Brttani's Disclaimer: I don't like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I just don't; nothing personal.
Now that we have that out of the way, SNL followed up a so-so season opener with a very weird second episode. I think the new kids are settling in just fine, but the writers seem to still be on Summer vacation.
There was a pretty funny cold open with Nasim Pedrad and Jay Pharoah as the hosts of 'Live! with Kelly & Michael.' Jay's impression of Michael Strahan was pretty on point. He's a fun loving guy, but do we really believe that his favorite band is Train?
This is JGL's second time as host. I had expected more song and dance from him, and he delivered this time paying homage to his friend Channing Tatum's role in 'Magic Mike.' I know a lot of ladies loved his monologue stripping but I was so turned off by this. Maybe that was the point. Also Channy already did this during his monologue when he hosted back in February.
"The Undecided Voter" featured various members of the cast, and one cute Asian guy who should be in the cast, speaking as undecided voters during this year's election. "What is oil?" "Who is the President right now, is he or she running?" It was the completely dead serious way they were asking the questions that made me hope there weren't actually people out there like this.
"Tres Equis" were two parodies of the those Dos Equis commercials featuring some old dude referred to "The Most Interesting Man In The World." Since his son couldn't quite live up to his dad's reputation, sleeping with prostitutes and just barely being able to pop wheelies on his scooter were his forte. He also drank knock-off beer called Tres Equis. These gave me some appreciated giggles.
"G.O.B. Tampos" A pre-produced sketch that probably would have starred Kristen Wiig if she was still on the show. Instead, Vanessa Bayer plays a woman who is okay with 60-year old Republican white guys telling her what to do with her body, with tampons.
"Four Guys In London" I don't think it would surprise you to know that I tend to enjoy the Four Guys sketches. They usually feature the host and three of the guys from the cast, hanging out somewhere listening to an old song and talking about all of the sick things they've done. The best one was from Paul Rudd's stint as host called "Garden Party Road Trip," check it out! This one had the boys gathering in London for a wedding, musical guest Mumford & Sons played a Beatles cover band playing "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" that ends with the band and cast dancing off into the audience.
The second WU of the week, it was also on during primetime on Thursday, was really good. Seth introduced a new segment called "What Are You Doing?" aimed at President Obama for not just riding the wave while Mittens Romney and his campaign continues to implode.
Proving herself to be quite serviceable, Kate McKinnon made her first, televised, appearance as Ann Romney lamenting the fact that the Dems get all the cool celebs to hang out with, like Beyonce. I look forward to seeing Ann sing more of her songs throughout the rest of the season. "Me and my boo and my boo boo riding!"
Okay. "The Finer Things" really wasn't the worst of the night, but it went on a bit too long and I didn't need to hear JGL's blaccent. Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson were good though as two rappers who probably know more about high fashion than Anna Wintour.
Doesn't it feel like we aren't seeing that much of Fred Armisen, even though we're only the second episode into this season. He made an appearance during WU, but here he played a dad who sets his homely and weird daughter, played by JGL, up with one of his co-workers. None of the songs during this were all that good, they could have included one of the Mumfords somewhere. I also feel like Wiig would have been great for this. Armisen isn't really gelling with any of the other female performers just yet. Although, that might be a good thing...
Okay, so maybe this episode was better than I am willing to give it credit for. It was actually pretty consistent. We have high hopes for the October 6 show which will be hosted by Daniel Craig with musical guest Muse. I know Diva Julia is looking forward to it too!!
Written by: Brittani