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Face Off Season 9 episode 13 begins with the usual reality show “blah, blah, blah I’m stressed out & miss my family so here – talk to them on FaceTime so we can see who is bolstered by this & who cries.” Face Off is one of the nicest reality shows on TV, so the whole “humanize the contestants” seems really unnecessary. These people already seem nice, so I really don’t need to see them getting emotional with their loved ones to let me know that. But then again, I never like the “family moment” portion of reality TV even … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 12 begins with Ben, Nora and Evan rehashing the previous challenge. But it’s not long before we’re on the Universal Studios backlot. We’re standing in front of the Desperate Housewives house & learn that it used to be The Munsters house. There’s a mini-graveyard in front of the house. The artists have to pick a headstone & create the character who lies there. Nora goes with Black Sheep Cousin; Ben goes Inappropriate Uncle; Evan goes with Bully Older Brother; Jordan selects Spinster Aunt and Scott goes with Stern Father. After selecting, the artists learn that … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 11 is Syfy’s cross-promotion with their new show The Expanse, coming in December. The focus challenge is show a human that has survived a selected catastrophic event & evolved from that. Apparently The Expanse is about humans that have evolved with less gravity, so we’ve elongated & gotten bigger heads or something. Time to pick our disasters! This week it’s Nora’s turn to have a freak out. She has a moment where she just can’t sculpt. Normally in this situation, she’d just rip the clay off her face & start over. For some reason this … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 10 starts with 7 models with 7 weapons. This Foundation Challenge asks the artists to create tribal makeups and scarification on the model’s face & torso inspired by the model’s weapon. We get a guest judge for this foundation challenge – Oscar-winning makeup artist Robin Mathews. Meg and Scott are the top 2. Scott smartly thinks of tribes that paint their bodies with mud & recreates that kind of look on his model. Meg gets praise for her detail in her simple design. Robin also says her makeup is camera-ready. But Scott ends up taking … Continue reading
Do you ever sit around & think about The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Me neither. But that’s all we think about in Face Off Season 9 episode 9. We’ve got your War. We’ve got your Pestilence. We’ve got your Famine. We’ve even got the big kahuna: Death. And, for a limited time, since we’ve got 8 artists left, you’ll get two, Two, TWO of each horseman for the price of one! It’s a steal! Call Now! So, yeah, four horsemen + eight artists = 2 sets of the horsemen on the Face Off stage. And while there will be … Continue reading
To sum up Face Off Season 9 episode 8, let’s quote Nora: “If it’s a fight to the death they want, it’s a fight to the death they’ll get. Let’s go, thunderdome.” This episode puts the artist into The Gauntlet. The Gauntlet is a series of 3 challenges, each one harder than the last. The artists will be ranked on each challenge. The person on top of the leaderboard at the end will win. The person on the bottom will be eliminated. For the first gauntlet challenge, the artists pick a model. Each model is dressed to indicate if they … Continue reading
So for those of you that read my other recaps, you know that I love me some drag queens. While Face Off Season 9 episode 7 isn’t TECHNICALLY a drag challenge as there are no queens in sight (no, no more Vivienne Pinay appearances), the artists do have to make men over into women in their second focus challenge. They’re taking a page from history when women weren’t allowed to perform in the theater, so men played the women’s roles. Naturally, all of the characters the artists have to create are from Shakespearean plays. The artists get advice from Ve … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 Episode 6, yes is about aliens, but it’s mostly about evolution. The evolution of the alien over time. Not real-life millennia-by-millennia type evolution, but the evolution of alien characters from a 60s kitschy beginning to a more modern interpretation. Think Star Trek – characters from the original 60s TV show vs the characters from the J.J. Abrams reboot. You still know it’s a Klingon, but the look changes from TV show to movie and from movie to movie. So to have evolution, we’ve got to start somewhere. That somewhere is a Foundation challenge. The artists have … Continue reading
Skin Wars season 2 just ended, but we get eased off the show with a special: Skin Wars Fresh Paint. We’ve got 3 mentors: Gear, Dutch and Natalie. We’ve also got 6 artists from different disciplines. We’ve got a graphic artist, a miniature artist, fine artist, a tattoo artist/muralist, a airbrush artist and a performance artist. We don’t get to see much of the training these artists get, which is slightly disappointing. The first thing the artists have to do is take 90 minutes to do a full front of the body waist-up paint. This challenge will determine the 3 … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 Episode 5 finally gives us a Foundation challenge. Ben thinks the workroom looks like they’ve entered McKenzie’s therapy session. The artists must create something based off a Rorschach test. They’ve got 2 hours and the winner will get immunity for the Spotlight challenge. Each artist gets a different inkblot on their tablet. There’s a ton of different ideas, all of them really cool. The artists seem to be doing better work with less time to overthink things. Face Off decides not to give us a good look at Jason’s makeup, which doesn’t bode well for his … Continue reading