Saturday Night Live has returned, with Margot Robbie as host, for its 42nd season and, with everything going on in the world, yes, it was comforting! (And SNL Scorecard is back, too, even though I kind of said it wouldn’t be. Though, this is a shorter version that doesn’t cover every single sketch, just a few interesting ones! I did say I’d still be doing something. This is the something.)
What we saw in last week’s actual debate between Clinton and Trump might not have seemed like a real debate, but now here’s SNL doing a parody of it, so it must have been real! (Again, it felt comforting.) As my SNL Podcast partner (yes, if you didn’t know, I am on a podcast) Ryan McGee pointed out at Rolling Stone, this is a big moment for SNL. Whether they like to admit it or not, having Trump host last season gave the show a serious black eye. Making a change of who plays Trump (the third Trump the show has had in the last year) was a smart move.
Yes, it would have been nice to have someone in the cast play Trump, but Alec Baldwin was pretty great. His Trump is both nasty and a buffoon, which is perfect.
And Margot Robbie was everything one can hope for from a first-time host. She was energetic, she looked like she was having fun, and she called Kyle Mooney a “pussy” on live television. Good for her.
Anyway, here is your brand new and deproved Scorecard: