Gal Gadot Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Themyscira – “Two lesbians arrive on Themyscira” sounds like the beginning of a street joke, but here it’s just the start of a decent sketch where Gal Gadot again plays the straight woman, literally. Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant are an adorable lesbian duo, but this sketch felt like it never truly took off to meet its full potential. Kudos for that passionate kiss between Gal Gadot and Kate McKinnon though.

The Chosen One – It’s kind of amazing that the character of Chad has become a recurring character in pre-recorded sketches like this after being Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ dimwitted pool boy and Benedict Cumberbatch’s dopey boy toy. This might be the best use of this character so far, by having the dufus high school kid employed to fight in a fantasy battle along the lines of The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings, but even then, it’s a one-note joke that doesn’t really go anywhere.

Mirage – It’s easy to have Gal Gadot play the object of affection in a desert mirage fantasy, and though she played the perfect opposition to the poor fantasy of Jamba Juice operated by Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney and Leslie Jones, there didn’t seem to be enough escalation to create a wide enough divergence to be outright hilarious. Overall, it was just easy and predictable, though not without some amusement.

Espionage – Inspired by the odd sect of sexy online webcam shows at websites like Chaturbate, this sketch has a decent enough set-up featuring Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant as fetish performers broadcasting for tips from online strangers watching them eat pickles. This might have been more entertaining if Cecily Strong was playing recurring character Cathy Anne in this sketch (the character comes pretty close), but even so, this particular sketch never really takes off and has an ending that you could see coming a mile away. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either.

The Worst

E! Fall Line-Up – The primary problem with this sketch is that these fake shows aren’t anymore stupid or outlandish than the real brain cell killing programming on the E! network. Gal Gadot was solid as a couple of the Kardashians, but Chris Redd is completely wasted as Kanye West, much like the money spent on E! programming.

The Naomi Show – This doesn’t feel like it was weird enough to be the 10-to-1 sketch of the night, even if Heidi Gardner’s troubled teen character was particularly perplexing. While she deserves credit for a great character portrayal, the sketch around her doesn’t pack much in the way of laughs.

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