Back for its 10th season, Face Off got the new set of artists going right away. McKenzie presented the very first Spotlight Challenge of the season to the 14 eager contestants: create a rogue alien bounty hunter, like that of Riddick or Guardians of the Galaxy. Inspired by wanted posters with details of the alien’s ship and their last known whereabouts, the artists were split up into teams of two to work on the challenge. Thankfully, Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Neville Page would be back at the judges’ table to guide, critique and whip the artists into shape.
Melissa and Anna had Tolo Ezulon who lived a life of crime after his world dies. They worked well together and plotted out their game plan to save time. Melissa sculpted some details for the alien’s armour that mimicked his ship, and even though they had issues in last looks with peeling lips, they were one of the top looks. The judges liked the cohesive character and the nice profile. They liked the subtle ship detail in the amour, and the “intricate and interesting” sculpting.
Katie and Robert didn’t work that well together. Katie took charge after enduring Robert’s several ideas for their alien Honorin Fallador. They came up with a decent character, but weren’t on the same page and didn’t really trust each other. Njorobe and Rob worked on Sansar Ceptis, a bounty hunter who went after political targets. Rob did some creative steaming and painting of feathers, and they worked well together. The judges liked the profile even thought the beak looked stuck on. Jennifer and Mel worked on Delta Indemna, an ex-military bounty hunter. They created some sewn on dreads and although the judges were confused by the some details, they, along with the other two teams, were safe.
Yvonne and Greg picked Jinxx Bargess. She was to be a bio-mechanical character. They had trouble creating a cohesive design, and Mr. Westmore told them to make the jaw bigger and to make the character look more alien and less simian. This put Greg into panic mode, and he re-sculpted parts of the face. After molding, their edges were pretty bad, and they lost time fixing those. The judges thought the look was unsophisticated and blocky. This put them in the bottom.
Kaleb and Walter chose Maas Rossi, a reptilian alien who came from a dry planet. Mr. Westmore told them to change the Jay Leno chin, and they wanted to have light-up horns, but it didn’t quite work, so they scrapped it in last looks. The judges liked the decisions they made, from the paint to the eye cavity which looked very much like the Texan horned lizard they used as inspiration. They were in top looks.
Ant and Johnny created a female bounty hunter called Yourek Jess. They had to put their heads together after Mr. Westmore reworked their design. Johnny switched up who did the sculpting as well because they were worried about the outcome. They really didn’t work well together, and the judges saw it in the finished character. The paint was flat, the sculpting didn’t reflect a proper biology, and the was no flow with the forms. They were in the bottom looks.
McKenzie revealed that there would be a one time immunity that the judges would grant if they thought the artist could redeem themselves after a bad makeup, but it would be used at their discretion.
The winning team was Anna and Melissa. Their character was original, and Melissa won the challenge because of the great cowl she sculpted.
The bottom team was Yvonne and Greg. They made bad choices, and Greg went home due to his poorly sculpted nose and chin.
This season looks like it will be great. Every season I say “This will be my last recap season”, and then they go and bring people like Lance Henriksen and Paul Reuben on the show. What can a gal do but watch, comment and recap?
See you next week!