“Saturday Night Live” aired its season finale last night, with host (and former cast member) Fred Armisen helping conclude the show’s 41st go-round. Easily the most talked-about skit was “Farewell Mr. Bunting,” a reimagining of “Dead Poets Society” as filtered through the pulpy sensibilities of Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez.
Bobby Moynihan kicks things off as the eponymous teacher’s embittered replacement — the poetry-loving Mr. Bunting (originally called John Keating and played by Robin Williams, portrayed here by Armisen) has been fired due to his unorthodox methods, natch — who informs his saddened class that things are going to be different now. To drive the point home, one of them is forced to read aloud of poetry’s many shortfallings (“when you read a poem, you should never feel…emotion”) as Bunting packs his belongings.
Just as he reaches the door, one of them stands on a desk in protest and recites, “I sing my song for all to hear.”
His classmates join in one by one, leading to what must be the most unexpectedly bloody moments in “SNL” history. Far be it from me to spoil exactly how this one ends, so watch it for yourself above.