The exciting competition series Face Off is off to a great start with the second season. The series explores the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art.
To determine who emerges on top of their game, Syfy enlists some of the most talented judges including, Academy Award winner Ve Neill (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) and Hollywood veterans Glenn Hetrick (Heroes, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files) and Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld, Resident Evil: Extinction, Independence Day.) The series will also be visited by several celebrity guests including Catherine O Hara, Sam Huntington, Vivica A. Fox, Levar Burton and Asher Roth.
The fourteen future Hollywood make-up artists must create the ultimate creative living art in order to make it through to the next round. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors’ finished work. The fourteen contestants are Nix, Brea, Beki, Sie, Rayce, R.J., Greg, Heather, Jerry (who claims to be the “old guy”), Tara, Ian, Athena, Matt and Miranda. They are all different individuals and have their own unique style of working.
The contestants are sent to a secret location where they meet up with host McKenzie Westmore who makes a very dramatic entrance as she steps out of her limo wearing sky high stilettos; she had the contestants on edge. She introduces them and announces their first challenge. They must create an original, unique character using what is in their trailer and wardrobe. Each individual makes the best use of the two-and-a-half hour time limit they are given.
When the challenge is completed, Ve Neill and season one winner Conor McCullagh choose the winners. The decide on R.J. and Jerry. R.J. created a biker chic Zombie. He describes her as the Zombie biker version of Sandy from Grease. “You know my boyfriend’s back but he’s in that helmet.” Jerry created an Alien-inspired elf He wins the challenge and now has immunity until next week. He declares that his goal is to win all of the challenges.
There is no good news for Brea and Nix; they are the two bottom picks. Brea tried to create a monster/human whose skin was his costume, but the zippers were a bit out of proportion and Ve was not having any part of it. The contestants are excused and Jerry is the only one heading to the Face Off house happy. They gear up and prepare for a new surprise.
The contestants are taken to Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood where they must recreate four of the most beloved, legendary characters in history. They must modernize four of the main characters from the legendary Wizard of Oz. They must recreate The Tin Woodman, The Wicked Witch of the West, The Cowardly Lion and The Scarecrow. They split up into groups; the first group is girls versus guys.
They are sent into the lab to choose their character and bust for their model. The teams begin working at a steady pace, but the guys do a lot more deliberating, while the girls begin working right away. They are surprised when a very serious looking Glenn Hetrick pops in with McKenzie to check on them. Poor Tara works by herself, while Athena is more concerned with making a cast of her own foot and hand.
Hetrick tries to ask the men who are the leader and gets two different answers; he is not very happy. He decides that the girls are working better together and the guys need a plan. They begin working intensely after Glenn and McKenzie leave. The characters and designs are insane and different. Each person has their own style, and it makes for a fascinating take on each one of these iconic characters.
The guys realize after checking out the girls’ work that the girls are kicking their asses, and they need to step it up big time. They are on a time crunch with one hour left and begin to assemble their models for application day. When their time is up, the the models are all brought to the Face Off reveal stage and placed in front of the judges – Ve, Glenn and Patrick.
The girls’ characters are brought out on stage first. Tara’s Scarecrow is very cool; it is scary-looking and actually looks like a Scarecrow. The Tin Woodman and The Cowardly Lion are not a big hit. Glenn is upset about the assymetical face of The Tin Woodman. Finally The Wicked Witch of The West appears, looking very detailed and futuristic. The judges are impressed.
The men’s team of characters arrive on stage, The Tin Woodman is not at all finished; he is missing a few parts. The Cowardly Lion looks pretty cool; he is very detailed. The Wicked Witch resembles another certain witch from a certain Bruce Campbell film, Their Scarecrow is not horrible, but not that great either. The judges head to the stage for a close-up look and find more things wrong than right.
Glenn praises the girls for working together and says their witch and scarecrow were well done; he picks apart the guys’ Tin Woodman. The contestants look nervous as the judges are given one last glance at their walking pieces of art. They finally declare a winner of tonight’s challenge – the women. It was a collaborative effort, yet there can only be one winner, and that is Brea. She went from being in the bottom two to the winner of the challenge. Jerry has immunity, so he can’t go home, leaving the bottom two of Nix and Greg. The person going home tonight is Greg.
Don’t forget to watch next week’s episode of Face Off on the Syfy channel, Wednesday at 10/9c.