Donald Glover, Lando, Saturday Night Live

Donald Glover spoofs Star Wars, A Quiet Place, and Jurassic World on a hilarious Saturday Night Live

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May 6, 2018

Just weeks before the world will get to see his full performance as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Donald Glover stepped onto the Studio 8H stage this weekend to host Saturday Night Live for the first time. It was a showcase for Glover in every possible respect, particularly since he was also the show's musical guest (performing as Childish Gambino), but even amid the wide variety of sketches the SNL team cooked up this week, a galaxy far, far away was bound to come up eventually.

The inevitable and hilarious Star Wars spoof came in the form of a conference being held at a lavish resort on Naboo. After a brief introduction it was revealed that the conference was being held by none other than Lando Calrissian (Glover, complete with cape and mustache), who thought it was finally time to use his notoriety to assemble the first-ever summit for every black person in the Star Wars galaxy. Attendance is... a little underwhelming. 

The nods to the current landscape of genre filmmaking didn't end with Solo, though. The first sketch of the night actually turned out to be a somewhat unexpected nod to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In the sketch, Glover plays a charismatic attorney representing his clients against a plaintiff (Alex Moffat) who's suing them for the deaths of his family. It turns out the client is Jurassic World, the plaintiff is suing because his family was eaten when the dinosaurs got out at the park, and even Glover's legal prowess can't win this particular case. Seriously, those dinosaurs really do always get out.

The best-executed pop culture spoof of the night, though, may have come in a pre-taped segment that parodies recent horror hit A Quiet Place. The sketch follows a group of survivors who, like the characters in the film, spread out a trail of sand to walk barefoot on so they can move as quietly as possible. No one's making a sound until one of them (Glover) realizes that Kanye West has just tweeted about Donald Trump. From there, everyone's survival chances just get lower as they can't help but get more and more invested in West's recent public behavior. It's not exactly a sketch you can grasp when going in blind, but if you've followed pop culture recently it's rather brilliant.

Even beyond these three sketches, Glover's SNL week turned out to produce one of the best episodes of the season, full of great character work, hilarious deliveries, and pure strangeness. And then, still not satisfied with the kind of month he's going to have, he also dropped a brand-new music video.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters May 25.

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