Miley Cyrus on Saturday Night Live: The Second Coming

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Right up front let me say that I am not a regular viewer of Saturday Night Live (SNL).  The last full episode I watched was when Betty White hosted a couple of years ago.  I am just not interested in the show.

 

With that said, I was interested in seeing what media mess Miley Cyrus would do on the show.  In her opening monologue, she stated that “Hannah Montana was murdered”.  Yes, that was true and she was the murderer killing the show’s any chances of getting any repeat play on Disney Channel.

 

The opening skit before this monologue featured current Miley talking to “old Miley”.  While this skit was sort of funny, it just proves just how bad Miley has gone out of control lately.

 

After the monologue, Miley was in a skit parodying the government shutdown while portraying Michele Bachmann against a John Boehner lookalike.  This was again sort of funny but was also stomach churning at the same time.

 

The rest of the sketches in the remainder of the show were not even remotely funny and highly forgettable.  There was not a bit of a controversy brought up in any of the sketches which made the show look very tame.  Contrast this to Ms. White’s appearance which had some very entertaining skits and one can easily tell that this episode had many half-cooked skits that just didn’t work at all.

 

However, if one was looking for controversy in her musical performances that too would be a big disappointment as well.  The musical performances were done very well with a much-clothed Miley in top form unlike some highly questionable pictures of her lately that had some nudity in them.  Two good performances that showed she has talent even when dressed.

 

Overall, this show was a mixed bag.  The performances were very good while the skits not so much.  Maybe this show was hurt by starting a half hour late (on the east coast due to football), but according to ratings it won its time slot.

 

It should be interesting to point out that Miley is now on RCA Records, the same record company that another controversial artist was on.  His name was Elvis.  Maybe Miley is inspiring to be the next Elvis.  She certainly has the skin showing thing down for certain.

 

My Score:  8 (for musical performance), 5 (for sketches), 6 (overall score)

 

Summary:  A late start to a not-so funny appearance of Miley.  Maybe a third time will be the charm.  This was certainly a sophomore slump.

 

 

Holy Crap, Don’t Look Ethel! — Swindle and the VMAS and Batman too

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To say that last weekend was boring would be the furthest from the truth.  In fact, it could be said that it got downright ugly.  At least to some, it would be.

First up, I have good news and bad news for Jennette McCurdy.

The good news is that her Nickelodeon show “Sam & Cat” has finally hit its stride after 8 episodes and finally looks somewhat promising.  The episode “#MommaGoomer” finally has characters from Victorious as guest stars, most notably Sikowicz. This show may not die a quick death after all.

However, the same cannot be said for the latest Nickelodeon movie “Swindle” that premiered last weekend.  This movie promised an “all-star cast” with actors from “Big Time Rush”, “Sam & Cat”, “Supah Ninjas” and the now-cancelled “How to Rock”.  The lead actress of this show was Jennette McCurdy, who played an over-the-top young actress and Noah Munck, who still seems that he was still playing the same character from the previous movie of “Nicky Deuce”.

The premise of the story was when a very old baseball card was found in a wall by a couple of teenagers and they decided to take it to a local collector shop to try to sell it.  He offered them a couple hundred dollars for it, when he knowingly knew it was worth well over a million dollars.

Unfortunately, this is where the real story ends.  What happens from this point forward is a mish-mash of scenes that have absolutely no connections at all with each other as they go chasing to get their card back from the swindler.

Sadly, this movie lasts for 2 hours and is probably the worst 2 hours I have seen in a long time.  Ironically, the script ended 20 minutes into this train wreck.

Oh wait, other worse Nickelodeon movies “Fred: the Movie” and “Best Player”, which also star Jennette McCurdy, could be considered a triple feature of bad movies that were just bad career moves, one right after another.  Somebody please get this girl a new agent before we find her like Amanda Bynes or Lindsay Lohan.

At the end of this movie, the viewer is given a very short preview of the next Nickelodeon movie called “Jinxed” airing this fall.  This movie stars Ciara Bravo from “Big Time Rush”, also in this movie as well.  Judging from this preview, this movie looks like another loser.  I will have a review after it airs later this year.

My recommendation:  Don’t be swindled by “Swindle”.  This is overhyped garbage with a lack of storyline.

My score:  2

 

 

Now onto another event of the past weekend: the MTV Video Music Awards.

I did not watch this show completely, only parts of it.  However, I saw enough to realize one thing:  it had its share of its annual shock value.

Most notably was the whole Miley Cyrus performance with Robin Thicke.  As this performance, it had enough gyrating as any stripper show would probably have and then some.

While many complained about someone so young doing this sort of thing, nobody held a gun to their head to watch this.  It is quite apparent that Miley is no longer Disney material anymore.  She has finally grown up whether we wanted her to or not.  I certainly have reluctantly accepted her post-Hannah Montana image.

Ironically, where were all these complainers when the movie “Spring Breakers” came out earlier this year?  This was a nudity filled R-rated movie that featured Disney darlings Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens along with ABCFamily (also owned by Disney) star Ashley Benson.  I think that this would be much more of a reputation killer than Miley’s VMA performance.

One thing I found interesting was that this show was scheduled for 2 ½ hours, yet this show clocked in at about 2 hours 25 minutes.  While it was nice to finally get a short show, it makes me wonder if they ran out of acts or whether people just got bored.  It was not uncommon in years past to see this show running close to 3 hours or longer.  Maybe the VMAs are finally running out of steam or maybe just running out of shocking things to feed us every year.

Since I did not see this entire show, I won’t give this show a score as it would not be fair, but from what I did see I would say watch if not easily offended.

Lastly, I must comment on Ben Affleck as the new Batman.  This is the worse choice ever!!  Did they pick the first name out of their alphabetic rolodex?  What’s next in their casting: Kirk Douglas as Robin and Lady Gaga as the Joker?  Seriously, I am not looking forward to this at all.  My expectations of the Superman/Batman movie have all but been ruined now.

Overall, it appeared that last weekend was full of bad performances and the anticipation of future bad performances.