Quick reaction to the second outing of the 35th season of SNL: Generally an improvement over the premiere, although still not firing on all cylinders. There’s a lot of talent there, but it just seems like at this point this sum is less than the parts.
The Good: Jenny Slate did not utter the F word or any other obscenity (although, she didn’t get a big sketch like “Biker Chick Chat,” but my hunch is that’s unrelated).
The Bad(?): Lady Gaga did slip in a swear word during her performance of Paparazzi. But like Slate’s transgression, don’t expect many consequences from this. If it happens a third straight week though…well, we know how baseball works. But then again, this is TV and not baseball, so who knows.
The Okay: Ryan Reynolds turned in a perfectly fine performance, but one that was probably overshadowed by Gaga’s two musical performances as well as her appearances in two sketches (including her awkward cat-fight with Lady Madonna in the latest installment of the abominable “Deep House Dish”). So instead of a Ryan Reynolds sketch, let’s take this opportunity to check him out as a young boy on Nickelodeon’s forgotten gem Fifteen:
The Old: Scarlett Johansson (Mrs. Ryan Reynolds) reprised her role as a Grecian Long Island princess, this time helping her dad hawk porcelain fountains. However, I prefer, the original, Mike’s Marbleopolis (You gotta get yourself some marble columns!):
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The Eh: The Family Feud sketch featuring the John Phillips clan vs. the Osmond siblings fell a little flat, but I’m all for anything that includes Richard “The Kissing Fool” Dawson.