RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 12 – “THE GRAND FINALE”

They say necessity breeds invention, and, if that’s the case, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 made invention a sloppy, little bottom. Already hamstrung by controversy, the shaky start to season 12 was just the beginning as production (and the rest of the world) was pummeled by the pandemic. Instead of the appropriately grandiose grand finale, the queens,…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 12 – “VIVA DRAG VEGAS”

Of all the tropes RuPaul’s Drag Race trots out each year, the penultimate episode (I don’t count the Ru-union) is perhaps the most dependable. In an attempt to maximize tension, the judges typically spend the episode lavishing near universal praise on the remaining queens. It’s not undeserved, but they want us to be on the edge of…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 11 – “ONE-QUEEN SHOW”

Even as someone who has seen countless friends’ solo shows, directed solo shows and, yes, I’ll admit, even performed one or two myself, I still can admit they are a tough sell. (Not quite improv or slam poetry tough, mind you.) They can get real self-indulgent and navel-gazey, real quick. You’ve seen La La Land, you…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 10 – “SUPER FAN MAKEOVER”

Part of the Drag Race viewing experience seems to always include sitting around bitching about how this season’s queens aren’t as good as previous competitors. I’m certainly guilty myself. But watching this week’s charmer of an ep, the star power of this top six seemed undeniable. I don’t know, maybe I’m so desperate for contact it doesn’t…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 9 – “CHOICES 2020”

I can’t tell if it’s just that phase of quarantine where literally anything sends me into wild fits of rage, or if we have truly reached maximum RuPaul. Either way, yes, Vaginameatagingerminj, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. The 3.5-hour Drag Race marathon included a 90-minute celeb edition (see our review/recap here), Untucked and, of…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 8 – “DROOP”

You know, I could spend a significant portion of this recap smarmily describing Jan’s internal monologue as she desperately tries to pin her mental unravelling on the departure of her best friend, Brita, and not her inability to win a challenge, but, really, the edit already did her dirtier than I ever could. Yes, this…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 6 – “SNATCH GAME”

Maybe it’s the paralyzing stress of our current global situation, but last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race felt like a massive treat. Not only did the episode feature possibly one of the greatest Snatch performances of all time, but we were also treated to a guest appearance from Miss Vanjie, an homage to Mean Girls and a gimmick-heavy lip sync….

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 5 – “GAY’S ANATOMY”

I know it’s not possible, but words can’t describe how badly I want to see a Ru-sical devoted to Tiger King. I mean, come on. If they tackle it, it won’t be for like two more seasons, and by then it will seem overplayed and obvious and unfunny. Like most of last night’s challenge. Even I’m…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 12, EPISODE 4 – “THE BALL BALL”

As we gather to watch and discuss this week’s Drag Race from our homes, let’s not forget all the LGBTQ entertainers, bartenders and nightlife staff that are already being hit hard. If you can, order a T-shirt, buy a gift certificate and contribute to bars’ online fundraisers so we have places we can go back…