This is the episode I had been waiting for, and dreading. Who would make it to the final three? I’ve been preoccupied with that question all season, and we finally got our answer, with a few swerves along the way.
Despite her uproariously funny puppet performance, Alaska seemed destined to go. She stumbled through the most basic of choreography for the girls’ routine, and her candy couture dress was literally falling apart as she prepped for the runway. From the season’s start, I’ve had the nagging worry that Alaska wouldn’t make it to the end, given all the early comparisons of her with Sharon Needles, and then increasingly Jinkx! Surely Ru wouldn’t have two “funny queens” in her final three!?
But this season has had a lot of unexpected turns from the beginning–starting with the cast of queens. From its onset, I’ve been struck by this season’s focus on performers and comedy queens. Yeah, obviously you’ve got Jinkx as a triple threat, Alaska’s subversive humor, and Detox’s unique brand of lip sync. But remember Ivy’s wild assortment of circus skills and Alyssa’s impressive dancing background? She didn’t stick around long enough to show it, but Honey Mahogany is a fantastic singer, too. This ensemble was loaded with talent above and beyond the expected for a drag show.
Roxxxy claimed that Jinkx made it this far entirely on luck, that the challenges seemed custom built for a queen with her talents. But girl, there’s no luck in reality TV. This season has been all about performance–singing, dancing, comedy, comedy, comedy. It wasn’t luck, it was a clear shift on the part of Ru and the production team. All that being said, I don’t know what it all means–does Ru want a queen who can do it all, or have all these performance challenges been strung together just because they make for the best TV? ↓ Read the rest of this entry…