Cold Opening – What I Remember About This Year
- (*sigh*) I’m going to miss reviewing this season, despite its problems, it helped me grow as a reviewer, and I enjoyed some of its episodes more upon a rewatch.
- Right of the gate, you could notice that the audience is much larger, as this is the first and final episode this season with studio 8H being used to its full capacity.
- Pretty sad, in hindsight, seeing the three newbies together here talking about their lack of airtime due to the cast’s size, when only Andrew truly being the one to actually be featured well, and for this to be Lauren’s final episode makes it sadder. I would say that the current season does a better job in utilizing the cast, aside from poor Aristotle, the writing is nearly on the wall for him.
- A good laugh from the inclusion of Akira with the newbies.
- A huge laugh from Elon Musk’s (*shudder*) dancing in the notorious Wario Trial (*shudders more*) sketch.
- NOT caring for Chris Rock’s umpteenth cameo, nor his loud delivery.
- Inspiring words from Aidy, Cecily, Kate, and Kenan toward the open’s end.
- A lovely way to start the finale in times such as these, with laughs, remembrance, and hope for a better future.
- More than happy to review Anya-Taylor Joy for the finale, as I’ve been a big fan of hers since seeing here in The Witch & Split. It makes me so happy to see a true professional & committed performer succeed in this day and age.
- Lovely mention of the fully-vaccinated & masked audience.
- Fun visual of various cast members as chessboard pieces.
- An alright monologue overall, carried by the host’s natural charisma and likability.
- A famous & highly-acclaimed sketch from this season.
- This sketch is a prime example of how to use a one-joke premise and execute it perfectly, by escalating & building up on the joke more and more, elevating by that the material. The classic Del Taco Shoot sketch is another example of that.
- Great visual of the various celebrities in the squares.
- Spot-on & cute Baby Spice from Anya.
- Great build-up to Aidy’s choice of Bill Cosby, and a huge laugh from Kenan’s spot-on & hilarious impression.
- Big laugh from the omission of Cosby’s part.
- Baby Spice’s praise for Cosby & then Fogle is a very solid escalation to her part in this, and good usage of Anya’s reliable delivery.
- A huge laugh from the visual of all the blurred squares. A great way to end this sketch.
- A fantastic sketch overall, solid escalation, creative, timely premise, and a very solid execution of the material.
Picture with Dad
- Ah, it feels so good to see two consecutive highly-acclaimed segments back-to-back.
- Great visual quality and direction, by the way, as always from our creative film department.
- A huge cheap laugh from Beck accidently shooting himself in the pelvis.
- I’m LOVING the comedic escalation in this piece, with fast-paced, rapid fire delivery from Beck to Andrew and how the events around him evolve.
- Solid supporting performance by Anya.
- The back-and-forth between Beck and Andrew is slaying me, a great usage of Beck’s underrated slowly-disintegrating straight man & Andrew’s reliable, hilarious delivery.
- A great ending to such a great, memorable short.
- Add this fantastic short as yet ANOTHER piece in the ”Standout Beck Bennett showcase from his final season”.
- I remember enjoying this sketch so much when it first aired, seeing it as a fun, well-performed, well-structured, and featuring the type of dialogue-driven premises that I wish SNL would do more.
- Great set design & clothes on the cast by the way.
- A great & creative comedic conceit for this sketch, with the female angels ridiculing the design of man.
- A good laugh from the visual of the huge toe.
- I love Kenan’s explanation of the reason the nipples exist on man, to create the illusion of a huge face.
- Anya is coming off very solid with her delivery and questioning.
- Melissa is stuck in the thankless “That’s sick, wow!” role #363663 in her sad, wasted tenure.
- I love Chris’ smug delivery of “That was my idea.”
- Solid ending with Kyle’s Jesus.
- Well, this sketch definitely lived to my memory of it, I wish SNL would do more of these subtle, dialogue-driven sketches more often.
It’s Pride Again!
- A good use of the queer performers on the cast, and a fun conceit to this music video.
- I’m enjoying the visuals & the catchy chorus, but as with most of SNL’s modern music videos, there are barely any jokes or anything else, like let’s say the classic Slow short or The U.E.S.
- Funny part about posting your hole for the countries where you can’t be gay.
- An ok music video overall.
- Good laughs from Chris’ always hilarious delivery.
- Funny singing of “Sweet Home Alabama”.
- (*Blood sighs deeply and shakes his head in disappointment*) Well, ladies and gentlemen, we’ve arrived at Lauren Holt’s final SNL appearance, and on par for the entire season, she appears in a dull, thankless, non-comedic role that could’ve been played by an extra if it didn’t have any lines. The show wasted this performer to an insane degree that I actually have no opinion whatsoever on her. I know NOTHING about her comedic voice or potential, after a FULL SEASON. Knowing in hindsight, her replacement Sarah Sherman will have a solid, standout first season so far, with her Update pieces going viral, and reaching the point were she can now showcase her body horror style, as a HUGE sign of confidence in her from Lorne & co. makes Lauren’s firing, while unfair, somewhat more easy for me to accept. I would’ve preferred some of the vets to FUCKING LEAVE also, thank you very much.
- Chloe’s stealing this whole sketch without saying a word, and showing us how much better she is than freaking Aidy & Cecily at least who aren’t even hiding their amusement. Fuck this self-indulgence, nah, fuck this season.
Rating: *** (Cecily & Aidy docked half-a-star)
- The usual big laughs from the obligatory Mitch McConnell joke.
- That Joe Biden video of him driving is making me laugh way more than it should.
- Here comes what should’ve been Pete’s final Update commentary in his final episode. Why not leave after having a strong final season when most of your tenure was shit? Such an arc he would’ve had on the show.
- Not caring for most of this commentary, the usual ok & mild laughs, how in the world did this guy become this well-known when there are FAR more professional and better performers on the show than him is astounding to me. It just shows how the WORLD’S culture & I.Q. dropped SIGNIFICANTLY to see these mediocre attempts at humor as some brilliant observations.
- Huge laugh from the Braveheart clip.
- Yes, it’s joke swap time!
- I love the black Superman jokes & how that Hip Hop museum joke eventually lead to yet ANOTHER black Superman joke. Colin LOSING IT immediately made me laugh out loud and nearly spit my drink all over the screen. Hilarious!
- Now comes what should’ve been Cecily Strong’s sendoff, and yet again, she wanted to stay to somehow get even worse than before. I do apologize dear readers for the saltiness, but reviewing this performer after reviewing Sarah Sherman’s consistently creative and brilliant work shows to me how JARRING the quality disparity is between them (cannot WAIT to see what Sarah has in store for us during the rest of the currently-airing season, btw). Cecily’s a performer who has given us everything she can, and now just runs in the same circle for years, I’d argue yet again that her solo work is almost entirely comedy poison, but I digress.
- Cecily’s performing this well, and unlike her usual boring, checked-out, and half-assed performances during the rest of this season.
- Great & memorable part with Cecily’s Pirro singing Sinatra’s “My Way” as Update is about to end, and a very energetic shouty rendition by Cecily, this would’ve been a memorable way for her to leave & one of the more iconic sendoffs in the show’s history (I’m sure frequent commenter Wyn is happy that I just praised Cecily).
- A great way to end yet another great season of Update, this was a blast to watch.
Rating: ****1/2 (the latter for the joke swap)
In Memoriam – a photo of Charles Grodin marks his passing
Enid & Astrid’s Brawr Barn
- I recall not liking this sketch when it first aired, but since then, I forgot it entirely, so I’m going in here with fresh perspective.
- Aidy’s all over the episode so far.
- Solid characterization from Anya & good New York accent, as a heavily-accented New York kid myself.
- Big cheap laugh from The Fortress brawr.
- Mhmm at Beck’s look here.
- I don’t need Aidy to hold her, you know what, every two seconds in this sketch.
- An overall ok sketch for Aidy, but it’s FAR below her standards, which shows her decline in this season.
NYU Guest Panel
- Blaah at Aidy’s line flub. Her sloppiness in this season & parts of 47 is sad to witness from a performer who was so brilliant, creative, and hilarious in her better years.
- Guilty laugh from the question about race to Ego.
- Loved Anya’s “We’ll get to you”.
- Just remembered that Punkie’s in the cast.
- Pete’s gleefulness is giving me good laughs.
- Ouch at the “gay homo” line toward Bowen, this sketch is getting uncomfortable in the best way.
- Solid ending.
- (*sighs the deepest of sighs*) Here we are ladies and gentlemen, Beck Bennett’s final sketch in his great eight-year tenure.
- Already, a big laugh from Beck’s Vin Diesel voice.
- Beck’s way of pronouncing the movies is hilarious.
- Solid straight man work from Anya.
- Beck’s ramblings are giving me so many laughs.
- Kenan’s reactions in the background are hilarious.
- Not only this is a funny sketch, but it’s filled with hope for the future and for a life after the pandemic, and it’s executed perfectly.
- Yeah, add this as another “Standout Beck Bennett showcase from his final season”.
- (*sigh*) Gonna miss the hell out of you, Beck.
Cut For Time: Pitch Meeting
- Great direction to this short.
- Great New York accent from Kate.
- Funny visual to Ego’s pitch.
- Great moment with Aidy’s pitch.
- Interesting how Elon Musk’s (*shudder*) hosting stint is mentioned here.
- Kate’s hilarious as Borat.
- Great Mr. Bean from Beck.
- A great ending. A solid short overall.
Cut For Time: Star Quality
- Kenan’s singing is always funny.
- Funny visual from the creepy doll.
- Not caring for Aidy & Kate’s song.
- The hell with Bowen’s clothes?!
- Was that ending even an ending?
- Well, this sketch came and went with me barely laughing, smiling or being entertained much. Not bad at all, but it’s a very good thing that this was cut, simply a below average piece.
Segments Ranked From Best to Worst
Picture With Dad
CFT: Pitch Meeting
What I Remember About This Year
Enid & Astrid’s Brawr Barn
It’s Pride Again!
CFT: Star Quality
- A very strong, flawless episode. Lots of great sketches tonight, and the worst just being slightly below average. What made this episode even better, is that EVERY SINGLE SKETCH was an original, one-off, fun, solid, silly sketch concept with fun writing. This episode felt like the perfect conclusion for this season, telling that SNL will be fine at the end, and this episode was the conclusion to the arc that developed after the miserable John Krasinski episode, in which the season started to find its footing and the quality became more and more comfortable and consistent, aside from the trainwreck Elon Musk episode, concluding with such flawless, strong, and fun episode, the strongest finale since season 41.
- Anya Taylor-Joy was an impressive host who blended very well with the cast, showed professionalism (especially with Cecily’s self-amused breaking), natural charisma and likability. I could definitely see her coming back to host soon.
- This was the final episode for first-year featured player Lauren Holt, and of course, eight-year veteran Beck Bennett. Watching & reviewing this season these past few days made me love & appreciate his work even more than before. His professionalism, reliability, consistent work, all helped make this season, in my view, his strongest in his whole tenure & one of the very best, if NOT the best final season for a departing cast member. I’ll miss you dearly, Beck.
- The wrap-up post for season 46, with overall thoughts, observations, and data. Stay tuned soon!