“Snatch Game” and the Night of 1000 Madonnas Returns!
Lots to discuss and not a lot of time (trying to get my blog-writing done during Olivia’s nap-time), so let’s just get to it! I’ll start with “Snatch Game,” the most anticipated episode of every season.
Aja as Alyssa Edwards:
I’m so glad that one of the judges finally said something about how impersonating another drag queen on “Snatch Game is a cop-out.” Alyssa Edwards, in particular, is a popular choice for these queens, and I’m not entirely sure why. Anyway, this performance was a whole lotta nothing from my point of view. Initially, I felt like Alexis was failing to make an impression from week to week, but she has been slaying for the past two episodes. Now Aja is the one I find highly forgettable. I don’t think that she and Farrah will be around much longer.
Alexis as Liza Minnelli:
Alexis gave a funny, sweet, and loving impersonation of Ms. Liza. Ru warned her that Liza is a very common drag impersonation, but Alexis more than rose to the challenge. Great work!
Cynthia as Sofia Vergara:
This was bad. Really bad. She didn’t play up the body at all and none of her jokes landed. One of the judges said that perhaps the problem was that she chose a character that was too close to her actual personality (at which point Ru brilliantly suggested that Cynthia should have impersonated Maggie Smith). However, that assessment is too kind. The truth is that Cynthia is just not funny enough to succeed in “Snatch Game.” If she had been smart, she would have prepared some kicky one-liners and had them in her back pocket, but she just chose to ramble nonsensically instead. This was a poor showing by a blah performer.
Farrah as Gigi Gorgeous:
Okay, I am not part of the YouTube generation, and I had no idea who Gigi Gorgeous was before this episode. To Farrah’s credit, she does look like Gigi, but the performance was lacking. I thought it was telling that she told Ru that she kept expecting that she would have more opportunities to do funny things like throw make up around. Does she not know that she is surrounded by attention whores? Ru was right to tell her that as she gets older she will realize that you get one shot in life to make a first impression.
Nina as Jazmine Masters:
Here’s another queen who chose to impersonate another drag queen. This one didn’t bother me as much as Alyssa, but the judges’ criticism of this entire concept still stands. Also, I had to remind myself who Jazmine Masters even was. After appearing on RPDR, Ms. Masters apparently became YouTube famous. But again, I know nothing about YouTube fame.
Peppermint as Nene Leakes:
Peppermint had the look down, and she seems like a sweet girl, but she is apparently incapable of performing in any capacity without stumbling over her lines.
Sasha as Marlene Dietrich:
When Sasha said that she wasn’t sure whether she should impersonate Marlene Dietrich or Judith Butler, part of me fell a little bit in love with her. A drag queen talking about the performative nature of gender? Pinch me! However, another part of me recognized that Butler would have been a completely impractical choice. What does she look like? What does she sound like? It’s a good thing she chose Dietrich instead of Butler because she did a pretty bang up job.
Shea as Naomi Campbell:
Shea chose wisely with her Naomi Campbell impersonation. It wasn’t a terribly funny performance, but it was a good impersonation.
Trinity as Amanda Lupore:
Trinity did a fine job with this character, pretending that she couldn’t move her face and such. I don’t know much about Amanda Lepore, so I’m not sure what else could have been done.
Valentina as Miss Colombia, 2015
Dear Lord Valentina is perfection.
Okay, now for the night of 1000 Madonnas…
This is fine. Like I said, Aja is actually kind of boring lately. “Fine” isn’t exactly an adjective any self-respecting drag queen wants to hear.
Alexis really has been bringing it lately. This is fierce. And it’s a great look for Ms. Alexis, who can really rock a figure-hugging black gown.
Cynthia can actually be quite pretty when she wants to be, and this look is a good, off-the-beaten-path Madonna look. When she fell on the runway, was that on purpose? It looked like a real fall, but then she started beating the floor with her cape, and it led me to believe that it was staged? Unclear. Which is bad.
This is a fantastic costume. Stunning, really. It’s too bad that her face doesn’t ever change no matter what look she’s wearing.
Surprising Madonna choice. Even more surprising? Trinity chose the same look. And Trinity did it better.
This is a spot-on “Material Girl” look (the better of the two “Material Girl” looks. Seriously, why does that keep happening?). Michelle was right to point out, though, that Peppermint has chosen to wear this same shade of pink three weeks in a row.
Sasha killed it this week. Her Marlene Dietrich was really strong and this Madonna look is also quite impressive. Apparently, this is the video that really shaped Sasha’s particular style of drag, so it was nice that she got to showcase something where she could really shine.
Shea’s “Material Girl” was not as strong as Peppermint’s.
Spot on. This is the stronger of the two Met Gala looks.
How creative and fabulous was this? This girl is a genius, and she is a star. I am more and more impressed by her, and the choices she is making, with every passing week.
Cynthia and Peppermint ended up in the bottom two this week, and Peppermint lip-synced her little heart out. It was seriously one of the best lip-syncs the show has seen in years. It was funny and creative. What a brilliant choice to choose different iconic styles of dance (like the robot and the running man) for a song like “Music.” Poor Cynthia didn’t stand a chance.
I have some thoughts on the weekly confessions we’ve been witnessing while the queens have been getting dolled up. They’ve discussed everything from Pulse to AIDS to eating disorders to trans-rights. All important issues, to be sure, but I have some thoughts on the heavy-handedness of the way RPDR has been framing these issues. I’ll be sharing those thoughts in another post, though. Stay tuned!