TV Club: Drag Race gets bit by the ’90s nostalgia bug with a “9021-HO” acting challenge

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RuPaul’s Drag Race tends to heat up after “Snatch Game,” and the competition is starting to get more intense in “9021-HO,” which has the queens heading to high school with an acting challenge involving a drag version of Beverly Hills, 90210. The queens are directed by two of the original show’s stars, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling, and the over-the-top teen drama gives the writers plenty to work with in creating ridiculous drag comedy. Maybe a little too much to work with, because the final clip of “9021-HO” is very long, and even with some strong performers in the group, it’s hard to stay engaged for the entire thing.

That said, this is still a much better episode than last week’s boring “Snatch Game,” and as the stakes get higher, there’s more tension within the group. I’ve mentioned that this season’s queens are ...