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Review: Saturday Night Live - Sigourney Weaver/The Ting Tings

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 17th 2010 11:15AM
sigourney weaver and the ting tings
(S35E12)
First of all, Sigourney Weaver looks incredible. Believe it or not, she turns 61 this year, so that's something to think about as we slowly weep into our young but round, Cheetos-stained fingers. Secondly, Weaver managed to play a variety of characters that explored a wide range of wackiness, all without humiliating herself (it was a dangerous moment during that "Fifty and Freaky" sketch but we all knew Weaver's still a classy lady).

The writing was pretty consistent and suited Weaver well, and it was fun to see her do so many goofy things. It's not often Saturday Night Live brings in someone that of her status. Let's be honest here.

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BEST STUFF

Cold Open: Of course, the mess with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien had to be addressed, though I wouldn't have expected it to happen in this way. Darrell Hammond returned so that he could don a fake chin and play Leno. Usually, when alumni return to do guest appearances, there is thunderous applause that welcomes them home. This was not really the case with Hammond, as it still kind of feels like he hasn't completely left. In his final official season on SNL, he didn't have that many sketches anyway, so, at the rate he's making little cameos, it's kind of like he never said good-bye.



Anyway, Hammond's Leno was good and Bill Hader's Conan O'Brien was bizarre. The hair was great but serious-face Conan as played by Hader was depressingly funny. I think this is the first time we've seen a Coco impression, actually. I'm curious to know how someone like Hader would have done an "on" Conan.

Jason Sudeikis also appeared as David Letterman but he was only there to fling pencils and giggle like so much late night Salacious Crumb. Will Forte was there to smile and nod for all of two seconds as the oft-forgotten member of the situation, Carson Daly. And no Jimmy Fallon! I was surprised. Have they yet to nail that impression or did they just run out of white guys that aren't Seth?

I would have been pretty disappointed if this was all the did on the late night mess, but considering they also addressed it later in the evening, I thought this was a nice way to kick things off.

Laser Cats 5: This is probably the dream of sci-fi action lovers everywhere. Right? Running around with Ellen Ripley and shooting lasers at things and having her shout various sci-fi lines at you. Come on. Not part of that dream, though: Having Sigourney Weaver throw up in your face. Or maybe it is. I don't know what you're into.

Having James Cameron in the mix was fantastic, as were all the not-so-subtle or relevant nods to his films. I believe my favorite was the inexplicable Titanic band.



Weekend Update: While young Abby Elliott's impression of Meryl Streep was kind of cute (albeit not terribly accurate) and Andy Samberg's geese puns triggered both chuckles and groans, WU is on this list because of Seth Meyers breaking down the late night mess into a marriage analogy. Perfection.

Summer's Eve Lady Stars of Darts Championship: Douches! Did I not call it? I totally did. Once again, this was far from anything high-brow but it was still pretty funny. Sudeikis got to deliver the big lines but Forte also had some rather good ones ("Ohh, I wouldn't put darts anywhere near a vagina"). Let's see, they've done tampons, vaginal cream and douches. Care to place a bet on what will be next?



NOT SO GREAT STUFF

Avatar Chamber: Someone had to make those tiny legs for Bill Hader and design those suits for Nasim Pedrad and Andy Samberg, who then had to put on that elaborate make-up. A crew had to put hammer to nail and build that set and chamber. Those hours and hours of work... for one anal sex joke, and not even a particularly good one.



OTHER STUFF

Monologue: This was a pretty good indication of what to expect for the rest of the night. Weaver did well and chuckles were had here and there, but nothing shocking.

Internet Buzz: Not a mind-blowing sketch, but props to Weaver for not stumbling over those weird lines.

Heights: Same as above. Nice of Bobby Moynihan to finally join us, as well.

Riley: I was going to put this in the "Not So Great Stuff" list but I honestly have no idea whether or not I liked it. On paper, I guess it's kind of hilarious, turning a gravelly "You bitch!" into a light-hearted catchphrase. In execution, though, it wasn't spectacular. I wouldn't mind seeing him at least one more time, just to see if the character grows on me. I also spent the rest of the episode trying to figure out who Riley reminded me of, and it wasn't until the end that I realized it was kind of like the angry spirit of Divine possessed the body of a middle schooler. And now that I've mentioned Divine, I have an excuse to post a video. Ha!





Next time: Rerun next week. Then, the return of Jon Hamm. I'm trying to keep my excitement down because I don't want my expectations to get ridiculously high over the next two weeks, but it's kind of difficult. 'Cause, you know, it's Jon Hamm of John Ham fame.

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dkny

Forgive me if I'm wrong but didn't you pan Taylor Swift who gave one of the best performances this season and you're calling this OK. I'm not as tough on this show as a lot of people because my expectations are pretty low going in but this was awful. I was hanging in there just to hear the Ting Tings again, which says something because I usually use the restroom during the musical guest.

January 19 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon thomas

I dont get the Tings Tings .. Yes they are great but the last album was June 2008 .. and both songs they did were off that album .. weird

January 18 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
izikavazo

Aby Elliot's Meryl Streep was amazing.
I think Seth really held back on the Leno/Conan jokes. Who did he end up talking about? Jimmy Fallon. I doubt NBC's going to care.

January 18 2010 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RC

Does anyone know what joke got cut from Weekend Update? At least in my area, I talked to other people that saw the same thing, there was something cut out.

1. Seth Meyers starts a joke about a book about the last election. He says Palin is a dummy, Clinton likes the ladies and...
2. There is a cut, and the picture beside Seth has Conan's face.
3. Then Seth goes on his rant about late night being like guy trying to have two wives.

So what joke was cut out after political book part?? I can't find any info online about it.

January 18 2010 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrissthomas

I don't think that Seth will be in any trouble from his rant Mike. If you haven't noticed Jay and Conan have both made NBC jokes for years and nothing ever happens. In fact Jay is still making NBC jokes about this situation and it looks like he is gonna get his show back. Anyway, I thought the Larry King thing was funny and I think it had a point. I think it was meant to show O'Brien as the only sane one in the bunch. Leno couldn't act normal, Letterman couldn't even say a word and Carson Daily was completely ignored. Conan often responded to King's strange questions with a "What the hell are you talking about?" face. I think it honestly made Conan seem like the Jim and Pam of the situation. Everyone around him are idiots and he is the victim. Could be me just reading into it but that is what I thought of the sketch. By the way if you think NBC has acted wrongly toward Conan in this whole mess join me in boycotting all NBC programming for February sweeps (Feb 3-March4).

January 18 2010 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tingrin87

best part of the show.
Weaver's monologue was interesting, her talking about her Dad launching the Tonight franchise.

And laser cats was oddly entertaining.

January 17 2010 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

have been a fan of Sigourney since she played Avis on Somerset a NBC afternoon soap opera, a spin-off of Another World in the mid 70's

January 17 2010 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beergas

Decent show. Weaver herself helped; not so much Ripley.
Ting Tings did great.
"they've done tampons, vaginal cream and douches. Care to place a bet on what will be next?"
Wow whole world of hurt there. Start with damn fem yogurt commercials. The couples in dual bath tubs. Daddy giving daughter the old (still new) car. Mother & son with old (still new car...). Flying bras and panties. Babes shopping Net to find low cost hotel they can all hang at for a cheap weekend together (the funky smell). On and on for yummy funs.

January 17 2010 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Nite to Seth Myers: This is your last season. An aggrieved party can rant on NBC but the company that keeps you (barely) alive in the biz is not a target for you.
Another show acceptbale only because of diminished expectations. And, by the way, the first season was so good because the musical acts were basically unknown to the general public and proved out. No so much now.

January 17 2010 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Professor Zed

They had all week to come up with something for the leno/Conan fiasco, and what they ended up with was mainly focused on a terrible impression of Larry King. Letterman was funny at first, but when he failed to say anything - the moment was wasted. (Darrell Hammond isn't still a regular?) Sigourney Weaver's monologue was great, especially with the mention of her "Tonight Show" creating father. The Exercise sketch was awful as was the later Disco sketch. (Are they too frightened to tell Kenan Thompson that he isn't the least bit humorous?) The Sports show Womens product sketch - seen it before and it's not getting any funnier. Killer Cats was just a bit better than usual - seen it before, of course, but Sigourney Weaver brought more to it. Weekend Update was blah as it has been since Seth has taken it on by himself. His take on the leno/Conan bit as NBC's second wife was vastly lacking. Again, I expected more from Seth on this. The Avatar skit was mildly amusing, but as reviewed above, it went a long way for very little payoff. Riley was much the same as anything else Armisen does. I sincerely hope never to see that character again. Sigourney Weaver on the internet was very funny and the final skit with her atop the piano was the best moment of the night - especially that 60 foot fall. The Ting Tings were also fantastic.

January 17 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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