"Saturday Night Live":
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Donald Trump
Christmas Carol"
Review
by
William Mortensen Vaughan
As of:  3:55 p.m. E.S.T., Monday, February 18, 2019

Title:  "Saturday Night Live":  "Cold Open:  A Donald Trump Christmas Carol"

My Rating:  *

Dove Foundation Rating:  [NOT RATED]

M.P.A.A. Rating:  TV-14

Amazon Rating:  3.0/5 Stars

IMDb Rating:  6.6/10 Stars

RottenTomatoes Rating:  9%

Adaptation:  Starring Alec Baldwin as "the Scrooge," Donald Trump

Date Released:  Saturday, December 2, 2017

Format Reviewed:  live-action, television episode, online

Is this adaptation reverent?:  No, this adaptation is not reverent.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."?  No.

What does my wife think of it?  She finds it "obnoxious."

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  

This adaptation bears little resemblance to the original story. Donald Trump receives visits from Kellyanne Conway, Mike Flynn, Billy Bush, Melania Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Hillary Clinton, played by Kate McKinnon, Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, Cecily Strong, and Beck Bennett, respectively - Kate McKinnon in dual roles.

Kellyanne tries to persuade Donald Trump to join the Christmas Party, where Mitch McConnell is serving bourbon.

Trump refuses, and, after Kellyanne leaves him alone to muse about the good things he has done, the Ghost of Witness Flipped, Mike Flynn appears to him, warning him that he will be visited by three more ghosts.

The first of the next three ghosts is Billy Bush, who tells him that if he (Trump) worked for NBC, he would be "fired."

Then Melania appears to invite him to look at her Christmas decorations.

The second of the three ghosts is Vladimir Putin, who tells him that he sees everything he (Trump) does, and to not be so volatile, because the Russians have invested a lot of money in him.

The final ghost is Hillary Clinton, who tells him that she's waited a long time to say, "Lock him up!"

Finally, after the spirits have departed, and Melania checks on him again, Trump says he needs to erase Seasons One through Fourteen of "The Apprentice," and fire Robert Mueller.

What dialect is used?  American English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  The Oval Office, 2017.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural?  

Yes; it features four ghosts, and the ghost of Jacob Marley is mentioned.

Is this adaptation "framed"?  No.

How attractive is the visual art?  The set and wardrobe are acceptable.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?  

There are no transitions; Scrooge never leaves the Oval Office. The ghosts appears to him in clouds of smoke, and Kellyanne and Melania enter the room through a doorway.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  

The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that it features so many historic figures from 2017.

What extras are included on the DVD? [Not applicable, since I saw this online, and do not possess a copy of this episode on DVD]

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