Saturday Night Live: Jason Momoa / Tate McRae
November 19, 2023 12:59 PM - Season 49, Episode 5 - Subscribe

No strike, no cameos?

  • Cold Open - Biden and Panda: Mikey Day, Bowen Yang, Michael Longfellow, Andrew Dismukes, Heidi Gardner, Ego Nwodim, Punkie Johnson, Molly Kearney, Marcello Hernandez, James Austin Johnson
  • Monologue: Jason Momoa
  • L. Frank Baum: Bowen Yang, Heidi Gardner, Michael Longfellow, Chloe Fineman, Kenan Thompson, Jason Momoa, Mikey Day
  • Roman Empire: Ego Nwodim, Jason Momoa, Mikey Day, Chloe Troast, Punkie Johnson, Kenan Thompson
  • Club Bouncers: Marcello Hernandez, Jason Momoa, Chloe Fineman, Sarah Sherman, Michael Longfellow, Kenan Thompson
  • Newark Airport Thanksgiving Parade: Ego Nwodim, Bowen Yang, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Chloe Fineman, Jason Momoa, Kenan Thompson, Chloe Troast, James Austin Johnson, Michael Longfellow, Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, Sarah Sherman, Devon Walker, Marcello Hernandez
  • Ramen Fever: PDD
  • Tate McRae - Greedy
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • George Santos: Bowen Yang
    • Draymond Green: Devon Walker
    • Remember Lizards: James Austin Johnson, Andrew Dismukes
  • Dinner: Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Jason Momoa
  • Tate McRae - Grave
  • Charna Lee Diamond: Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman, Heidi Gardner, Mikey Day, James Austin Johnson, Jason Momoa, Andrew Dismukes, Devon Walker, Chloe Fineman
  • Cab Driver's Doctor: Jason Momoa, Kenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim
posted by rhizome (6 comments total)
Not the strongest episode but I really enjoyed Rome Song (Roman Empire) and Untold: Battle of the Sexes (Charna Lee Diamond).
posted by ellieBOA at 3:04 PM on November 19

Enjoyed L. Frank Baum and always enjoy Bowen Yang as George Santos.
posted by joannemerriam at 4:24 PM on November 19 [1 favorite]

Just in case the Rome Song thing seemed random: previously

I was having some dumb laptop problems so aside from title-flubbage I probably missed some performers.

Overall I think this was probably better than the other Momoa episode. Battle of the Sexes and I liked the Airport Parade. Tate McCrae is definitely not for me.
posted by rhizome at 8:34 PM on November 19

Enjoyed the Roman Empire and Airport Parade sketches.

I don't know Imagine Dragons well enough to know what Remember Lizards was parodying so hard to judge. It was amusing, anyway.

I know they have to parody Biden, and it's fine that they do, but I kind of wish they had more than "ha ha I'm old!" though I guess it's better than "haha I'm a fascist!" like the other guy.

Tate McRae seemed pretty generic and forgettable but I'm also clearly not in the demographic so whatever.
posted by bondcliff at 9:48 AM on November 20

I don't know Imagine Dragons well enough to know what Remember Lizards was parodying so hard to judge.

I’m not a fan but they are on the radio loads, Remember Lizards were spot on!
posted by ellieBOA at 4:42 PM on November 20 [1 favorite]

This and the previous episodes weren't outstanding, but also not terrible. I'm glad the featured players and newer cast members are getting more time and we can see their ranges. The WU has been passable but also a bit predictable: each show, they get Colin to say something really toxic; Che tells one with a "what, and you laughed at that other joke?" moment, Bowen shines doing one thing or another... (I liked the three desk pieces this show.)

The Please Don't Destroy sketches, though, seem to have lost their edge: before this season, they used to pack their short allotment of time tightly, every second ratcheting up the absurd and wild, until boom, end of scene. This season, their sketches start off like they're headed in the same direction... but then they don't give the sketch a chance to get wilder; it plateaus early, and then the PDDers wear the joke into the ground or tack on a trite ending—instead of taking the premise of the sketch and stretching it to its logical conclusive breaking point, what they used to do.

Overall, it feels like an "okay" season, with nothing outstandingly great yet. This cast and writing crew have great potential—but it's certainly not being fully realized yet. But, to their credit, there hasn't been an episode yet this season that was a total shitshow, so, go team? One more year after this until retirement?

Did I see an ad for Good Burger 2? I think I did. Oh my.
posted by not_on_display at 9:01 PM on November 26

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