For Ronda Rousey’s monologue, they made it like a UFC match with announcers and a coach. This worked perfectly for her.
Next up was a parody of the screen actors guild only nominating white actors when there were black actors in more prominent roles for each movie. The best part of it was the similarity between the fake movies and the ones actually nominated this year.
Their digital short was ‘Love Struck’, where a bunch of mean girls bully Rousey until she beats them up.
Then they did a Bachelor parody called Bland Dan, which was the best take on how boring Bachelors are and how idiotic the women are made to sound. It was perfect.
Following Weekend Update was aa sketch where Pete Davidson was a high school student whose female teachers had a threesome with him. They were at trial where he was clearly ecstatic about what had happened. Overall a great sketch, with Davidson doing a great job.
Up next was a superhero sketch where each superhero had to introduce themselves before any of them could help stop the villain.
The second digital short was a song where two guys rapped about how big their dicks are and one of them rapped about how he’d go down on you but kept his pants on.
Then they did a town hall which was relatively boring and basic.
They had one where two of Rousey’s coworkers had clearly never been to a party before. It was okay. I liked the premise of it but it felt a little flat.
Then they replayed the commercial parody for the dating app Settl.
Overall a very mediocre episode.
Tune in February 6th for host Larry David and musical guest The 1975.
In his monologue Ryan tried to say he wasn’t from Canada because of America’s feelings towards immigrants, but Cornwall Ontario got a shoutout (heeeeey), and Mike Myers came out to support him and show what a Canadian Christmas was all about.
Next up was a commercial parody for a dating website called Settl, where women can settle so they can get married right away.
Then they had a sketch where Kate, Ryan and Cecily were characters who had been abducted by UFOs, and Ryan and Cecily had beautiful experiences while Kate had a very disturbing experience.
They had a digital short called Santa Baby, where Ryan and Vanessa were a couple at a Christmas party who truly believed in Santa. This was probably the best sketch of the night.
Next up Ryan played a dorky dad at his daughters birthday party, and Aidy is the only one who thinks he’s a hot dad and tries to unsuccessfully flirt with him.
After Weekend Update, Ryan was taking Cecily on a tour of his hometown for an interview. As someone who has family in Cornwall, I can assure you there is no bar with that many people in it there.
They had another commercial parody, this time making fun of the George Clooney and Danny DeVito Nespresso commercials and how little sense they make.
Of course there was a cut-for-time scene from the Wiz Live show that was on NBC earlier this week, touching on race.
Finally there was a sketch where Ryan, Vanessa and Keenan played elves who weirdly flirted with Santa.
Ryan seemed nervous throughout and the whole cast was giggly, but it made it endearing. Leon Bridges was great. And it was the most Canadian episode ever, which is nice for us up here.
Tune in next weekend for host Chris Hemsworth and musical guest Chance the Rapper.
First up tonight was a Fox & Friends parody, covering the Syrian refugee crisis. It really hit hard the way Americans are mistreating and misunderstanding Syrian refugees.
The best sketch of the night was about how Adele’s ‘Hello’ brings everyone together, no matter their beliefs. It was perfection.
Next was a sketch where McConaughey was a bad blues singer. It was boring and unoriginal.
Then they did a sketch where a company finally printed a 3D printed a human man who tried to act like a normal human, but clearly didn’t act like a human. It was fine but nothing special.
They had a sketch for Star Wars where they showed outtakes of failed auditions. This was a good character showcase for the actors while still being relevant, so good overall (plus they used some of the real actors and Emma Stone, who poked fun at the fact she was cast as a half-Asian woman in Aloha).
After a standard ‘Update’ there was a parody of a game show called ‘Should I Chime In On This?’ (hosted by Keenan Thompson of course), featuring characters that all think they should chime in on things they shouldn’t. This one was typical of SNL, but also said what all of us were thinking.
Next up was was the morning show with Taran Killam and Cecily Strong where Killam is clearly gay but Strong doesn’t notice. They’ve done this one before, and the Thanksgiving one was average and showing a ‘stereotypical’ gay guy like they usually do.
Finally, we had a town hall sketch where McConaughey played a character who opposed a company coming into town to try to change things. It very, very lame.
Overall, McConaughey wasn’t in many sketches, and that was really for the best. The episode wasn’t great writing-wise, too. The Adele sketch and the Star Wars one were the best of the episode. as for musical guest, Adele was Adele which is amazing and tear-inducing (and the highlight of the show).
Tune in on December 5th for host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Leon Bridges.
For her monologue, Miley sang a song saying goodbye to all the people who made the summer memorable (like Kim Davis, Pizza Rat and the Entourage movie).
The first commercial parody of the season was about mental illness - but basically explaining that that is the only reason any of the Republicans have run for President. Now there’s help, with medication made only for 11 people.
Then there was a sketch where they were all at a 50s school dance and saying Grease-type songs, except for Miley’s character who sang raunchy rap songs.
We got to see our first look at Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, with surprise guest the ACTUAL Hillary Clinton as a bartender who helps her figure things out (while making jabs at herself). Darrel Hammond also showed up as Bill, so our lives are basically complete. Kate McKinnon’s obvious excitement about doing a sketch with the real Hillary was palpable and made the sketch that much better.
Hillary then introduced Miley’s musical segment (which she did very well).
Weekend Update felt particularly strained. Michael Che and Colin Jost have never had great chemistry, but tonight the tensions felt high.
Next up was a show parodying Millennials. Yes, we get it, anyone in their 20s is self absorbed and obsessed with their phones. Ugh.
Then there was a sketch where a group of women were at the deli where Meg Ryan faked her orgasm in When Harry Met Sally, and Leslie Jones does her own version of a fake orgasm which is completely insane compared to the other women’s. It was funny at first but then got old pretty fast.
Next up was probably one of the funnier sketches of the night (and reminiscent of the Beygency sketch), where they pictured a future where everyone has joined Taylor Swift’s squad and there was nobody left in the world.
Then there was a scene about a black woman who hosted a late night show in the 50s in Atlanta. It was okay but the timing was off overall.
Finally, there was a video where Kyle Mooney tries to get out of marrying Miley Cyrus. This one was one of my favourite.
Tune in next week for Amy Schumer and musical guest The Weeknd.
'Code Black' Review
A bunch of fresh-out-of-med-school docs are starting their residency to learn emergency medical care from the best. (Sound familiar?)
Of course each character has their own personal story that will make us sympathize with them. Like our main Doctor, Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), who had something ominous bad happen to her that makes her who she is today.
While I adore Grey's, and the idea of a new version of it is appealing, it's almost too similar. I'll give it a few episodes, but it definitely needs to separate itself and make itself unique to keep our attention.
(Okay, but seriously, when Code Black is used in real life - because it's not always - it's used mostly for Bomb Threats. As Grey's Anatomy accurately taught us. Code Black intones a serious emergency, why not choose another fake code to name this show after? This makes zero sense. I thought the show was going to have a lot of bombs. Such a disappointment.)
Code Black airs Wednesdays at 10pm on CBS.
As always, I'll give the show a few episodes before handing down my final judgement, but this one has quite a bit of work today. Number one being stopping with the terrible jokes. Like, maybe, be funny? Just a thought.
But there's promise there. So don't give up yet, Stamos & co.!
Grandfathered airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Fox.
'The Grinder' Review
Fred Savage plays Lowe's brother in the show, and they have good brotherly chemistry. The show still has a lot to build on and needs some improvement, but it was a strong first showing.
We even got a 'literally' out of Rob Lowe, Parks and Rec fans!
Overall, while not a deep or particularly fulfilling show, it is 20 minutes of fun. Especially if they cut some of the cornier jokes.
The Grinder airs Tuesdays at 8.30pm on Fox.
It’s then that she’s told the FBI thinks it’s one of her classmates that has been a terrorist this whole time and they need to figure out, too. And we find out so much more about our main characters.
They’ve set the show up for an interesting season and hopefully future. The commercials and advertising didn’t have me very excited for this one, but the pilot has seriously got me hooked.
While the show has some flaws, overall the writing is pretty solid, and the story good. It has some nice feminist elements, and covers a lot on race and religion.
Quantico airs Sundays at 10pm on ABC.
'Blood & Oil' Review
And of course to open said laundromat, they bought all their laundry machines in their home town, then crash their car and break all their machines. Naturally. They also borrowed all their family’s money to start this dream life of theirs.
So instead Billy needs to do some literal dirty work, for the Briggs company, owned by a family with a son who makes trouble and a rich dad (Don Johnson) who is always disappointed in him.
But don’t worry, Billy doesn’t work there long because he gets fired for trying to diffuse a dangerous situation.
Meanwhile Cody magically gets a job at a pharmacy despite the fact that she never finished school, but it’s convenient since she needs a pregnancy test. And of course she is pregnant, because their situation needed to be more dire.
But within the first 40 minutes they solve all their initial problems.
The show is very overdramatic (and not in the fun way), and they already had 2 car crashes in the first episode, meaning their creative well is already pretty dry.
The story itself was uninteresting and the characters are all self absorbed, so it doesn’t make you actually want to root for any of them. I’m sure it’ll pick up a generous audience, because it panders oh so well to the American dream, but it won’t be winning any awards.
Blood & Oil airs Sundays at 9pm on ABC.
'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.