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9) But will chemistry matter if the writing is still tepid? (Negative)
You could count the number of truly transgressive comedic moments last season on one hand. And the show’s most consistently funny character, Stefon, has gone into the afterlife. (The afterlife, we’re told, has EVERYTHING: angels, clouds, cherubs that look like Urkel…) No “SNL” is ever truly good enough to overcome shoddy writing. But the sketches over the past few seasons have often committed an ever-greater crime than being bad: They have been safe. That’s a far worse quality for the show to possess, and it’s hard to shake the feeling that the show doesn’t exist to speak truth to power so much as reinforce the status quo. The Not Ready For Primtetime Players generate ratings for NBC higher than most of their primetime brethren, which is turn puts pressure on the show to do things like lay off its historically-sharp political satire, or hire a host who made “twerking” something your aunt knows about.