Saturday, September 11, 2010
Saturday Night Live Season Five
Finally broke down and purchased Season 5 of the "Saturday Night Live" series. The reason I hesitated for so long was partially financial, but mainly because my memories of Season 5 weren't that favorable.
I am still correct, but there are still some excellent gems. I know that they were really coasting as evidenced by the fact that out of 20 episodes, half of them had hosts that had hosted before and of those, half of those were hosted by the same person twice.
Also, skits seem a little more bizarre and a lot of times, don't really go anywhere. This set an unfortunate precedent that lasts to this day as the writers and performers of "SNL" know that people will watch even if it is only so-so material and performance.
Looking back on it, I don't think things would have been better had Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi stayed with the cast. I have always felt that "SNL" had reached a peak of sorts on the third season and even though seasons 11-17 are also really good, they have never achieved the heights of 3.
Of course, in comparison to season 6, season 5 seems like genius, and it's the last gasp for the original cast...so take a look.