The mighty Thor took on hosting duties this time, but was the hammer dropped?
Chris Hemsworth, the aforementioned God of Thunder, had his first SNL hosting gig. It’s a bit early, but I suppose he was there to rep Avengers: Age of Ultron (since January’s Blackhat was flat garbage). And on the musical side, Hemmy was joined by the Zac Brown Band. If they’re your thing, great.
So let’s break this down. People like numbered scores, so I’ve chosen to rate every sketch at 0, 1/2, or 1 point. A sketch not worth watching at all receives a 0, a sketch that doesn’t stand out but didn’t totally flop gets a 1/2, and a sketch that does its job of entertaining and delivering a few laughs will earn 1 point. A standout sketch that goes above and beyond will receive the normal point plus 1 bonus point. Cool? Cool. Let’s talk about it!
Air Date: 3/7/15
Host: Chris Hemsworth
Musical Guest: Zac Brown Band
Hilary Clinton Cold Open
After the brilliant Birdman riff last episode, the writers returned to their political rut with a sketch that contributed absolutely nothing. Kate McKinnon has eternal energy, but she was stuck repeating the same “I might run in 2016!” punch line the whole time. 0 points
The visual gag of Keenan Thompson as Hemsworth’s “brother” is hilarious. When things started going the rote Q&A direction, I was happy to see the concept flipped on its head by Thompson answering the questions instead. 1 point
American Express Ad
There wasn’t any statement being made here, but the American Express punch line was decent. 1/2 point
Brother 2 Brother
Well, here’s a second sketch about Hemsworth being handsome. The ripping Taran Killam’s was pretty funny though. 1 point
The joke wears off after a while, but the juxtaposition of White Guy Jeff is hilarious. Props to Keenan Thompson for doing an actual impression. 1 point
It was early in the show for such a bizarre sketch, but I respect the choice. Oddly enough, the weirdness ramps up to a completely logical conclusion. Well done (pun intended). 1 point
The Iggy Azalea Show
Hemsworth didn’t impress much here, but McKinnon’s sudden shifts from Aussie to rap voice are perfect. 1 point
The Colin Jost/Michael Che duo weren’t telling the best jokes at first, but everything from the Dr. Ben Carson rant on was excellent. Leslie Jones had another good rant, but Cecily Strong’s Girl…at a Party hasn’t done anything new in any of her last dozen appearances. A decent Update, right down the middle. 1/2 point
Avengers News Report
You’d expect this sketch to lead the show, not fill the post-Update slot. It’s great seeing Thor be a total douche after defeating Ultron — Hemsworth probably felt great breaking away from the usual Shakespearean portrayal. 1 point
This feels like it should have aired directly after Update. Thompson’s voice was funny, but the sketch never moved beyond the cast hamming it up. 1/2 point
One of the best Good Neighbor bits yet. A great subversion of how stupid and petty reality TV disputes can be. 1 point
Porn Stars: Dolce & Gabbana
We’ve seen this unchanging, recurring sketch a thousand times, but it still manages to be funny. Strong and Vanessa Bayer are so brilliantly stupid every time. 1 point
Total: 9.5/12 possible points
A decent episode, but it felt like the writing staff didn’t have many solid ideas. Hopefully the break before the next one gives them time to recharge.