Saturday Night Live premiered over the weekend with an awesome host in Amy Poehler and a relevant musical guest in Katy Perry, but somehow the episode as a whole was a real miss. Every episode has a few great sketches and a whole bunch of bad ones, but this week's episode felt like the ratio tipped far further in the direction of the bad ones, especially for an event episode that should have brought everyone's a-games. Suffice it to say that it was no placeholder for Parks & Recreation. I've listed the best and worst sketches of the night after the break, so watch and play along.
After Week 1's pretty terrible Amy Poehler episode and Week 2's disastrous Bryan Cranston episode, SNL started to find its way back with Jane Lynch this weekend. It wasn't exactly a stellar episode, but they at least made a better effort to use Lynch effectively (unlike how they just stripped Cranston down to his underwear and shoved him in a corner all episode long last week), and there were a couple honest-to-god highlights. Still not convinced Jay Pharoah should be working in this format, and I'm baffled as to why Bill Hader's been but a minor presence so far, but it was only the third episode of the season, so I digress. Here are the best and worst sketches of the night:
The much anticipated hosting duties of Bryan Cranston on SNL came to pass this weekend, and it... didn't go very well. Cranston was barely used at all, and when he was it was for stupid crap like dancing in his underwear or asking if we got a bottle of sparkling apple juice 900 times. It was a very sad missed opportunity. It was also as bad as January Jones' episode, but at least that week they had an excuse in how inherently unfunny and unwilling to try to be funny she so clearly is. So what is this week's excuse? Bryan Cranston is a very funny and versatile actor! They could have done so many great things with him! Anyway. Here are the few highs and many lows of the episode.
In case you missed any of Fringe this season and wanted the quickest possible recap of its events without actually having to read, Fox has released this fun "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" (it's called a lot of different things, so don't rip me a new one in the comments if I didn't call it whatever you and your nana do, please) parody voiced by Walter (in character) that wraps up the entire season thus far in the poem's signature style.