This puzzle was a breath of fresh air! It starts with a BANG (1A: Report of a shooting) (great clue) and doesn't disappoint. We don't mind so much the necessities of an occasional ORA (51D: "... ____ close second"), DROME (30A: Aero- completer), or OHME (36D: "Alas!") when the payoff is this good. WASSOBBY (18A: *Blubbered?) for wasabi!?! PSEUDOCOUP (35A: *Imaginary overthrow of the government?) for sudoku!? They're all brilliantly hilarious. I wish I had come up with something this absurd and fabulous.
The non-theme stuff is good today, too. Witness PHARAOHS (35D: Exodus figures) (there was more than one in Exodus?), MOMANDPOP (34D: Kind of shop), PLATEAU (41D: Level off) (nice clue), and the always Star Wars-y-even-if-it's-not-clued-that-way ITSATRAP (11D: Warning to the unwary). Heck, I don't even mind ENTHUSE (58A: Motivate), IMTHERE (21A: "Wouldn't miss it!"), or ARTIER (8A: Affected to a greater extent), because all are things I've heard people say. And I guess you can add to that list REORG, but I don't like that as much.
Nice tribute to CHRISTA (39D: Teacher/astronaut McAuliffe), and I love El Greco, so it was nice to have TOLEDO (24A: Home of El Greco) (adopted home, that is) in there. Also liked the advanced French of ALAMORT (2D: Gravely ill: Fr.), although some solvers might not.
In short, we loved it.