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Saturday Night Live | Dwayne Johnson Recap & Season 42 in Review

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Rich Tackenberg (@richtack) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) talk about the May 20 season finale of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. They also give their thoughts on season 42 overall, including cast MVPs and sketch/episodes of the year, eulogies on newly-departed cast members, and what season 43 may have to offer.
Thank you all for listening throughout coverage of season 42. Rich and Mike are excited to return after the summer for Saturday Night Live’s 43rd season!
  • Matt Racine

    thanks for a great season of podcasts. vanessa was my bobby! I was excited almost every time she was on my TV screen. i’ll miss her most of the 3 departing cast members.

    • Mike Bloom

      Thanks, Matt! I will really miss Vanessa as well, she was always the MVP of the pre-tapes and a very reliable person to go to for a one-liner. But her participation in movies like Trainwreck makes me hopeful that she has exciting career prospects ahead of her.

  • DT73

    I have been so disappointed with the juvenile and lazy writing staff of SNL for a number of seasons now. So, for therapeutic purposes I watched my DVD of the Finale of the Third season of this show. The cold open was Dan Akroyd as Nixon trying to sell his book. The sketches on this show included a visit with the Loopners on prom night, Samurai TV repairman, A visit to the Olympic Cafe (Cheeburger,,,cheeburger), “Bad Conceptual Art with Leonard Pinth Garnell”, and a Franken and Davis segment. My question to current fans of what is left of this show is: What sketches from the current finale will be remembered by you 39 years from now?

    • Matthew Murphy

      None.

    • Suzi!

      All friggin classics. Maybe the cast is just too big and everything is getting watered down? I don’t know.

      • DT73

        I blame it on the writing talent. The original cast/writers were young at the time, but it was new, fresh. Unless you can get some talent, like what you see on Colbert or Bill Maher’s show, the writing is just not the best and seems to skew toward male adolescent humor. You know, as if these guys just discovered their sex organs and the opposite sex.

        • Suzi!

          I don’t see it as male adolescent humor I just see it as not very funny. If it was funny it would be fine. Where are the interesting characters? I don’t see them except for David S. Pumpkins.

    • Mike Bloom

      I would agree that this finale isn’t anything spectacular (as I said on the podcast), but I still enjoyed it. I will say, though, that I’ll remember the “Farewell Mr. Bunting” sketch from last season’s finale, it might be my sketch of the season.

      Seeing as you’re an old school fan, thought you’d be interested to know my summer project is to start rewatching the series from the beginning! I’ve seen most, but not all, of the first five seasons, so I’m excited to check out the greatness of the era that the season 3 finale functions as a microcosm of.

  • Matthew Murphy

    Katy Perry’s performance was the cringiest thing I’ve seen in 2017. It looked like it was starting as a Big Brother Canada comeptition and it was all downhill from there.

    • DT73

      I thought the first number was somewhat of a rip-off of Grace Jones.

    • Mike Bloom

      We were two clicks away from Kevin Martin walking down the runway in gold short shorts.

      • Matthew Murphy

        I would pay money for Ika’s take on Katy’s performance.

  • Matthew Murphy

    The “Ghostbusters should be men” “line from Bobby was funny but more accurately it should be “Ghostbusters should be in movies with a good script that are directed by someone who enjoys the franchise.” Even Melissa McCarthy said the script was bad and she was in Tammy.

  • Amber Evers

    Just to throw my two cents in; 1) I’m also an old school fan & I think Mike’s summer project of watching the Saturday night live of the 70’s & 80’s will be a really fun and eye opening experience, so I for one would love to know what his thoughts & opinions are. And 2) I agree with most commentors here in that I also have been disappointed with the lack funny skits, & I too think it’s the fault of the lazy writing staff. 3) I’m also in agreement that the cast is too big & probably causing any content to be watered down. Imho, I think it would be a bold (& smart )move to just wipe the slate clean with maybe the exception of Kate,Aidy & Cecily and narrow the cast down and just introduce us to an entirely new cast who have the talent & drive of cast members who don’t just skate from week to week