Posted May 11 2008 - 04:24 AM
Just got this set last night, and obviously I have not had a chance to watch everything, but kind of skimmed through it and watched a couple shows. A few things to mention:
The season premiere episode with Steve Martin (Show #47, 9/24/77) has a repeat of the second "Beatles Offer" from Season 1 inserted. I looked at a couple different sites that list the skits in each show and they don't list this for that episode (if I recall correctly, it originally aired in the Raquel Welch episode from Season 1 -- this is the second offer, where Lorne Michaels raises the fee to $3200). My specifics might not be 100% correct on that. I didn't notice anything missing from that episode, but haven't gone over everything with a fine-tooth comb (yet).
The Weekend Update teasers are included!
Todd is called "Todd La Bounta" at least once (not muted) in the science fair skit in show #64 (again hosted by Steve Martin, 4/22/78).
Having watched all of Season 1 and most of Season 2 in sequence...this is starting to look like the SNL I remember, but one thing kind of jumped out at me for the first time, and that is that right at the top of Season 3, now all of a sudden this seems like a big-time rock & roll arena show, where before, it was kind of like "our hip little secret" for viewers who had found the show. The cast really does seem to gel and they do seem to be hitting their stride, but now the audience is going crazy, whooping it up when the Festrunk Brothers come out, etc. I imagine for the cast, on one hand that must have been very gratifying, while possibly being annoying at the same time. I've read stuff about how things changed for them once they became "stars," but it's weird how I never picked up on the energy inside that studio being exchanged between the cast and the audience, until now. (When I was watching the show originally, I came into it part way through the third season, and at that point, they would do three live shows a month and take a week off, where they'd usually have a rerun of an earlier show. So maybe I never noticed the "shift," as it were, because I hadn't seen all these shows in their original context.)
Anyway, sorry for rambling. I'm also impressed with how consistently good the material is...every skit is not a classic, but given that these people were doing a live 90-minute show three times a month, it's remarkably consistent. I appreciate even more now the things like "Theodoric Of York," which are period pieces and assume the viewer has at least some knowledge or awareness of history. They didn't "dumb it down" or play down to a audience (well, not too much, anyway), and I have to respect them for that.