TV Club: Drag Race season 9 finally reaches excellence when the queens make TV pilots

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It finally happened. RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 had its first great episode. I’ve been tough on this season, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the moment when it would kick into high gear and give me the heightened drama and spectacle that I crave from this series. “Your Pilot’s On Fire” is that moment, a game-changer episode that delivers big laughs, amplifies the tension within the group, has a killer runway, and ends with an elimination that majorly shakes up the season. The main challenge has the queens breaking into three groups to devise, write, and perform a pilot episode, and it’s a great test of skills that the queens should learn in the era of drag webseries.

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