This past Saturday, the star of Dr. Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch, hosted Saturday Night Live!
This was the last episode before Election Day and expectations were high. Maybe they were too high. I did not find this episode to be as strong as the past few weeks. Of course, this is the nature of Saturday Night Live. SNL has been and will always be cyclic. Not every episode is a winner through and through. Despite this being a duller episode, there were certainly some highlights:
There were high expectations for the Cold Open. While the sketch did offer comical commentary on the Clinton investigation, and Trump’s concerning endorsements, it’s most pertinent commentary was that Americans are all weary of this Election cycle. Baldwin and McKinnon break character to sadly vent about the Election (“Do you feel really gross about this?”). The two of them then exit the building together and hugged people in Times Square despite who they are supporting. We may have said that we don’t want anything to do with people who don’t support our candidate, but this sketch reminds us that this is not realistic…and it’s exhausting. The election cycle is officially over. Thank goodness.
Why is Benedict Cumberbatch Hot?
I’ve actually heard this discussed a lot. I thought it was amusing that they made this discussion the focus of entire sketch. Beck, Bayer, Bryant and Cumberbatch play themselves discussing Cumberbatch’s hotness, which is uncomfortable but also relatable.
The Weekend Update was easily my favorite part of this episode. The Church Lady returned with some thoughts on the election cycle and Hollywood figures. Well, isnt’ that special? The jokes from Jost and Che were strong as well, especially Che’s jokes on male birth control (“If a man can keep up with birth control, he probably doesn’t need it because he would make a great dad”). At the end of the segment, Cubs players appeared with none other than Bull Murray to sing “Go Cubs Go”. In the middle of a fairly dull episode of SNL, Weekend Update delivered.
I genuinely enjoyed Office Hours. I loved the contrast of the dramatic, Hollywood depiction of the intellectual professor (Cumberbatch) and the realistic college sophmore student (Davidson). Cumberbatch would deliver deep, emotional dramatic dialouge which was met by Davidson’s “Cool” “Okay” “Whatever” “No thanks” “Sure”. Anyone who has ever seen a Hollywood movie about higher education and thought, “This wasn’t my experience” will enjoy this sketch.
While this episode was certainly duller than in the past few weeks it contained some solid highlights. If you notice, while the topics covered in this article are few, they had a lot to offer. This is one of the reasons why I love SNL. Even if the episode does not do well, Saturday Night Live always has something to offer us.