[Ed. Note: Jenny Nelson is a writer, a student, and -- most importantly -- a Videogum intern. She will be recapping Saturday Night Live. Welcome her!]

I’m really glad that Tina Fey hosted the premiere of this season’s SNL. I’m glad for a lot of reasons, including that she’s a super great and funny person, but also because I saw the ad mid-episode saying that Miley Cyrus is hosting next episode, and felt relieved that someone experienced, talented, and kind-hearted like Tina was there to get this season started right. She also was there to introduce the show’s new featured players, of which there are six. All six of them got a reasonable amount of screen time on Saturday, and the show was funny pretty much throughout, so I’d say good job with the casting! Nice work on the show, excited to see how this season plays out.

The cold open about Obamacare was very relevant. I was watching MSNBC yesterday and the anchors were talking about the cold open and how relevant it was. Do political news anchors always talk about SNL cold opens? This was maybe a bit long, but I liked all the civilians Obama clearly didn’t want to be talking, especially Aidy Bryant’s, Kate McKinnon’s, and Taran Killam’s Ted Cruz and OMG JESSE!!!

In her very cute monologue, Tina Fey looked back on some of her popular recurring characters she did while on SNL (Queef Latina is an obvious frontrunner) and introduced the new cast members, who she made dance around her in sparkly jackets. Very cute, very sparkly.

I loved the Girls promo. Kudos to newcomer Noel Wells and co., they look and talk just like the real Girls! This was a good joke and executed extremely well, probably my favorite of the episode.

The airport sketch, then, was probably my least favorite, but only because I liked everything else a lot. Even when you’re ranking things you liked, something’s gonna be the worst! I did love Kenan’s giant suitcase, though, so funny (because people boarding planes are always having big suitcases).

Another good introduction for new featured players was the game show New Cast Member or Arcade Fire, which is self-explanatory.

I liked the E-Meth commercial because what could have been a one-note joke to give reason for Aaron Paul to come back got fleshed out into a pretty good sketch because of the actors being funny. Great job!

Then came Weekend Update! Cecily Strong was very good at her first time as co-anchor, and she and Tina did a cute thing about the Update Desk legacy. The other bits from Update were good, too: a character from new player Kyle Mooney (yay!) and a visit from Drunk Uncle also featuring his meth nephew played by SNL Host, Jr. Aaron Paul.

Of course, there were other sketches, including the porn girls, one with Mike O’Brien as the first ever used car salesman that I liked, and Cinema Classics, which I think actually was my least favorite.

Then Arcade Fire played, which I liked because I like Arcade Fire. Did everyone stick around for the half-hour special afterwards (directed by Roman Coppola!)? I did but I was tired, although I did enjoy the cameo appearances from comedians we like, some of which were in Spanish and some of which lasted for more than four seconds maybe!

Comments (74)
  1. I am an unabashed Keenan fan (perhaps an unpopular opinion!) but him yelling at the new cast members in the game show when they tried to do voices and stuff? Delightful.

  2. jesseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Also, Hi Jenny!

    Also also, the people who played the girls in the girls thing were very spot on.

  3. Hello Jenny!

    I liked it. I think it’s going to take a while to see how the new castmembers work, but there was a lot of promise here. It’s strange how we talk about SNL newcomers like they are baseball prospects or something.

    I did watch the Arcade Fire thing afterwards. They have fun. I wonder what level improv class they are on. I kid, I kid.

    Hopefully Aaron Paul becomes this generation of SNL’s Jon Hamm.

  4. New Featured Players!
    New Intern!

    Oh my new goodness!
    Hi Jenny! Welcome! Good luck! I hope you get an A!

  5. The only thing I’ve seen was the Girls sketch, which was very funny even though I’ve never watched Girls. I would watch Girls if Blerta was on it.

    Also, sorry to go off-topic, but guys, I finished Broadchurch this weekend, and 1) It was amazing, and 2) I will never feel happiness again. (“Yeah, sure, I’ll bet it was just DEVASTATING,” -Breaking Bad fans)

    • YES YES YES. Spoiler: everyone in Broadchurch is a child molester. Everyone should just move out of that town.

    • No, Broadchurch was worse. As a fan of both. You know Walter White is the worst and you have to be devasted by what he does to everyone, but (and I even suspected the real answer for a few weeks, especially after the last arrest due to looking similar) the field scene was so tense, and the whole thing was like a punch in the gut when they told her.

      • YES. I suspected too, but thought no, surely not, that would be too horrifying! Way to punch me in the heart and mock my tears, show.


        • I didn’t suspect it until maybe the second-to-last ep, when it became fairly obvious. And still I grabbed at my face and said, “NO NO NO NO.”

          • SPOILERS

            See, I kind of suspected him, but I thought he was maybe covering up for something Tom, the son, had done. Like maybe Tom and Danny were doing something wrong and they got into a fight and Danny was hurting Tom and so Joe broke them up and overreacted and killed Danny? But what actually happened?? BLINDSIDED.

          • I also suspected a cover-up! But then everything made sense with the money and the phone and GAH.

          • SPOILERS

            Yeah, I thought either he was covering for Tom or Tom was covering because he suspected him maybe, I did not see what happened coming at all.

          • I watched Hardy walk around that field for those, what like 5 minutes, through my fingers like it was the Exorcist or something. I wanted to be not looking at David freaking Tennant. It was too much, you guys.

          • Have you finished now Flanny? Can I let my breath out again?

    • Wow I am intending to watch Broadchurch but had no idea how sad/depressing it was.

    • GUYS, I was so bowled over. I actually had to SIT ON THE GROUND at certain points. No lie. I was standing up, doing my hair, and then the HUGGING scene happened and I actually just put my flat iron down and sat my ass on my bedroom floor.

      • I wanted to talk about Broadchurch because I finally found a bit of this thread that I’ve watched all of, but you all did it way better than I ever could.


        I do have this one question for you, and that question is – we are getting a sequel early next year. And I want to know what-oh-what and where-oh-where they can do/go with that?! I have no idea! Also, they filmed the outdoor town bits right by where I went to school!

        • Ellie and her kids go live on a puppy farm and Danny’s parents bring their kids to live there too and everyone forgives each other and Hardy reunites with his daughter and his health miraculously improves and they also go live on the puppy farm!

          • This is beautiful.

          • I needed a happy story this morning. Thanks.

          • Can there be kittens too? PLEEEEEASE? Then I think it would be perfect and I would definitely watch it over and over.

          • Yes, kittens! And tiny baby goats! And everyone plays with baby animals forever and no one is ever sad again, the end.

          • YAY PUPPIES!

            Okay, but for serious, I think maybe they could continue to follow these characters around and make it a show about dealing with grief and life upheavals? I feel like Broadchurch was more of a character study than a procedural most of the time anyway. So, I would be cool with a second season where we just get to see where life takes these characters. I don’t know that I need ANOTHER murder to follow or whatever. The town obviously has secrets. Maybe there are other characters whose secrets can be shared?

            In reality, I’m betting they frame it around another crime? It seems crazy to do another murder, since the whole point was that Broadchurch NEVER has murders, but I don’t know! I’m pretty sure they’ll find a way to get Ellie and Hardy working together again, though.

          • I wondered if they would do something with the case that he got into trouble for? Like a prequel-type thing? But then I stopped wondering that and got real. She moves away and gets another case, and then she realises she needs his genius to help her solve it, so she calls him out of retirement?

            This is why I stick to factual, not drama.

          • Plus of course, y’all are getting a US remake.

          • The fact that it is called Broadchurch makes me think they won’t go somewhere else, but hey I could be totally wrong. I’ve heard people talking about a prequel about Hardy’s Sandbrooke case, but that would be disappointing for me b/c no Ellie.

            And, ugh, I just want to ignore the US remake in the hopes that it will go away.

          • Remember when we got a David Tennant beach town show remake? I do. It was called Viva Laughlin and was your generation’s Cop Rock. Fingers crossed this remake is also a musical.

  6. Ahh no, they still haven’t got round to that dynamite sketch I sent in! It was an observational-comedy ‘bit’ (showbiz jargon) about how you know when you’re reading an American blog and you want to watch a Hulu embed and you can’t because of something to do with regions. Right? I mean are they holding out for a big sale? What’s up with that?

  7. Hi Jenny! I don’t watch SNL so I hope you’re ok with me stealing your opinions if I ever find myself in a conversation about it with somebody!

  8. I only watched the first half of this episode but so much of it was so great. When Jesse was like “Do you want to know what happens to my friend” and everyone (including President Obama) was like “NOOO!!!” I died from laughing so hard. RIP me.

    • I saw Good Morning America and everyone at the desk did exactly that because they couldn’t watch it due to their insane morning schedules.

  9. Beck Bennett, come on down! You’re the next contestant on “One of the Coolest SNL Cast Names of All Time” list.

  10. I hardly ever watch this show now, but I did watch these clips, and I actually see lots of potential this season. I haven’t found SNL tbsVeryFunny since, I don’t know, the 90s? The Girls promo was also probably my favorite. Dece work, SNL.

    And dece work, Jenny!* Welcome!

    *So far. :|

    • I just realized this face looks more worried, rather than straight-faced, which was supposed to suggest a serious business attitude and that I’d be watching you. Jenny, I am not worried that your quality of work will decline! I already think you’re funnier than SNL. So.

  11. I’m just so excited that white males are finally getting on this show. (Really? Six new players, and they’re all white, and there’s one woman? Really?) I’m sure they’re funny and all, but jesus.

  12. I hadn’t laughed out loud at an SNL sketch since before Y2K (not including digital shorts) but that Girls sketch made me fall off the couch laughing.

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