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Rigged. 30 minutes without moving?
I thought I was going to see a competition show based on the original "Squid Game" (English translation) South Korean TV series.
The original series is an actual message about how inequality in capitalist societies make people fell in debt and desperate to survive.
I understand a "Reality TV show" needs to focus on certain participants that production likes, to create their storyline and all that stuff. They are not going to show us 400 contestants and of course no one will have the numbers that the main characters of the series had.
But I wasn't expecting such a weird first episode. There was absolutely NO REASON to have so many people being eliminated. Ridiculous. They didn't even put the music faster. Until you learn that they had them for 7 to 9 hours in a very cold hangar and they had to be "not moving" for 30 MINUTES!
And then when you get to know that only a few got real microphones. At least they could have hired real extras and paid them for the day instead eliminating real contestants that actually make it through the challenge. It makes me sick. And there was one person who was eliminated but then put back in the game by production.
I don't know anyone of those with microphones but they're supposedly "influencers". Who they influence? I don't know, but not me nor any smart people.
I don't put a lower rating because the recreation looked of the doll deserves a 4.
But the show is a waste of a good idea.
I don't care who wins, who loses, it's all rigged and nobody likes the participants anyways.
Fun challenge, but the Rigga Morris ruins it.
This episode's challenge I personally thought it was fun and entertaining. Since now we have half the queens we had at the beginning of the season, it's less uncomfortable to watch 8 contestants within 40 minutes than 15 of course.
The way the challenge was edited seemed quite entertaining and it showed to me 3 clear bottom queens but oddly one of those was declared safe and a queen that has been dragged to the bottom was placed there without much explanation on why she was there instead of the safe one, but we all can predict which queens are going home next because of the "rigga morris" this season.
This same issue happened with the winner of the challenge. I agree with the high placement, but I expected a different contestant to win and this time I agree if said contestant is bothered for not winning. The notorious favouritism production has for the contestant who won this challenge makes me thin this artist will be obviously the winner of the show and take away a lot of excitement and emotion from it.
Everything has become predictable. We don't have the jury's deliberations but we don't need it to know who they want to "sashay away" and who they want to win.
A sadly dissapointed season. I don't blame any of the queens of course, they're all very talented, hard working artists. This is just bad moves from production.
Very confused by the judging and still too short episodes.
This episode was definitely better than the last one, with a classic mini-challenge that unfortunately didn't show us much of the girls, because they're still many (I'm not complaining about it), but they edited the segment very short, so we didn't have too much time to enjoy it.
The main challenge was one of those I look forward to each season, yet we didn't get to know how the teams were picked, if it wasn't for some of the Queens' narrations that it was randomly assigned.
I do appreciate that the directors did included a little bit of RuPaul's feedback with some of the teams in the workroom, unlike the past episode.
I really love to see the Queens doing their magic, arts and crafts in the workroom, we got some of that, but not much. The time is still lacking for all of them.
Now, what I really couldn't understand was the placements. I feel, based on the main challenge, that the right person won and the right person went home, but I honestly feel that the other 2 bottom placements didn't belong there, purely based on the execution of the main challenge. And I know about this, I pay bills with wath they did. 2 people who were safe I honestly think should have been bottom. Also, some safe should have been high too.
It's so confusing because of this decision of having so many Queens with 40 minute episodes. It's a very bad move and both, production and the broadcaster should make arrangements regarding this issue. Besides the dumb decisions of not broadcasting the episodes on the same date on international MTV channels (like all serious channels do to avoid piracy, like HBO, Fox, AMC, etc), it takes knowing one person with WoW+ and you can organise a viewing whenever you all can/want. You know I'm not gonna pay for my own subscription when you're not giving quality and you're being disrespectful to the artists.
Too many Queens, no deliberations, not worthy of subscription
Unfortunately the latest two episodes, specially this one, with so many Queens doing Snatch Game felt so rushed and edited poorly. There are way too many Queens to be able to enjoy the Snatch Game in such short amount of time, I didn't know who was portraying Tim Gunn until after the runway, because if RuPaul visited the Queens before the Snatch Game, it was never shown and neither it was shown which character each of them were going to play, and we are talking about 14 contestants. This is not good, they probably wanted to prevent last season' Snatch Game fiasco, but it didn't work out.
Something that it's bothersome too it's that we don't get to see any deliberations at all. Everything feels so rushed, I don't understand why the moved to MTV if it's damaging the show. All of us international viewers, it's not worthy to pay a WoW+ subscription for this. So disappointed. I feel bad for the Queens, who work hard and spend money on their outfits and are barely showcased.
Too much fiction to be enjoyable
This show has unfortunately too much fiction to be actually enjoyable.
This episode in particular is really upsetting, when even a person like me, from a third world country, knows certain facts better than the show's scriptwriters, it seems.
It's of course understandable that some artistic license will be taken, this is not a documentary, but this episode seems so out of place, I wonder if Mr. Fitzgerald was an executive producer? I should check the credits again.
I think the cinematography is quite good and I have no problem with the acting. I feel disappointed by Discovery Channel. No wonder why retired FBi agents who were part of the UNABOM Team dislike it and Ted Kaczynski himself didn't even bother watching it.
RuPaul's Drag Race UK: Bra Wars (2021)
OK episode, could have been better.
First time seen this season from a third world country, fortunately spoiler free.
I definitely think this main challenge would have work better if it were done instead of the challenge in episode 5. Like US Season 3, it would have been great to see two teams working the main challenge with two different scripts, giving life to the same characters. That would have been brilliant. But it didn't happen so this is what we got, which wasn't bad but wasn't great either. I felt strongly that RuPaul and Production are pushing a certain Queen to the finale, not the Queen's fault, but when Production do that, I can't help to feel unimpressed about that Queen, especially if it turns out to be the winner, which is sad, because she may be a talented fierce Queen, but I'm a Gen X and I can tell when a show is pushing a character on me and I can't help to have this visceral rejection. And it's happening. That's all I'm saying to avoid any spoilers.
Unbiased opinion: OK Snatch Game, elimination smells like Rigga Morris
I'm from a third world country so I'm watching for the first time, spoilers-free.
I honestly thought that the episode was going fine, an OK Snatch Game with clear strong tops and some one-note characters that a viewer like me would have suspected to be on the bottom, the edit also always highlights in anticipation who is landing the jokes and who isn't. The runway I must admit was a bit disappointing, but the judging felt honestly very "Rigga Morris" in benefit of some Queens (not the winner, I do believe she deserved it from what was shown). I'm do not agree with the some safe and definitely not with the bottoms in regard of their performance in the main challenge. Production has made this sesion an absolutely mess. It's so sad because every single Queen in the cast has talent and situations seems to be pushed by force, RuPaul and Production knows very well that when they create these situations the audience get bored, they cannot force us to like someone and this lesson should have been learnt after US Season 2. But something happens with this Production team that they don't seem to learn from past mistakes. I will see the season to the end by default. I'm not really interested though and that's not really the Queens' fault. It's absolutely Production's fault. Worst UK Season so far and I hope they don't commit the same mistakes ever again.
Best episode of Season 3 so far
As a third world country viewer, I had no spoiler for this episode so I was looking forward to the season to get better. And this episode delivered. The challenge was fun, also the runway theme, even though I'm not into this style, I think most of us Drag fans can a absolutely relate, specially those of us who grew up when those famous girls were popular around the world! Guilty pleasure!
I can say that I found myself agreeing with most of the judges choices (but not all of their critiques) and the Queens delivered good performances and a very good lipsync!
Looking forward to the following episodes, I hope they keep improving.
RuPaul's Drag Race UK: Dragoton (2021)
Rigga Morris in episode 2? And not a good challenge.
As a viewer from a third world country, I've managed to stay away from most spoilers successfully, so I arrived here with only one spoiler that was international news that I couldn't avoid, but at least that fact means it's not gonna be so shocking and sad to see that departure.
Regarding challenges or eliminations, I'm absolutely a first time viewers of this season, so everything is new to me. That being said, this episode was disappointing, it felts like Production is trying to apply their edit manipulation and what is worst, their infamous US "Rigga Morris".
The challenge didn't felt good, perhaps a good idea on paper, but it only work out for one team. Very questionable judging and so obvious Rigga Morris, I agree that the Queen deserved a Top position, but the badge, IMHO, was clearly for the other Top Queen. All these situations we already have been through in so many US seasons that we end up forgetting some of those winners, I really hope it doesn't happen here too.
Very confusing judging
Great Queens, very interesting cast and different styles of Drag, the episode is definitely fun and the challenges entertaining.
Each Queen has their own style and way of make drag unique, the interactions are cool, love British Drag for the respect each artist has for each other despite any kind of issue they might have, unlike the US Drag Queens who fall easily for cheap drama. Good start until now.
Now that I've wrote about the good and meet the required characters, THE JUDGING WAS ABSOLUTELY CONFUSING. I really can't understand some of the placements. This episode could have been a 9 or 10 but is barely a 6.5 or 7 because of this.
It's absolute ignorance about British culture from Michelle Visage and RuPaul? It's "Rigga Morris"? Some bottoms and tops placements wouldn't have happened if it were the US version. I'm certain. After so many season, what do the judges want, charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent or retail bought clothes? I'm absolutely confused.
I HATE Rigga Morris!
This whole season was so much fun, to be able to see the Queens perform on every single challenge, some of my favourite Queens of all times (I LOVE Raja, also Yvie and The Viv), every single Queen showcased talent and funny sides of themselves, it was great to see, I thought AS was finally working, despite not showing the reasons why some winners were picked were it weren't obvious, like in this episode, one of the Queens was an obvious winner, but the other wasn't. It's clear who are the main narrators chosen by production, but judging should be fair, they are choosing, not the Queens and the infamous lipsticks. It ruins all the meaning.
Producers are harming some Queen's careers here. People around the world don't like "special treatment" and neither future viewers. All those Instagram followers won't pay those Queen's bills. Because we know when it's "Rigga Morris". And even when it's Production and RuPaul's work, they will keep making money, but we won't forget the bias in favour of those Queens. A show is coming to my third world country featuring 2 Queens involved in this Rigga Morris issue. I don't feel like going, even though I would love to see the other 2. It starts with a couple of people in a third world country who won't attend a show and a lower rating on IMDb. How it will end? We want the riggotry to end, that's all.
Best Untucked episode ever
I wish the episode lasted longer!
I'm not a fan of Untucked, but since season 6, some of the episodes have more interesting content. The change in the format of this season has allowed a much better interaction between the Queens and this particular episode was so much fun! I wish all Untucked episodes were like this, at least for the All Stars seasons, were contestants know each other already and they have been through this competition experience before.
Cool and interesting guest too!
I hope the Producers can finally learn to leave things flow on their own and to help with fun things instead of instigating fake cheap drama or their typical "Rigga Morris".
This should have been a make-over challenge.
I loved the mini-challenge, but I didn't enjoyed the Roast. I'm not a fan of Roasts, because there's always someone who come off as just rude and make me feel very uncomfortable. This time it felt just boring and very short. Perhaps the uneven number of Queens didn't allow a make-over challenge between themselves (it was filmed during Covid restrictions), but then again, those weird "eliminations".
The runway had some very cool and interesting looks, others not so much. We should have more time to enjoy the Queens' different talents instead of very boring rehearsals.
I enjoy the absence of "drama", but I don't enjoy the absence of entertainment. I get entertained by enjoying the Queens' different talents, not only lip-sync and dance.
Too much Production's "Rigga Morris" and cheap "drama"
Once it's surprising, twice it's repetitive. This is way too much. At least the "Rigga Morris" is a little bit disguised, unlike season 13, but it's getting incredibly boring to see less tha half of an episode actually enjoying the Queens' talents, instead getting cheap fabricated "drama" and the feel that this season is going nowhere at all. No wonder this hasn't been renewed on Netflix on one have to see it somewhere else for free.
If World of Wonder pretends to keep working this way, they're gonna lose a lot of fans across the world, that's a fact because no matter how talented the Queens they cast are, they (the Producers) are the ones in charge and if they carry the show this way, with this edits and "twists", they can be sure no one is gonna pay they hard earned money on their exclusive subscription.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Snatch Game (2022)
Worst Snatch Game in 13 years of existence
Netflix is not broadcasting this season, so I had to get out of my comfort zone to find this season online. Obviously not all the Queens will perform well in Snatch Game and Production will interfere, but here, it was shocking how bad it was, with only one Queen barely landing the jokes and those Queens who I expected to deliver at least an average performance, didn't. And I don't think it was all productions' fault, because they would have tried to save the episode, isn't that what any Production Company would have done? I have worked on TV here in my country, they care about money from advertisers so this is not helping anyone. And the last decision was interesting, but to leave it for the next episode, feels like a desperate Production's move. The only highlights is that the winner finally got a win and a couple of runway looks.
Production and RuPaul ruins the show
I was rewatching and this episode is special for me, because it features Frances Bean Cobain as a Guest Judge and I got to know RuPaul back in 1993, when I was just a young girl in my early teens, thanks to those images of RuPaul with Nirvana, holding Kurt Cobain's and Hole's singer Courtney Love baby. I was amazed by RuPaul and wanted to know who she was, here in my third world country, with no internet access for me back then.
Unfortunately, the way this "All Stars" show is set, put few established and beloved queens with a lot of new ones face each other. When they enter they agree to the rules but we know they have alliances and the newer fear the established ones, with better track records. Others fear fans reactions. Whatever it is, I don't think who eventually wins is the best because of the way the elimination is played. Also, in this particular episode, I think the Queen who won the lipsync deserved the challenge win, but the other winner IMHO should have been the Queen who was safe and have the best track record, she did a better work than the other challenge winner. Also, I honestly don't think the Queen who was in the bottom and got to stay deserved to be in the bottom. Even Carson understood the resemblance. So I really think the two bottom Queens were put there by Production and RuPaul for DRAMA. Because they think drama is good. But it's not when your best artists and performers are sent home. I really can't blame the top Queens for wanting to get rid of their biggest competition who is also the one who is less close to them, but that makes the show cringy, makes the Queens look not shady but weak and it becomes boring for us audiences.
The Makeover Challenge is my favourite and this episode was certainly not, despite having 3 of my favourite Queens and Frances Bean Cobain.
Bad idea to hire aspiring actress who portrays a character and not herself
There has been other aspiring actresses who had been in the show, even one of the best episodes, IMHO, it's Season 2 Episode 3, where all contestants work in showbusiness, but they're sharing something real. This episode wasn't the case. Djakarta Jacobs, with her character "Deena" really ruined it for me. To create unnecessary drama while portraying a character in a show that supposedly features real life women, it's just ridiculous.
I know most contestants represents fictionalised versions of themselves, but this was too much. Bad move.
Perhaps if this show kept working with real women instead of aspiring actresses in order to give better lipsyncs and create ridiculous drama, it wouldn't have been cancelled.
RuPaul's Drag Race: World's Worst (2020)
This is what happens when Production have to re-edit.
We all know reality shows are not documentaries, specially not Observational Documentaries, in terms of Bill Nichols. Producers edit (and even ask the contestants to re-enact certain situations to get "a better shot) at their will. That's how the Producers' script the Reality Shows, participants may be aware of the editing treatment they will receive, or not. Certain contestant was chosen by Producers as a main character and narrator, but due to very unpleasant circumstances that came to light during filming and that happened before the filming began, the "chosen one" fell off the pedestal, not for the drag work or performance in the show, but for borderline illegal activities committed against other individuals in his private life. This is clearly seen in the "new edit". Producers shouldn't be so quick to pick they favourites and main narrators. Not everyone are "Miss Vanjie", who seemed like the main narrator of Season 10 and it worked because all the hype and his natural C., U., N. And T. But not this time. I want to see the work of the other Queens but the bloody reminder that cannot be skipped on every single episode and the rushed "new edition" ruins things.
I hope Producers learn their lesson. If they want to script everything, hire bloody actors then. In others seasons it has been obvious some things are rigged, but now we have actual proofs. Sad thing.
Fun yet stupid.
Coming from a country where young underage teen students are thrown by the police to rivers, brutally beaten to a state of coma and it happens everyday, the police brutality scenes were funny to watch. Because reality down here it's really scary. But at least we don't have school shootings.
Now, the Clay "revelation", not another "split", please. This riot should have happened for Hannah, not for a couple of child rapists. Yes, Hannah, Jessica, Chloe, Tyler, they were all children by law when they were raped, 2 of them in school premises. And what happened to Montgomery's accomplices?
13 Reasons Why: Winter Break (2020)
A Nightmare on Clay Street
6/10 because of Gary Sinise and that I can relate with PTSD, GAD and panic attacks and it's nice to see the show addressing these issues. But the "showrunners" are taking too many elements from thrillers that doesn't really help.
Bad thing is that IRL, no one cares about 2 dead rapists. And we see that not even hybristophilic "Ani" cares. I don't see people mourning Richard Huckle. I feel more sorry about Jeffrey Dahmer than Montgomery de la Cruz. I hope this season doesn't try to "humanise" him, we already had that with Bryce.
Murder mystery of a rapist should be a different show.
I honestly think that the idea to turn this show into a "Murder Mystery" of a serial rapist, who no one really cares who killed him but his mother, was a terribly bad idea. The showrunners and writers are destroying everything good about the main characters and introduce us to a new character that is highly unlikeable. If I gave this a 5 is because of some of the former main cast good acting despite the crappy script and storylines they get, but the current main cast isn't doing a very good job. Devin Druid is the main reason I keep watching this nonsense, he is a very good actor indeed, but he's not in this episode. I wish the show kept the character of Sheri, she is not mentioned at all, she is the only character we don't know why she's not here, but probably Ajiona Alexus is doing better things, I just wanted to point out how the show got rid of the only teen female character who was likeable, independent and didn't need a boyfriend to be interesting to introduce a new teen female character who is all the opposite, and made her the narrator. No wonder the actress who plays the Ani character isn't doing anything on film or TV after this disaster.
Most boring and nonsense episode of the series so far.
I can say that one of the most non-sensical episodes of the series for me is S2 E6 "The Smile at the End of the Dock", but this one not only doesn't make sense, but it's boring, very boring. I don't really care much about this And character, but the two storylines here are absolutely rubbish IMO. And it's a shame that the character of Zack is dragged again to a plot that feels so forced. It's a character that has a lot of potential and the actor actually transmitted empathy in season 1, but now it feels like a character that doesn't have any real relevance.
I stopped this show after season 2 a long time ago, but I wanted to take it out of my Netflix list, so I had to re-watch the whole 2 first seasons, because I didn't remember the dynamics between the characters. If this keeps up like this episode, I think I'm gonna quit not bothering whatever may happen to these characters.
Dawson's Creek: The Graduate (2001)
I really don't understand the "Joey/Pacey" hype.
It's an OK episode, back then when I was in my late teens and this was originally broadcasted, I have given up with this show already a few years earlier. But looking back now, the series again, I honestly can't understand the whole "Joey/Pacey" hype from the "fans". Did they enjoyed watching a teen who "got the girl" and not only that, ditching her publicly, humiliating her, because he feel she, and all their classmates are "snobs" and think too hig of themselves, when the only one who is a selfish arse who think too high of himself is him?
Now that he proved to his former friend/rival that he, the one who got the girl, the one who has "sexual experience", won that fight, he toss the girl like an old, broken trophy?
It's honestly pathetic and disgusting.
The writers should have quit that triangle nonsense.
The 6 stars goes for Andie. The rest is just typical cliché.
Dawson's Creek: True Love (2000)
Some good, some bad.
Love Dawson's crying face so much. And he has a lot of courage, knowing Pacey is a quick player who knows how to charm ladies and unfortunately Joey has become this character that can't be without a boyfriend. Boring.
The plotline I liked most and saved this episode for me was Jack's. It's nice to see him finally get closer with his father despite his first heartbreak. Andie is loveable even when writers tried so much to make us hate her. Jen gets not-the-best storylines, but loved the one with her Grams and Grams own story.
It was cool to see these kids won't allow Dawson to drown in self-pity. The kid is super self-centred, but it's not a bad person and has proved himself a good friend when needed.
I think this show could have lasted just one season, covered all high school and be very successful. I don't understand the need to pair Joey and Pacey just because the chemistry the actors had irl because they dated in the first seasons. It kind of ruins the basis of friendship. Teenagers who spends a lot of time together and feel physical attraction to each other can obviously develop deeper feeling, but to make such a big deal about it, I think it was a mistake for the writers just to create these "camps" between the very young fans. Things actually turn out very sour when kids with low self-esteem like Pacey actively and aggressively pursue girls with such low self esteem like Joey, just to prove some sort of point to themselves or others. And girls with such low self-esteem like Joey usually gets really hurt and lonely irl when in a situation like this one. To romanticize teenage angst, lust and hopeleness is not something positive to do. Because we've been there and all these "True Love" at 16 years old felt like it, but it wasn't true love after all.
Dawson's Creek: The Longest Day (2000)
Dawson get the best storyline
I think Dawson's reaction is incredibly mature and absolutely polite. People arguing that his reaction is "the worst" obviously have never been there or have been witness of a similar situation. I've witnessed some real awful reactions to situations were the "triangle" wasn't ever real to begin with and it was all in one of the friend's minds. So I think the writers did a good job maintaining Dawson's maturity. I can relate with him as someone who was in a similar situation, but worst.
Joey's storyline is bad, a girl who can't find herself without a boyfriend by her side? A girl who can't have a male friend without falling for him? Quite sexist. And oh Jen is always given the bad storylines too.
I don't know why everyone "shipped" Joey and Pacey. The actors may have had chemistry because they dated irl, but actually they're good enough to make me believe in the chemistry with the Pacey/Andie relationship too. I would have bought Joey and Dawson if they wanted to sell it to me.
I think this is just teenage insecurities mixed with teenage lust so it doesn't make sense to me. It didn't make sense to me back then, but it depresses me now how the writers use the character of Joey as the "trophy".
Now I remember why I quit this show back then when I was a teenager myself. Also, because I started to live my own life.