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Christmas comes early as Matt Damon delivers a pleasant package of warmth and humor in one of SNL Season 44's strongest episodes.
This season, for the most part, has been fine, and it would be quite the Christmas miracle to get something more than fine to close out the year. And that's exactly what happens here.
Two bad bookends aside, Saturday Night Live ended 2018 with an episode full of smart and funny sketches.
When you've been on the air for 44 seasons, you're bound to repeat yourself. And so, for the third time in its history, Saturday Night Live sought comic inspiration for its Christmas episode from the holiday movie staple It's a Wonderful Life.
The energy level just wasn't there this week.
Along with the laughter, we also got some heartfelt moments too, especially from our host.
Damon's second turn as host resulted in something the show has sorely been missing: humor.
Damon turned in the best episode of a bad season, so far (and really, the only host that came close was Jason Momoa last week, and Seth Meyers in week 3).
Damon was terrific, capping the 2018 run of SNL with one the season's strongest efforts, if not the year's best. But without him, the cast would be rudderless...
Damon still spearheaded the best top-to-bottom episode of the 44th season, giving everyone watching an early Christmas present.
Damon is steady and playful throughout, never stretching far from his persona and only dipping into the tried-and-true Boston blue-collar routine only when necessary.
There were a few strong sketches and no outright bad ones. A happy swan song for 2018.
Yeah, I'm a sucker for holiday entertainment, but the Christmas-themed skits and music truly were good.