A game with two snapshots

All stars 7’s decision to enter the snatch game so early in the season is interesting. Maybe enough people have left the endless season 14 to bring it back as soon as possible. Also, if the first episode of the season was rather mediocre, you need to keep an eye on people, especially if you’re using a service that not everyone has, like Paramount+.

Finally, Snatch Game is the most RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewers favorite challenge. So what better way for Episode 2 of Victory Season to up the ante and embody the eight queens as two celebrities each?

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars has experimented with the Snatch Game formula before, but here we are back at the classic game – with some all-time classic competitors. For the most part they were not disappointed.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Recap of Season 7 Episode 2

All Stars 7 Episode 2 Snatch Game
The Queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7”. For episode 2 they had to play two snatch games.

Unlike Episode 1, which took 40 minutes to get to the challenge, this time we’re going straight on – with two Snatch games to match, there’s no time to just let people go for 20 minutes.

In recent seasons, Ru has become something of an agent of chaos at Snatch Game. She seems to take a perverse pleasure in getting people who’ve been planning a character for months to make last-minute changes, with predictable results. The low point was United Kingdom Season 3, when Ru couldn’t admit she didn’t know the British celebs to play, leading poor Scarlett Harlett to play Macaulay Culkin – a character she clearly didn’t know about.

However, we are not here to revisit a missed opportunity Drag Race UK Season 3 was. for All stars 7, everyone made pretty good character choices. We just have to accept that people will now play TikTok celebrities on Snatch Game, even if we feel like our aging bodies are turning to dust as we watch.

The queens decide to do the following:

  • Shea: TikToker Elsa Majimbo and J. Alexander dating America’s Next Top Model
  • Jinx: Natasha Lyonne and Judy Garland
  • Yvie: Rico Nasty and the Boogeyman
  • The Vivienne: Catherine Tate (as her nan character) and Joanna Lumley (as Patsy)
  • Trinity: Leslie Jordan and Satan
  • Raja: Madame (as in Wayland Flowers’ doll) and former Fashion Editor Diana Vreeland
  • Monet: Mike Tyson and Martin Lawrence as Sheneneh Jenkins
  • Jaida: Prince and Club actress Lady Chablis

Before anyone over 21 has a chance to look up Rico Nasty (and anyone under that age, madame), round one of the Snatch Game is upon us.

First round highlights: Monet’s Mike Tyson with his lisp and nonsense proving that all you need is a really fun snatch game piece if it sells well enough; Trinity’s Satan, who she plays as exactly the kind of obnoxious twink she probably dealt with at every meet and greet; Raja’s terrifying and hilarious madame look, complete with puppet strings; and Jaida’s prince, who isn’t actually a prince but sure is funny.

No one really bombs, though Yvie clearly doesn’t sit on the same footing here as Snatch Gamers’ killer. If that were normal All stars Season could get her in trouble. Some queens also end up running out of breath, like Jaida and Vivienne. That’s the problem with two snatch games: they ask people to prepare two characters in the time it takes for one, and sometimes it shows.

Unless of course you are Jinkx Monsoon. Snatch Game was always her loser. Not only is her Little Edie an all-timer, but her Snatch Game appearances by the likes of Bette Davis on various Drag Race Tours were also outstanding.

Once she starts making Judy, it’s game over. Many Drag Race Queens manage to be very funny comedians at Snatch Game, but Jinkx is an actress. Her laughs don’t come from pure jokes: they come because she fully embodies the character. Even throwaway moments, like calling RuPaul “Broom,” beat other contestants’ best jokes. When she calls back Dave, the guy who famously said he killed Judy Garland on Jinkx’s season, everyone else might as well have gone straight to the Untucked Lounge.

However, if Jinkx hadn’t been there, Trinity would have been a clear winner as well. Her Snatch Game choices are a mix of wide range and fearless characterization. Her Leslie Jordan was a joke machine — jokes were thrown so fast and so hard that all other contestants ducked out of the way.

The pair together dominate the second round. Viv’s Catherine Tate would have killed in Britain, but the character may not translate well abroad (see Tate’s career for an example). Yvies Boogeyman was a smart choice for her too – if impersonation isn’t your thing, why not invent a character to complement all of your weird instincts.

However, walking onto the runway, the first two are pretty obvious, but another winner should also be declared. That’s what makes Daphne Guinness look so good in her mid-50s (money, the answer is lots of money).

This week’s runway is The Pleather Principle. It’s a better play on words than a category. Pleather isn’t the easiest fabric to look flattering, and many outfits suffer from being too tight in some places and too boxy in others. The best looks manage to ride this too tight/too loose line like Raja’s glam rock look, Vivienne’s big red shoulders and Jaida’s Aaliyah-inspired ensemble (Queen of the Damned? More than Queen of the Dammmn, girl).

Surprise, surprise, it’s Trinity and Jinkx on top. As in the last episode, interesting to see who turns into a lip sync costume. This time everyone changes except Raja. And that’s why Raja is a potential GOAT on Drag Race. She doesn’t change for anyone.

This week’s track is Adele’s “Rumor Has It,” and it was Jinkx’s song to lose the moment as she stepped out in that perfect Adele half-hive. It doesn’t suit her as perfectly as her legendary “Malambo No. 1” lip sync, but she delivers everything her fans love about her. And Trinity delivers the goods too, although at this point she must know that winning the Snatch Game episode as Jinkx would be a travesty for anyone else.

And that proves it. Jinkx becomes our second winner and decides to block Shea. She’s smart, those jinkx: blocking people who already have badges is the way to go. You can already see a storyline unfolding where Shea is constantly blocked for being such stiff competition, but that’s not Jinkx’s concern right now. We’ll see how things pan out, but for now, Jinkx, Shea, and Monet are the only ones with badges thanks to Shea’s Trinity block. And that’s not a trio to see in the finals…

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7 airs Fridays on Paramount+.

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Rick Schindler

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