Friday, February 3, 2012

RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 4 E1: Zombie RuPocalypse


It's hard to believe that we are already in Season 4 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and I also can't believe it's taken me this long to finally decide to man up and do weekly reviews of this dragtastic, Emmy-worth show. Of course, part of the problem is trying to critique these ladyboys with anywhere near the wit and poise of RuPaul herself, but, dammit, I'm going to try!

So before Shangela comes out of a box again, let's review this week's post-apocalyptic-themed episode and dole out some awards for good (and bad) behavior...

This week on RuPaul's Drag Race: The queens arrive and meet each other, sizing up the competition. Ru and his tasty Pit Crew greet them and suddenly Shangela pounces out of a box once again—thankfully, only to be shoved back in again. For their first mini-challenge, the girls are, per usual, tasked with a Mike Ruiz photo shoot that, per usual, results in mostly substandard imagery and Jiggly Caliente is declared the least awful. After surviving a drag queen zombie attack, from which they collected heaps of garbage, the queens have to construct post-apocalyptic outfits for the Main Stage. Blood-soaked Sharon Needles is proclaimed the winner, while Jiggly and Alisa Summers lip synced for their lives to Britney Spears' "Toxic." Following a mediocre (at best) showing, Alisa is sent sashaying away.

Best in Show: Sharon Needles
This challenge was pretty much tailor made for the weird queens to succeed, and no one else is weirder, darker or edgier than Miss Sharon Needles. It may have just been a simple tube dress, but the overall effect—complete with blood coming out of her mouth—was by far the best.


Worst in Show: Alisa Summers
The first episode of Drag Race is always about trimming the fat: Pork Chop in Season 1, Shangela in Season 2, Venus D-Lite in Season 3 and, now, Alisa Summers. Her apocalypse outfit looked more like "Showgirls ringmaster" than "end of the world," and that half-assed lip sync just sealed the deal. And, ladies, I understand that a lot of you dig them—and there's certainly a time and place—but can we cool it on the breast plates?


Bitchiest Line of the Night: "You must own a TV." - Willam
The other queens are already over Willam's name-dropping and showboating, but I think she is hilarious. When recognized for her cameo on Sex and the City, she could've played it cool and graceful, but "You must own a TV" was a much bitchier, and fantastic, response.


Funniest Line of the Night: "Chunky, yet funky." - Latrice Royale
Latrice is the kind of queen who does not miss a beat, and I have a feeling we are going to be able to count on her for some excellent oneliners this season. When the queens were introducing themselves and describing their personalities, nothing made me laugh more than Latrice's "chunky, yet funky."


Biggest Snooze of the Night: Madame LaQueer
I have a feeling she'll grow on me, but last night Madame LaQueer was chunky and not funky. I barely remembered she was there.


What did you think of this week's episode? Who were your favorites and who did you want to sashay away? Sound off in the comments!

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