted, and did a passable job, though he really showed why musicians aren’t the greatest hosts, what with his awkward line readings and blatant staring at the cue cards.

But what of the show, you may ask?  Well, let me tell you with

The Good, the Meh, and the Ugly!

The Good:

Cold Open:Lawrence Welk(7)-I don’t usually like this one, but the inclusion of Jon Hamm at the end really getting into K. Wiig’s character amused me for some reason.  This was the first of many sketches that features K.Wiig tonight.

Insurance Conference(8)-Mick Jagger as…not himself, at a karaoke bar where all the singers are doing bad Mick Jagger impressions, and all he could do was limply deny the ableness of the singers.  It was great, especially him sing-talking satisfaction at the end, when all his new friends ditched the him.

Digital Short:Lazy Sunday 2(9)-Oh, my goodness, this was fantastic.  Not quite as good as the perfection that was the original Lazy Sunday, but they played that off well, and I was rolling the entire time.  I think all questions of Andy leaving were quelched with the last line of this song, which was basically “This is where I started, and this is where I end it.”

Musical guest(8)-Mick Jagger sang with both Arcade Fire, the Foo Fighters, and John Beck.  They were really good performances, with the exception of the ‘political’ song that really wasn’t…if you are going to make fun of a person, it’s probably not good form to talk about what a nice person they are before cutting them down…that just makes you look like a dick…but I’m not the song writer, what do I know?

Weekend Update:Stefon(8)-This sketch is good normally, and Bill Hader just killed it this week.  ‘Evil celebrity chef Wario Betalli’ indeed.

High School Graduation(8)-This was just an excuse to have a K.Wiig goodbye scene in the show, but I’m not complaining.  It was almost as good as the Tiny Fey one.  The bands came back and played some goodbye songs while the cast danced around the stage with her.  Apparently, I’m not the only one who got misty-eyed, if the tweets and things I’ve seen are any indication.

The Meh:

Monologue(5)-Nothing spectacular to see here, Mick Jagger answering frequently asked questions, without many actual laughs beyond the ‘Did you ever get satisfaction?’ question.

Classic GSN:Secrect Word(6)-I normally don’t really like this sketch, but it very nearly worked this week for whatever reason.  I think it had something to do with it’s length, which was shorter than normal.

Politics Nation(6)-I heard somewhere that SNL does in fact have a couple of conservative writers on staff, and this was the first we’ve seen from them since the public employee awards a couple of years ago.  Normally, I’d be all over it, but they were making fun of Al Sharpton, and as much as I’d love to laugh in his face, it’s too much like punching a puppy for my tastes.

Weekend Update:Headlines(5)-Eh.  Some of the joke were ok, but a bunch fell flat as well.  6/11 jokes get a thumbs-up from me.

SYTYCD@an outdoor music festival(6)-I know it is SNL’s MO to run a joke to the ground, but I didn’t know they were so good at it.  This was already a short sketch, and still had way too much filler, and repetition of jokes.  The joke in and of itself was decent, but three times over it got old.

The Californians(6)-Again with this sketch.  At least it had a Steve Martin cameo to bring it up a bit.  I feel like this one probably didn’t need to come back, but with half or more of the reoccurring sketches leaving with K.Wiig, I guess they needed to find new ones.

The Ugly:

None again this week!

Overall:A decent show this week, with a great send-off for K.Wiig, though I do feel kind of bad for the ones that didn’t get a send off. (6.83)

Let’s see how it stacks up to the other episodes!

1. 5/19 Mick Jagger 6.83
2. 4/14 Josh Brolin 6.17
3. 5/12 Will Ferrell 6.00
4. 4/7 Sofia Vegara 4.85
5. 5/5 Eli Manning 4.53

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