We had to wait a whole week to see what would transpire when McKenzie threw a curve ball at the contestants. Not only did they have to work in teams with a former champ as their leader and coach and create two alien beings, but also come up with another creature! The aliens didn’t crash-land on Earth, they landed on a planet ruled by primates. The artists would have to create a tyrannical primate ruler. Since Rick Baker would be on the judges’ panel, they got an extra day because they had to impress him due to his “primate” body of work (Planet of the Apes and Harry and the Hendersons).
They had to choose from 4 types of monkeys: the Squirrel Monkey, Brown Lemur, White-faced Capuchin and a Mandrill. The furry models were all in the lab so the artists could get up close and personal as they designed the third alien.
Team Laura chose the Squirrel Monkey. Their monkey was a tyrant that hunted the two crashed aliens. Greg decided to take on the task of sculpting the monkey face and Emily was going to hand-tie the hair for the ape tyrant. Mr. Westmore was concerned about the time Emily had for ventilating the hair as that usually took a long time, but she was up for the task. Laura was concerned that Greg was losing sight of the monkey’s proper anatomy. In the end, their crashed aliens looked great! The judges loved the sculpts, unique forms on the older alien and the beautiful paint jobs. Rick Baker thought it was successful. Unfortunately, the monkey didn’t get a glowing review. The profile didn’t look like a primate to Neville, in fact, Rick thought it looked like a turtle. They really noticed the lack of anatomically correct details. Greg ended up in the bottom for that.
Team Antony chose the Mandrill. They went with a more realistic monkey look, not a human hybrid. Alan got the job of sculpting the monkey. Kelly started with her mold for their male alien and ran into some trouble. Ben helped her out but scolded her as he did it. He would soon find his own troubles as he used Alan’s hands for a cast. They didn’t turn out properly at all, and he had to scramble during last looks, eventually gluing some splitting and covering it with burlap. Kelly was not happy with the final looks. The judges saw some issues with the aliens. The paint wasn’t the same, with one alien being more matte than the other and there was a lack of detail in the sculpts. They also thought the male alien was too busy. There was also the issue of the hands. Rick thought they were distracting and wished they had just painted the model’s hands. They did, however, love their monkey ruler which I thought was menacing and looked like a tyrant. They thought it was great and liked the largess of it. Ben was in the bottom because of the hands.
Team Rayce picked the White-face Capuchin. Their monkey empress enslaved the arachnid alien. Logan took on the monkey sculpt, while Regina slowly worked on the arachnid face. Mr. Westmore liked the improvements made by Anthony on the alien sculpt, and advised them to make more of a muzzle for the monkey queen. Regina also fabricated for the first time and made a cool crown for the queen. Their arachnid cowl had some tears so Logan had to learn on the fly and fix it. On the reveal stage, their higher form alien did not look symmetrical. The judges noticed that but their insect alien was well-managed and had great attention to detail. The only thing Rick didn’t like was the uniform colour of the alien’s body and costume. They loved the monkey queen! They thought she was fabulous, had a great paint job and showed aging well. Rick liked the variation with the hair colour.
There was a cool moment on this episode. After the first day of the monkey sculpt, the coaches showed up at the artist house and they had a nice barbecue to get to know all the contestants on their teams. It was a chance for them to relax after an exhausting day.
The winning team was Team Rayce. They loved the arachnid insect alien and the monkey queen. The winner of the challenge was Logan because of his monkey sculpt and the cowl on the arachnid alien. They also loved Team Laura’s older alien for the colour and transition from front to back and the shape of the head.
The bottom artists were Kelly because she went big but it didn’t work; Ben for those awful hands; and Greg for the bad primate sculpt and the bad paint job. Greg went home because his makeup didn’t come together. Rick told him a story of how when he started out, he was told to go home and give up, but he didn’t. He told Greg not to give up before he left. What a great guy Rick Baker is! Good luck Greg, and definitely don’t give up!