This weekend “Saturday Night Live” is re-airing their Ryan Gosling episode that first came on the air a mere month ago, which is in theory a little bit early for them to bring this particular story back on the air.
With that being said, though, there are some sketches worthy of a re-watch, in particular the one entitled “Close Encounter” below. Is this going to go down as one of the best sketches in the history of the show? Almost certainly not, mostly because it is incredibly inconsistent. About halfway through, Gosling really seems to lose all idea of where he is and just starts to crack up uproariously over Kate McKinnon’s character. McKinnon, meanwhile, latches onto this and goes even more for the jugular, making her performance even more over-the-top and ridiculous as a woman with a very specific memory of how she was abducted.
The one person who seems to keep it mostly together in here is Cecily Strong, but even she has a few pauses as a result of the madness.
The reality is that this is the sort of sketch that could someday be put on McKinnon’s highlight reel. Remember when the show used to have “Best Of” DVDs that were pretty popular? This would go on there. It reminds us structurally of the Bill Hader puppet sketch, given that both have sort of two people going along with the base premise of the sketch, and then one person who is completely haywire.
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