Is the 40th season of Saturday Night Live going to be the worst one yet? There's a good chance, if Saturday's season premiere is any indication.
The show got off to a rough start this weekend, and even America's sweetheart, first-time host Chris Pratt, couldn't elevate most of the sketches past mediocrity — though he did rap. Even bits targeting the NFL, which should be akin to shooting fish in a barrel given the league's recent woes, fell flat.
Also lackluster was the new "Weekend Update" team of Michael Che andColin Jost. Che, who's replacing Cecily Strong at the desk, flubbed his first line, and he and Jost have absolutely no chemistry together. They look like students who are being forced to give a group presentation.
Check out highlights (and lowlights) of the episode below:
Chris Pratt Opening Monologue: Pratt stumbles a couple of times in his opening monologue, which features an original song he wrote for his first hosting gig. (His wife Anna Faris, who's in the audience, also gets a shoutout.)
Cialis Turnt: One of the more amusing bits of the night is this commercial for the new "Cialis Turnt."
He-Man and Lion-O: Pratt parlays his Guardians of the Galaxy skills into this sketch, about a boy (Kyle Mooney) whose action figures (Pratt and Taran Killam) suddenly come to life. Musical guest Ariana Grande also makes an appearance.
Marvel Trailer: Another funny commercial, this time for Marvel's upcoming film releases—including Bus People and Some Shopping Carts, which are sure to be hits.
Weekend Update Part 1: Che and Jost break down the headlines of the week, including Derek Jeter's final game.
Weekend Update Part 2: SNL continues its unfortunate tradition of being borderline homophobic with this stale bit from Pete Davidson: "How much money would you go down on a guy for?"
Booty Rap: Sheryl (Aidy Bryant) and Todd (Pratt) use rap lyrics to overcome their shyness and hit on each other in a bar.
Did you watch Saturday Night Live? What did you think of the Season 40 premiere?