Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rupauls Drag Race Season 5 Episode 11

We've reached a Jinx dilema. Shes everyones favorite, a VERY nice person seemingly, and very talented, BUT BUT BUT her looks SUCK SO HARD. Even her best look which was the Day of the Dead looked very "Hot Topic" with those gross stockings that I dunno if she knows are the stocking equivalent of a store bought halloween costume, and thats the reason why I have issue with Jinx. I REALLY like her. I think she's funny and earnest and how could you not like a jewish narcoleptic red headed tranny, but I think I know why her looks suck so bad. Its not that she doesn't know, or doesn't care, its that she DOESNT WANT TO BE AGGRESSIVE IN ANY FORM and what we don't realize is in her mind a STRONG LOOK, or a look which is "FIERCE", is aggressive to her. The term is "FIERCE" for a reason, it is aggressive. There is an element of "IM GONNA LET YOU HAVE IT." in a fierce look and Jinx doesn't want to fight. She doesn't want to let ANYONE HAVE IT?! She wants EVERYONE TO GET ALONG!?! So she is going to adapt a very APPROACHABLE look. This isn't the kind of chick who likes SHOULDER PADS. This doesn't work for me personally, in fact its actually hard for me to wrap my head around. Soft is so...WEIRD to me. If I'm not "hard", "belted" or fitted I feel like I'm gonna "spread to death". I can't do drapey, soft, gausey, SANDALS..omg I can't do sandals! I bought a pair for summer from Gucci but they're super bondagey with metal clasps and perforated black leather.. All that other stuff is very "Water sign" or "air sign" and Im a fire sign. If its not INSECTOID I won't like it. I prefer the company of people who look threatening, be it with bold use of color, angles, muscles, skinniness, androgyny, height, shortness, I really don't care because you can serve it a thousand different ways but at least you're SERVING IT, but it is a fine line. Ru really gets this fine line correct. Her looks are FIERCE, but she's also like sunshine on a stick. She does a flowy dress but its often BELTED and always corseted so its the best of both worlds. Zaldy does a very good job with this. Do you know that Ru said she doesn't even know what dress she's wearing till the show is filming?! Zaldy just knows her measurements and sends the dresses. The gown this episode was GREAT. A hot pink leopard print that as it cascaded down the body the print grew larger in scale, special guest Bob Mackie must have loved it. Side note, Bob Mackie and I went to the same school... Makes sense huh, when he went it was called Chounard Art Institute though and not Calarts. Bob Mackie, Tim Burton, PeeWee Herman, David Hasselhoff, and PEG BUNDY from Married with Children and ME all went there... hrmmm, explains a lot... The only girls who I thought served looks were Deetox ( c'mon she wore a Glenn Close wig and a MUGLER SUIT...AWESOME) and Roxxxy who's the only one with a body. Alaska WE ALL LIKE, she's a cool chick, smart, funny, totally gets it, but her dry humor is REAL DRY, like "GASP, my throat?! YACK, Im turning into the Nazi supporter from indiana Jones 3 and Im turning into a mummy... WATER!!!?!" kinda dry. and I dunno if thats really "Drag Show" ready either. Shed be great in a different kind of media I think, or a small venue, Alaska is actually all about her delivery and humor and brains. She's actually not really a lip synch queen and I think thats a GOOD THING. She's sorta smarter than that.... This series of queens the entire season have been a teeny bit underwhelming for me. The personal drama seemed to be more of highlight this season, which I get. Most likely due to the fact that the current director was the director of "Untucked" before. They're trying to make "good tv" and THEY ARE, BUT that balance of good tv and impressive talent is really hard to balance. I hope they don't go down a "Real housewives" road and just start selecting people based on how much of an asshole they are and neglect actual skill. I don't think they will but it almost seems like they're testing the waters about what route to go down. Actually I have to be honest. I don't feel like any of the girls this season are up to the caliber of the other winners. They're great, and I like them, but I dunno, maybe I just have to get used to Jinx and see that she's "different" and thats ok. Theres room for every type of queen and Jinx has a valid place but I just feel like putting her at the top lowers the bar regarding "polish", but maybe it RAISES IT for being a good person?!. I like the idea that the winner needs to be a GOOD PERSON, a FIERCE MOM, and Jinx is kinda like that. Alaska is more of a FIERCE AUNT. I mean the winner can't be ROTTEN and with this episode they really featured Roxxxys bad side so now she can't win. Roxxxy is basically getting the PhiPhi treatment now which is a REAL DUMB move for her. Is it just editing? Like I feel like this season the girls genuinely cannot understand why Jinx is there. They aren't getting the editing that we are. All our "moments" with Jinx have been one on one on with the camera, not to them. So I think what THEY are seeing and what WE are seeing are very different. I think they just see this HUMAN MACARONI ART and we see this total sweetheart who would make a great baby sitter. Is a great babysitter enough to be the next drag superstar???? ps. I forgot to mention. I LOVED the challenge. I love a candy theme, maybe my favorite even. I thought that lip-synch was more then a LITTLE slanted toward Jinx winning. I mean its a LITTLE CURIOUS that the first time Jinx goes up for a lip synch its like the weirdest most obscure song they've ever had. Its like the time Latrice went up against Kenya Michaels and the song they had to do was ARETHA FRANKLIN, I mean..... if I didn't get botox you'd be able to see my eyebrow raise but now I have to turn my head to the side and squint the lower eye for a similar effect. Oh and what did I say last week about wearing something you can perform in?!?! Deetox couldn't move in that dress and SHE MADE IT?! I love Deetox but that wasn't the best move, she was stuck in the mud.

7 comments:

RJ said...

Love the reviews. When are you going to be a judge on RPDR?

Stanimal5 said...

Spot on assessment. You would be a great judge for the show.

Malibu Eric said...

I love that Jinkx is challenging my perceptions of what drag is. I do feel the title should be a tad Miss America pageant and that we have to like the winner as well. ..and speaking of not liking, wow, after last night Roxxxy needs therapy not a crown. Bein' left at that bus stop is gonna haunt that girl. I know you like Detox but other than that smart, crack whip wit she really didn't show me what I assume she is capable of. What happened to her?

Phillyguy said...

I told you all Detox was the next to go. I also predicted Alyssa and Coco's departures. Detox IS fierce but she never got her footing. And what's up with everyone who gets a message from home ends up leaving either soon thereafter?
Love me some Jinx. She can sing, she can act and her drag is unique. She challenges the same old tired notions of what a drag queen really is. HOWEVER, watch out for Roxxxy. She's a total contender!

Dan Halm said...

So here is how I think things will play out:

Alaska will be the next to be eliminated for two reasons - Sharon Needles (I can't see Ru giving it to her, right after Sharon)

Also with Alaska's elimination that leaves what the producers and editors have been setting us up for all season: a Jinx/Roxxxy showdown

Jinx - quirky, talented and the underdog
Roxxxy - the large queen (I know she's not a big gurl, but they are totally casting her that way)

Who's gonna win? I'd say I hope Jinx, but I have a feeling it might go to Roxxxy. With Jinx, getting Miss Conditionality and a trip to the All Stars: Season 2.

David Mason said...

I think Jinkx will get it. They've made Roxxxy too mean to win

Willy B said...

Max thinks it MUST go to Jinkkx because her recent FB photos are suddenly more modern and professional.

Also Roxxxy is not smart. And not funny. That puupet show - gurl! At least Tyra was funny in an Alyssa way. Roxxxy is just nasty. But I do feel bad for her...

Meanwhile, my personal winner is Alaska. Top 3!!! That's where she'll stay but in the season after Sharon she should be proud!