Tonight marked another episode of Saturday Night Live and that meant another week of seeing if the cold open would make the cut or get the show off to another bad start. Our last two cold opens had been horrible misses, and that had many fans hoping that things would rebound this week.
It appeared initially that we were in for a string of jokes from Jay Pharoah’s President Obama about how American’s don’t know where Crimea is, but that quickly turned into a hilarious cameo from Liam Neeson that led into an action movie parody starring Obama himself — well, Pharoah’s impression of him at least.
The bit focused on how Russian president Vladimir Putin has been displayed a tough, shirtless bear wrestler while Obama is being blasted by conservatives for being too soft looking. Neeson came out, threatened Putin with a line from Taken and then segued into an action movie montage to make Obama on the level of the way Putin is being portrayed.
After a few bad opens, this week’s cold open made up for it and fully delivered. It wasn’t the best cold open of the season, but it was far better than what we’ve seen and it was more clever than the most recent openers.
Plus, a Liam Neeson cameo is never a bad thing.