Saturday Night Live's Season 43 premiere was filled with the staples: a Trump-skewering opening, a mock commercial, Keenan singing songs like a pro, and excuses for Kate McKinnon to act like a lunatic.
Then there was the second-to-last sketch of the night, a pop culture fanaticism and obsession disorders that probably went over the head of anyone who hasn't thought about James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster, Avatar. The science-fiction epic Best Picture nominee and the highest grossing movie of all time, and yet between Marvel mega-franchises and the Netflix takeover, it's rarely brought up. But clearly some people are thinking about it. Including Saturday Night Live writers.
"Papyrus" starred host Ryan Gosling as an everyman stricken with a debilitating infatuation: he can't get over that the Avatar logo was just the word "Avatar" converted into the Microsoft-Word-issued Papyrus font. In this guy's mind, there's no greater crime than typographical laziness. And he can't shake the thin, scroll-like title treatment from his mind.
"He just highlighted Avarar, clicked the drop-down menu, and then he just randomly selected Papyrus," Gosling's character tells his therapist. "Like a thoughtless child wandering in a garden, yanking leaves along the way."
The sketch comes from Julio Torres, who previously wrote last year's masterpiece "Wells for Boys," and as clearly not stopped thinking about Avatar.