We open the fifth week of Face Off at one of the most fun places on earth: Six Flags Magic Mountain. Reality show law dictates that, traditionally, you know you're getting a solid two-three coaster riding montage, maybe a little cotton candy, perhaps a little Skee-ball. No dice. Our artists got to show up and look at a tree (complements of the upcoming summer release, Jack the Giant Slayer). Not all was lost as Jack director Bryan Singer dropped by to join them in looking at the tree and sit in as guest judge for this week's Spotlight Challenge. The challenge this week was to create a two-headed monster inspired by Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer. We saw some of the coolest creations so far the season, and perhaps the worst. Let's get to the action.
At Stake This Season
2013 Fiat 500
Guest lecturer stint in New York and Paris
What You Missed
Not sure they put the sharpest intern on task for writing Bryan Singer's intro as guest judge. We got shout outs to his iconic work as producer-director on The Usual Suspects and the X-Men series. Need we say more? Dude's got cred. Apparently we needed to hear more with a major nod to his work on Valkyrie and a final hammer of "he produced 175 episodes of House." Those final two credits are apparently crucial pedigree to judging FX makeup.
Fans of The Bachelor would be into this ep, as the Spotlight Challenge partnership with Jenna and Meagan translated into a 60-minute passive aggressive quipfest between the two artists. These two liked each other about as much as House likes wearing sleeves. With the constant bickering over their project direction and approach, I’m amazed no one accused each other of "not being there for the right reasons."
The artists were placed in teams of two this week. At this stage of the competition, it's weird how one-sided the partnerships are. Given the nature of these projects, it seems like the best approach is to have one contestant take lead on creative with the other following direction. In the most shocking choice this week, top contender Anthony gave up face design (his strongest skill) to his partner, Autumn. This seemed like pure trolling of the judges’ affection, and the Face Off equivalent of Daniel Day Lewis turning down the role of Lincoln to concentrate on his job as Key Grip.
House’s Sleeves Update - DEFCON 4
Yet another sleeveless week for our boy House, keeping his five-episode streak alive. It does feel like he is getting a bit cocky. For the second week, he rocked a long-sleeve shirt that has been rolled up before the elbow—this is flying too close to the sun. What if he drops something on the ground and his sleeve seal isn't tight enough? House, if you are reading this, I have one word for you: Icarus.
1. Eric Fox (Last Week - #NR) Susan Lucci, Martin Scorsese, John Elway. All names that took many years in their career to finally win the big one. After four weeks of bridesmaid status, Eric F finally got the credit he deserves by taking home a Spotlight Challenge win. His risky/massive creation with Kris was a clear winner this week (as was his snappy blazer.) Partial credit for the win also goes out to my constant support of him on this blog.
2. Anthony Kosar (Last Week - #1) Seeing as he took a backseat role this week in his project with Autumn and still came out with a great look, watch for him to absolutely destroy in the challenge next week.
3. Alam Park (Last Week - #2) Alam & Eric Z's "Head on Feet" character was actually one of the more creative entries this week, despite getting totally destroyed by all three judges. You never want to hear "Why didn't you just stop?" in your feedback. This proves once and for all to always stick to convention and never try anything new under all circumstances.
Losers Lounge - You Have To Hand It To Jenna
As we predicted last week, Jenna was given the boot this week as part of the bottom half of the worst project we've seen this season. In the end, her hand injury became too much to overcome. She didn't go down without a fight. She played the hand injury card. She played the cry on stage in front of judges card. (Episode highlight: Meghan's "are you okay" after her tears had all the warmth of a frozen bag of peas.) Still, it was curtains for Jenna. We closed the episode with her saying that she "would give anything for a second chance." Perhaps she is still living somewhere at the Face Off studios, Phantom of the Opera style.
If you missed this episode (or want to catch up on the entire season so far), you can watch it right here at spacecast.com.
Coming up next week (Tuesday 9E/6P)
In “Bugged Out,” the artists will choose images to be used for a creepy-crawly bug-themed challenge. Lovely.