It's over. This is quite possibly the best season of Drag Race… and yet, I feel so underwhelmed. This episode continued the trend of the last two, featuring amazing challenge performances and a terrible judgment period. The whole crowning process felt rushed, and the final lip sync had such an inappropriately low-energy song that it almost killed the mood completely. The final decision just was the cherry on top of the biggest anticlimax of reality TV.
Spoilers ahead: Alaska won. It was pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point, even if last week's villain edit, and the ensuing social media backlash, did her no favors. Given that Katya had about ten times the social media popularity of the other three queens by then, it's clear that Ru doesn't give a fuck about viewer input, which is fine, since it's her show (and not yours), but even with statistics on Alaska's side, it doesn't feel right. Katya delivered tremendously good performances and constantly did something fresh, new and exciting, all while staying true to herself and what makes everyone love her. Alaska put tremendous effort into winning, but that changed her: she isn't the genuine, quirky character we knew and loved from Season 5 anymore, and all of her moves were calculated almost to the point of fakeness. She put a guard on herself to not show weakness, and that's what ended up losing her a lot of popularity. She really took the idea of a brand to the extreme, and her brand as Alaska feels completely dissociated from her actual character on All-Stars 2. She won the competition, but in the end, she paid a lot for it, whereas Katya did nothing but grow from thatPost too long. Click here to view the full text.