This is not groundbreaking news – but Saturday Night Live, for all intents and purposes, has become possibly the worst television show that is not aired on the UPN. It is rare that I am actually home on a Saturday evening, which is great, because it means I get to DVR SNL, so I can fast forward all the bad skits. Well, guess what, I’m done wasting that precious space on my DVR (as you know, Soap reruns of BH 90210 take up somewhat of a decent sized volume), because it has gotten to the point where I’m fast forwarding just about every fucking skit. With the exception of Mark Wahlberg talking to animals and dick-in-a-box, I can’t come up with another skit that forced more than a chuckle out of my mouth.
I really don’t know how it’s become this bad. My parent’s generation would say that SNL has been awful since the 80’s when people like Eddie Murphy were still on it. I mean, I agree that the 90’s with Farley/Spade/McDonald/Sandler were not as good, but they were still watchable, and extremely funny much of the time. But the cliff SNL has fallen off the last decade is almost unprecedented. I say ‘almost’ because it has happened. The Karate Kid Franchise has followed much of the same path as SNL.
Think about it…Karate Kid 1 was like the 70s – just about flawless. Karate Kid 2 (where Daniel San and his gay older lover, er, karate instructor, Mr. Miyagi go to Okinawa) was still very entertaining, as was SNL in the 80’s, but it wasn’t quite up to the standards of the original. Karate Kid 3 and the 90’s of SNL had their moments (John Kreese faking his death, the ‘van down by the river’ skit to name a couple), yet you could tell it was on a road to nowhere good. Then Karate Kid 4 came along, where Miyagi became a bisexual instructor and took on Hilary Swank, who by the way, went on to star in 90210 and of course, win an oscar. This, much like SNL the past decade, was a complete and total disaster.
The only thing that could make either worse would be to continue. It would not surprise me to see SNL continue, because it still does fairly well ratings wise considering its time slot. But there is no way Karate Kid will continue, right? I mean, Will Smith would never produce a remake with his 11-year old son playing the part of Daniel or Jackie Chan as Miyagi, right?