On Sept. 28, 2013, Tina Fey hosted the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" with musical guest Arcade Fire. The episode focused on introducing viewers to the six new cast members, making “Breaking Bad” references and solidifying Keenan Thompson as the “go to guy” of the late-night sketch show.
Fey's opening monologue put the new cast members through a hazing of sorts as they had to pay their dues by “supporting the host” in a soul crushing dance number. Viewers didn't learn too much about the new cast from this skit, but they all held their own and seem to have a lot of promise. New cast member, Noel Wells jumped off the screen with her impression of Lena Dunham's “Girls” doppelganger Hannah Horvath, in a parody sketch of the show involving a Albanian immigrant joining the “Girls” gang.
“Breaking Bad” was all over “SNL” last night. Aaron Paul made an appearance in the cold opening, as a citizen advocating for Obamacare because his friend with cancer had to resort to selling meth because he didn't have health insurance. Then there was the hilarious E-Meth commercial parody, that featured meth addicts smoking blue crystals from electronic pipes that gave them the freedom to smoke anywhere. Paul showed up in the final seconds of the fake commercial to deliver the line, “E-Meth, you know it's good because it's blue B*tch.” The final Aaron Paul cameo occurred during Weekend Update, where Paul appeared alongside Bobby Moynihan's Drunk Uncle as Meth Nephew.
Throughout the night, it became apparent that “Saturday Night Live” is looking to a new comedian to serve as the backbone of the show. Keenan Thompson appeared in four skits last night, as well as being featured in the promos for the premiere alongside Tina Fey.
Overall, last night's “SNL” season premiere was pretty funny. Newcomer Kyle Mooney showed promise on Weekend Update as the struggling stand-up comic Bruce Chandling and Cecily Strong seemed right at home with Seth Meyers as co-anchor of the segment. Mike O'Brien brought an awkward charm to his skit, “The First Used Car Commercial Didn't Go Very Well” and Jay Pharoah has mastered his impression of President Obama. Transition years can be fun and difficult, but it seems like the current “SNL” cast and crew are up for the challenge.