O bliss! Kristen Wiig comes home to “SNL” for a promising and risky holiday edition

Whether it’s the year they’ve been explained by high heels or poor flops, it’s the holiday events of “Saturday Night Live”. . . regular. People who keep up with the series of sketches late at night approach jaundice in December with a sense of anticipation if they are not fully motivated, especially the end – of – year events.

For them, Lorne Michaels introduces the cannon hosts: Matt Damon left fond memories as a result of his 2018 appearance. Last year Eddie Murphy made headlines when he returned to “SNL” and revived several of his old beats, Gumby among them; Mister Robinson, the down-on-fortune double for Mister Rogers; and run. Nightmarish as 2020 has been, 2019 was not all prostitutes and marchers either, welcoming Murphy’s return if not a shoot-the-moon performance. That his stint was made up mostly of retreads next to the point – we were just happy to score from a friendly face from the way back when.

That brings us to Kristen Wiig, the latest alumnus who returns “Saturday Night Live” to bring the show into his mid-season nap. Since releasing the sketch show, Wiig has expanded her repertoire to include bonafide drama, and on Christmas Day she rips into Wonder Woman as The Cheetah in ” Wonder Woman 1984. ” Our expectations for her this weekend are much simpler.

Wiig is her “SNL” class’ Kate McKinnon, the clutch player with dozens of characters and ideas under her belt. All of this promises soldiers through past seasons and a few inspiring clapter cameos from her famous contemporaries. Maya Rudolph is already nearby, what with her idea of ​​Kamala Harris consistently saving Jim Carrey’s disastrous Joe Biden parody. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may also join.

How does a season-appropriate signature character revival seem to fit: Gilly? The Lady? Dooneese? They can climb that list as a ladder, and they will. In the way of all half-glass empty optimists, I approach suspicion with the expectation that Wiig will clear the middle where I have placed the bar. It’s 2020 too, and I’m not at all sorry to get taxed with anything anymore. Get Judy Grimes Wiig playing “Black Jeopardy,” why not? Like everyone else I look with my head on a pillow from a prone and damaged position.

Closing out the year with old friends coming back to “SNL” is not a regular gift, but they have done it several times over his 46 seasons, and it is a easy win. Alumni who returned to perform in the holidays with the audience include Bill Murray (in 1981), Jimmy Fallon (2011 and 2013), Martin Short (2012) and Fey and Poehler in 2015. Murphy has seen the old year three times now, hosting in 1982 and 1984 when he was at the height of his powers. One might think of these home remarks as something of an easy ride for the writers, especially with a host like Wiig. Give her some doll arms and a costume suit that you won’t put off and you have a great way to kill 10 minutes.

We all expect an easy win, some rest in the middle of winter. And surely many of us are curious as to how “Saturday Night Live” enters 2021 now that man Alec Baldwin has been training for years now getting a grip from the White House and – willing willing – the screens, our news and subconscious.

Donald Trump’s Baldwin fax was awesome for “Saturday Night Live” in the early years of the administration and a simple magnet for giggles before the novel wore off. The return of the sketch show did not return to the attention of the electorate but did a recap of Carrey and Rudolph ‘s Biden / Harris ticket, a dicey suggestion because the audience liked Rudolph and did not like Carrey’ s Biden. But on Saturday we will no longer have the “Kidding” star to start around: he announced his retirement to show the president on Twitter.

Over the past few events the creative stagnation in the scripts has been harder to watch but impossible; the team, the crew and the writers lived through the same year as everyone else, and if the skits were smooth, no one could blame them.

Bringing Wiig back at the end of this piece is a good idea. Its appearance also reflects the promise and danger of these alumni products, however – they awaken our nostalgia for the past and make us realize the ways in which today cannot be. live up to the past.

This weekend, however, Wiig has a chance to remind us that there will soon be a time when we may not be going out on a Saturday night after a week of ‘processed many acts of dangerous, heartless nonsense committed by our leaders. She may be able to reassure us that movement in our emotions is only slowing down a few weeks away instead of years.

Perhaps whatever good intentions she can inspire everyone at “Saturday Night Live” will inspire everyone to aim for something beyond imagination and responsiveness. Wiig once saw, “Once you get out of your comfort zone and it works nothing is more satisfying.” She is not wrong. . . and we are so desperate to be satisfied with “Saturday Night Live” in the year ahead.

The final program “Saturday Night Live” of 2020, hosted by Kristen Wiig, air Saturday, will be live at 11:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm PT on NBC.