Review: Tina Fey on SNL’s 39th Season Premiere

Posted: September 29, 2013 in Review
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Slightly underwhelming.

I’m sorry, but I’m going to come out and say it, this episode wasn’t the best it could be. When you consider the huge shake-up in the cast–three veterans leaving and a fourth leaving at Christmas, plus three featured players getting upgraded to repertoire player and six new featured players–they should’ve done their best to create a hilarious show. Instead most of the sketches revolved around silly little gags and not enough substance from each actor and actress, who’s comedic talents seemed wasted in this episode.

Look at me, I’m asking for substance in comedy from a show that will make poop jokes! But seriously, the writers in this episode weren’t able to deliver this time.

I can’t really say if any actors stood out to me. Cecily Strong did great on her first appearance as an anchor on Weekend Update (let me tell you, she deserves the gig after her “Girl At A Party You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With” became a season favorite), and I bet she’ll do great when she goes solo in January, but I would’ve liked to see her interact with a new Weekend Update guest just to help her settle into her new role. Tina Fey didn’t really get a chance to show her talents after the monologue if you ask me, which I think is sad considering that Sarah Palin’s still out there and still saying things that could easily be made into a five-minute sketch. And the only one of the new cast members who really stood out to me (partly because I’m still getting used to all the new faces) was Kyle Mooney, but mostly because when he showed up on Weekend Update, the lighting and his slicked-back hair worked together so that he looked slightly like a talking mannequin.

Arcade Fire’s not really my kind of music, so I’m probably better off not making a judgment call on them. Also, Aaron Paul makes an appearance in several sketches promoting Breaking Bad‘s season finale…or meth, it could be that too. And the best sketch of the night was early on, in the Cold Open. After the monologue, it doesn’t get much better.

The Saturday Night Live season 39 season premiere gets a 2.6 out of 5 for me. Better make the next episode with Miley Cyrus better, or we may not get to season 40. I’ll be reviewing that episode too, by the way. Miley was great the last time she was on, but she wasn’t that much of a wreck when she was on last time, so it’ll be interesting to see how she does post-MTV meltdown.


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