Back for week four of the show that's Face Off the hook (sorry). We open this episode in the middle of a rattlesnake-infested desert, because...why not? Once again we skip the Foundation Challenge and move straight to the Spotlight. The contestants are tasked with creating an original demon character. Horror aficionado and perennial second place finisher Eric F nearly passed out from being so happy with the news. Was he able to top the undefeated Anthony? An unexpected twist thrown at the artist late in the game threatened to put everyone at risk.
At Stake This Season
2013 Fiat 500
Guest lecturer stint in New York and Paris
What You Missed
After hearing their talk for the Spotlight Challenge, the artists were left alone in Rattlesnake Desert to sketch out their plans. I don't think it takes an artist to realize that this environment does not produce the best work. There's no situation on the planet where your performance will be improved with rattlesnakes slithering around. Except, perhaps, dying of poison.
The big twist for the contestants was that in all given scenarios, hell has frozen over. Cue the freak-out sound bytes. "This screws up my plans." "I'm ruined." "Life is over." Blah, blah. Their solution? Turn the demon blue and their hair white. Done and done. Classic hell freezing over make-up job. Come on, Face Offers. I for one would’ve stuck with my original plans and put a Canada Goose jacket over my demon.
Second only to Anthony's undefeated streak in the challenges, David "House" Greathouse's total refusal to wear any shirt with sleeves is one of the great developing stories this season. Even in a week where the challenge was literally about freezing over, House rocked a slender tank in defiance of the cold weather demons. It's not like he's providing tickets to a gun show either. Is his internal body temperature higher than the average human?
1. Anthony Kosar (Last Week #1) – Michael Jordan. Pre-Scandal Tiger Woods. Steroid-infused Barry Bonds. These are names you think of when someone says total domination. Anthony Kosar won his fourth consecutive Face Off challenge (with an assist from Alam) with his Demon concept, "Demus." Once again, it was his outstanding make-up skills that stood out for the judges. The judges may’ve said words to Anthony in their debrief, but if you looked in the eyes, it was make-out city—bothing but love for Anthony. It's going to take a major effort, or Nancy Kerrigan-esque incident to knock him from the top of these ranks.
2. Eric Fox (Last Week #2) – Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Eric Fox finished as a runner up yet again, as his creation, "Chort" (with Wayne), fell short after a sketchy paint job and malfunctioning electronics. I continue to be completely in the take for Eric, as I thought he deserved the title yet again this week. I might even stop making Jesse Pinkman jokes. The gaping mouth on "Chort" was actually terrifying, and the best individual feature on any creation this week. It's clear already in week three that we are likely headed for a Anthony versus Eric showdown in the finals.
3. Alam Park (Last Week NR) – Alam scored a big assist on Anthony's challenge win as she concentrated on the lower half of their creation. The result was some fantastic looking feet that would be right at home in any child's nightmare. Just because Scottie Pippen, Jari Kurri, and Luigi played with the greats, doesn’t mean they didn't have major talent themselves. I'm keeping my eye on Alam next week.
Losers Lounge - Michael: Bringer of the Worst Superhero
Once Katie was paired with fellow redhead Jenna for this challenge, you knew something had to give. I've spent the last three episodes trying to tell them apart and the producers must’ve been in the same boat. It's true in Highlander, and it's true on Face Off, there can only be one. Neither Katie nor Jenna put up much of a fight when their "Eurynome" creation brought up the rear this week. Truthfully, I didn't think it was as bad as the judges thought, but I’m wearing two different colours of socks right now, so what do I know? Put up a fight though, Katie! Go down swinging instead of moping next time. Google session still couldn't completely answer my question, "is bringer an actual word?"
If you missed the second episode (or the previous week’s premiere), you can watch it right here at spacecast.com.
Coming Up Next Week (Tuesday 9E 6P)
Mckenzie offers up a deliciously diabolical challenge where the contestants must make candy-inspired creations. Also, in the return of the Foundation Challenge, artists must put fake beards on their models. Because beards are nature's candy.