A surprisingly warm RuPaul’s Drag Race bids a last farewell before heading to the finale

B

Sometimes performers have a particularly good day. All the hard work comes together and they’re able to get into the flow and execute at their peak. Everything that can go right, that should go right, does. And sometimes, they don’t. An issue or insecurity crops up and suddenly the performer is in their head, or…

RuPaul’s Drag Race trades transformation for recycled drama in its least satisfying makeover yet

C

Of all of the staple maxi challenges on Drag Race, the makeover is the one with the greatest potential for emotion, fun, and discovery. It centers on transformation and connection, the contestants showing their non-drag-queen partners a new side of themselves and sharing with them a taste of what it means to walk in…

Hijinks ensue on Veep as Selina catches up with an old friend and sells her soul (again)

B+

Selina Meyer has done many terrible things in her quest for power. She’s doxxed sick patients and used hacked medical files to target grieving parents with her mailers. She’s railroaded and scammed, lied and manipulated. She’s gotten people deported and hurt, and of course, she’s been a terrible mother and now…

Veep takes a hard right, sacrificing character to set up the show’s final arc

C+

Situated where it is, half-way through Veep’s final season, it follows that “South Carolina” would pivot the show from its familiar first half to the series’ endgame. What’s unexpected is how dramatic a turn the episode takes. Much of the first half of the season is wiped away, both characters and plot points, and the…

A stellar lip-sync bails out RuPaul’s Drag Race’s rocky “Snatch Game At Sea”

B

One of the most endearing charms of RuPaul’s Drag Race is its catalog of entertaining, show-specific challenges. There’s the Reading Is Fundamental mini-challenge, the makeover challenge, and the Rusical, to name just a few. Its most high-profile challenge, though, is Snatch Game. Snatch Game is not only Drag Race’s…

RuPaul’s Drag Race medals in camp, cheese, and fun at the 69th International Draglympics

B+

Season 11 has been exciting and fun so far, with interesting and varied challenges and plenty of talented queens delivering both in the challenges and on the runway. Yet at episode six, we’re only to a top 10. There’s a long way to go and the pressures of competing on Drag Race are starting to take a toll on some of…

Diva-licious RuPaul's Drag Race takes us to church, and the bottom queens to the woodshed

B+

RuPaul’s Drag Race is no stranger to manipulative, misleading editing. The producers’ main goal is to create an entertaining television show and frequently, they correlate entertaining with surprising, angling for shocking twists and underdog, come-from-behind victories. But what’s a producer to do when one team nails…

Advertisement