Natalie Portman stopped by 8H to host SNL for the second time last Saturday night. This was the 4th SNL in a row for the cast and writers, and you could tell they were a little worn out. It was a tough situation to avoid with the Olympics starting tomorrow and taking over NBC. SNL had to run a bunch of episodes in a row since they’ll be off until March 3rd. The show started off strong with Revolutionary War and another classic Portman rap. It got a little wacky towards the end with Alien Lover & Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, but overall I enjoyed it. The funniest sketch for me was Stranger Things 3.
Natalie Portman – SNL
I enjoyed everyone’s role here. Mikey Day as the horny version of Mike was great. Portman as Eleven trying to explain ‘momma’ and her nose bleeds was funny. I legitimately laughed out loud when Beck Bennett’s Fourteen started a small fire and threw up in his mouth. Ditto for Cecily Strong’s Nine reading people’s minds and then farting. I’m not sure if it’s worrying that people throwing up in their mouth and farting is a guaranteed laugh for me, but that’s a battle for another day. Also, whoever came up with the character that cooks great chili but gets a brain bleed should win some type of award.
Stranger Things Renewed For Season 3
Netflix is returning to the Upside Down.
The streaming giant has renewed the Duffer brothers’ breakout hit Stranger Things for a third season. A return date has not yet been determined for the supernatural drama about the happenings brimming beneath the surface of a small American town.
While Netflix — like fellow streamers Amazon and Hulu — does not release viewership information, measurement leader Nielsen cited an audience of 15.8 million viewers who watched the season two premiere within three days of its launch. (And nearly 11 million of them were among the key adults 18-49 demographic.)
Nielsen also found that 361,000 Netflix subscribers streamed the entire nine-episode second season within 24 hours of its debut. (Netflix declined comment on the Nielsen findings.) Stranger Things 2 also was crowned the most popular show in the country, according to data company Parrot Analytics. – Hollywood Reporter
This was always a given, but Stranger Things has been renewed by Netflix for a third season. Similar to Mindhunter’s renewal, you knew it was coming, but it’s still nice to have confirmation. As the Hollywood Reporter article mentions, Stranger Things is an enormous hit bordering on a phenomenon. 361,000 people streamed the second season within 24 hours, which is kind of amazing. I watched it all in the same week, but doing that much damage in a 24 hour period is borderline psychotic.
The biggest issue with shows featuring such a young cast is how certain cast member will age between seasons. It seems the Duffer Brothers are solving that problem by featuring a time jump. When asked where season 3 would pick up, they responded “You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing”. It’ll be interesting to see how far of a time jump they utilize and how much of the friendships from season 2 are still featured. If Steve and Dustin aren’t the best friends in the universe, I’m officially rooting for the Mind Flayer.
Average Nobodies Podcast
On today’s show we’re in television heaven as we dissect and explore all nine episodes of Stranger Things 2, episode 8.2 of The Walking Dead, ‘The Damned’ and episode 1.8 of The Deuce, ‘My Name Is Ruby’. You can chat with us on Twitter (@AverageNobodies), toss us a like on Facebook (@AverageNobodies) and heart all our pictures on instagram (@AverageNobodies). Don’t forget, this podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and YouTube.
Millie can rap!
Stranger Things YouTube Link
At this point I would judge you if you DIDN’T have Stranger Things fever, because as good as season 1 was, season 2 was even better. It focused more on the whole cast (and even brought in a few new characters: RIP Bob. You were too good for this world). I loved all the pairings, especially Steve and Dustin and the re-connection of Mike & Eleven. If you haven’t watched ST2 yet and need a refresher on the first installment, Millie Bobby Brown has you covered. The fact that a 13 year old is this talented blows my mind. Enjoy!
MOVIE CLUB PODCAST
This week’s Movie Club pick was ‘The Addams family.’ Next week’s movie will be ‘Kagemusha.’ Call 401-285-8120 to leave us a voicemail with a comment, question or observation and we will play it on the next episode. Also, please join us for our first Freestyle Movie Club coming in two weeks! We will be watching The Thing, The Hateful 8 and 10 Cloverfield lane.
Someone’s a big fan of Stranger Things! I love myself a good analogy, and this right here, this wonderful pop cultural reference, is as good as gets. Not only did he get to compare all facets of Trump’s administration to the upside down, but he goes and drops a “coffee and contemplation” quote right on our dome pieces! Wonderful! Glorious! Regardless of your political affiliation, or the size of the stick up your ass, you have to like this.
PS – Where do I buy a “Trump Things” crewneck sweatshirt? Need it.
Live look at me right now:
THAT. That is passion.
If you happen to be that one person who thought it was cool to not binge watch Stranger Things over the summer, you won’t understand this sketch, but for everyone else in the world, I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. This was one of those sketches that was perfectly cast, from Lucas’s parents (Kenan, Leslie Jones) to Dustin (Lin Manuel-Miranda) to Joyce (newcomer Melissa Villasenor) and finally Eleven (Kate McKinnon). I think it works so well because if you put yourself in the shoes of a parent in this situation, you’d react the same way. It’s one thing for kids to have an active imagination, but it’s another to have them actively seeking out demagogues when they’re only adult supervision is the Christmas light obsessed mother of a missing boy. This sketch worked on every level, and SNL is off to it’s best start in quite some time after two solid shows. This Saturday, the wonderful Emily Blunt hosts with Bruno Mars as the musical guest.