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Episode Discussion Thread: Edward Norton/ Janelle Monae (10/26/13)

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    danharr

    [21]Oct 26, 2013
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    Rainman was a fail just showing up and being weird and or stupid doesn't cut it.

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    avmon

    [22]Oct 26, 2013
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    danharr wrote:

    Rainman was a fail just showing up and being weird and or stupid doesn't cut it.

    I was amused enough.
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    avmon

    [23]Oct 26, 2013
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    Ms. Monae sure has a lot of energy...
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    Royce7815

    [24]Oct 26, 2013
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    avmon wrote:
    Ms. Monae sure has a lot of energy...
    Lol yes she does, Always.

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    avmon

    [25]Oct 26, 2013
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    Liked that punchline on the last item on "Weekend Update": "We're long dead!"
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    avmon

    [26]Oct 26, 2013
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    "12 Days Not a Slave" seemed to have some pertinent points to make...
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    danharr

    [27]Oct 26, 2013
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    Okay now Cicely has warmed up to WU and she's doing well good job. 12 days without a slave was another trendy bit I thought the dancing like blacks was humorous until I saw that damn Miley again.

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    avmon

    [28]Oct 26, 2013
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    So that "virgins acting out sex as waiters in a reataurant" qualifies as the decline in quality post-"Weekend Update" sketch.
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    danharr

    [29]Oct 26, 2013
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    Okay maybe the two shots of whiskey and the second beer I'm working on are kicking in but virgin waiters I'm loving.

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    avmon

    [30]Oct 26, 2013
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    That last sketch with Norton commenting on those candies was lame...
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    danharr

    [31]Oct 26, 2013
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    Diego, Dad, and Adult Ruth wtf... but that suck anything for a Klondike bar was funny as I approach pass out territory.

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    mrjimmyjames

    [32]Oct 26, 2013
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    That virgin sketch was so unexpected, but pretty hilariously brilliant. I thought Edward Norton was an impressive host.

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    mrjimmyjames

    [33]Oct 27, 2013
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    Looks Steve Harvey has started to surpass What's Up With That for Kenan's strongest sketch; it's very solid. Cecily has continued her improvement on Weekend Update and I can't help but notice how much better the segment is with two strong anchors as opposed to just Seth himself.

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    JM5000

    [34]Oct 27, 2013
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    This was a decent show...Not great, but decent. Norton was enjoyable to watch and Monae's energy can be contagious...While not quite "Tina Fey/Arcade Fire" good, it worked...


    But I do agree that Miley's cameo is WAY too premature...


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    JustinRAn

    [35]Oct 27, 2013
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    ^ Like J-Lo doing a cameo on SNL Survivor and then hosting 2 days later?

    Or Sarah Michelle Gellar cameoing in 2 episodes back to back in Season 25?
    Or Candace Bergan hosting 5 episodes later?

    If Kristen Wiig can host less than 1 year after leaving, than Miley Cyrus can host and cameo a month later.
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    HelloStuart

    [36]Oct 30, 2013
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    My thoughts, part 1:


    + Most of the recent topical sketches have been either too broad or on the nose, and while you could argue that tonight's HHS cold open was a little bit of both, I neither loved nor hated it. A lot of the low-tech/outdated technology jokes had already been touched upon by The Onion and the late night gabbers, but the repetition was balanced out by references to "doctor porn" and Bobby's feral tech guy. Kate somehow managed to be both kooky and arch as Kathleen Sebelius.


    + Even Edward is amazed that it took him 13 years to host. His hosting "prep" with Alec Baldwin, augmented by a Miley Cyrus cameo, was endearing if not terribly entertaining.


    + It took four years and change, but I think Nasim finally found a recurring character we can hang our hat on. More Shallen, please!


    + "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders" was a dead-on spoof of Wes Anderson. Most of his endearingly quirky movies --only Bottle Rocket and The Darjeeling Limited were spared-- were referenced and lampooned in a wry take on slasher flicks. Nice to see Norton (an Anderson veteran) in the mix, but this would've been even more perfect for a Bill Murray cameo. I hope to see this again in the Halloween clipfest next week.


    + Other than giving Edward and Brooks an opportunity to play some over-the-top goobers, was there any point to the "Pest Control" sketch?

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    HelloStuart

    [37]Nov 2, 2013
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    My thoughts, part 2:


    + Last week, when I commented on the dire shortage of established recurring characters, I had nearly forgotten squeaky Tony Crispino and his "Second Hand News." Tonight's otherwise ho-hum Update remedied that.


    + I have this weird hunch that "12 Days Not a Slave" was written in response to that Kenan Thompson interview. After three-plus years of watching him do almost strictly impressions and bit parts, I was pleasantly surprised to see Jay Pharaoh not only carrying a sketch but also playing a role of substance. Also, it may have taken three weeks, but we finally got to see Miley twerk on SNL.


    + "Ruth's Chris" did the almost infeasible job of making sexual experience (or a complete lack of it) both static and unfunny.


    + The black/white/hints of silver backdrop for Janelle Monae's two songs suggested leftovers from Arcade Fire's performance a month earlier; the yen for '80s throwbacks merely accentuated that. Where the Butler Brothers channeled David Bowie and Depeche Mode, Monae went back to her roots: flourishes of Prince, Sade, and Earth Wind & Fire could be seen and heard in both of her songs tonight. The Electric Lady, indeed.


    + I've written about SNL's uneven nature so many times over the past ten-plus years that I feel like I'm beating a dead horse whenever I bring it up. Tonight was a strong example of what happens when that inconsistency takes an almost bipolar turn. What did work was fantastic; what didn't work was either boring or a chore to watch, and there wasn't much in between. At the same time, Norton was a fun host, Monae was dynamic, and "Midnight Coterie" was an undisputed highlight of the young, nascent season.


    6/10


    PS: sorry again for the delay, guys.

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    HelloStuart

    [38]Nov 2, 2013
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    JustinRAn wrote:
    ^ Like J-Lo doing a cameo on SNL Survivor and then hosting 2 days later?

    Or Sarah Michelle Gellar cameoing in 2 episodes back to back in Season 25?
    Or Candace Bergan hosting 5 episodes later?

    If Kristen Wiig can host less than 1 year after leaving, than Miley Cyrus can host and cameo a month later.

    You're throwing Year 1 into the argument? First of all, SNL barely had a format that first season. Second, Lorne had offered Candice a permanent hosting gig but she turned it down; imagine the course of history of she not only hosted every week, but SNL remained a big tent-style variety show.

    Secondly, if you wanted SNL Survivor in Year 26, you'd know the Lopez cameo was a teaser for the show later that week.
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    JM5000

    [39]Nov 3, 2013
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    HelloStuart wrote:
    JustinRAn wrote:
    ^ Like J-Lo doing a cameo on SNL Survivor and then hosting 2 days later? Or Sarah Michelle Gellar cameoing in 2 episodes back to back in Season 25? Or Candace Bergan hosting 5 episodes later? If Kristen Wiig can host less than 1 year after leaving, than Miley Cyrus can host and cameo a month later.
    You're throwing Year 1 into the argument? First of all, SNL barely had a format that first season. Second, Lorne had offered Candice a permanent hosting gig but she turned it down; imagine the course of history of she not only hosted every week, but SNL remained a big tent-style variety show. Secondly, if you wanted SNL Survivor in Year 26, you'd know the Lopez cameo was a teaser for the show later that week.


    Indeed, teasers hardly count...Megan Fox did the same thing in the Weekend Update Thursday right before the official Season 35 premiere...


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    JustinRAn

    [40]Nov 3, 2013
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    I'm just saying that cause Miley's cameo in the monologue doesn't mean the show was horrible.
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