The Average

Kremlin Meeting – We’re not the only ones pissed off that William Barr’s interpretation of Robert Mueller’s investigation has painted a picture of no collusion with Russia when it comes to tampering with the 2016 election. Vladimir Putin’s followers are sad to hear that he’s not in control of the US government as they were led to believe. Even Kim Jong Un is disappointed, which is funny, but it also shows that SNL needs to fill that gap of Asian representation on the cast.

Cheques – There’s an interesting point to be made in this fake commercial for writing checks. With the advent of convenient apps for making payments, checks aren’t utilized as much as they used to. That makes certain seedy payoffs significantly less dramatic, which is exactly why this commercial advertises the vintage pleasures of writing checks in the style of an upscale film noir. It’s repetitive, but still fairly amusing.

Future Self – Mikey Day makes this sketch better than it should have been by his continued disbelief in the weird turn his life has taken in the future. But it’s Sandra Oh’s endless energy as his inexplicable girlfriend (and then wife) Tishy and her constantly broken arm that steal the sketch and keep the funny going, albeit intermittently.

Test Prep – Taking a cue from the dramatic lessons learned in the classroom, this room full of students preparing to take the SAT test all have some kind of harrowing past that informs what they take away from school. But these revelations the students have don’t have much purpose when preparing for a multiple choice test, and the teacher doesn’t even care. The music cues and the exaggerated performances keep this one coasting but never elevating to greatness.

Electric Shoes – While the premise of this sketch was an amusing one, Kenan Thompson’s role in this profile of an unsung blues hero just made me miss “What’s Up with That?” But still, the idea of a blues opener having an endless encore that overshadows the performer being profile makes for some good chuckles here and there.

The Worst

Mueller Report – Here’s another one of those situations where the reality of The Mueller Report being reduced to a few pages for the sake of convenient soundbites is just too depressing to make funny. While the framing is clever, jumping from Mueller to William Barr to Donald Trump, it’s just all so hopeless and pathetic that it’s not even funny in parody form. Plus, the things Trump is saying here are far less ludicrous than what he’s really saying on Twitter, so what’s the point?

Louise’s Birthday – Kate McKinnon is so odd in this sketch that she almost makes it work. But the manner in which this sketch progresses never goes anywhere funnier than McKinnon’s voice and demeanor. The initial weirdness of this old woman asking her co-workers to kiss goes from funny to zero really quickly, and it just stays in neutral the rest of the way. Though I will admit that her getting out the clipboard with notes was a funny moment.

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