Saturday, April 18, 2015

Walking  4‬  18 April 2015

I had to run, or, rather, walk some errands this morning.   My foot feels fine, and I will inspect it in a few minutes.  I think I survived the four mile adventure.

Gonna attempt an OS update/upgrade to my poor jacked-up laptop.   We'll see how much I have to reinstall.   Good thing I'm only blogging RPDR at this point.

So glad to be alive and (relatively) healthy this morning.

ILYM

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Face Off s8e14  The Dream Team • 14 April 2015 


This season on Face Off 15 new contestants formed three teams of five, each headed by a prior season finale winner.
Team Anthony (s4 winner) included Kelly, Alan,
Ben, Daniel and Jamie

Team Laura (s5 winner) consisted of Darla, Julian
Emily, Gregory and Stephanie

and Team Gray Cap Rayce (s2 winner) had Adam, Anthony,
Rob, Logan and Regina


After Julian's elimination on the Steam Punk challenge, the top 3 contestants were kept in the reveal room,    And this is where we left off last time.

Host McKenzie Westmore invites back the 12 eliminated contestants.  They will help Darla, Emily & Logan with their task.

They are told that each five member team will create 4 characters.  That's all they get till the next day.

The next morning we see the calls home for the 3 remaining contestants.

Then, the 15 special effects makeup artists meet up with host McKenzie Westmore in the work room, where they have placed a red carpet.  The challenge:  Create a 4 person 'good character' team in the genre they blindly select:

Emily • Post 
Logan • Sci-Fi
Darla • Fantasy

They then grab words off a great board, and then with the help of their teammates, they come up with the title of their 'film.'

Emily • Paradise Reckoning
Logan • The Fortress
Darla • The Spirits Of Eden

Wait, Darla just chose that because her last name is Edin, right?

"What do you think?"

It's a four day challenge.   Before you know it, there's a she-mail message from ... Bianca Del Rio?

"Be original!"
"Were you paying attention?"

"I'm doing a take on The Island Of Dr. Moreau!"

"I'm being heavily inspired by The Wizard Of Oz!"

"I have my own concept.
(Never mind that it is based on something from the 1st book of The Holy Bible.)
Laura once told me to think outside the box.
I listened to her."

And, there it is folks.

"Now you KNOW which one is going to win." 

No, I mean something else entirely.  (Besides isn't she ADDING to Scripture?)  At any rate: Thinking outside the box is now the most overused phrase in competitive reality show history.  I thought for sure it would be about throwing a fellow contestant under the bus.

"We did, too."

At any rate.  Do you see where this went, so early in the episode?  Darla has her own concept, supposedly.  Logan & Emily are mainly drawing from prior works.  Or, was this just thrown in to make the winner more believable?  It's not as B&W as the edit might indicate, but, well, they're spoon-feeding us a ruling, aren't they?

Let's see how they did:

Emily
 
 

Darla
  

Logan


The judges have absolutely nothing negative to say.  Each gets a glowing review.  So, yeah, they all look great.   Wouldn't you then give it to the most original of the three?

Darla, and her coach, Laura, are the winners!
Do you agree?

I dare say this was a terrific season, talent-wise, and creation-wise.  Maybe it's the editing, but Face Off seems to always focus on the work and the struggle to perform.   Perhaps it is just that the contestants are focused on the correct goal.

"What the hell are you talking about?"

Face Off s9 will start airing in July.   Woo-hoo, both Face Off and Project Runway start up mid-Summer.    I can hardly wait.

ILYM

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

RuPaul's Drag Race s7e07
Snatch Game! •  13 April 2015 


Last time on RPDR we saw three enactments of how Merle Ginsberg was replaced by Michelle Visage, as portrayed by the nine remaining contestants.  


Ginger picked the teams, and her team was deemed best.

Katya was the overall individual challenge winner, her first maxi-challenge win.

Bottom two were Jaidynn Diore Fierce and Kandy Ho.  Each played RuPaul, hmmm.

Can't say JDF did fantastic,

but Kandy Ho was the queen eliminated.


Oh, and Miss Fame still didn't learn
how to answer that age old question,

"How is your head?"

Oh, and I know what who I want for Christmas. 

Immediately after Kandy's elimination, when the remaining contestants go back to the work room to clean up, Milk says something incredible:

"I'm fixin' to do one wig that's not gray, and then I'm going right back to gray."
"Bitch, if they gave me a specific, I would $@#!-in' do it!"

Violet, I am completely on your page.

Pearl & Violet are over Kennedy's "busted" look.   I can't figure out if they mean this week's,
or, in general.

Ru's not-she-mail moment incorporates Bianca Del Rio!  I am still over the moon for her and last season's entire top three.


"BE  FUNNY."

Wow, why does Ru think that this needs to be stressed?  It is the truth, though.

It's SNATCH GAME!

Both Violet & Miss Fame announce they are doing Donatella Versace.  Neither wants to do someone else.

Think it through.   If they end up being the two best, because their impersonations are that awesome, it won't matter, right?  Certainly there could be funny banter between the two, to make the most of the situation.  Maybe do one nice and one mean?  Or one old and one young?   There are ways to work it.

Ya know, this wouldn't have been too far of a stretch for one of them, eh?

Or even.

"I'm gonna be like Disney Sharon Needles."

What?  Why?    That eliminates much of her personality.   Do her right, Max, do her completely.  Hell, either of 'em, just do the job, don't whitewash a personality for Snatch Game!

Ru-thru!

Jaidynn Diore Fierce wants to be Raven Symone because he thinks they could be best friends.  Ru is incredulous, the point is to channel her essence and be funny.

Maybe JDF wants to go home?
Why is the point of being funny being MISSED?

Miss Fame explains that she & Violet both wanted to do Donatella Versace.  Miss Fame will do Theresa Caputo, TLC's Long Island Medium instead.  To me, that would be easier and more successful.  But, that's probably because I find her line of work to be a whole lot of .....

"Horse hockey!"

Ru encouragers Miss Fame not to be afraid to do Donatella Versace.

Katya will do Suze Orman. Ru asks why she isn't doing a Russian character.  "What are you afraid of" leads her to say that Katya is addicted to anxiety.

Wow.  Is she right or what?

Kennedy is torn between Sweet Brown and Little Richard.  Ru does not give ANY advice.  None!

Violet is sure she will look better than Miss Fame as Donatella Versace.   Ru asks to hear her, and, well, it's not a slam dunk.

When asked what else she could possibly do, Violet does a funny Alyssa Edwards right on the spot.   Ha!  Ru all but begs for her to switch to Alyssa.  I'm yelling at the TV for Violet to go for Alyssa.

How do they do?   My opinion only:

Max as Sharon Needles:  The look is absolutely amazing.  Fantastic job!   Max can't deliver in any other way, though.  She's not funny, she's not channeling Ms. Needles, and she misses every set up Ru lobbies her way.  She's not even doing as well as phoning it in.  Bottom two for sure.

Jaidynn Diore Fierce as Raven Symone:  She's okay.  She's funny at first, but less so as it goes on.

Katya as Suze Orman is a hit.  Katya doesn't miss any opportunities to shine. Good job!


Violet Chachki as Alyssa Edwards:  Violet comes off quite prepared, so I am proud of her.  It doesn't seem like her 2nd choice at all.   She looks great and right, and she also delivers in being funny, and showing "Alyssa."    Sometimes when others are speaking, she slips back into "Violet."  Or is that just me?

Pearl as Big Ang of Mob Wives is pretty funny, but I wouldn't say the look was perfected.  It works.  Pearl doesn't drop the ball.   Is this the same person who had seemingly checked out of the competition a few episodes ago?

Miss Fame as Donatella Versace.  Well, she looks alright, but shouldn't she have played up the 'mistakes' a bit?  (Like, the lips.)  The accent isn't right, and the voice isn't right, and she ignores every set up Ru gently volleys her way.   Surely she is bottom two.

Kennedy Davenport as Little Richard?  Well, you can relax, Kennedy hit it out of the park.  She seems to be doing mid-late 1980s Little Richard (very made up and draggy, just like he was then) and is milking the situation for all the comedy there could be.  Great job.

Ginger Minj as Adele.   Ya know what?   Ginger is not getting much of an edit, which leads me to believe she merely places middle safe, but she is doing extremely well with Adele.   I would say Katya, Kennedy and Ginger are top 3, but Katya places 3rd.   Katya did fine, but the other two did fantastic.  Or, 'hilarical' as Tamar Braxton would blurt out.

While getting ready for the runway, Katya & Miss Fame have a moment.  Katya has been sober for a year and a half, and is bugging.   Well, being on a competitive reality TV show is a bit stressful.  I'm proud of them both for being sober.

Sobriety isn't for wimps.

For the runway, the look is Leather & Lace.

Sorry, this is all I got.

Joining RuPaul & Michelle Visage are Ross Mathews, Michael Urie and Tamar Braxton.

Ginger Minj
 

Katya
 

Kennedy Davenport
 

Violet Chachki
 

Max
 

Jaidynn Diore Fierce
 

Pearl

Miss Fame


Ru calls out Violet & Pearl as the middle safe.  Hmmm.

Ginger Minj hears only major compliments, rightly so.  Michelle does pick on the runway hair, but it seems like a desperate attempt on Ms. Visage's part.

Miss Fame is complimented for the runway look, but is taken to task for doing so badly on Snatch Game.  Tamar sums it up correctly, what an opportunity for Miss Fame to pass on.

Kennedy is praised for her Little Richard.  Whew!  Kennedy & Michael have a moment, that was cute.

Michelle Visage thanks Max for finally not wearing gray hear.  She rightly tells Max that the Snatch Game look was wonderful, but absolutely everything else was horrid.

Max uses it as a moment to draw attention to herself, to take off some clothes, and even SING.

Not professional.  Not smart stratgey.

Jaidynn Diore Fierce didn't do so well on the runway nor on Snatch Game.

Katya's runway look is praised.  Tamar calls Katya as Suze "hilarical."   Michelle wanted more, of course.  Michael is enamored, eh?

Katya is safe.

Kennedy wins the challenge!  So does Ginger!

It's a double win.  This is the first where
two people won an individual challenge, yes?


I'm just glad they didn't start the "Marcia" dance.

 
They won ... feathers?

Jaidynn Diore Fierce is up for elimination?   I thought she would be 3rd worst.

Max is up for elimination, too.

Miss Fame is 3rd worst, and safe.   Wow.
I thought maybe the bottom three would ALL lip synch.

It's Spring 1990 and Michel'le's "No More Lies"
is the song the queens lip synch.


Seems like JDF was more into it.

It's a no brainer.  JDF stays, Max goes.

But, then ... Ru announces that someone is coming back.
Pearl is ecstatic.  Hell, they all say, "NO !!!!"

Will it be Tempest DuJour, Sasha Belle, Jasmine Masters,

Trixie Mattel, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Kandy Ho, 


or Max?

The only two I was not 100% behind on being eliminated were Trixie Mattel and Mrs. Kasha Davis.   And, not that they didn't deserve it, but that someone ELSE deserved to be axed even more.

If you make me guess, I guess that Mrs. Kasha Davis is coming back.

I want Trixie to come back, I didn't agree with that elimination.
*Maybe* it's her?

Oh, wait, let's think outside the box.
I know, I really want Manila Luzon to come back.


 Or Nina Flowers.  Or Morgan McMichaels.

ILYM