After years of us wanting to see Yvonne Strahovski rap (or was that just me?), it’s finally happened. We’ve officially been gifted 3 minutes and 23 seconds of straight up StRAPhovski.
Straight. Up. StRAPhovski.
Thank you, “Princess Rap Battle”, for this unbelievably priceless gift that you have given us all.
“Princess Rap Battle” creator Whitney Avalon announced a few weeks ago that Yvonne Strahovski would be her newest guest star on her YouTube series that’s so far garnered tens of millions of hits for each episode.
We waited for what felt like ages to find out which princesses Yvonne and Whitney would play respectively. They gave us hints, made us guess, and then released photos of Whitney Avalon as Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (1959), with Strahovski next to her, dressed as none other than the Khaleesi herself, Daenerys Targaryen from HBO’s Game of Thrones.
I don’t know about everybody else, but I was definitely digging the dragon theme in this episode. Even if you haven’t watched the wildly popular HBO series based off of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series, you’re most likely aware of the character of Daenerys, and if not, you’ve probably at least heard fans of the show mention “Khaleesi”. Daenerys has a deep connection with dragons, and it is touched upon brilliantly in “Princess Rap Battle”. And (spoiler alert!) Maleficent turns herself into a dragon to stop Prince Philip from saving Sleeping Beauty, breathing all sorts of fire and wreaking havoc, as villains do. Daenerys and Maleficent were a brilliant match-up by Avalon, and I’ll go out on a limb to say this was my favorite match-up so far, certainly the cleverest.
Whitney Avalon has proven time and time again that she has the chops for writing hilarious lyrics, and that she has the talent to pull off her roles. It’s her guest stars that tend to be put to the test in each episode, and Yvonne Strahovski did not disappoint. Any fan of Strahovski is probably aware of the numerous times the Aussie actress (known for her roles in CHUCK and Showtime’s Dexter) mentioned rapping in interviews and during Nerd HQ panels. This was well worth the wait.
Yvonne’s stone-faced rapping and hand gestures, combined with her Australian accent and Avalon’s brilliant lyrics, not only had me on the floor laughing, I was sincerely blown away by her dominating queen-like presence. It is truly a majestic experience.
Check out the “Princess Rap Battle”, “Maleficent vs Daenerys” and make sure your bum is solidly in your chair before you click play. Trust me.
Well done, Whitney Avalon. And thank you, Whitney Avalon, for inviting Yvonne Strahovski to play in your brilliant sandbox.