After what I considered two of the better seasons in recent memory, the 2010-2011 “SNL” season has reverted and, at this pace, it may go down as one of the worst, all the more frustrating because of the caliber of guest that they’ve had so far: Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler and, last night, Emma Stone.
It was a dud. A painful one, too, given how goddamn adorable Emma Stone is. She couldn’t salvage the bad writing, and while Kristen Wiig used to be one of the cast members you could rely on for a few solid moments in each episode, she helped to weigh down last night’s brutal performance.
Thankfully, Kings of Leon performed, and offered some small reason to stick around.
That lone highlight? The all-too-obvious, but still amusing, Brett Favre Wrangler Open-Fly Jeans Commercial:
Emma Stone’s best moment was probably the Digital Short, which was almost amusing up until Andy Samberg’s Grape Jelly began rapping. Then it was just embarassing.
There was a “The View” parody, and Emma Stone did an expected Lindsay Lohan impersonation, but it was both underused and wasted.
“Weekend Update,” which used to offer a series of decent headlines jokes has been mostly reduced to a series of terrible bits. Stefon was painful, John Mulaney’s “I Love It” was OK, while Kenan Thompson’s Jimmy Mulligan was the highlight, if you could call it that.
Finally, Emma Stone’s monologue was flat and kind of lame, but the dude doing the Michael Cera impression was spot-on.