Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Kristen Wiig and Vampire Weekend
There’s no way to write about the history of “Saturday Night Live” without including Kristen Wiig. Her overall place in that story is for individuals to decide, but to remove her from the conversation betrays a fundamental misreading of her overall importance to the history of the show. From 2005-2012, she quickly rose from “solid ensemble performer” to “the absolutely go to person week in and week out”. For her last few years, she was the center of the program, carrying the biggest workload and often getting the biggest laughs. The sheer number of characters that she created, the professionalism and integrity that she brought to each show, and the way she helped the show survive the loss of such female “SNL” standouts such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph cannot be overstated.
Cougars And Sixth Graders: That’s not the name of the sketch. But that’s the premise. That’s too bad, since the idea of more sketches involving Tim Robinson and Bobby Moynihan sounds PHENOMENAL to me. These two nail this part of the sketch. I just don’t know if I enjoy them in situations in which the potential of statutory rape is in play. Is this a science fiction concept? Is that why this is OK? Every adult in this universe is OK with this arrangement, including the women, the waiter, and the fathers of these sixth graders. On one level, it’s silly to get upset about this. But when you can clearly feel the crowd working through the same types of issues, it’s a comedy problem, even if it’s not an overtly moral one. [Grade: C-]
Best Sketch: "Mother's Day Flowers"
Worst Sketch: Take Your Pick (I'd say "The Californians", but that would only make their hate grow stronger.)
The Takeaway: Just a bad show all around. Lazy, self-indulgent, and self-congratulatory most of the time, and crude/callous the rest of it. I'd have to look at my grades for the year, but that certainly feels like the worst episode of the year.
Next week: Ben Affleck joins the Five-Timers Club. Argo Stefon Yourself!
What did you think of tonight's episode? As bad as described above, or was Wiig's return a triumph? Did the cougar sketch sit as oddly with you as it did with me? Did the acupuncture sketch simply go too far for your tastes? Sound off below!