Saturday Night Dies Hard

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For the second week in a row, I decided to watch Saturday Night Live.  Unfortunately, it was the worst 1 ½ hours I have spent in a long time.

 

I didn’t watch this episode for seeing Bruce Willis fumble around unfunny skits, I tuned into seeing Katy Perry perform her latest hit “Roar”.  Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed with that, but I wish I could say the rest of the show could have equaled what Katy did.  Compared to Miley Cyrus last week, Katy’s performances on the show were much more expansive and she was much less dressed than Miley was the week before.  However, Katy stole the show from Bruce.  She really should have done this show without him because she was nowhere to be found in any of the sketches as far as I could tell.

 

The only funny sketch in this episode was the “Boy Dance” bit.  Beyond that nothing was really funny except the opening sketch involving Bruce being an astronaut trapped by NASA government shutdown.  A second astronaut skit was not only not funny, but was simply dull as was much of this episode.

 

It seems to me that SNL is losing its mojo.  The skits aren’t funny even though they have funny people on the show and talented singers which can and could also act as well.  So why is this show failing so much?

 

I think it is that the cast just hasn’t gelled together.  Add to this some very poor writing and it all spells disaster.  Can this show be saved?  While it is still early in the season, it is not known yet who future guests will be, but I suggest that scripts be written to fit the person on the show instead of generic skits that just fail.

 

This week Katy was a winner and Bruce died hard on Saturday night.  Sounds like a great movie sequel to me.  Or not.

 

My score:  1 (Bruce Willis) / 8 (Katy Perry)

 

Summary:  Girl singers rule!  Unfortunately, Bruce was not funny, which stands to understand why he hasn’t hosted in over 20 years.  I saw what could be “Weekend at Bernie’s III:  The Die Hard Edition”.  It really was that bad.

 

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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.

 

 

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