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I wish episodes were re-run or available on tape because nobody who hasn't seen it can understand how truly awful it was.
Why it ever came into being is a mystery because the host hadn't been funny in years and, even in his heyday, his talents were extremely limited.
He rode into public prominence on the whirlwind that was the original SNL, and in many ways, symbolized the show, although his talents paled next to those of his castmates. But his smug irreverence touched a nerve in those post-Watergate, the-systems-sucks-so-let's-have-a-few-laughs days. He was the first to leave SNL and certainly proved the axiom about striking when the iron is hot by churning out a few humorous, money-making films before reaching his level of incompetence and cannonballing into a series of unfunny comedies and endless "Vacation" remakes.
A good movie could be made about the original SNL cast and what became of them; Gilda and Belushi aside, I think the saddest case is Aykroyd, who may have been the funniest of the original crew and has now deteriorated into appearing in the type of vehicles he used to lampoon with laser-like precision.
BTW, Bill Murray, for you youngsters, was NOT an original SNL cast member.
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