Friday, January 25, 2013

SNL: Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers(1/19)


I was up north last weekend for my sister's baby shower, and only caught the last three sketches live.  This week has been crazy, and I didn't get a chance to watch the rest of the episode til right now, so onward with...

The Good

Nada...this was a pretty terrible episode, and nothing rated above a 5 to me.

The Meh

Cold Open:Piers Morgan talk show(4)-This sketch epitomizes the quality of this episode.  There were so many missed opportunities, first with the Notre Dame guy, then with Jodi Foster, it was really unfortunate.

Monologue(5)-The jokes themselves could have been funny, but there was somethign really off about Jennifer Lawrence's delivery.  It felt like she was nervous, or holding back, cause the jokes didn't have the punch they needed to really hit.

Weekend Update: Headlines(4)-Six of fourteen jokes made me laugh.  It was really bad.

Top Dog Chef(4)-The only reason this sketch was bumped from the uglies was Vanessa Bayer's cat at the end.  This was just a painful sketch to watch.

Love Letters(4)-The concept was...amusing, but I do not find the new guy funny at all, and his execution kind of ruined the sketch for me.


The Ugly

We got a lot here, so let's jump right in.

Commercial:Verismo(3)-So apparently, all Starbucks baristas are ghetto?  I don't know, this was totally strange.

Girlsfriends Talk Show(2)-Some sketches work really well when the actors are on the verge of cracking up.  This was not one of them.

Hunger Games Press Conference(3)-This was pretty terrible.  It seemed to be written by someone that saw the movie trailer, but no more.  'Peeta is short' and 'Katniss is a weird name' jokes really fall short, especially in comparison to the Sofia Vegara sketch from last year.

The Hobbit(2)-The Hobbit strung out to 19 movies.  Cause that hadn't been made at least 19 times already.

Rude Waitress(1)-Jennifer Lawrence fails at being menacing, and the concept itself was pretty terrible, all combining for a horrible sketch that was basically an anti-joke.

Weekend Update: Segments(3)-There was only one segment, the second hand news guy, and this only made me laugh becuase of the screwups.  Not strong at all.

B108(3)-So.  Saying Shakopee and having Timberwolves jerseys on the wall does not a Minnesota sketch make.  There were no long 'a''s, there were no actual Minnesota references beyond the token town name, and the characters suck.

Danielle(1)-A European soft core porn trailer, maybe?  I don't know, this was pretty much the worst, and I am loath to find out what it knocked out of the show.

The Rest

The Lumineers rocked it; I love their music anyway, so this definitely wasn't a hard sell.  They were easily the best part of the show and really should have gotten three songs like Paul McCartney did.



Jennifer Lawrence really loosened up by the end of the episode, but her rough start and even rougher writing did no favors for anyone.  It's unfortunate, because she seems like a down-to-earth young actress, and she really deserved better.

I'm fairly certain this will be the worst of the season, but there have been some doseys.
The average score is 3.00.  I am almost speechless at that score, but it's really not surprising.  Hopefully tomorrow's episode will be better.

1. 11/10 Anne Hathaway/Rihanna(6.60)
2. 12/15 Martin Short/Paul McCartney(5.90)
3. 11/3 Louis CK/fun. (5.89)
4. 11/17 Jeremy Renner/Maroon 5(5.83)
5. 9/22 Joseph Gordon Levitt/Mumford & Sons (5.71)
6. 9/15 Seth McFarlane/Frank Ocean (5.38)
7. 10/13 Christina Applegate/Passion Pit (5.09)
8. 10/20 Bruno Mars (5)
9. 12/8 Jamie Foxx/Neyo(4.3)
10. 10/6 Daniel Craig/Muse (4)
11. 1/19 Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers(3)

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