Even Coldplay Couldn't Spoil an Excellent 'SNL' Episode with Pedro Pascal February 4, 2023
Pedro Pascal is here (and he's not alone) pic.twitter.com/zqiqKbgNbD— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 1, 2023
The Cold Open
Chloe Fineman appeared as MSNBC correspondent Katy Tur to cover the Chinese spy balloon incident. Kenan Thompson played a military general, who explained the process behind shooting down the balloon, and also why it may have gained entry into U.S. airspace, which was emphasized via some good physical comedy. Bowen Yang soon turned up, as the damaged balloon itself, which was sentient, sad and sassy, and, after exploding in the sky, floating in the ocean. Conceptually interesting and well written, this spy balloon sketch was solid.
The balloon loves the show Yellowstone pic.twitter.com/5ZPC6hzA9g— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Pedro Pascal took to the stage to mildly self-mock his role in The Last of Us, and to delightfully allude to his roles in The Mandalorian and Game of Thrones. He discussed his 34 Chilean cousins and their views of his career as a character actor, which made him visibly emotional, before closing off a personal and pleasant warm-up.
Pedro Pascal's monologue! pic.twitter.com/vaOzHL3zuO— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
The Big Hollywood Quiz
Bowen Yang played the host of a classic Hollywood game show, which highlighted how little most people seem to know about fleeting modern pop culture, compared to its established history. This was exemplified by the "2020s" category, which, following a streak of correct answers about eras that preceded it, prompted all three contestants to draw blanks when asked anything about ubiquitous streaming services and our seemingly dwindling star system. This was sharp and funny.
let's play the big hollywood quiz! pic.twitter.com/Lslhyf0ibR— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
With a riff on HBO's The Last of Us, a hit series adaptation of a video game, this satirized what it might be like if Mario Kart received the same dark and dystopian treatment. Visually impressive, this was rather well done, actually.
HBO's adapting another iconic game pic.twitter.com/YtsIswwSBb— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Pascal played Charlie, a coma victim who wakes up with a totally different personality and voice affectation, which was ridiculous. Bowen Yang, Heidi Gardner, Kenan Thompson, Sarah Sherman and Pascal could barely contain themselves in this absurd thing that was, in fact, very funny.
don't worry, he's totally fine pic.twitter.com/bZqE0EnM8D— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Student Technology Use
Pascal played a popular high school teacher who led an assembly about social media use, based specifically on his concerns about students making affectionate fan cams about him (and at least one other administrator).
this is a fancam assembly pic.twitter.com/l3M0Kgm4wz— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Trying desperately to comprehend his students' modern online vernacular about daddies and mommies, Pascal's teacher was soon joined by a teaching counterpart, played by Sarah Paulson, and together they brought this crowd-pleaser home.
he's daddy, she's mommy pic.twitter.com/V3tIBGsAc0— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
In this remote ad, a Wing Pit promotion took a horrific turn when a Super Bowl order got more and more outrageous and, well, demonic. Visually perfect, written well, and featuring great performances (particularly by Heidi Gardner, who played the unhinged Wing Pit spokesperson), this was hilarious.
Wing Pit has game day specials that will keep your whole party happy pic.twitter.com/FHYL0SaQNP— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
As they have on previous SNL stints, Coldplay brought an up-with-people vibe to the show, this time accompanied by a coterie of guests, including Jacob Collier, the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers, and also a few aliens, which was all a ruse to mask how tepid and cloying a song "The Astronaut" is.
After Pascal introduced Coldplay's medley of "Human Heart" and "Fix You," Chris Martin appeared, again surrounded by the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers, and together sang a few motivational verses a cappella, as a choir. The band eventually kicked in with a very U2 arrangement to emphasize the tune's feel-good vibe, but it was ultimately trying too hard to be earnest to work or feel genuine.
Colin Jost made a pretty incredible gender reveal / Chinese spy balloon joke, before Michael Che followed it with a good one about George Santos's flamboyant fabrications. Che made a joke about Donald Trump's large ass, while Jost made a decent quip about Florida gun laws and then one about his racist family boycotting the Super Bowl.
Colin Jost and Michael Che with Weekend Update! pic.twitter.com/bDIlJa4Lj0— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Michael Longfellow played a very depressed Punxsutawney Phil, who was very pessimistic about life and full of existential angst, which was amusing.
Punxsutawney Phil stops by the Update desk! pic.twitter.com/aO527KVyRa— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Jost covered the bear who took 400 selfies and then winced at himself for making a chicken wings pun. James Austin Johnson and Devon Walked played fictional British rappers, Milly Pounds and Shirty, who were there ostensibly to discuss the British monarchy but wound up making strange knife stabbing sounds and divulging their allergy to dairy, which was very funny.
British rappers Milly Pounds and Shirty sum up their thoughts on the Royal Family pic.twitter.com/b11wYfkT9d— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Marcello Hernandez and Chloe Fineman played a young couple going to meet the former's mother, who was played by Pascal. With Pascal and Hernandez speaking in Spanish peppered with English terms meant to make fun of Fineman's Britney and her whiteness, this was a clever premise that was executed well.
luis's mom can be a little protective pic.twitter.com/ei79B9M9Bp— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Big Boy Chili
Five women seated at an Italian restaurant are all fawned over by their male servers, except for one member of their party, Jen, played by Sarah Sherman. While her friends are praised to feel beautiful, Jen is cast as the table's black sheep, which was mean-spirited but funny.
Lisa the Lawyer
In this dinner party sketch, Ego Nwodim played eccentric Lisa, who sent her steak dinner back three times until it was extra extra well done. The tough meat was so tricky to carve, Lisa repeatedly shook the table trying to cut it up, which left Pascal, Bowen Yang, Molly Kearney, Punkie Johnson and Nwodim in such hysterics, they could barely deliver their lines, which was charming to see.
Lisa's just trying to eat her steak in peace pic.twitter.com/7IJPTlbwww— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023
Woody Harrelson and Jack White!!! pic.twitter.com/jtuSDTeHmH— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 5, 2023