A rough start ... I have been watching SNL for decades. Mostly for Weekend Update, but the rest of the show is usually good enough that I don't just skip to the news then turn it off. Last night's episode was not good. The cold open went on way too long, then after the monologue SNL did another way too long political skit about impeachment. Later in the show there was another (better) skit about the issue. It seemed like the first two skits had a long setup and no punchline (if there was one I was more happy that the skit was over to notice the punchline). The first show of the season - with technical errors that could have been fixed if it wasn't live. When working live it is more important to get it right the first time. It can be fun watching "live" shows hoping for an actor to crack and not be able to recover but there is a limit. Billie Eilish dancing in a rotating box with a fixed camera making it look like she was dancing on the walls and ceiling ... and old trick but someone cut away from the fixed camera at exactly the wrong moment as the box began to move. Sure, in a normal performance changing the camera at that point for a closeup would have been my call. But the camera chosen wasn't fixed to the box! The second error I can recall was when a wardrobe person stepped in too early to help with a costume change during a skit --- that one gave the actors something to work past (I like those kind of live errors). The third I remember was when the actors cracked during the pick your own apples skit. I didn't see what was funny. Comedy shows are better when the audience is laughing ... even if they are laughing along with the cast. Seeing people laugh and not knowing what was funny isn't funny. Speaking of not funny, when they started the halftime football sketch my mind immediately went back to the classic Payton Manning version where he and the coach danced to Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass. I was hoping for an homage to that - or something funny. We got a dick joke that took up too much of the show. Hopefully they will shake it off, figure out how to edit down long skits to reasonable lengths and improve so I can forget this rough start and enjoy the show. Otherwise I'll probably be skimming through the show for Weekend Update or not watching at all.