Saturday Night Live: Daniel Craig/Muse (10/6/12)

Posted: October 8, 2012 by Brendan Wahl in SNL Reviews
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(Season 38, Episode 3)

 

WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

DANIEL CRAIG: “Skyfall”

MUSE: “The 2nd Law” (album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: First Presidential Debate (7:24)

–      Excellent cold open. I honestly had no idea how they were going to approach this first debate sketch and the creative method they used was quite funny.

–      No surprise to have Chris Parnell return and play Jim Lehrer but it was still nice to see anyway. He was always really good at playing moderator to these debates dating back to Bush/Gore in 2000.

–      My favourite parts (prepare yourself… there are a lot) were the stock footage of Michelle’s stoic reactions to Barack celebrating 20 years of marriage, Barack announcing that he handed the biggest crisis to ever happen to anyone ever, Romney’s cold stares while Barack was talking, Romney discussing a plan with “42 basic elements” (3 of which are blatant lies), Obama forgetting about an anniversary gift, Lehrer telling Barack that Romney just claimed to have killed Bin Laden to which Obama has no response, Obama worrying about passing out because of the “altitude,” Lehrer’s inner thoughts about losing PBS, and Romney’s comment about lifting speed limits.

–      The ending was also funny with Romney’s inner thoughts telling him that he’s a “bad ass mother fucker.”

RATING: **** ½

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Daniel Craig (3:42)

–      This was an interesting way to go about the monologue and it was a pretty original premise for sure. I liked the idea of Craig doing a tribute to all the guys that he killed in his films including Bond ones and others. My favourite parts though were Craig’s little comments in between all the kills, especially his comments regarding the sound engineer and the large amount of fog.

–      The best one was “The Dog That Saw Too Much.”

–      Wow, the girls were in “woo!” overdrive when Daniel first showed up on the stage. On top of all that, Daniel did very well here and seemed to be very much at ease.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Construction Workers (4:02)

–      This was an interesting sketch as I wasn’t really expecting it to go any further beyond the repetitive joke of Daniel not knowing how to properly be offensive towards women that walk by. The flashback definitely added a hilarious twist though and Craig’s performance was great and carried this.

–      Craig’s best comments were the long-winded compliment and the one regarding the girl who he bets has a penis.

–      I also liked the others’ reactions, particularly from Robinson and Moynihan.

–      Why did they choose actual female castmembers to play the passers-by rather than extras or writers? They didn’t have any lines and just played eye candy.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Bond 50 (2:50)

–      Great impression showcase for the ladies here (and a couple gentlemen) with Daniel Craig just playing Bond as more of a straight role.

–      I think my favourites were Kate McKinnon as Jodie Foster and Ellen DeGeneres along with Bayer as Diane Keaton and Molly Ringwald a close second.

–      Nasim as Lea Michele was the only part that didn’t really work for me.

–      It was nice to see Fred back as Penny Marshall again too.

RATING: ****

 

 

SHOW: Three Days Later: A Look Back at the Barack Obama Debate Disaster (5:08)

–      Another excellent debate-inspired sketch.

–      Cecily Strong was really, really good as Rachel Maddow. I’d say her impression was better than Abby Elliott’s; it was certainly more accurate. She also had some great moments making fun of Romney’s “gaffe” and then making fun of a silly face he made during a freeze-frame.

–      When Jason showed up as Chris Matthews, I had flashbacks to his awful Bill O’Reilly impression simply because he was taking over another Darrell Hammond impression but he did a fantastic job and was almost as funny as Darrell himself.

–      Kate McKinnon also gets another strong showing here as the one conservative correspondent. She also looked qite attractive here.

–      Kenan’s bit as Al Sharpton was fun as he was continuously making up ridiculous and absolutely absurd comments to make excuses for the fact that Obama got destroyed. My favourite one was his theory about Obama and Romney switching bodies before the debate in a Freaky Friday style.

RATING: *****

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Long Island Medium (2:13)

–      I’ve never heard of this show but I still really liked Kate’s impression of the crazy Long Island psychic and her various interactions with some of the other castmembers were pretty funny.

–      My favourite reaction was from Taran Killam, who freaks out at his father having “the sauce.” Fred was also really funny with his quick “he drowned in the river” response.

–      Daniel was great in his brief role as her soul patch-wearing douchebag husband.

–      The best overall part was from Cecily Strong and Bobby Moynihan as a couple and Kate telling Cecily that her husband is in a very bad place before he shows up and tells her off.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Mars Mission (5:03)

–      This could have been a sketch featuring another one-note annoying character but Bobby Moynihan’s voice was funny and I liked his delivery. For instance, when he said he gives his cat a little kiss the sound effect he used was hilarious. Still, it was just about average.

–      I like how the characters, especially Ramirez, were clearly lifted from one of the Alien films.

–      The part with Bobby reacting in horror to his “lil kitty cat” potentially being dead had me rolling in laughter.

RATING: ***

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Madness” (4:33)

–      Amazing performance. The soft tempo combined with the excellent vocals made this a truly memorable appearance for Muse. I don’t recall too much about their Season 35 gig but I’m sure it was great as well.

 

 

WEEKEND UPATE with Seth Meyers (11:08)

Guests: Big Bird and Cecilia Gilminez

–      Best Jokes: Obama handed it to Romney; Obama/Carter; China/PBS; New Jersey Zombie Walk; feeding candy to cows; gravestone codes; MGM hotel

–      Jesus, this was a great night for Seth. I loved almost every joke.

–      The Winners/Losers segment was another great one and I especially enjoyed the comments on Lehrer seeming like a ghost visiting a scene from his past life, Lehrer stammering like Hugh Grant in a rom-com, Sean Hannity getting a Gatorade  shower, pre-existing medical conditions, and Biden thinking it’s all up to him now.

–      Big Bird’s cameo was a huge surprise and I was delighted to see the real thing rather than a castmember playing a cheap version of him. It was funny despite being a rather tame piece overall (as expected). I liked Big Bird saying it’s seven hours past his bedtime, Sesame Street having wifi, and Big Bird talking about his newfound fame after being able to blend in with everyone else.

–      Kate McKinnon with yet another great performance here… this time as “artist” Cecilia Gilminez who recently altered an old painting of Jesus to make it look awful. Kate’s bug-eyed craziness really sold the whole commentary and I enjoyed her description of what Jesus looks like based on her recreation of the original painting. Her painting of Seth was funny too.

RATING: ****

 

 

SHOW: A Sorry Lot We Are (4:45)

–      This was a remarkably accurate parody of these types of BBC shows but it was very low-key and slow-paced which took away from the quality of the sketch a little bit.

–      The British accents were all over the place but I think I enjoyed Hader’s cockney-inspired accent the most while Bobby’s was the weakest. And did anyone else think that Fred sounded exactly like his Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun to Rero character from Season 36?

–      The listing of places that Daniel applied at got more depressing as he went on and the Blockbusters tag was a great way to end it.

–      Kate McKinnon again! Even in a small role, she did quite well.

–      I gotta say that I found Aidy Bryant a little too over-the-top in this sketch. I hope to see more from  her but I was not a fan of her delivery here as well. I will give her credit for her little cackle at the end and quick nod as she left the sketch.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Carl’s New Girlfriend (4:20)

–      Okay, I laughed at this one the first time I watched it last night but my oh my, I didn’t like this very much at all when rewatching it tonight. Fred has done drag a million times and even I, as an Armisen fan, will admit that it’s just about time to call it quits on the show.

–      I did like some of the odd, quirky things that Armisen had to say like his drink request and his yelling at Hader that he wants to talk about politics… and BOOKS!”

–      The odd detail of Armisen’s cigarette being unlit the whole time made me chuckle.

–      Hader and Armisen came perilously close to cracking up as did the normally-unflappable Bayer.

RATING: * ½

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Panic Station” (3:01)

–      Another awesome performance and the best thing about it was that it was completely different from the first song. It had a faster pace but it was definitely just as strong.

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Undecided Voters of America (1:50)

–      Repeat from Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Mumford & Sons (9/22/12).

 

 

Goodnights

 

BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Kate McKinnon

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Another very entertaining show for the season which has been on a great roll so far. Originally I said that this was the best episode of the season thus far but I would actually place this just below Levitt’s episode, making it the second best. Daniel Craig was a pretty good host; maybe he wasn’t as strong as the past two hosts but he did a commendable job and did well in many different types of roles.

TONIGHT’S RATING: *** ½

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