Let me just say this at the outset: Last night’s episode was awful, easily the worst of the new season, and one of the worst in recent memory. However, there were three things that made the night not as horrible as it otherwise should’ve been: 1) Weekend Update was hilarious, and Seth Meyers clearly had a great time mocking the debate, 2) although the skits she was in were not particularly great, Kate McKinnon was, and she’s the best new addition to the cast since Taran Killam, and 3) Daniel Bond is an absolutely terrible “SNL,” host, and a terrible comedic presence, but the fact that he tried was actually kind of endearing. He’s like the lame Dad that you love, but whose jokes make you groan.
Let’s get to few highlights:
The Political Cold Open, expectedly, covered the debates. It was bad, although I liked the way they depicted Mitt Romney (“he’s just making up stuff”). The gist was that Obama’s mind was wondering because he forgot to get Michelle a anniversary present, and because of the thin air in Denver. The Romney lies were pretty fun, though.
NBC has not yet made the monologue available and, for good reason: They’re probably trying to protect Daniel Craig’s career. It’s too bad they didn’t withhold his first skit: It basically epitomized Craig’s hilariously awful performance last night. So, so bad:
Craig did all right with a pre-taped segment — little known Bond girls — mostly because he got to play Bond.
Easily the highlight of the night was Seth Meyer’s update jokes, his Winners and Losers, and the appearance of Big Bird, who couldn’t be bothered to be funny (for political reasons), but it was fun to see him all the same.
Finally, I will include this Daniel Craig sketch just to show you how far Craig was willing to degrade himself for a laugh, and though he failed to get any actual laughs, I really applaud the effort.