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Unfocused and devoid of chemistry, SNL's second installment strands the usually charming Awkwafina in a sea of disappointing sketches.
As much as the whole locker room portrayal of the Kavanaugh appointment is quite apt given the subject matter, it's clear that the show just wants to get this over with, even before it ends.
Awkwafina noted how inspired she was by Lucy Liu hosting Saturday Night Live nearly two decades ago. It was a heartfelt moment, one undercut by a lackluster episode that no host could have salvaged.
When picking the weakest moment from this week you can't really dismiss a sketch that was entirely about having sex with pumpkins.
[Awkwafina]'s overall gameness buoyed her sketches even as, for the second outing in a row, there wasn't much to get excited about.
Here's hoping the writing throughout this season is more focused than it was tonight.
The writing in [the cold open] was obstinately bland, just as the rest of the show largely wasted the talents of its host, Awkwafina, only the second Asian American woman to fulfill that role.
It's a bad show when even Debette Goldry is terrible.
The writers didn't seem up to task to give Awkwafina a lot to do, but her confidence and style made her a solid host.
While pointed, none of the jokes were especially sharp, and they set the tone for what ultimately turned out to be a lackluster episode of SNL.
The jokes weren't exactly the most hard-hitting stuff, but there's a clever twist ending that's worth sticking around for.
Mediocre SNL is better than the offensively bad show we've seen too much of over the last few seasons, but it doesn't make it any easier to get excited about it again.
The second episode... was something of a mixed bag. Awkwafina wasn't given much to work with, playing the straight person in a series of mostly forgettable sketches, while the very best the show had to offer came in the cold open and Weekend Update.