RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race

Responses to RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, “Dynamic Drag Duos” from across the web
Talking television.
Nov. 20 2012 11:36 AM

RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race

VIEW ALL ENTRIES

Visitors from the Planet Solaris

1353429260876
Still of RuPaul.

Logo

In last night’s recap, the lovely Jillian Steinhauer and I fixated on the final runway presentations and that…dramatic…lip-synch between Jujubee and Raven, but in doing so, we forgot about the FISH! Ruth Boulet over at Channel Guide kindly reminded me in her recap this morning of the wonder that was the combination of rough, rough day drag and sports-games. Though shooting hoops clearly has nothing whatsoever to do with the drag arts, I have to admit that it was fun to see the girls give a little butch-queen realness.

Boulet also rightly noted the surprisingly useful notes of guest judges Wendi McLendon-Covey (of Reno 911! fame) and the immortal Elvira: “Elvira knows a thing or two about creating super characters. Wendi offers Jujubee the feedback that if her character is bringing bronze to the world then maybe her character should show more skin. This is one of the things I like about Drag Race. With some exceptions, RuPaul brings in guest judges that actually have opinions & express them in a useful fashion.” I’m not sure that I agree that most of the judges are all that articulate, but Covey’s thoughts this week were pretty impressive, especially the characterization one Boulet mentions.

Speaking of characters, Jillian and I made a great deal of fun out of Team Rujubee’s convoluted space opera background story about the Planet Solaris—exactly how did the Earth survive another planet’s landing here? But lucky for us, a suspiciously knowledgeable commenter weighed in with some answers:

The Planet Solaris, orbiting outside of the earth, is the same planet from Edward D. Wood Jr.'s film "Plan 9 from Outer Space." That is where solarbonite comes from, the material that makes sunlight explode like gasoline. The object that Juju held was not really a hair dryer, it was a ray gun that stimulates the pituitary and peneal glands of the recent dead and brings them to assimilated live. The reason earth people cannot see the Planet Solaris is because of their stupid minds, stupid mines. During the eclipse the planet Solaris remained where it was but the aliens came to earth in ships that look round in space, like cigars in the anmosphere, and are square when they land, made of paper plates. Raven and Jujubee were dressed in the traditional soldier's garb of the planet Solaris, which resembles an ice skating costume. Does that make it clear?

Clear as a Solarian crystal. And of course, next week, the winner of this quick little trip into RuPaul’s All Star land will also become clear, when the four remaining queens are loosed from their teams and made to compete as individuals. Tanner Stransky of EW put it well: “The teams seemed like a great decision at first — but they quickly proved to be somewhat of a hindrance. I want to see how these four queens work on their own, claws out, next week.” Meow. I’ll be watching with you, Tanner!

J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate assistant editor. He writes and edits for Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section, and for the culture section.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
  Life
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.