After the first season, I was afraid RuPaul was never going to get it right again. Until now.
The foulest stench is in the Air
The funk of Dida’s processed hair
Drag Queens stomp in search of goods
To accessorize y’alls neighborhoods
And whosoever shall be found
with a cheap and tacky knockoff gown
Must stand and face Phi Phi of Hell
And share motel rooms with Michelle…
‘Cause this is Needles’
And no one’s going to save you from the Bitch about to Strike
Yes this is Needles’
So Praise the Evil Queen inside her Fright World/Bright World
(Sung to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller)
Using Bianca’s rubric, we have a new Drag Race Superstar who is About something, has something to Say and damn sure knows how to Prance.
Condragulations Sharon Needles
So RuPaul: you’re forgiven. I know it was keeping you up all night wondering what the Queen thought of the show, so there it is. You can rest easy now. I thought last night’s episode made up for all the shady shit from the rest of the season. From the opening number, to Sharon’s final walk Bianca and I felt you did an admirable job with the episode.
Oh, don’t get me wrong: there were definitely things we would have changed were we in charge of the shindig (the Queen will get to those in just a second); but for the most part the last show lived up to a season that might just turn out to be my favorite of the four.
So now we know where the entire budget of Season 4 went: the first episode, the second episode, and this one. Nice opening. Clean and simple, with just enough camp to make sure we knew what we were watching. I actually loved this format. Drag is a spectator sport. Why WOULDN’T you present something like this before an audience? Bianca thinks that this should have been the Finale episode as opposed to the Reunion episode, and the Queen agrees. The idea of making the finale much more like Project Runway has been floating around the Comments section and we agree. Why not give the lady boys some money and ask them to go home and prepare a mini show–complete with a fierce outfit or two–that includes a lip sync-all before a live audience? Then crown the winner and have all the queens come back for a closed studio Reunion Show. That way we get the spectacle AND the intimacy of dishing the dirt with the girls. Just something to think about Ms. RuPaul. No charge for that suggestion. Okay. If you USE it then there will be a charge. We’ll split the fee among the Queen, Bianca and the Miss Things.
A Few Highlights and Low-Lifes
Okay…what was up with this bit?
Unlike President Obama’s opening bit at the Press Corps Dinner, this schtick fell absolutely flat. That minute or so could have been used so much more productively–like more slamming of Phi Phi.
Having these folks sit together gave me a chance to kill three birds with one muse:
Work calls. To be continued a tad bit later.