I didn't think the episode was all that terrific, although she's clearly talented.
The Hobbits trailers were no question the sketch of the night, and whenever they take the time to prepare something like this (non-live) it usually turns out great. Generally the whole ensemble gets to throw in their best celebrity impressions, great makeup and costumes, really funny lines and satire/spoof/exaggeration, and this was no exception. I was glad to see Fred Armisen here, at least with SOME air time.
I thought Kate McKinnon doing her Jodie Foster was very funny in the one sketch she was in (Piers Morgan, I think??). I thought Bill Hader's Tommy Lee Jones at the Globes was PERFECT!
NOTE TO WRITERS: you have performers who do fabulous impressions! USE THEM MORE IN THE SKETCHES!!
But on the whole it was very very uneven... to poor and unfunny. They had to drag out yet another repeat of "Girlfriends" which is not funny. I'd much rather Cecily Strong get time on WU with "the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party", which I love.
I actually agree with this scorecard/blog of the show
which puts it at one of the lesser funny shows of the season.
Any time they fail to make use of their really talented excellent current females (Kate, Nasim, Vanessa, Cecily) they are hurting themselves. They continue to do this, while strangely forcing Taran and Bobby to do mostly unfunny physical comedy, instead of cerebral comedy. I actually liked the Starbucks coffee machine + Vanessa idea, and would have liked it even more if they'd really gotten crazy with the premise...even beyond the companion device and the second voice, which I thought was also a great idea.
On a related matter, the sadly dumped (and much-missed, along with Abby Elliott and the recurring Khardashians skit) Jenny Slate can currently be seen on The Kroll Show (Comedy Central). There also was a sighting of her last season on HBO's "Girls".
Not missed: Casey Wilson, who never said a funny thing in her short tenure. I predict Aidy Bryant will also not be back, and I'm very nervous about Nasim. Something's definitely wrong in the writer's room on that one that we must not know about.