The Kind of Episode that Can Sober You Up
I love Bryan Cranston’s Walt White, and since “Breaking Bad,” premiered, it’s always a little jarring to see Cranston with hair and grinning. It’s really as though Walt White isn’t even played by the same guy that was the father in “Malcolm in the Middle.” It’s two different people, and the Cranston who was in “Malcolm” showed up on “SNL” last night, and the writing team seriously let him down. It was a dreadful episode, spare on highlights. I could only make it through Weekend Update. It’s sad when Kanye’s performance — complete with a goddamn harem — was the highlight of the night. It was actually kind of amazing, and I couldn’t give three rat’s asses for Kanye.
Kenan Thompson came back with another “What’s Up with That,” segment, which grew stale halfway through the first time he did it, and again completely wastes the cameo of Morgan Freeman (and Ernest Borgnine), which I understand was the point, but what I’m saying is: It’s a lousy point.
The Miley Cyrus talk show was funny in theory, but didn’t work particularly well in practice. I will, however, give Vanessa Bayer props for an excellent Cyrus impression.
Likewise, for the Pepto Bismol Ice commercial: Funny idea, not so funny commercial.
The Digital Short was lackluster for the second week in a row: An Emergency 911 iPhone app that keeps being interrupted by a Rescue Dogs commercial:
The one genuinely funny sketch last night — and it was hilarious for about three minutes — was “Shanna,” which involved Kristen Wiig playing a sexy cheerleader that does some decidedly unsexy things. I nearly wet myself watching the protein shake bit.