Critic Consensus: Unfocused and devoid of chemistry, SNL's second installment strands the usually charming Awkwafina in a sea of disappointing sketches.
Critic reviews for Awkwafina; Travis Scott
The jokes weren't exactly the most hard-hitting stuff, but there's a clever twist ending that's worth sticking around for.
As much as the whole locker room portrayal of the Kavanaugh appointment is quite apt given the subject matter, it's clear that the show just wants to get this over with, even before it ends.
The writing in [the cold open] was obstinately bland, just as the rest of the show largely wasted the talents of its host, Awkwafina, only the second Asian American woman to fulfill that role.
While pointed, none of the jokes were especially sharp, and they set the tone for what ultimately turned out to be a lackluster episode of SNL.
The second episode... was something of a mixed bag. Awkwafina wasn't given much to work with, playing the straight person in a series of mostly forgettable sketches, while the very best the show had to offer came in the cold open and Weekend Update.
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