The next sketch took place in a universe where Trump was President. Again, they tried to play on the way Trump is portrayed, but once again it fell flat. Ivanka Trump made an appearance to zero applause.
The best sketch of the night was a digital short with all the ladies where they were Bad Girls who lived fast, died young, etc. Their ideas of what a bad girl was were hilarious, and it’s this years Hometown Ballers.
Next up they had a sketch that opened with Donald Trump saying that he wouldn’t be in the next sketch, but would be live tweeting. So his tweets, just demeaning the cast and writers, popped up throughout it. It wasn’t too bad, but mostly because he wasn’t actually physically in it.
Next up was a parody of Drake’s Hotline Bling, where Drake (played by Jay Pharaoh) explains his dancing. This was a topical, funny one.
Weekend Update was Weekend Update. Whatever.
Next up was an absolutely horrendous sketch where everyone was a different band member and Trumps character didn’t get enough time for a solo with some sort of laser instrument. Honestly one of the worst of all time.
Then there was a sketch where a teenage boy was having dinner at his girlfriend’s parents house and when they put music on, it was the dad singing the songs. It got weird, but still fun. I like when they try things like this.
To introduce Sia for the second time they did this awful thing where they pretended to have back the musical guest from the last time Trump hosted, which apparently was some Jamaican duo. It wasn’t funny and was frankly disrespectful to take away from Sia’s performance with contrived bullshit like that. Sia still slayed her performances, as per usual.
Finally they had a paid Donald Trump ad that was the former porn stars, played by Cecily and Vanessa. This one is way too overdone, and they seriously need to drop it at this point.
Overall the episode was pretty poorly written (other than Bad Girls and the Drake one), and they played way too much on how shitty Trump is, we all know that and it’s why nobody wanted him to host.
Tune in next week for host Elizabeth Banks and musical guest Disclosure.
'Saturday Night Live' Recap
During Tracy Morgan’s monologue they threw to an ‘episode’ of 30 Rock that had his character in an accident. So they had Alec (again), Jane Krakowski, Tina Fey and Jack McBrayer all there to welcome him back. It was really cute, and a different sort of monologue. It was really perfect to represent his comeback.
The first sketch was a Family Feud one where one family was a recently divorced mom and her kids, and the other family was her ex-husband with his new family. I really love the premise for this one, and it really played out well.Then they brought back Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet, one of Morgan’s most memorable characters from his time as a cast member on the show.
Up next was a commercial for fake cocaine, to help you hide your bowel movements at parties. I really enjoyed that one.
Demi Lovato slayed.
Tina Fey made an appearance on Weekend Update to talk about Playboy no longer publishing naked photos. Naturally it was perfect.
Then they had a sketch where all the townspeople were meeting in the town square and Tracy Morgan’s character was the only one who would speak his mind, and when he finally convinces others to join in it backfires. This one fell a little flat.
Next there was a digital short called ‘The Standoff’ where Taran Killam tries to stand up to Tracy Morgan after he made comments to his girlfriend. But it turns out Tracy Morgan just wants to dance with him.
Then there was a sketch with Tracy and Keenan where they hosted a show called ‘Where Is Jackie Chan?’ and they just asked where Jackie Chan is at now. This one was weird, but I liked it for that reason.
Finally, they had a parody of The Martian but it was Astronaut Jones (another of Morgan’s popular past characters) that was stuck up there. Demi Lovato guested in this one (and did a great job).
Overall, this was probably the strongest episode of the season, and was a fantastic welcome back for Tracy.
The show is off until November 7th when the host will be Donald Trump and the musical guest Sia.
'Heroes Reborn' Review
The explosion was one year ago, and they briefly show different EVOs across the world, until they all meet in the basement of a church AA style in Chicago.
It’s in this church that Zachary Levi, who plays Luke, kills the EVOs (except for a boy who runs away) because his son were killed in the explosion. Now him and his wife are out to get revenge.
The show continues to jump around to different locations where we meet various EVOs, so you better keep your eyes on the screen because the new location just briefly appears, you may also just completely miss a new character being introduced.
One guy wanted to use his powers for good and began using a mask to hide his face while he fought crimes, but he got stabbed and passed the mask on.
The worst part of the show was when a Japanese girl gets turned into a video game character to avenge her father’s death. Just, why? The EVO part of the show is unrealistic but somewhat plausible. Also, she’s a badass, but can apparently only be a badass if she’s not actually real? Ugh. This part was just too out there.
There is way too much happening in this show. Of course it needed a two hour premiere, it took practically that whole time just to INTRODUCE all the characters. That’s not ok. They need to trim the fat and run the ship a bit tighter if they want this to continue. Other than that, I could see how it would be an entertaining show, with a decent plot line. They’re just trying to do a bit much right now.
Heroes Reborn airs Thursdays at 8pm on NBC.
'The Player' Review
There’s a mystery woman, Cassandra (Charity Wakefield), who helped him escape the cops and bring him to Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes). Turns out they run an organization that predicts crime, and they want him to join their services.
Everything about it is crazy over the top. The acting isn’t very good and I don’t know if the writing will hold up past one episode. The story was all over the place, and you can’t tell who is on what side or what anybody’s motives are. It’s slightly insane.
It barely kept me interested for 40 minutes so I doubt it will make it long term.
The Player airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC.
If you’ve seen any television in the past two months you’ll have seen advertisements for the show which pretty much sum it up. A woman is found in a bag in Times Square with tattoos all over her body. She doesn’t remember anything, and the tattoos are all new, so we can only assume she was left there for a reason.
It’s very Prison Break-esque (obviously), but there will clearly be big twists and turns. It’s the type of show that will try to squeeze as much into an hour as humanely possible.
As unrealistic as it all is, and how absurd the writing is, the show is still entertaining. We’ll see how it does after a few episodes.
Blindspot airs Mondays at 10pm on NBC.