Saturday Night Live returned to the airwaves over the weekend, with host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd. After some staff shake-ups, the show returned… pretty much as it had been, for better or for worse. Below is a run-through of the night's sketches, which despite reports that the show would cut commercial time by about thirty percent, did not appear to be any more numerous than other recent episodes. And as much as the show is known for its every-episode features like the monologue, Weekend Update, and musical performances, these areas rarely make or break the overall quality of an episode. Back in the mid-'90s there was at least one season where Norm MacDonald's Weekend Update was excellent almost every single week in the midst of lazy, overlong, and/or hackneyed sketches, and as much as I cherished Norm's deadpan, it wasn't enough to qualify the rest of the show as especially good. The monologue only occasionally rises above or sinks below a basic level of mild amusement, and great musical performances rarely overshadow the rest of the episode. So this evaluation is strictly sketch-only.
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