Posted on Sunday, May 8th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
This Mother’s Day weekend, it seemed appropriate that the host of Saturday Night Live was Brie Larson, fresh off her Oscar-winning role as a traumatized but strong mother in the adaptation of Room. In adorable fashion, Larson’s real mother was in attendance for SNL and even made an appearance with a few of the other cast members’ mothers. As for the rest of the show, it was hit or miss, but the most surprising aspect was how SNL chose to tackle political satire this week, and it worked better than most of the other sketches they’ve tossed up this election season. Plus, there’s a pretty damn great Game of Thrones sketch to check out as well.
We run through all the best and worst sketches from the Brie Larson Saturday Night Live episode after the jump.
Game of Thrones: Jon Snow – It’s kind of amazing to me that a hardcore fantasy show like Game of Thrones is popular enough to warrant being lampooned on Saturday Night Live. It really is an amazing time to be alive. This one perfectly parodies the long lead-up to the return of Jon Snow that fans knew was coming. This is the cable equivalent of American Idol going to commercial every five minutes during a results show. I loved the self-aware characters inserted into the scene played by Cecily Strong and Brie Larson, and Taran Killam does a pretty good Davros Seaworth impression.
New Barbie – Saturday Night Live was in desperate need of doing political satire in a new way outside of just mocking cable news, debates and press conferences, and this was a great way to do it. It mocks political correctness, Hillary Clinton and the election altogether. It’s just great satire. That’s all there is to it.
Quiz Whiz 2018 – It’s not often that you get a sketch on Saturday Night Live with a twist ending, and it’s even better that this was a hilarious one. Set in the future, this sketch reminds us that in a couple years we won’t care at all who the runner-up was to the Republican presidential nomination, but it does so with the great revelation that not even Ted Cruz’s wife will remember. Good stuff.