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Episode Discussion Thread: Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers (1/19/13)

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    thecomedianky

    [26]Jan 19, 2013
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    some folks I follow on Twitter are really going after tonight's show.
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    warqueen

    [28]Jan 19, 2013
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    Looking at Bill's get-up in the HGPC sketch makes me wandered if hehad the urge to yell backstage to Lorne: "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!".


    Actually Bill looked more lile NON than ZOD (NON was the really tall dumb Kryptonian bad guy in Superman 2. Taram looked more like ZOD in the "Hobbitt" sketch. especially if anyone has seen the previews of Michael Shannon's upcoming portrayal of ZOD in "Man of Steel".

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    danharr

    [30]Jan 19, 2013
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    Damn even WU was weak but then again the anti-gun bias written into the jokes left me cold so perhaps I'm biased.

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    danharr

    [31]Jan 19, 2013
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    Dog Chef are you f***ing kidding me are these people on crack!

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    jcav422

    [32]Jan 19, 2013
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    B108 from the atrocious LiLo episode, ugh

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    layton2012

    [33]Jan 19, 2013
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    Did they purposely pick the worst skits and the worst writers for one of the few hosts I've been looking forward to all season? J-Law is hilarious on talk shows, such a wasted opportunity. So disappointed.

    Edited on 01/19/2013 9:44pm
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    danharr

    [34]Jan 19, 2013
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    College radio bit another wtf moment but Lawrence's bad rapping was mildly amusing.

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    jcav422

    [35]Jan 19, 2013
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    This "Danielle" is really weird, but somewhat funny and amusing
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    danharr

    [36]Jan 19, 2013
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    So did the writers take the week off? Really a soft core porn parody and from what I've seen from my tv guide. Seximax doesn't show old blue movies from the 70's so congrats on garbage writing.

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    Royce7815

    [38]Jan 19, 2013
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    danharr wrote:


    Dog Chef are you f***ing kidding me are these people on crack!




    It reminded me of those sketches that they would do on 30 rock.

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    thecomedianky

    [39]Jan 19, 2013
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    after the second musical guest song, the show took a turn for the worst. I expected better.
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    danharr

    [40]Jan 19, 2013
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    Well at least the show is consistent a bad show ends with an equally horrible sketch. Civil war sex pics once again I ask if these people are on crack. That episode blew big fat ones my god I'm actually optimistic for Bieber next week.

    Edited on 01/19/2013 10:02pm
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    JustinRAn

    [41]Jan 19, 2013
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    You can say the "T word for breasts" on Television now?

    Liked the Monologue, Girlfriends Talk Show, Hunger Games and Hobbits.

    She was hotter tonight than she was in Hunger Games. Yeah, I said it.
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    layton2012

    [42]Jan 19, 2013
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    So I must admit is was a horrible show, absolutely atrocious, but I put the blame on the writers, Jennifer Lawrence did the best she good with the awful material she was given. How can the writer and Lorne expect to find the next great host when they don't give their A game writing material with every host, they did a good job with Bruno Mars and Jamie Foxx, but I was really hoping for better when I learned J-Law was hosting, I was severely disappointed, I hope she gets another chance someday, with better writing. Just watch, their going to write better sketches when Bieber hosts because they know he'll bring the ratings, too bad I hate the guy and his cocky attitude. Sorry for rant, I just thought the writing and the sketches were horrible tonight. With that said I didn't love anything tonight but I did enjoy Opening skit, Hunger Games(though it could of been better), starbucks, and Top Dog chef. Everything else was disappointing.

    Edited on 01/19/2013 10:10pm
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    jcav422

    [43]Jan 19, 2013
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    There's honestly no hope for this season. I'm expecting lots of recurring sketches the next two episodes and predicting The Californians for Levine. Weird and obscure show, like nearly all of this season. The first three segments had me hopeful, loved the Starbucks skit to pieces. Then, Girlfriends Talk Show came on and I groaned big time. The Hunger Games skit was simply unfunny as was The Hobbit one. Diner skit was so-so. Top Dog Chef was weird, but I liked it. B108 was terrible again. Danielle was a trip into The Bizzaro World and the Civil War skit had a great idea, but was annoying. At least Tim gets a sketch for a change, but it's like he's doomed to 10-to-1's. Update was too short and Crispino wasn't funny. The Lumineers were great and saved the show. Overall, the show wasn't good by any means, but wasn't as terrible as Daniel Craig, Jeremy Renner, and Louis C.K. I find it hard to believe that i'm like the only person who thought C.K./ Fun was one of the worst episodes in recent years. As for J-Law, i hope she returns again. She can clearly work well with the show, they just gave her really bad material.
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    avmon

    [44]Jan 19, 2013
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    Guess I'm in the minority since I thought this was the funniest show I've seen so far. And I loved The Lumineers!
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    Ruckhappy

    [45]Jan 19, 2013
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    Man, you guys are making me pre-cringe, waiting for the West Coast airing. If the writing is really that off, after such a long layoff, they do have problems in the writer's room. There's no excuse for not being able write well for this cast and this host, not with so many weeks to prepare.

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    Ruckhappy

    [46]Jan 20, 2013
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    Well that is just one of the most inexplicable episodes of SNL ever. To be precise, those saying this was a badly written show aren't quite correct. It was a severely under-written show. I mean, did half the writers come down with the flu or something? My overall impression is that the writers whipped through quick first-drafts of their sketches on Tuesday and took the rest of the week off.


    Here's what I mean. Girlfriends Talk Show was a lock for this show. It's a strong recurring sketch premise that's a natural to do when they've got a young woman host because it gives her a chance to work off Cecily and Aidy, who are so sharp right now. And I'm watching this instance and Aidy is nailing her character. She's playing the set-ups for her jokes with such perfect shaking anger and embarrassment that you're already laughing before the punch line, but then it comes and it's so weak you're like, "What? That's it? That's the laugh line?" And that happened for the entire sketch. Her jokes weren't badly-written botched, they just weren't there. Give her anything half-decent for the payoff lines and that sketch would have been a solid piece of work, but the writers didn't.


    Hunger Games Press Conference and Top Dog Chef were perfectly solid premises for sketches. I mean, Top Dog Chef, as soon as I twigged the premise I'm thinking, "This has to be good." And then...nothing. The jokes just never came. The idea for Lawrence's monologue was actually pretty good, and she worked the idea solidly, but again no payoff lines.


    Oh well, at least we got another deliciously weird 10-to-1 from Tim, Update was crisp and Fred came back from the dead with one of his typically surreal pieces. I'd like to know now much of the writing he did for that short because it had the feel of his taste in humor. Not nearly as bad a show as most are saying because the cast salvaged a lot of laughs with solid character play. B-108 sketch had very weak writing, but Vanessa saves it with that cut-glass precision of how she plays the uptight news lady. Too much reliance on taped material again but at least doing that let's them patch together a decent show.


    Again, I don't know what's going on with the writing staff but something is wrong. They're batting .250 to deliver just basically competent live sketches at the moment.

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    Woodstein

    [47]Jan 20, 2013
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    With the exception of 2011's Jim Carrey episode, the first shows of a calendar year have tended to be forgettable at best and among the season's weakest at worst. Tonight's episode tended towards the latter, with only Daniel Craig's episode being weaker as far as I'm concerned. The Girlfriends Talk Show really doesn't seem like it will work as a recurring sketch, and it's usually not a good sign when one of the weaker sketches from the weakest episode of a season makes a return, like with B108. It's refreshing that shows this season only had a few recurring bits instead of having them as every other sketch like in the past few seasons, but a lot of the sketches either ended weakly (the diner sketch), or came off like they were written by a 12-year-old (Top Dog Chef).

    At the halfway point, I would say this season is definitely an improvement over the past three, though the best episodes were towards the beginning, with a drop-off in quality after Anne Hathaway's show. A lot of the new cast members have stepped up to fill the void left by Andy, Kristen, and to a far lesser extent Abby's departures, and the filmed pieces are more enjoyable than last season's strained attempts to replicate the Lonely Island's style. It feels like a transitional period is underway and the potential to be good is there, though there would have to be some adjustments to the cast and writing staff before that could happen.

    On a side note, I haven't seen much of Kate McKinnon lately. Towards the start of the season there was speculation that she'd be the next female cast member to break out Kristen Wiig-style, and a few episodes seemed to making a conscious attempt to put her in as many sketches as possible, but she's barely shown up in the past few episodes. I'd personally like to see more of her, she seems like the most talented of the newcomers and the best shows of the season were the ones where she had a lot of lead roles.
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    Ruckhappy

    [48]Jan 20, 2013
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    I'd hate to think they cut a sketch featuring Kate in order to run that B-108 sketch. Or they could have written her into the diner sketch. They seemed to want to put Lawrence in every sketch, as if they wanted to give her a chance to establish herself as another Emma Stone-type host. The host doesn't have to be in every sketch, and, historically, has not been as much as they've been doing it recently. I'd rather they'd stretched Update so that Kate could do another crazy impression bit than have that rather average B-108 sketch.

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