Category Archives: RuPaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race: Episode 3 – Queens Behaving Badly

Only three episodes into RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, and already a few things are undeniably true: 1) The season is too short, and yet 2) The All Stars format doesn’t perfectly translate to the Drag Race pedigree. Sure, it’s been great seeing these ladies again, but I’m not finding each episode quite as thrilling as before.

Some self-awareness is obviously absolutely necessary for a drag performer, but there’s something more going on this season. It’s more than just awareness of being on camera. Is it maybe that they all want to continue to be in the good graces of Ru herself or else risk losing a place? Drag queens will always be drag queens, but anecdotally it feels like we’re seeing them more in more in print, TV, and online. Is RuPaul to blame/congratulate? But I digress. Let’s rate episode 3… Continue reading

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Episode 2 – Gaff-In

The celebrity impersonation episodes on RuPaul’s Drag Race each season are probably my favorite because we get to see the girls pull hilarious shit out of their pockets. I’m so happy it’s making its way to the shortened All Stars season. It’s with great sadness, then, that I have to say that this episode felt a little tired. Yikes it was kind of bad! Still, it remains watchable simply based on the presence of these lively characters, not to mention Ru. Yet the pacing and humor were noticeably off this week, and you’ll see this reflected below in the patented Drag-o-Meter ratings. Continue reading

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Premiere

RuPaul is back, and we couldn’t be happier here at BTYM. Her eponymous Drag Race is by no stretch of hyperbole the most consistently engaging source of camp goodness in reality television history. What better type of person to star/compete in the reality format than the ever self-aware drag queen? The confluence of identity formation, fakeness, and attitude is a swirling tropical storm of faggotry that we will never tire of.

So it is with great earnestness that we bring back the patented Drag-o-Meter for this, the first “All Stars” spin-off season, which by the way we are in full support of. It’s not like they won’t be making another normal season, and these aren’t humdrum normal random people trying to be famous. They are PERFORMERS trying to entertain. This week there was surprising contrast in the good, the bad, and the what the fuckery. To the results!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: It’s on!

The Drag-o-Meter makes its triumphant return October 22nd, when the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres its new “All Stars” season.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Reunited – Winner Revealed

This RuPaul’s Drag Race reunion has a lot to live up to! What did Willam do? Who is the winner? Will it be Chad Michaels, the class act? Phi Phi Ohara, the bitch? Or Sharon Needles, the avant garde?

This was quite the high production value episode, especially for a reunion special. Usually it’s held on a blacked out soundstage with very basic staging. Certainly it’s never been in full theater…with spectacular coordinating outfits…and choreography…and celebrity guests. Needless to say it was rather impressive. Continue reading

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 13 – The Final Three, Gurl

So yah, we totally got pwned. We won’t have the winner announced until next week’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited. As such, there’s also no Untucked this week. I love that RuPaul asks the viewers to vote for the winner, when we all know it’s still gonna be her decision, obvy. Remember, the reunited episode is months later, after most of the show has aired. It’ll be interesting to see both the decision as well as what all the other contestants have thought after seeing each other on TV. Needless to say, this has been one of the most exciting seasons so far, and the patented Drag-o-Meter ratings system had a lot to measure this week… Continue reading

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 11 – Fabulous Bitch Ball

It’s the final four y’all! I can’t believe I ever doubted Chad Michaels. She’s never been in the bottom two, and her presence there this week was understandable given that there are only four girls left.

We have a little time to kill before next week’s finale (though I still recommend watching the clip show currently up), so let’s take an in-depth look at the most recent episode.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 10 – DILFs

This was an episode without many major dramatic moments, but I feel like it had loads of tiny subtle moments. Well, as subtle as you can expect from a show about men dressing as women. The laughs really built up, until you didn’t realize you were laughing the whole time.

It’s the annual makeover episode, and not a minute too soon. Of course, on a show already full of heavy makeup, wigs, and dresses, the makeover episode requires the girls to makeover random straight guys. In this case they are all fathers, I think strictly so that they can be referred to coyly as “daddies” all throughout. The trick is you don’t pick the hottest guy, because he probably won’t transform as easily. You want the ones who are already sort of ambiguous looking. But there’s a twist! The DILFs (“dads I’d like to frock”) have to be sporting “baby bump realness.” My only complaint is that this should be a much earlier challenge because it relies so heavily on the strangers. It’s not a challenge that indicates the strengths of the girls so so well. Still, it’s all about transformation, and that’s sort of the point of all of this.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 9 – Frock the Vote

Sorry for the long delay since the Drag-o-Meter last registered a blip on RuPaul’s Drag Race. As you’ll recall, it was a sad and unexpected day for the crown jewel of team As the Day is Long. I have been sitting shiva for Willam, may she rest in Palm Springs, ever since. But we must move on.

Hush, just stop. There’s nothing you can do or say, baby. I’ve had enough. I’m not your property as from today, baby. You might think that I won’t make it on my own, but now I’m… Continue reading

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 8 – The Night the Lights Went Out in Dragtona

I unfortunately already knew the ending this week, based on search terms that brought various people to this very site. First world problems, I know. Needless to say, I couldn’t be more nonplussed with the state of things on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and the Drag-o-Meter is naturally going to accurately reflect this. It’s a sour day in Dragtona Beach. Apparently, though, y’all still wanted to know what the Meter registers this episode. Before we begin, let us all have a moment of silence.

[snaps]

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 7 – Dragazines

Gosh, does it feel like only seven episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race have gone by? It feels like more. This week felt a little flat for the season, but compared to other reality competition shows it was still clearly superior. The Drag-o-Meter registered in all ranges, but it settled mostly in the 2’s and 4’s, reflecting a not terribly good nor bad episode. I didn’t shriek in delight or disgust too many times, in other words.There were, however, a high number of hilarious quotes, which you’ll see. But I’m getting ahead of myself! Let’s start at the low-end, as usual.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 6 – Float Your Boat

After last week’s annually stunning “Snatch Game,” this week RuPaul’s Drag Race was a return to form in a lot of ways. Which is not to say it was overall good or bad. I’m happy to say Ru came back with tons of quotables this week, and we thankfully have a themed runway challenge, which has been rare this season. If you imagined there would be nautical puns, then girl were you not disappointed this week. I stopped counting at 20. Lastly, I found there to be oddly no obvious winner or even top 3 by the end of the show. As you’ll see the Drag-o-Meter rating system reflects this, registering several in the 3 (excuse me, [snaps!]) realm.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 5 – The Snatch Game

Finally the Snatch Game! With the possible exceptions of the premieres and finales, the annual Snatch Game episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race is the most consistently entertaining hour of reality television. It’s here where we see how the remaining contestants do with impersonations. It’s arguably something every good drag performer should have in her back pocket, yet year after year we’re witness to just as many failing performances as we are fantastic renditions. I wonder if part of the discrepancy is that typically the queens would perform songs as these alter egos, whereas on the Snatch Game they’re of course camping it up, game show style. Regardless, the Drag-o-Meter waits for no one! Continue reading

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 4 – Queens Behind Bars

Start your engines. And may the best woman WIN! It’s that time again. No, not that time. The time for more RuPaul’s Drag Race, naturally (unnaturally?). This week the ladies were tasked with serving penal realness in the fictional “Tuckahoe County.” The patented “Drag-o-Meter” is recharged and ready to rate, so let’s not waste any time…

And by “not waste any time” I mean let’s take a second to ask, “what do y’all think?” Is anyone else watching this gem of a show? It’s free online every Tuesday on Logo, by the way. I think I mentioned that.

Now for reals, the meter:

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 3 – Glamazon vs. Champion

I obviously have very high standards for RuPaul’s Drag Race, but did anyone else feel it was a little off its game — pun intended — this week? The challenges were lacking somewhat in creativity. I blame the show’s producers. Assuming, you know, there are producers.

Even Ru seemed a bit subdued. No one quite stood out for me, although there were funny moments. It was an acceptably entertaining episode, but it lacked the hijinks of the premiere as well as, I’m imagining, the more colorful episodes to come (for example, the annual “Snatch Game” celebrity impersonation episode…let’s hope there’s no ill-timed Whitney).

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 2 – WTF

After a staggering premiere full of zany realness, it’s perhaps not uncalled for that the sophomore episode would chug along at a slightly less energetic pace. Still, with a signature bootleg-yet-charming mini challenge where the contestants literally stuff their booties, and a main challenge requiring the creation of wrestling versions of their drag personas, it’s easy to forget these bitches still needed to walk the runway, ummkay girl!

As with last week, I’m rating this episode using BTYM’s incredibly advanced Drag-o-Meter system. What werqed and what didn’t? What crazy quotes to Ru manage this time? Continue reading

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, Episode 1 – The Rupocalypse

Start your engines, expletive deleted. No seriously, ignite those internal combustion engines, derogatory female genitalia. Go ahead and stick a starter log up your cooche and/or boohole.

You see, I have been so seriously looking forward to not only watching RuPaul’s Drag Race but also recapping it, that I’ve prewritten this introduction fully a month in advance. I have a t-shirt with the image of RuPaul emblazoned with the words “SICKENING” on right now. This is a garment I wear with absolutely no shame.

It’s not that I’m really such a huge fan of RuPaul the person (who truly is this show’s star, around whom everything else revolves) but more like I’m a fan of reality TV in this its absolute purest form. Not only doesn’t RuPaul’s Drag Race make any claims to seriousness, realness, or indeed logical sense; rather, it twists realness on its delicate head.

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