Caitlin Swift Staff Writer
I can’t tell you how eager I have been for this episode of Saturday Night Live. I will admit that even though I was DVRing it, I wanted to be home to witness the glory live. I am happy to report (in my opinion) he did not disappoint!
Showing off his vocal chops in the show opener, Justin posed as Elton John playing Hugo Chavez’s funeral with a reworked version of Candle in the Wind. Opting for a non-traditional monologue Timberlake kicked off his fifth hosting gig with an actual induction to the five-timer club. He was ushered in by former hosting legends Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Candice Bergin and most importantly the Three Amigos (if you don’t remember I’ll refresh ya Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short). With words of wisdom shed JT kicked off what was to be a promising show.
The one thing that helps Justin succeed is the theory of ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Being his 5th time and all he has established characters and sketches that just work. The first skit was a dating game show that showcased two iconic duos. WE met one unfortunate bachelor who had to compete against Martin and Akryod’s two wild and crazy guys and Timberlake and Samberg’s 90’s wannabe Casanovas. Personal I’d have to choose the Timberlake/Samberg duo, I mean they did name drop Huey, Dewey, and Louie of DuckTales fame. Once again playing to Timberlake’s strength of singing and comedic timing, the skit was a hit not to mention the reunion of the wild and crazy guys.
Net we move into another Timberlake classic, the Ville skits. This time around, Veganville. How hip and trendy of SNL. What I think makes this skit so hilarious is the fact that Justin just makes an ass of himself paired with side splitting ditties the writer’s craft. You can tell SNL is hoping for a viral sensation since the skit closed with the ‘Vegan Shake’ their take on the Harlem Shake. Will that craze just not die? I’ll admit it was funny, but the shake part came off as trying a bit too hard.
Non-Timberlake related was the mock-mercial Nuva Bling. It brought me back to the days of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and their mock-mercials. I had a few laughs and was happy to see Vanessa Bayer getting some screen time. I enjoy her and I feel she has a smaller presence on the show this season.
But back to Justin… We have entered the musical portion of the show. Suit & Tie naturally is the first song he performed. He killed it. I sat there wishing Mr. Timberlake would pop right out my TV and show me a few things. The band, the dancers, just pure entertainment. What really put this performance over the edge? Why it was Jay-Z of course! Timberlake spared no expense, he called in a whole bunch of favors this time around!
Weekend Update was solid. Seth Meyers never disappoints and if you though the show was good thus far? Guess what, it gets better! SNL resident New York Culture Guide Stefon was on hand. Thanks to him I know all the spots to hit up when I finally make it down to NYC. Not to mention I now know what it sounds like when Donald Duck sounds like when he has a nightmare.
Now we’ve reached the unfortunate part of the show. It’s that part where the sketches either make you laugh so hard you cry or you just fall asleep out of utter disappointment. Personally I enjoyed the Sober Caligula skit. I know some on twitter did not but there is something about Taran Killam that gets me every time. The way he gently caressed JT’s ab-plate had me in tears. I’m not saying the whole sketch was golden but I laughed pretty hard at few things.
Biggest WTF moment: Maine Justice. I failed to see how any of this made sense. If you understood it can you please help me understand? Pretty please? I thought that maybe I didn’t understand the location and had maybe misread something, I mean it is pretty late and all. They were plucked straight out the bayou but were supposed to be in New England, more importantly what was with the alligator with the gavel? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gator in these parts….
In full gear the Three Amigos were back to introduce JT’s final performance. I forgot just what an amazing performer he was. Mirrors is a great song, it reminds me of his older music and a bit of late Nsync stuff and he just sings the shit out of it. I had chills. I will admit that I wasn’t wowed with Future/Sex Love sounds but if Mirrors is any indication of the direction that the 20/20 Experience is going I’m all in. Loved it.
Now here’s where things just got downright awful. Out of nowhere they decided to do a trailer spoof for a new romantic comedy entitled ‘She has a Dick’. Was that supposed to be funny? Or was it poking fun of JT acting career? I wasn’t too sure what the point of it was. Needless to say I was really hoping that the last skit would wow the pants off of me, I mean I managed to keep my eyes open this long. I felt as if I deserved something that was going to make me pee my pants.
Unfortunately the last sketch fell a bit flat too. I laughed but I wasn’t impressed. Remember this is the guy who closed the show with the Barry Gibb talk show on his maiden hosting voyage. I still laugh so hard I cry at that. The Moet-Chardon (or Monica & Chandler) Girls were funny and Justin as a porn star? Well that was amusing. But clearly not Gibb worthy. I guess bringing Jimmy Fallon back would be too much of a stretch since Monday kicks off Timberweek on his show.
Over all the episode gets a B+. The first half was amazing and he shined while performing but in all honesty I feel like I could have gone to bed after Mirrors and watched the rest in the morning. Also I feel like for all the five-timers they brought back they could have utilized them a bit more. Come on JT you’re better than that. Timberweek better wow me!