As Saturday Night Live enters its 35th season, a common question arises among viewers: why is this show still on? The debate is never-ending as to what SNL era was the greatest and while each side has its pros and cons, it really comes down to what generation you belong to. Unless you are part of a certain generation, you will never fully understand why a particular cast was so strong or so weak. After this past weekend’s show, it is quite clear that for my generation, the current cast is a weak mix that inevitably falls for the quickest gimmick — sex.
With Megan Fox on board as the season opener host, one could only expect sexual, hotness-based sketches. The writers did not fail, sadly, and produced an array of sketches playing off Ms. Fox’s looks. Apparently she is attractive, but after seeing her in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in IMAX, I tend to disagree. HD IMAX is not good for anyone’s complexion.
The current writing staff appears to be a limited bunch at the moment. They are able to create sharp parodies and their political sketches are particularly strong, evident with their Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday. Except on this weekend’s opening Muammar Gaddafi sketch that was less entertaining than the actual speech itself, such as Gaddafi's suggestion of abolishing Switzerland.
Moving into the opening monologue, Ms. Fox discussed naked pictures of herself on the Internet. The monologue relied too heavily on photo gags and not enough on Ms. Fox. And what could have been a potential to break away from her hotness factor and maybe discuss why Transformers was great and Jennifer’s Body bombed instead ended up with pictures and U2 imposed on women’s bodies. The U2 bit was entertaining, though, because the musical performances left me scratching my head since they seem to be entering performance art.
From the opening monologue onwards, sex, hotness, and oddities were the only thing driving the sketches. The only ones that were particularly good involved Fred Armisen as a hideous Russian bride and Kenan Thompson introducing various sex positions.