The ugly kids bit was an interesting concept, but the sketch didn't really go anywhere. The "Cathy" bit was another decent idea that they didn't do anything with. The Charles Barkley sketch had some interesting ideas that they just didn't execute on. The Bela joke was almost there, but they didn't quite finish it.
In fact, many of the sketches had an unfinished quality to them. They had good ideas but fell apart in the story within the sketch. They put the ideas on display but didn't really do anything with them. The whole show seemed like it was rushed from the brainstorming stage to the performance stage.
That said, they did somethings very well.
- They used Michael Phelps appropriately.
- It's always great to see a Shatner cameo.
- The Sarah Palin/Hilary Clinton sketch was brilliant (odd since that was the most time sensitive).
- The Glove infomercial was right on.
- The 3022 Olympics was another good Digital Short
One of my favorite sketches, though, was the T Mobile sketch. When T Mobile was originally airing the commercial, I thought it was a bit creepy. SNL captured that aspect of it and then ran with the concept.
If you are not familiar with the ad, the first segment of the SNL parody is a recreation of it. Basically, T Mobile let people designate their 5 favorite contacts for free calling. A teenage girl names her favorite friends (all girls) and her brother then names those exact same friends, noting that her friends are hot. When you she objects and complaining to her parents, her father suggests it's her fault for having hot friends.
Here is the SNL Sketch (the video should appear below -- if not the link should work, too):
My other favorite sketch was the Michael Phelps diet sketch:
So while there were some highlights this week, they are off to a rough start -- especially coming off hiatus.