Last night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race launched with the queens doing a mini-challenge centered around ESP, or Extra Sensory Perception, where the ladies paired up and one half of them tried to guess what their partner was sporting, wig-, pussycat- or boa-wise. (As you might guess, none of them were too good in this situation.) But the most hilarious thing about that is that the ESP challenge was the least weird thing about the episode: Before long, during the show’s hour, the ladies were donning wacky, futuristic costumes (see: above!) and, while split into two teams with leaders Mariah and Phoenix, made (ridiculously laughable) “movie trailers” for two fictional films, Drag Queens in Outer Space: From Earth to Uranus and its sequel Drag Queens in Outer Space 2: Return to Uranus.
As Ru told the queens when she was checking in during their prep sessions: “I don’t want to see drag queens—I want to see movie stars!” Just look at that picture above: Is there any show on TV that’s more cracked out than RuPaul’s Drag Race? That’s the question I’m posing to you, the show’s loyal viewers, after the second episode of this third season.
I mean, the trailers the queens delivered were insane, as they included such characters as Boobarella and Lady Tata. J’adore! The camp factor was off the chain! But in the best way. Right. Or, right? I personally loved it, despite not really understanding most of what was happening on screen. I know that the trailers were amazing; all of the ladies looked amazing in their futuristic duds on the main stage; and no one deserved to go home. But that didn’t stop Delta Work and Phoenix from having to lip sync for their lives, with Phoenix (despite being a team leader) eventually sashaying away. Guest judge Lily Tomlin proved to be a letdown, as the episode’s editors cut anything she had to say from the screen. Maybe it wasn’t her fault that she appeared so muted.
Do you agree, Drag Race acolytes? Is Drag Race the most cracked out show on television? Did Phoenix deserve to go home? What else are you thinking about season 3 so far? Sound off below!
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