Basically, she killed it. That's one takeaway from Bee's debut. Here are some others:
She's really over the questions about being the sole woman in the late-night landscape
During her intro, she staged a fake press conference where reporters asked her questions such as, "Is it hard breaking into the boys' club?" and "What's it like being a female woman?" She responded that creating this kind of show entails a little bit of magic — literally. Cut to Bee in the midst of some freaky, fiery ceremony with her coven of writers. "It's true," she admitted. "We're all witches."
She's a master of withering burns
Do not make an enemy of Bee. As anyone who saw her on "The Daily Show" knows, she has a way with words, turning put-downs into pithy poetry. To name but a few examples, she called Donald Trump a "sentient caps lock" and accused Bernie Sanders of playing up his image as a "blustery old grandpa living off Social Security checks and stolen sugar packets." In response to Hillary Clinton's faux-humility, Bee came up with a to-the-point retort: "Oh f— off."
She also admitted that she hates Ted Cruz "as much as the next everyone," after describing him as a "fist-faced horses— salesman."
There's a lot about politics (so far)
At least it was during her debut. Bee focused entirely on political figures and mostly those running for president. Apparently the campaign trail shenanigans were just too good to pass up after months of not being able to comment on them publicly. "I've been just sitting here with no show just yelling at a wall while the most deranged electoral s—show in a generation passed me by, and it has been killing me."
But she's also shining light on lesser-known players
Her first honoree of the "Paperweight of the Month" went to Mitch Holmes, a state senator in Kansas. Holmes enacted a dress code for women — just women — in the statehouse, and Bee was nonplussed. Her take-down of Holmes was the most incisive and uproarious of the night, even though most people have probably never heard of the guy.
"Senator Holmes, let's talk," Bee said, while a photo of Holmes appeared on screen. "You don't get to regulate what other people wear to work. I mean, I wouldn't try to regulate your finger-painted tie or your skeevy facial hair. And if I get distracted wondering whether that yellow stain around your mouth is whiskers or just the lingering impression of a glory hole, that's my problem."
The message: Even if you're not a presidential candidate, you should know that Bee might be coming for you. And she doesn't hold back.
(Warning: There's some strong language in this clip.)
The weekly format allows for more in-depth reporting
Bee didn't appear in the Werner Herzog-inspired short, "A Jeb in Winter," which followed Jeb Bush on the campaign trail and painted him as weak and meek — literally a glass of milk sprung to life. The hilarious six-minute report looked like a more comprehensive "Daily Show" dispatch that benefited from a wealth of interviews and footage. It was reminiscent of John Oliver's highly detailed and well-researched rants on "Last Week Tonight." Such exhaustive accounts are more feasible on a show that airs weekly rather than nightly.
Her lady show is not so different from all those shows hosted by guys
Bee doesn't sit at a desk. She stands. She also doesn't plan on doing many interviews. Other than that, there's really not a huge difference between "Full Frontal" and series such as "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," "The Daily Show" and "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore" (at least the non-panel segments).
But, you know, that's kind of the point. Why should her show be different just because she's a woman? It shouldn't. After all, she keeps her witchcraft strictly behind the scenes.