Daniel Craig hosted Saturday Night Live: Can James Bond come out to play?
It’s October so that means it’s time for all things pumpkin flavored, leaves, and the ease into Halloween. It’s also prime time for some Bond! Ya see, there’s a massive boxed set that just hit shelves and as promotion time would have it, a new film hitting theaters in a few weeks. So why not take James Bond himself, Daniel Craig and break him in for his first Saturday Night Live appearance?
Craig doesn’t have much comedy on his resume but he’s more than capable to deliver lines. Craig seemed raring to go. Enthusiasm helps but is doesn’t always guarantee a good night.
We’re days away from a political election, debates just began this week, it’s a given we’ll see some sorta spoof on 007, and we got Muse (a personal fave) on hand to provide epic rockness so let’s check the tape and see how it went down.
Cold Open: Debate
A lot has been said about the presidential debates. However, tt would’ve been more surprising if this wasn’t addressed in the cold open. Jay Pharaoh is also on a streak for appearing in the cold open for every episode this season so far. Oh hey! SNL alum Chris Parnell also dropped in to play Jim Lehrer.
Craig’s monologue wasn’t available online (probably because of the music played) but here’s what you missed – a mention of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and an “In Memorium” of all the people Craig has killed on film. Good? Good.
I guess this was a fun sketch? Maybe because not all construction workers can be good at cat calling can they? Craig also did a bit more than okay cue card reading. Not really the greatest way to start the night. You really get the impression that Craig wants to play ball but it doesn’t seem in him.
Like with their hilarious audition tapes for the 25th anniversary of Back To The Future, writers took a similar approach with this commercial and it worked to great effect. Any chance to get Fred Armisen to do his Penny Marshall impression is alright in my book as well.
Well we, have ourselves a new Rachel Maddow. Cecily Strong has taken over the role from Abby Elliot. This sketch should been funnier because the mock pundits said some really crazy things. The problem is they weren’t too far off from some of the actual things real life pundits have muttered all week long. Extra props to Keenan Thompson and Jason Sudeikis for great Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews tears.
Long Island Medium
Kate McKinnon had a good night and pulls off a passable Medium impression. But it’s tough to mock something that’s already so damn ridiculous and we caught a bit of that in this sketch. I think my favorite moment of this sketch was Bobby Moynihan.
Again, I dig Moynihan and his silliness. But this sketch didn’t seem to have much of a purpose and just kinda meandered longer than it should’ve. Something shoulda happened but nothing really did.
Dig! Muse just released a new album and it has some jams and “Madness” is one of them. Even though this performance lacked the giant theatrics of the band’s live show, you gotta dig a band that plays what looks like a double necked bass/iPad contraption.
It wasn’t the strongest Weekend Update ever but their “Winners and Losers” sketch was perfect since Meyers is best when he’s ranting. Followed by an okay Big Bird drop in that coulda taken the piss out of Romney’s recent PBS statements better. There were many Big Bird jokes that hit the web that were way better than this. Lastly don’t get me started on the Cecilia Gimenez bit.
Working Class Drama
Let’s not waste our time with this sketch right now. What was supposed to be a parody of a BBC show no one seems to care about became a sketch that no one did either.
Fred Armisen seems to be having a bit of a resurgence this season. Maybe him no longer doing Obama is just what he needed to make moves in different places. This sketch is pretty much one joke and one joke only – making funny faces when touched. Even though it’s frowned upon, watching Bill Hader almost loose it and break character had me rooting for it to happen. Maybe because that happening would at least bring some fun to a show that had very few highlights.
Muse “Panic Station”
While I love me some Muse, I do wish they performed the first track from the new record called “Supremacy”. Mainly because it has a badass guitar riff and could easily be a James Bond theme song. Why not blast it out while you are in the presence of 007 himself? Missed opportunity methinks.
The sketch “Undecided Voters” from last week re-ran at the end of the night to make up some time. So we can call Muse the wrap of the night.
Though Daniel Craig came out play nothing really popped this episode. This will probably not go down as a memorable one. Nothing ever really caught fire and moved the night along. Daniel Craig is a likeable enough guy but when possibly the best moment of the night is when you hope for Bill Hader to break in the last sketch of the eventing, it does make for a thrilling show.
Let’s see if things turn themselves around next week when Christina Applegate returns for another go-round as host with Passion Pit as the musical guest. Last time Applegate was on the show, the world was introduced to the now legendary motivational speaker Matt Foley character. So why not have high hopes?