Oh, holy, sweet baby zombie Jesus, this is what I am talking about. Forget about overworked political numbers, gone are the stupid voices of yesterday. Welcome the smart, provocative, and hilarious Saturday Night Live you remember from your childhood.
Of course, I am assuming that you just fast-forward through “Weekend Update” because, seriously, that is minutes of your life you will never get back.
Let’s do this.
First, I want to thank Christina Applegate for being a fearless, fabulous femme fatale. I can not lie to you, I would go full-on lesbian for her. She is so funny and willing to be stupid — and that is what writers love. Ignore her awkward song about the “not quite holiday times” and just sit back and enjoy the rest of the episode.
The Best of the Night
Tech Talk: This sketch is brilliantly done. It starts as a weird show about Gizmodo and Wired and turns into a smart look at Apple. I do not want to ruin it, so I will just say that this was so funny that I showed it to three different people at work, and every one of them laughed out loud. This makes me proud to own a Droid.
The Political Cold Open: If you were one of the losers who watched the full Vice-Presidential Debate (like I did), then you will love this. It highlights the precision with which the cast members can capture the idiosyncrasies of a subject. Tina Fey with Sarah Palin. Will Farrell with George W. Bush. The quirks and mannerisms that make a person unique are exploited and exaggerated for comic effect. This does not disappoint (but I add this caveat statement: you have to have watched the debate or watched commentary on it to get the inside jokes).
Sirens: This particular scene involves Odysseus, whom you remember trying to get home after the Trojan war, and his crew stuffed their ears with beeswax to avoid the call of the Sirens while he remained tied to the mast of the ship? Of course you do. Anyway, this sketch focuses on the actual songs of the Sirens. And it is worth it.
Jillian Chizz: So smartly done. Do you know who Bob Fosse is? Do you know his nutty 70’s style choreography style? You are required to come into this sketch with the Jeopardy! knowledge of modern dance…and if you do, then this sketch will make you feel good. And better than other people.
The Worst of the Night
After reviewing my notes, there was nothing marked as overtly awful. I will not go so far as to say the night was perfect, but the truly “bad” sketches were few and far between.
Weekend Update: Never ever watch this. It is time you can never get back.
The Californians: I have never really understood this sketch, perhaps because I have never lived in California. Apparently, there is an encyclopedic knowledge of roads and highways for any citizen of California. I just don’t get it.
Gillette Commercial: Why is Jerry Sandusky in this commercial? I was confused. This was just not well done. A sloppy hot mess of a pre-taped commercial. Pedophiles are not funny.
The Musical Guest: Passion Pit…whatever that is.
Actually, I was thoroughly impressed with this band. My expectations were set really low, so they had nowhere to go but up, but still. Unfortunately, the first song was ruined because the singer was drowned out by the band. This is not the first time this has happened. See Sleigh Bells. Since when did I turn to SNL for iTunes downloads? Since right now. Saturday Night Live: where Indy and Emo bands come out to play. The first song “Take a Walk” was repetitive, and the singer was too quiet, but in the second song, “Carried Away” the band came together well. Sure, four bend members playing keyboards is a bit excessive and makes the sound juvenile and frenetic, but it is not that bad. If you like emo prog rock, then this is right up your alley.