There are two things the present incarnation of Saturday Night Live loves to do more than anything: sketches that are basically impression parades, and sketches that are basically cameo parades. Thanks to the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they got the chance on last Saturday’s episode to do both. In a sketch packaged as a peek at the screen tests for The Force Awakens, the cast rolled out impressions ranging from George Lucas himself to Danny DeVito to Chris Tucker. On the cameo end of things, Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega showed up, along with Jon Hamm (aka “Hamm Solo”), Emma Stone and Michael Buble, all of whom are longtime SNL fans who seem to enjoy just dropping by Studio 8H.
As fans of the show might remember, SNL already did a sketch with this very same premise back in 1997, when the Special Editions of the original trilogy were released, but this was too good of an opportunity to pass up, and it actually managed to mix goofy comedy (David Beckham kicking the hell out of the ball droid BB-8) with some interesting commentary, mocking Star Wars fans who were incensed when John Boyega was cast as a Stormtrooper as well as Stone’s appearance in Aloha as a supposedly part-Asian woman. The centerpiece for me, though, was Bobby Moynihan’s George Lucas, who can’t seem to leave well enough alone. It doesn’t get the biggest laugh (that would be Leslie Jones in Klingon makeup), but given how much Lucas has been grumbling about Star Wars lately (he had ideas but Disney didn’t want them; he can’t make a movie without getting criticized, etc.), it is a particularly nerdy gag.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives December 18.