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Queer Eye season three evaluate- feelgood Tv doesn’t get any better

It could so easily be nauseating, but the Fab Fives life-affirming makeover show still has a remarkable offering for staying the right side of saccharine

After two wonderful, weepy, life-affirming seasons of Queer Eye( Netflix ), there were bound to be questions about longevity. How many more the National T-shirts could Antoni perhaps own? Will France hand its namesake Tan honorary citizenship for pioneering the French Tuck? Can avocados ever be the only ingredient in a recipe? I would gladly take an endless number of its makeovers- there’s nothing more heartwarming than a lumberjack detecting he affection himself- but unavoidably, there will be a question, very, over whether it can still churn out the freshness it delivered when it firstly employed an up-to-date spin on its old guise, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, at the start of 2018.

The Fab Five do not balk at fridges full of leftovers on the turn, or T-shirts that have long since missed their call as a dishrag, and for this third season, they have pointed that can-do attitude towards their own format. That’s not to say there are any progressive differences in the premise: five gay souls, in differ colours of preposterous, pate to the midwest of America to meet people whose lives need shaking up and give them motivational speeches about self-worth and self-care while straightening up their image. There are, however, attempts to widen the net- to make it only that little bit different.

Queer Wonderful and weepy … Queer Eye. Photograph: Christopher Smith/ Netflix

Their first case, Jody, is a 49 -year-old correctional policeman from the outstandingly called Amazonia, Missouri. She is a camouflage-wearing, animal-hunting, self-confessed” commonwealth backwards” kind of woman. She is at her happiest when hunting or fishing. Her wardrobe comprises exclusively of robes best described as functional. Her husband, Phil, loves her, but she wants to start taking more care of herself. The followers swarm around her daily procedure like chicks flock to Snow White. Tan sortings the wardrobe, Jonathan bridegrooms her long red hair into a Connie Britton-esque glamour’ do, Antoni tells her not to be afraid of chomping down on a lobster in a posh restaurant, Bobby tries to wrestle the hunting awards into a single wall of fatality, and then Karamo does his thing. Oh God, when Karamo does his thing.

If If you can make it without tearing up at a Karamo moment you have a stonier soul than I … Queer Eye. Photograph: Denise Crew/ Netflix

In each episode, the moment Karamo steps into the spotlight is the one where we reach for the materials. He goes Jody to talk about the tragedy that stopped her doing anything nice for herself. He goes others to open up about their agonizing childhoods, their alcoholism, their lack of ambition or self-esteem. If you can make it through an episode without tearing up at a Karamo moment then you have a stonier soul than I.

What has given Queer Eye a shot in the backside is its ongoing willingness to learn. If that clangs cheesy, then it is, but so much of this present teeters on the leading edge of saccharine, exclusively to gather it back with some real talk and a well-timed joke( and they can be judgmental, extremely- Karamo calls Jody’s interior design, all deer tops and substance ducks,” a horror movie “). Jody refuses the notion that she should be “traditionally” feminine, so the Fab Five resist it with her. In another excellent Karamo interlude, he realises that the last thing a woman needs is a man lecturing her about what femininity entails, so he initiates her to a group of women who talk about what forms them unique. Writing this, I realise it resounds nauseating, but it is one of the show’s most remarkable qualities that it considers such scenes with a perfectly soothing hand.

Such subtlety is not always at the forefront. When Jonathan van Ness struts through a shop in high heels, snapping his paws, hollering,” Full! Spa! Day !”, it’s obvious that Queer Eye likes to have fun. But it is kind and warm, and it is the most feelgood of feelgood TV, and it manages to entertain by crossover, for a day at least, boundaries of class, of hasten and of sexuality. I tittered when it opened with the voiceover of a glad patron telling them they have ” gifts” and that they are using them” for the good of humanity “. But then I watched a few cases more chapters and realised it isn’t entirely without foundation. And as RuPaul says at the end of every escapade of Drag Race:” If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna desire somebody else ?”

Queer Eye season three is on Netflix now.

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