Luke Annand: So here we are at the end of SNL’s landmark 40th season. An honor that only a handful of shows in the history of the medium have been able to accomplish. And given the history of the show, the fact that SNL has a 40th season is nothing short of unbelievable.
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Luke Annand: Well, here we are. It’s the morning after the huge, giant 3 1/2 (4 1/2 if you count the red carpet arrival special) hour SNL 40th Anniversary special. At the beginning of the season, I was wondering if they were going to be paying tribute to the history of SNL throughout the season or if they were going to save it all for a special.
Series finales are notoriously tricky things to pull off. Some shows are on for so long that the very idea of them wrapping up just seems ludicrous to think about, like Doctor Who or (regretfully) The Simpsons. Some are done not knowing that it’s their final bow, like Firefly or Deadwood.
After last week’s pause for reflection on the family history and past decisions of the Braverman clan, “We Made It Through the Night’, written and directed by series creator Jason Katims, gets things going again plot-wise before the narrative and emotional climaxes of next week’s finale.
This week’s episode was the 1st show of the new year. And like any job you come back to after the holidays, you might not be at your A game. This was on display with Kevin Hart as the host.
After last week’s hour of suspense and literal life and death, “Let’s Go Home” (written by star staff writer Sarah Watson and directed by Allison Liddi Brown whose past episodes include classics such as “If This Boat Is A Rockin'”, “Nora” and “Tales from The Luncheonette”) shifts into a slower gear and becomes one of the more reflective episodes of the final season.
“How Did We Get Here?”, the series landmark 100th episode written by series creator Jason Katims and directed by tv vet Michael Weaver (whose credits range from Malcolm in the Middle all the way to Masters of Sex) opens with a flashing red light as Zeke is being wheeled out of his home and into the ambulance.
As we head into Christmas Eve, I have a small confession I’d like to make. I never quite got onto the Lost bandwagon that everyone else did last decade.
As we head into the homestretch leading up to Christmas Day, today we go vintage with one of my favorite Christmas episodes from one of my favorite TV shows. I freaking love The Twilight Zone.
The US version of The Office was a series whose stellar reputation included a yearly tradition of outstanding Christmas episodes.