When Charles Barkley was announced as the host of Saturday Night Live's first show of 2010, the collective response in our comments was "huh?" Surely there must be some reason why SNL was bringing Sir Charles back to host, right?
Well, no, not really. After the first half of the season was dominated by hosts in their early 20s, it was fun to see someone born before 1980 taking the reins, though it still wasn't clear why Barkley, out of anyone else they could have had hosted, was the one who got to kick off 2010. I guess "why not?" as as valid an answer as any, as Barkley may not have been a great host, but he certainly held his own amongst the other hosts of the season, which isn't saying much.
In any case, the show wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible. There were misfires (like Kristen Wiig's "sex kitten with bowel problems" ski chalet bit), and though it seemed as if the show played things a bit safe, there were a few pretty funny moments. Hopefully next week's episode, starring the always-awesome Sigourney Weaver, will give us a bit more to talk about, in the best possible way.