‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: First-Time Host Sandra Oh Embraces The Bizarre

IndieWire | 3/31/2019 | Staff
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After another mini-break, “Saturday Night Live” is back with a new episode, and it’s back with another first-time host: Sandra Oh. Unfortunately, there is no “Killing Eve” sketch — though BBC America takes care of that series promotion during one of the first commercial breaks — but there is some absolutely unexpected insanity that gets the season back on track going into the closing stretch, so there is a plus side.

Oh, Sandra. Sandra Oh’s monologue gets this episode off to a pretty good start, as she lets the whole world know she’s Canadian, she’s Asian, and she’s now a United States citizen… but she also has absolutely no idea how to be assertive and braggadocious, as she’s Canadian, and she’s Asian. This isn’t a Leslie Jones-heavy episode — in fact, the entire joke of the later sketch she’s “supposed” to figure into involves her not actually getting to do anything — but she leaves a lasting impression with her role as Sandra’s confidence advisor in this monologue.

Leslie - Drake - Canada - Wheelchair - Sandra

Yes, Leslie is right that when Drake was still just in Canada, “he was in a wheelchair.” And yes, it is quite amusing to hear Sandra overconfidently say, “I’m Leslie Jones!”… though it’s even funnier to hear her say less confidently, “I’m Sandra Oh, and cry more than anyone you’ve ever met.” Lack of ego officially shown, now the real test becomes the rest of the episode.

It’s easy to be upset at first that, with this sketch, “Saturday Night Live” teases that it’s going to do its own riff on “The Favourite” — and just to be clear, “Saturday Night Live” should totally do its own riff on “The Favourite,” still — only to get… this. But this is an amazingly insane sketch that pretty much announces early on that Sandra has absolutely no...
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