Chris Pine Hosted Saturday Night Live

Weekend Update

This didn’t feel like a strong edition of Weekend Update for Colin Just and Michael Che. The one-liners just weren’t really up to snuff, and even the attempts to mock the headlines out of Washington DC felt uninspired this week. The nightmare at the White house is really starting to make it even more difficult to mock, and that’s just depressing.

Dana Lazarus – I would love to see how the cue cards for this sketch are written, because Vanessa Bayer does an incredible job of saying nonsense that sounds like a weather person giving a gibberish weather forecast. The callback that came during the second wave of Weekend Update stories was a nice bonus.

Leslie Jones on Vacation – Leslie Jones not being able to keep a straight face for part of this segment added some laughs, but otherwise, this was one of the more tame appearances by the comedian at the Weekend Update desk. It added to the tame feel of this week’s Weekend Update as a whole.

The Host

Chris Pine has proven he has great comedic chops, and the ease with which he hosted Saturday Night Live wasn’t surprising. Even if the episode as a whole was just an average one, Pine was a fantastic host and was clearly having a good time. What was surprising was that Pine sang in nearly half the sketches, despite not being known for his musical talents (though he did show off his pipes in the big screen adaptation of Into the Woods). There was even a sketch where he ended up lip syncing.  His voice wasn’t always the best, but it still worked for the most part, even if the premise for his monologue (explaining the difference between him, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt and Chris Evans) didn’t need a song to get laughs.

Beck Bennett and Bobby Moynihan

The MVP

Beck Bennett and Bobby Moynihan – It was way too hard to choose between these two for the MVP this week. Bobby Moynihan was hilarious in the Star Trek Lost Episode while Beck Bennett was great again in the faux reality show The House. Plus, Bobby Moynihan and Beck Bennett were both awesome in the Auto Shop sketch and the SWAT Recon sketch. It was a good night for both of them, even if Bennett was the lead in one of the worst sketches of the night.

The Final Word

Saturday Night Live took a break from hitting Washington DC hard this week, and I think it helped the overall quality of the show. There was only one sketch really mocking Donald Trump, and it was mostly a parody of Morning Joe first and foremost. The same can be said with the Kellyanne Conway sketch, which wasn’t particularly scathing and served as a great parody of the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego first and foremost. This allowed for some goofy antics and silliness which was a welcome departure for the depressing things happening around the world.

Of course, not every episode will be like this. Next week we’re bound to get back into more political satire with Melissa McCarthy returning as host, and we’ll likely be seeing her famous Sean Spicer impression in that episode. We don’t know if Alec Baldwin will be back to play Donald Trump just yet, but we’ll find out next week.

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