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 to think back to the sci-fi of the 60s and their painted backdrops & create an alien character that would go with that backdrop. I’m disappointed that no one creates a styrofoam rock to bean Kirk in the head with. Good times.
Evan and Jordan win the top 2 praise from Michael Westmore. Evan wins the Foundation challenge & earns immunity.
The artists move on to their Spotlight challenge – updating their first design into a more modern interpretation. That’s when Michael Westmore pops his head in with a surprise. The artists don’t want to hear Michael Westmore say that he’s got a surprise. But then Jonathan Frakes comes in & they’re all super excited about the surprise. Yay! It’s a cool guy & not a “twist.”
This is the first week we’re seeing some personality from the models, mostly during the Spotlight mainstage. I think they’re all auditioning for Michael Dorn. And I’m not sure why he didn’t stick around to give the decision to the contestants.
In the mediocre middle of the relieved are: Nora, Meg, Kevon, Evan and Ricky.
In the bottom are Jason, Jordan and Jasmine. Of the JJJs, Jason is the one that’s been in the bottom the most. He would get the m-word if he were on Project Runway. (For non-PR watchers, that’s matronly. Quelle horreur!) All of these makeups went from ok or even good to not good dawg. Let’s see!
In the top are Stevie, Scott and Ben.
Stevie gets major praise from the judges – she’s the one who gets the ‘best paint job we’ve ever seen on Face Off‘ comment. Get confidence Stevie! Come on Northern Illinois! The judges were intrigued by the forms & colors of Scott’s makeup. Ben gets props for making smart choices in taking a design he didn’t like & turning it into something that actually makes sense.
In the end, Ben’s more minimal approach earns him his second win.
Who would you have given the win to? Were you ever worried for Jasmine (I wasn’t)?