It has been a particularly uneven season at Saturday Night Live so far this year, with a strong episode like Anne Hathaway's show last week followed up by a big, frustrating bummer of a show this week, hosted by Academy Award-nominated actor Jeremy Renner. The comparisons to the Daniel Craig episode from earlier this season are numerous: both actors are known for being intense, for starring in action movies, for never really doing comedy. Both actors felt out of place on Saturday Night Live, struggling in straight man roles and rarely finding any kind of character to play, even when one was written for them. It's a big 180° from last week, when Anne Hathaway fit in so well she seemed like an unofficial cast member.
The biggest story of the night (besides Renner being a talented singer and pianist and cast member Jay Pharoah possibly letting an f-bomb slip during "Weekend Update") was the appearance of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during "Weekend Update." Christie has been in the news a lot lately, what with hurricane Sandy decimating parts of his state and his photos with President Obama being blamed for Mitt Romney losing the election. Many republicans want him to run for president, and if his "Update" appearance was any indication, he'd be a good choice. He's good on TV, has a sense of humor about himself and is a charismatic guy. None of these things are really related to his politics, but that seems to matter less and less. Christie was good on SNL in a way that Romney's never could have been -- unless he somehow managed to override his programming.
(Read the full SNL Jeremy Renner recap)