In the near decade since "RuPaul's Drag Race" debuted for the first time in a defiant glittering outburst and the softest lens, he switched from the reality show in Camp to a Bonafide phenomenon, TV Gold to TV. Platinum. More than 100 Drag Queen contenders later, "Drag Race" has inspired countless careers, piles of merchandise, countless catchphrases, a bi-annual gathering, and the tireless test of a devoted devotee. In other words, the series has become a franchise, and the strength of a franchise system is that it does not matter much to an audience.
"RuPaul's Holi-Slay Spectacular Drag Race" is perhaps the greatest test of this immortal belief that ever exists. The specialist was initially promoted as a competitive Christmas competition, but quickly pulls out bait and switch and is both deceitful and uninteresting as his festive first impression. Instead, it's a one-hour commercial for RuPaul's "Christmas Party," now on iTunes !, which is wrapped in an aggressively happy arc that wants to distract the audience from the joke and spontaneity that which usually make "drag race" distract, "So much fun is not in sight.
This bland makeover is especially impressive considering how much sheer charisma can be seen on screen at any time. The "Holi-Slay Spectacular" features some of the best and funniest "drag race" contenders ever on the show, including Latrice Royale, Trixie Mattel, Jasmine Masters, and Shangela (fresh from the movie in a small movie with the Title "movie") "A star is born"). The fun of a one-time special like this is that, like the "All Star" season, it can bring together a group of outstanding celebrities from across the show to make each other stand out. This group, of which some will return to "All Stars 4" in just one week, was particularly promising.
But the "Holi-Slay Spectacular" deals so much with reading its cue cards and squeezing all the promo album promos that there's barely room for the queens than RuPaul to much more than just Lipsync do. The sketches of the show have always been one of the weakest elements – the participants are almost always funnier than the material they receive – and the "Holi-Slay Spectacular" is basically just one by one, which is equivalent to the generic pump beats from RuPaul's new Christmas work. (As for the discussion of the material I received: The most catchy song is "Get To You (For Christmas)"), the nicest is "My Favorite Holiday" and the song that is in your brain, whether you like it or not is "Hey Sis, It's Christmas".)
The only part of the hour that feels like a drag race is when the queens make their stony submissions and join each other Fire fire. Everything else, from the challenges to the joke between make-up applications and the final "climatic" lip-syncing (of course, all RuPaul Christmas carols), is scripted to death. And just in case you manage to be crowned the Christmas Queen, the special is scared off by crowning all Christmas Queen. (It's more than a little depressing when Shangela, who has more than anyone on the show and was openly deprived of an All Stars 2 victory, jokes she "finally won"). Even a late-breaking lip-sync between RuPaul and The familiar right-hand woman Michelle Visage loses every spark of sparks she had when she leads to the queens when she's unconvincing and does not believe the body doubles. It is admirably stupid, but like almost everything else not nearly as funny as the special.
Trixie was once dragged to "All Stars 3" for imitating RuPaul and essentially just repeating "Buy my album, now available on iTunes". It was not a good impression but if the "Holi-Slay Spectacular" is everything you can afford it was not exactly wrong.