Last night’s SNL was never really about Ben Affleck, and he knew it. It was an important episode for both the show’s future — definitely no more Bill Hader, probably no more Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen — and its present, snagging one of the world’s most famous musicians right before he releases his mega-hyped new album, and Affleck was more than happy to support rather than lead. Even his cold open, in which he shared the stage with Bobby Moynihan and later, his wife, instead of any members of the Five Timers’ Club, subtly acknowledged this.
That’s Affleck at his best, though. Like any good director, he knows it’s best to highlight your strengths, and while he’s not a bad comedic performer, he’s no Bill Hader or Cecily Strong, either, so might as well let them run with it and you do whatever you can to give them a foundation to bounce off of. So, yes, this was a very good, very good emotional season finale of SNL with one major caveat: WHERE THE F*CK WAS MY WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?