Originally Posted by dattier
Whoever it was, the Bruce Chandling bit did not go well.
I couldn't understand what he was saying because he didn't speak clearly. Nor did the audience understand him either, based on the VERY tepid response to what apparently was supposed to be either funny words or funny delivery. In my opinion, it was neither... and you've backed me up, as did the audience.
I haven't finished watching the last 30 minutes yet (here's hoping I get to see Vanessa Bayer and Nasim Pedrad), but the first hour was pretty much a dud for me. I think the "Girls" parody was about the best of it. Could be that the new girl in the cast is the best of the new six cast members (her Lena Dunham impression in the "Girls" was star material), although this is only the first episode so that's just speculation on what overall was pretty weak material. Can't recall even a faint smile or chuckle from me from any of whatever the new guys were asked to do.
Jay Pharoah continues to blow his lines and disappoint in his delivery. His Obama is truly not great. But I did enjoy Kate McKinnon's smoking and harried ER doc, bothered by people who put assorted things "where they shouldn't be" and then say "I fell on it". She's great no matter what they give her to do.
I also did not think Tina Fey (or her material) was as strong as I would have expected. Certainly the opening "embarrass the new kids" monolog was dreadful. Only her "Blerta" character in the aforementioned "Girls" parody was amusing, but so was all of it. Taran Killam's Adam impression was great. Tina's role in "new cast member or Arcade Fire member" was awful, as was pretty much the entire skit and its premise.
They are obviously seriously missing strong and familiar male cast members and what they can contribute. Hader, Sudeikis, and Armisen and their battery of characters and impressions are going to be very very hard to replace. So far I don't see any potential standouts from the five new guys, but we'll see.