Sunday, October 14, 2012

SNL:10/13 Christina Applegate/Passion Pit

Well, that wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great, either.  Let’s see how everything played out in…

The Good

Tech Talk(7)-A group of internet iPhone reviewers get mocked by the makers of the iPhone, people from China.  I was very amused by the violin-type thing near the end.

Odysseus and the Sirens(7)-Odysseus, on his way back from his perils, has a run in with the sirens, who sing 90’s girly songs.  I’m not saying I was singing along or anything, but I totally was. (Unfortunately, this one isn't embeddable, but you can probably catch it on the full episode on

The Meh:

Cold Open:VP Debate(5)-Honestly, of all the things to rag on from the debate, and they go for Paul Ryan’s water drinking and widow’s peak?  They did hit on Biden a bit, but his obnoxiousness was cheered at instead of laughed at, and my faith in humanity is damaged again.

Monologue(6)-A song about the greatness that is the final weekend before holiday madness, this was cute, but only rated as high as it did due to Jason Sudekis’ Dane Cook.

Movie Trailer(5)-This was a showcase for just about everyone to show off an impression or four, but the payoff was not strong at all.

Weekend Update:Headlines(6)-Middling to okay at best, this was not a terribly strong night for headlines, but there were a few that made me laugh.

Weekend Update:Segments(5)-Arianna Huffington and Jean K Jean both made an appearance, and there were some funny lines, but they both went on waaaay too long, and really suffered for it.

Hell-oween Ball(5)-I really don’t understand this sketch, but it was saved from the ugly by one of the crowd callouts by Jay Pharoh.

Fossee Dance Studio(6)-This was kind of a strange sketch, but it was saved by Christina’s enthusiasm. 

The Ugly:

Commercial:Gillette(3)-I was very confused by this commercial.  Jerry Sandusky as a spokesperson with several other celebrities.  There were no laughs, and only weird looks all around.

The Californians(2)-This is still a terrible sketch, third time’s not the charm.

The Rest

The musical guest this week was decent.  I hadn’t heard them before, but their sound was tolerable, if a bit 80’s-sounding.  Christina Applegate did a great job, and was in nearly every sketch.  Her enthusiasm was palpable, and permeated through everything she was in.

All in all, a decent show, but dragged down by some odd quirks.  Overall, it scored a 5.09, so lets see how it ranked.

1. 9/22 Joseph Gordon Levitt/Mumford & Sons (5.71)
2. 9/15 Seth McFarlane/Frank Ocean (5.38)
3. 10/14 Christina Applegate/Passion Pit (5.09)
4. 10/6 Daniel Craig/Muse (4)

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