Look, I’m not the biggest fan of Jinkx. I want her to win because in this train wreck of a season, she’s the only queen with some semblance of talent. She has shown versatility and creativity, which is more than I can say for the other queens fighting for the title. She might not be the best queen to grace the show, but she’s definitely better than the competition, and, generally good overall.
What annoys me about Sharon’s comments is this: in the fourth season Sharon spent her entire time talking about “the future of drag” and how her winning meant that it would open doors for other drag queens who weren’t necessarily in the mold of pageant or comedy, etc. If her bid of the Drag Race crown was a presidential campaign, Needle’s slogan would have had something to do with winning “for the weird kids of America.” So, here comes Jinkx, who basically falls under the same category as Sharon, and instead of being supportive, all Sharon can say is that Jinkx is a cheap version of her.
I mean, honestly, this is thoroughly nasty on her part and unnecessary. It bothers me to no ends. You don’t get to talk about being an inspiration to other drag queens that don’t fit a typical mold and then call someone who does that kind of thing a cheap version of yourself. It doesn’t work that way.
I have lost a great deal of respect for Needles. Unless there is something I missed in her commentary, this was uncalled for.
Jinkx Monsoon and Alyssa Edwards are the only things that keep this season of Drag Race from being a complete and utter train wreck. At least Jinkx is still in, but I’m gonna’ miss Alyssa. Coco should have gone home: I know she has technically performed a bit better than Alyssa in some respects, but Coco is poison, and she isn’t really that great of a queen, either. She’s not as bad as Phi Phi O’hara, obviously, but she’s pretty mean spirited in general and incredibly sensitive. Mind you, Alyssa destroyed her in that lip sync.
I know a lot of people hate on Alyssa, and when I first saw her I hated her too, because she doesn’t know when to STFU sometimes. But, you know what? Alyssa was funny, and kind, and no matter what anyone says, she took all of the insults and shade thrown at her in stride. She is the opposite of Coco. This isn’t even taking into account that Alyssa was always willing to admit when she fucked up and apologize for it.
And, Santino, gurl, really?! One of the worst dresses? Did we forget Serena CACA existed? That dress Alyssa wore wasn’t even the worst of this season (Drag Pinocchio), much less out of five seasons. Are we forgetting Jiggly’s baked potato outfit? Or all of the Goddamned cake outfits from season three, where even Raja’s looked like shit? Did we forget that India Ferrah existed? Or Shangela’s raggedy-ass country outfit? How about Raja’s hideous leopard print outfit in the drag guy challenge? Or Jade Jolie’s hair disaster a few weeks back?
I’m not even throwing shade at these girls; I like most them. Hell, I love some of them. Shangela is one of my favorite queens, but, come the fuck on. Alyssa’s dress was alright. It wasn’t great and it wasn’t terrible either.
Can we talk about Lineysha’s perfection? Her Tyra was fucking flawless! I think I died a thousand times! She definitely deserved to win, because anyone who can actually pin down the personality of someone with no personality like Tyra deserves every award ever.
Miss Coco was serving me everything this challenge. Her Lashawn was perfection, and she looked the best on the runway, no questions asked. This bitch is fierce. I think everyone is counting her out and she’s gonna’ get insanely far, and the same applies to Lineysha. The other bitches better watch out for them, because they’re gonna’ be hard as fuck to beat.
Roxxxy was awesome as Mariah, but there isn’t much you can do with Mariah. It was a safe choice. Her outfit was flawless and Santino can go fuck himself. She looked spectacular.
I’m falling in love with Detox. When she told Alaska to put on a wonky eyelash, I nearly cried from laughing so Goddamned hard. Her Sharon was EPIC, I couldn’t even! Alaska rocked it, too, and her Phi Phi was just hilarious as hell!
I gotta say that Jade really redeemed herself this time around. She did really well on both, the challenge and the runway.
Thank God Serena Cha Cha was sent the fuck home, because if I had to listen to her talk about her shoddy art degree one more time, I was going to lose my shit. Speaking of which, Monica destroyed her in the lip sync.
…RuPaul is incapable of picking the right candidate for the crown. The only one she got right was Sharon, and that was because she won by fan votes. UGH! First it was BeBe over Nina, then it was Tyra over Raven (Tyra over ANYONE is a mistake, really), then it was Raja over Manila (okay, this one wasn’t TOO bad), and now…now this?! How can you pick the most boring of the four for that win? Seriously. She’s. So. Fucking. Boring.
How do I even begin to explain Fringe? Fringe is flawless. It has two Fendi purses and a silver Lex —
No, wait. That’s Regina George.
In all seriousness: Fringe is probably the absolute best show currently on television. As a writer and lover of science-fiction, it doesn’t really get any better than what Fringe does. The level of continuity through so many seasons and plot twists is a really amazing achievement, and what is best is that this show has arcs within arcs that all come together as you keep watching. Every episode is “self-contained” with its own mystery and plot twist, but they all tie together by the end of each season, and then again from season to season. Fringe probably has the best writers currently of any show running: their use of science-fiction themes, great twists, etc. are all masterful.
It also has a really interesting set of characters, not the least being Olivia Dunham, the protagonist, who is THE definition of a badass female character. She has a tragic background, she is very focused on her work, she’s a damned good agent, and she doesn’t take shit from no one. Olive is one of the main reasons I watch this show. Other reasons include (but are not limited to): Peter being super sexy, Walter always getting Astrid’s name wrong (“Come on Aspirin, we need to go to the market”), and how incredibly well written it all is.
2.) RuPaul’s Drag Race -
Okay, so here is the truth: I like trashy reality T.V. once in a while. In fact, if it was up to me, Flavor of Love would have been renewed for about fifty seasons. But then I come across reality T.V. that is actually GOOD, like if I fell into a parallel universe where I like vagina and Rihanna can hold a note on stage. Drag Race is one of those shows: it takes everything that made Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model so amazing and then quadruples it, adds drama to taste, and a lot of talent. These girls have to make their own outfits, do their own make up, walk down the runway, and do insane challenges. It’s pretty easy to choke on all the eleganza.
I don’t care if you are straight or gay or pansexual or bisexual…go watch this show. NOW! Promise you will not regret it.
3.) Teen Wolf -
It’s probably the best teen supernatural drama on television right now. It’s smartly written, with good characters and sharp story telling. It avoids the majority of cliches I tend to find annoying in most shows like this, not the least being the “EVERYONE IS OBLIVIOUS TO MY SUPERNATURAL ABILITIES” business. I just find it utterly frustrating that in most shows like this all the other characters take about eight seasons to figure out that the protagonist has unique powers (I’m looking at you, Smallville!). It’s kind of amazing to see how fast the characters grow and just “get it,” which makes them all the more three dimensional. There is also a lot of mystery and a good use of werewolf lore.
Also: lots and lots of shirtless man candy. What else could ask for?
4.) The Legend of Korra -
The Legend of Korra is not only the best cartoon on television at the moment; it is one of the best cartoons ever (thus far). The story is incredibly adult and well written, while the characters are tangible and beautifully portrayed. It is also brilliantly animated and it creates a really great, self-contained world, which is what fantasy is all about. The fight scenes are, of course, epic. It just nails action, humor, characters, and plot perfectly.
5.) Sherlock -
This one is one of my new favorites (I know! I know! I’m late!). It’s incredible in every way: fantastic writing, sharp dialogue, good amount of humor, amazing mysteries, and some world class acting. I just wish there were more episodes because it seems like a show like this deserves so much more. It’s exactly what we need to see on television more often.
(Spartacus and Doctor Who are fighting it out for the sixth position).
Mini Challenge: Can I just say that I have no idea how Phi Phi won? Okay, okay, I’m a fair person and I will say that her shoes were better than almost everyone else’s, but Dida clearly did the best job. Dida’s shoes were fun and looked actually wearable. Whatever.
So let’s move on…
Phi Phi: Can someone explain to me why she is still in this competition? Anyone? Please? Because I see no reason for her to stay here. She is a pretty terrible actress and she has absolutely no imagination. This is what separates a queen like her from a queen like Sharon Needles. Sharon is creative with her work and it shows, even through her humor. Phi Phi has a knack for just being sharp as bowling ball with her characters and they always end up as terrible caricatures. It’s true of her presidential character, it was true of her Gaga, and it was true of her chola during the RuPaul album infommericial challenge. She’s like that dude at frat parties who thinks he’s funny, but really isn’t and everyone knows it.
Also, as even more proof that she understands nothing of comedy: her “The Help” joke really crossed the line into just being in poor taste. The worst part is that she doesn’t take criticism well at all. Yeah, they might have beaten the point to death, but she still stubbornly sat during Untucked and repeatedly told everyone how funny she was. Yeah, no.
Her attitude gets progressively nastier as the show goes on, and she likes to call everyone out on everything, while subsequently ignoring the fact that she’s only there because Willam was kicked out. Phi Phi has no business being in the top five.
Her Runway - GUUUURRRRLLL, her wig was a mess! It looked like she borrowed it from Dida at the last minute. I should also add that she needs to stop doing that weird thing she does with her left eye. I know it has to be her makeup because her eyes look normal as a boy, but the moment she steps onto the runway it’s like the left side of her face is hellbent on making a Renee Zellweger impersonation while the right side wants to remain neutral.
Chad Michaels: Okay, okay! I know this was supposed to be serious, but I died laughing several times with Chad. She was giving Shocantelle Brown in her presidential character, and I love that when she said she was going to paint the White House pink and give it an up do, you could literally see Michelle Visage struggle not to burst out laughing too. Well played Mrs. Michaels! Well played!
Her Runway - Flawless. But when isn’t it? Chad is very consistent with her runway, even if sometimes a little predictable.
Dida Ritz: I love my girl Dida, but she fell flat in this challenge. It’s weird how 50/50 she is: sometimes she gives these stellar, fierce performances, but sometimes she just kind of stands there like a nervous school girl. I think Dida suffers from Shangela syndrome: there is talent there, but she needs time to polish up and develop it. I don’t think she was really ready for this competition. Love ya’ girl, but it was time to go.
Her Runway - I liked the black, but I hated her wig. I thought she was improving her wigs from week to week, but this week was one of her worst. Phi Phi was right though, she was very defensive on the stage, and her hair just didn’t deserve that kind of a fight.
Sharon Needles: Okay, so here is the thing about Sharon that makes her the most deserving of the crown this season: she is versatile. This girl is capable of pretty much anything, and she really proves it each time she gets a new challenge. Her subdued, dead-pan humor character for Frock the Vote was just spot on. Sometimes, her runway look leaves a bit to be desired, and sometimes, she misses the mark, but when Needles is on point, she kind of makes the other girls look basic.
Her Runway - It was only alright, and then she gave a pretty awesome explanation and it made it totally neat. This girl can sell anything, to be honest, and she really thinks outside of the box.
Latrice: Love me some Latrice, but she fell flat almost the entire way through. The best moment for her was her “making peace” with “Phi Phi being ugly.”
I will say this though: as much as it pains me to see her in the bottom two, it was TOTALLY worth it to see her lip sync. SHE ATE THAT UP! Latrice was serving some Patti Labelle realness here!
Her Runway - Wasn’t really digging it, to be honest. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good.
Michelle Visage: Okay, okay, she’s not a contestant, but screw it! I’ll just say it: I love me some Michelle and she just gets progressively more glamorous! Good on you, Michelle! <3
Returning Queen: I’d be kind of a crime if Willam didn’t return, primarily because she kind of rocked the show and made it more entertaining, and secondarily because I think she has a real chance to take the crown. But knowing how things work in Drag Race, it will probably be Kenya Michaels.