Saturday Night Live returned from hiatus with its most controversial episode since Donald Trump hosted in 2015.
Fittingly, tonight’s host may be the only person on the planet whose ego is on par with the former president: Tesla CEO and the world’s second-richest man, Elon Musk.
If Musk is not Quite A figure as divisive as Trump is not far behind, thanks to his endless public relations stunts, pseudoscience pontificance, and right-wing politics, not to mention his massive wealth grab (his appearance tonight has helped him inflate even more). the cryptocurrency bubble).
As a result, the run-up to tonight’s episode earned SNL its fair share of heat, even from some of its own cast members, though the show has a long history of giving in to the rich and powerful.
One only needs to see how many politicians have featured or made guest appearances (including the aforementioned Trump on two separate occasions), as well as other self-centered business types like George Steinbrenner and Steve Forbes.
These people tend to perform the worst, which is not surprising since they are not interpreter artists or executants.
However, Musk is different in that he envisions himself as a showman and a funny guy, though as anyone who has seen his appearances on The Simpsons, South Park or Rick and Morty, or is familiar with his trolling, can attest. online, he greatly overestimates his talent for comedy.
It is not unfair to suggest that the question posed tonight was not whether Musk would do a good job or not, but rather as bad everything would turn out fine.
On the episode itself: Musical guest Miley Cyrus opens with a Mother’s Day tribute song, pausing to introduce the cast alongside their real mothers, each of whom can tell a quick joke. Nice gesture, but so delicate.
That said, each and every mother looks like Gilda Radner compared to Musk during his monologue.
But the tech entrepreneur goes out of his way to poke fun at his own awkwardness and what he describes as a lack of “intonational variation,” citing the fact that it is on the autism spectrum.
He proudly says that he is the first person with Asperger syndrome to experience SNL (“Or at least the first person to admit it”). In fact, former cast member and former host Dan Ackroyd has been outspoken about his own Asperger diagnosis for several years.
Musk then offers the audience this: “To anyone I have offended, I just want to say: I reinvented electric cars and I will send people to Mars in a rocket … Did you also think it was going to be cold, normal? Dude? “He gets into a decent joke on OJ Simpson before quickly flinging it to the ground. Then he brings its mother on stage, and we have to put up with one more non-actor who represses him through his lines. In fact, this promises to be a very, very long night.
The first suitable sketch is Gen Z Hospital, a soap opera for today’s young audience, packed with the latest jargon: “brother”, “best friend”, “stan”, “no cap”, “pressed”, and so on.
SNL is rarely worse than when it tries to show how modern it is with the times, and this could be the worst example of that.
He is also in contention for the worst sketch not only of this season, but of the last. Musk stumbles his way (his cadence here is truly unnerving), but honestly, he’s not much worse than the rest of a somewhat awkward cast.
In Post-Quarantine Conversations, guests at a house party tediously catch up with acquaintances who barely remember from the pre-pandemic era. Musk, who plays one of the partygoers, is no more polished in this pre-filmed sketch than in front of a live audience, and it’s all as endless as the cliche conversations he’s sending out (though Chris Redd gets into a couple of decent jokes like a boy who “accidentally” hits his cousin).
On The Ooli Show, Chloe Fineman plays the jovially bubbly host, once a normal Icelandic girl until “my boobs popped out at Prince Philip’s funeral, so now they give me this show.” Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi’s bad impressions of Kate McKinnon and Pete Davidson (as well as a more compelling, but equally unhelpful Bjork, courtesy of Melissa Villasenor) distract from the main narrative, which sees Ragnarök, Musk’s stage actor, sighing for the host, who also happens to be his cousin (the second “cousin” joke in as many sketches).
Murdur Durdur is the latest prestigious murder drama on cable television. Like Mare of Eastown and other “constantly cloudy” shows, this one focuses on a “gray-haired detective … with a very specific accent.”
Most of the jokes here revolve around the way people in Pennsylvania hit their “ers” so hard that it is impossible to understand them. But 30 Rock did exactly this joke so much better 14 years ago. Later, Cyrus takes the stage alongside The Kid Laroi for a performance of Without You.
One of the episode’s only bright spots comes on Weekend Update, courtesy of Ego Nwodim, who always shines when he’s given the spotlight. Here, she plays Pauline, a “weary mother in her darkest hour,” who has just returned from a family trip to Disneyland, recently reopened.
Gaunt and defeated, she launches into angry tirades over Splash Mountain (“I stood up to see that I had been sitting in an inch of dirty Disney water, spent the rest of the day like I had peed on my pants”), The Sleeping Beauty (“Why is that naughty so tired? She has no kids!”) And her own faded appearance (“I might be pretty too, but I sleep on my feet like a horse!”).
Colin Jost and Michael Che welcome Musk (uselessly playing a financial expert named Lloyd Ostertag) to explain what doge coin is. Musk can’t wait to refer to himself as “father doge,” which is something his fans seem to find amusing, though why is even harder to explain than how cryptocurrency actually works (according to Che, it’s just “a hustle”. )
Musk then plays the video game villain Wario, on trial for murdering his heroic doppelganger Mario.
By assaulting him to the nth degree, Musk is hopeless, while the rest of the cast grimaces during the process. Things get even scarier when Davidson appears in the final moments as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and ruins his blockade.
The Astronaut is a parody of 2015’s The Martian, with Davidson’s monosyllabic bum Chad taking on the role of Matt Damon. Musk plays himself, responding to an emergency situation in one of his colonies on Mars from ground control, and it is not good.
Cyrus returns to the stage for a fun performance of his new single Plastic Hearts, continuing his streak of excellent musical performances for three years in a row.
The final, and possibly worst, sketch for the night shows Musk playing a cowgirl version of himself in a heavy Western parody. Winking he mocks his elements, such as his anti-mask stance during the pandemic, while the audience sits in deathly silence for most of the time.
Somehow, Musk’s attempt at doing an old western accent turns out to be his worst yet, and one has to wonder why the show’s runners would choose such broad, high-concept sketches for someone incompatible rather than just making that play the straight man in more grounded material.
A grueling night from start to finish, with Nwodim’s update segment and Cyrus’s second performance being the only highs, this will be considered one of the worst SNL episodes, although it would be a mistake to put all the blame on Musk.
In fact, its horror served primarily to highlight the much deeper weaknesses of the cast and the writing. However, the episode was responsible for some legitimate hilarity, as it appears to have caused the value of Dogecoin to plummet. A fitting end to a legitimate disaster.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism