“Are you trying to make us lose the game, nerd?”
It was a line said during a sketch and is a bigger reflection of the entire evening of John Cena hosting Saturday Night Live this week. Cena is used to performing in front of a crowd on live television and usually under some heavy circumstances. But for some reason, the episode of SNL encapsulated all the qualities of an middling episode. This is, by no means, a shot a Cena’s efforts. He smiled, delivered lines deftly, and hit pretty much all of his cues. It comes from years of practice. As the evening progressed, like his stature, Cena’s efforts started to become Herculean as they muscled their way through and began to carry the show. It became a classic example of great host, mediocre show.
Let’s run it down.
Cold Open – The Lead with Jake Tapper
The election has been a big subject of SNL this entire season. While Alec Baldwin has been around for the duration of it, the show’s clearly looking for ways to not use him as a crutch yet still tackle the subject. Cut to Drumpf’s incredibly weird recent cabinet decisions. Seeing some of the names our President-elect has declared, it’s really not that far off a premise should Walter White become the head of the DEA.