Second episode, and I still have opinions! If you haven't already, read my review for episode one.
As before I've already given you a spoiler warning in the title and the cover photo and here's a third. Consider yourself warned.
So we start the episode with some more contrived Cracker v. Aquaria drama, where the Vixen calls out Aquaria for calling out Cracker in a wonderful moment of drama.
I don't think I'm alone here in thinking the drama is exhausting, and now it even seems like Aquaria thinks it's exhausting too!
Originally I was on board with Vixen, but her actions bring up an interesting grey area in social ethics. If you are told something in privacy, and you hear someone telling lies about what they had told you, is it your responsibility to expose the lie or to keep the privacy of the liar.
Either way, with the energy of Vixen's callout, Aquaria pulls back from the twin drama, and I hope it stays back for a while. I know the editing ain't gonna let that plot line drop completely, but I'm excited for the hiatus.
I was also excited that the editing finally allowed Cracker to have a say in things in the testimonial.
Last episode it was all Aquaria and Aquaria sympathizers with suspiciously missing defense for Cracker. I guess they were taking an episode break cliffhanger or something.
Moving on to the mini challenge.
can we add this to the list of cursèd images?
On to the maxi challenge.
To quote Isaac Oliver in his Drag Race review of the AS3 finale, "Dance rehearsals on "Drag Race" are always repurposed into high drama -- someone's struggling and just can't get the steps -- and usually have no bearing whatsoever on the actual performance, where that person pulls it together just fine."
The drama of team Vixen not having choreography is dumb and the editors should know it's dumb.
There's a meme in here somewhere.
Moving to the runway because the lip sync was lackluster at best (not because of the performances but because group lip syncs -- excepting Bitch Perfect -- are never too exciting to me.
Can we talk about how Ru looks just like Monique in her entrance look? No shade. Just saying.
The following are the runway looks that excited me. They're mostly ones that don't have traditional silhouettes. Like, I don't care how much you stone or sequin something, if it has a traditional silhouette, it just doesn't read through the screen.
Like it literally just takes a peplum to get me going. Take notes if you're ever trying to impress me.
The Eureka drama exhausted me.
The mold-looking pattern on Ross's jacket confused me.
The editors tried damn hard to make this lip sync seem profound, but it bored me.
Final notes: I thought it was an editing cop out to give Vixen the win without explanation. I think it's cause everyone was on a similar level of good and the judging would have to be - gasp - nuanced and multi-faceted! (that's a drag on how the editing makes it very clear who was hyperbolically good, who was hyperbolically bad, and who was safe. Very rarely do we get surprising decisions that weren't aggressively suggested by the editing). It seemed too much like 'well they won and she was the leader and we can't think of a better system to go by'. Don't get me wrong. I love the Vixen, and I loved her performance and look, it just felt like a cop out.
I was also disappointed that we didn't get top critiques in general. I like a lot of the looks on the winning team and I wanted validation of my feelings from the judges.
That's it. See y'all next week!