Margo Robbie, Host, Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump: SNL Season Premiere: Review Roundup, Video Highlights

October 2, 2016

Margot Robbie was host of Saturday Night Live season 42 premiere. The ‘Suicide Squad’ star made her debut as host of the show, the musical guest was The Weeknd and, not least, Alec Baldwin made his debut as Donald Trump. Did the season start off with winner? The TV critics are weighing in and you can see a roundup of reviews and video highlights right here!

Margot Robbie

She rose to fame as the trophy wife of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and just this past summer, her indelible portrayal of a scantily clad in ‘Suicide Squad’ has cemented her rising fame. Not only that but she’s set to portray Jane opposite Alexander Skarsgård’s Tarzan. So, naturally the next stop on the pop culture express is Saturday Night Live.

But frankly, her debut was overshadowed by ’30 Rock’ alum Alec Baldwin’s much-anticipated impersonation of Donald Trump taking over from last season’s Darrell Hammond. As the Presidential election has rolled along for months now — at times, with real life outdoing any SNL parody — it was high time that the show could offer its take on the unfolding history. The challenge, of course, being to parody what’s already very much parodistic.

Naturally the first Presidential debate was there for the mocking, and alongside Kate McKinnon returning as Hillary Clinton we got our first SNL spin on the general election. Later in the show, another favorite returned, Larry David’s Bernie Sanders in an election-themed Family Feud.

And amid all of this, there are the personnel changes, as longtime fan favorites Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, and Jon Rudnitsky left the show, the newcomers, Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor, made their debut.

Here’s a roundup of what the critics are saying of Margot Robbie’s debut as host of the show.

“….Not conspicuously funny, [Margot Robbie is] nonetheless a solid, professional supporting player in sketches, and the monologue sees SNL surround her with a gimmick (her monologue is fact-checked), and most of the rest of the cast in turn. It’s serves the dual purpose of reintroducing the cast (newly graduated main cast member Leslie Jones gets the most riotous greeting), and carrying a non-comedian along without too much fuss. …..” — A.V. Club

“….Overall, this has to be the best “SNL” premiere in a long time. While not perfect, there were legitimately some great sketches throughout and some we’ll remember for a long time. Grade: A-…….” — CarterMatt

“….A few sketches failed to land here and there, but we saw more of what worked last season as far as the writing was concerned. Perhaps the best sketch was one that harped on the weirdness factor as Robbie played an attractive librarian who progressively got more disgusting and psychotic as the boys fantasized about her. There were other sketches like the Scooby-Doo parody that worked but not as well as we were hoping…..” — FanSided

Yes, another season of Saturday Night Live’ has just kicked off, and you can watch the highlights and/or see the full episode video below from last night’s SNL with host Margot Robbie!

Pictures: PR Photos

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