Snatch Game, when you've got performers who can really bring it, can rise above the majority of the chaf but when there aren't any truly amazing stand outs it really doesn't work well. It's a hard challenge but, at this point, they need to hit it out of the park in order to be remotely memorable.
I'll join the chorus on being tired af with the 'reality show contestant' impersonations. It just highlights how many queens have ZERO references outside of current pop star/reality show persona. That Nina and Shuga both went to actual old school references with Harvey Firestein, Joanne Worley and Charo made me extremely happy. It was also nice that they both performed well. It was actually hugely disappointing that Yvie and Brook Lynn both went outside the reality show box and crashed and burned but, hey, I guess it happens.
Silky winning was... ugh. It reminded me of when Stacy Layne Matthews allegedly did Mo'nique but basically did her character from Precious and won. (Granted, that wasn't an especially strong snatch game, either. Although it was only the second time they did it so it was still in infant stage.) I know Ben de la Creme did Maggie Smith's character from Downton Abbey but having seen Dame Maggie in interviews there really isn't that much difference between the character and actor.
Actually, Silky got a storyline very similar to Stacy Layne in this episode. Her ability gets called out and she wins a lackluster Snatch Game as some sort of victory/redemption. Problem is, too many of Silky's talking heads were her carrying on about how Yvie called her talentless. It was at least three separate instances in one episode. Combine that with her sucking the air out of the room with her silent treatment bullshit.
Here's the thing, Vangie and Yvie buried the hatchet. Vangie apologizing to everyone about the hot mess that was Untucked scored major points with me. Yvie telling Silky she was wrong and acknowledging how well she did in Snatch Game scored points with me. Silky basically calling Yvie trash in her talking heads did not. Yvie and Silky were opposing forces from jump (and, to be honest, I sympathize with Yvie on that because having to deal with Silky's antics has got to be exhausting on a good day much less when you're dealing with chronic pain and trying to get over an injury as well) but Silky's attitude towards Yvie and her drag is way too much like the shit we saw with Alexis and Raja, PhiPhi and Sharon, Roxxxy and Jinkx...
Pageant looks just don't seem to change all that much. Yvie does different things. Silky's got one face that she paints, she only paints for 'beauty' and actively pooh-pooh's anything that is outside of her 'beauty all day long' box.
Also, it does surprise me that very few queens realize that current pop culture is not Ru's wheelhouse. Ru is 50. You know he barely has an idea who any of these reality show people are. But reference old game shows, the 60s/70s and you're already going to be ahead of the game. Most of the queens in season 5 had absolutely no idea who Little Edie was and questioned Jinkx's wisdom about it but Ru got it, Jinkx played the shit out of it and won. Ru's the deciding factor in Snatch Game not the audience. Nina already had a leg up on everyone else because Ru knew exactly who her characters were. And Silky had a leg up because Ru is enamored of her personality -- but Ru doesn't see all the rest of it so that doesn't surprise me at all.