Imagine Dragons take the stage to perform “Radioactive”. I’m sure these guys are nice and call their parents on a regular basis. But I think I hit my saturation point on this song months ago, which makes its inevitable use in any “Days Of Future Past” commercials that much more terrifying. Also? For a song as naturally cinematic as this, it’s curious to see the band not try to go for any visual interest with its performance. Drake achieved this with only a pair of spotlights, so it’s not like it involves a huge budget. At least Kendrick Lamar arrives halfway through to recreate a bit of the magic of their Grammys’ pairing. His presence plus the quadruple drum attack give the song an urgency lacking in the rest of the performance. It’s thrilling stuff, mostly because it adds a shot of shock back into an all-too-familiar track. [Grade: B+]
Imagine Dragons return to perform “Demons”. There are lots of songs that mean well and have messages worth hearing that still make me want to jump through a window when they come on the radio. This is one of those songs. It”s not you, Imagine Dragons. It”s me. This song brings out my demons, I guess. [Grade: D]
The Summer Of Diane: Moynihan”s narrator/onscreen protagonist woos McCarthy”s slovenly character in a combination of voice-over and mime. It”s not a bad approach, as the two often ironically juxtapose to fun effect. But holy hell, this is short. Maybe 90 seconds, tops? I”m all for a sketch that doesn”t overstay its welcome, but there was enough of an idea here to flesh out a few more clashes between wistful memory and crude reality. [Grade: C+]
Best Sketch: “Women’s Group”
Worst Sketch: “The Living Pictures Exhibition”
Biggest Surprise: They pulled off the worst show of 2014 on Meyers’ last show with a host that can be funny in her sleep. But this show was off almost from the start, with actual funny bits hard to find.
Biggest Non-Surprise: The farewell to Meyers was nicely done, and did as much to help give credibility to Cecily Strong’s future anchor performances as it did to honor those by Meyers.
Next Week: Olympics, and the week after that…and the week after that. The show doesn’t return until March.
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