In ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 3,’ the drama feels too manufactured

Adrienne Oliva, Editor in Chief

As a passionate fan of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” I usually am enthralled with every minute of every episode. But this year’s season of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race: All Stars,” feels different. It pains me to admit it, but it is not only unsatisfying, but sort of… boring. The B-word is the last word that should ever be used to describe a drag queen, let alone a whole show about them.

For those who are unfamiliar, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” is a show that follows a group of drag queens completing challenges to avoid elimination and rise to the top of the pack in order to be crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” by the superstar herself, Ru Paul. When it is “All Stars” season, it means that the queens competing are some of the best queens from past seasons returning to fight once more for their chance at the crown.

Initially, I was excited. Some of my all-time favorite queens were returning. The three I was most excited for was the terminally delightful and extremely talented Ben De La Crème, the comedy queen turned country singing star straight out of Wisconsin, Trixie Mattel, and the kooky, anxiety ridden, concert violinist, Thorgy Thor.

But despite the talents of those three and the cast as a whole, something felt like it was missing.

Nothing on this season felt quite right, because nothing on this season felt quite genuine.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” has become so popular not only because it showcases some of the LGBTQ communities’ most talented and dynamic performers, but because it has always felt somewhat genuine for a reality TV show. What this season of “All-Stars” did wrong was trying to force plot onto the queens, rather than letting it develop.

All of the drama between the queens felt natural in the past. In season four, Phi Phi O’Hara telling Sharon Needles to “Go back to party city where you belong” was iconic because it was a result of a natural disagreement between two queens.

In this season of “All-Stars,” all the drama was forced by the people running the show. Each week, the winning queen of the challenge has to send home one of the bottom queens, which obviously leads to confrontation alone. To add on to this, the show decided that the eliminated queens would be the ones choosing the top two queens of the whole season who would have the opportunity to lip sync for the crown. This was an obvious way the show was trying to produce drama.

Though there are multiple issues that are leading this season to be lackluster, the biggest one is the fact that the show is not letting queens be themselves. This makes each episode feel more disingenuous, rushed and forgettable.