Posted on Leave a comment

Face Off: Ep. 8: Dressed to Kill

This week we have no foundation challenge, and head straight into the Spotlight challenge. The contestants are taken to the world famous Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood,CA. While there, they are greeted via video by Clive Barker, who elaborates on his inspiration for Hellraiser by going to punk clubs and venues. This ties into the challenge as the contestants must create an intelligent, eloquent, and unique horror villain and must use the avant-gard outfits the models wear as their inspiration.

Darlakelly

 

 

 

 

 

They take turns choosing their muse and begin working on the concept for each villain. Right away Stephanie begins to have trouble nailing down her concept and it continues back in the shop. Even with coach Laura by her side she cannot decide on where she wants to go with this makeup. The others easily get their concepts down and start working them out into clay. Rayce seems extra focused on Logan and Adam as they are his last two contestants.

As the coaches leave for the day, Stephanie still has no concept and decides to abandon her sculpting to work on her concept. With 9 hours on day two, she hopes it will be enough time to do all her sculpting. Because of this decision, when day two starts she finally has a concept of a murderous seer, but has to get it sculpted, molded and ready for foam in one day.

AdamJulian

 

 

 

 

 

On day two, Darla is having a bit of difficulty sculpting her idea of a villain with stretched skin, Adam’s mold is cracked and must be repaired, Anthony is worried about Jamie’s direction and making her model still beautiful while being scary, and Julian is still sculpting late into the day. Meanwhile Ben, Kelly, Logan and Emily are all knocking out their bits and pieces without any hiccups. Emily is making an elaborate cage from string for her villain, while Kelly works on a surgical mask for hers.

Application day and everyone is in good spirits until Kelly comes in to find her foam latex piece is practically in shreds. It has bad tears all along it, but Anthony makes a valid point that her character is supposed to look mutilated and may work to her advantage. Logan is fast at work getting his model into his poison themed makeup, Adam’s crack from his mold is not even visible, and paint is being laid on the other models. Anthony is working Jamie again because he is still very worried about her model not coming off as scary and pretty as they discuss the paint scheme. Suddenly Emily’s string cage completely falls apart on one side, so she scraps the whole thing and just throws feathers in it.

EmilyLogan

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

Last looks always leaves the contestants scrambling with painting and last minute assembly. Kelly has to toss out the teeth her model was going to wear as they didn’t fit, and Stephanie fears she will be the one going home tonight.

The series judges, Glenn, Ve, and Neville are joined by the Co-head of Clive Barker’s production company, Seraphim Films, Mark Alan Miller. The judges take their closer look finding at each creation, looking for the ones that are unique, well thought out, and still have a very Clive Barker feel to them. Adam, Logan and Darla were safe this week, leaving the rest as best and worst.

Julian, Emily, Ben and Kelly nab top looks while Stephanie and Jaime are left far below in the bottom. This is the first time I remember an individual challenge with only two bottom looks this early in the competition. Stephanie’s trouble with concept was very apparent in her makeup this week and she did not create a very scary horror villain. Jamie’s makeup had major problems with her paint colors as well as her overall sculpt. The winner this week is Ben, and Jamie is packing up her kit and heading home.

ben  Jamie

It's only fair to share...Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on Tumblr
Tumblr
Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Posted on Leave a comment

12 Monkeys Recap: Ep 7: The Keys

This week opens in 2015, at the C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, VA where a group of senators are discussing the origin of the virus and it’s relation to Operation Troy. Essentially they extracted the virus from the corpse found in the Himalayas and weaponized it, manipulating it’s DNA to speed up the rate of infection to death in the hopes that when it is deployed the subjects that are infected do not have time to reach higher population areas. Based on the premise of the show we all know this is very wishful thinking.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_04Cassie is still afflicted by flashes from when she was drugged in the greenhouse and her mind was manipulated and Cole is really beginning to look ragged from his splinters. She does however have some info on the picture Cole stole from the greenhouse and hey track down Edward Garrett, PhD for his expertise on the artifact in the photo. They decide to attend an artifact exhibit in hopes of finding out more. Once at the exhibit, Cole is distracted by the beauty of the art in the museum, the taste of the food being offered, the things he never was able to enjoy in his time. With his inevitable demise lingering, he is wanting to savor all the things he wouldn’t get to do normally, including a dance with Cassie while they exchange slightly awkward compliments. This is cut short with the spotting of Dr. Garrett whom Cassie and Cole then take turns interrogating in their own unique ways.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_07Dr. Garrett didn’t have much info on the photo other than it is from Chechnya, which is also where the hacker Wexler is hiding out as he spills the C.I.A.’s secrets. Could it be that the C.I.A. is planning to use the virus in Chechnya to kill Wexler? Yeah, that’s exactly it. Cole then splinters out, stating he will be back in a week.

Later that night Cassie receives a call from Cole. Whaaaat?!? Oh yea, he is in Chechnya. And has the virus. And is being shot at. Welcome to time travel.  When then get to see how he came to be in possession of the virus in that Cassie and Aaron told him where the virus would be when he splintered back in a week. Are we following this? Ok. So Cole does some “007” work and gets the briefcase with the virus, but gets captured and taken to the shack where Wexler is hiding. Of course he tells him the briefcase has a virus in it, and of course he doesn’t believe it and opens it anyway. Oh look, now you’re all infected as the virus sprays out of the tube that is in the briefcase.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_12

Meanwhile Cassie and Aaron head to the C.I.A. to try and get some help, letting them know this virus will not stay confined like they had hoped, but will cause a global pandemic. The men helping Wexler decide to turn on him and call in the Russian troops to take them to a medical facility in exchange for Wexler, since they are all quickly getting very ill and dying. Cole convinces Wexler to do the right thing and not let them leave, that starting over with the human race is not the answer he thinks it would be. Shots are fired, the nationals end up being killed but Wexler and Cole are both shot in the process.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_19Cole calls Cassie again who has by now convinced the C.I.A. that she knows what she is talking about and they quickly come up with a plan to stop the Russians from reaching Wexler and spreading the virus. Their great plan is to just bomb the entire area, and Cole has to stay there on the sat. phone with Cassie while they hone in on his position. My problem here is that he could easily leave the sat phone on and leave, he is immune, so is not infected. Or how about just splintering back before the bomb hits? I know that in his mind this is it, that once this bomb hits the virus is destroyed and the future will have been rewritten and all that jazz. But this causes Cassie to face the reality of him essentially dying, which is a lot harder for her to deal with than if she thought he was just going back from whence he came. Before the bomb hits, he tells her she cannot tell him anything when he visits her in a week, because that is the Cole from his past, not the current Cole and if she says anything to change this, the virus will not be destroyed. So not only does she now have to accept that this person she cares for has died but she has to not warn him that he will die. Essentially he dies twice for her.
12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_21When he does come back things play out as they should, with her visibly upset, but unable to really indicate why. This is also when you learn the significance of the episode’s title: The Keys Its meaning is in the Florida Keys, a place he always wished as a kid to be able to run away to. The episode ends with a very simple “Goodbye.”

 

It's only fair to share...Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on Tumblr
Tumblr
Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Posted on Leave a comment

Recap Face Off: Return of the Champions

Episode 7: Queen Bee

This week begins with another foundation challenge in which the 10 remaining contestants must choose from a variety of over-the-top hats as inspiration. The guest judge is Lois Burwell, who you may remember from last season when she filled in as the season judge for Ve Neill.

 Their 2-hour foundation challenge begins as they all scurry to find a hat that speaks to them. Some of the hats are beyond ridiculous and Stephanie, Logan, and Kelly all seem to find these crazy pieces in a huge dandelion, a large black ship, and and bright tinker toy hat respectively. Rob find a top hat to draw inspiration from and begins to create his version of a darker Pinocchio, one that was forever lost at sea. I really am not a fan of this look, it didn’t really turn out how I thought it was going to when he described it as being a dark Pinocchio, although Lois only has minor critiques of it.

Emily picks out the absolute biggest, most shiny hat there is and begins to wrap her model in an asymmetrical tinfoil dress. I cannot believe how crazy this looks. Her model looks like a baked potato just out of the oven. As she starts laying down color and adding crushed rhinestones to the model’s skin, however, her vision starts to really take shape and honestly looks pretty awesome. Lois agrees and Emily wins top look for this foundation challenge, ensuring her immunity in the upcoming spotlight challenge.

Cuckoowasp  Europeanornet

The spotlight challenge takes place with the contestants hiking out to Canyon Ranch, home to many television and movie scenes. Mackenzie is all a buzz to let them know that this week they will not be headed to the lab; much to the dismay of many contestants who just aren’t that fond of the great outdoors. This challenge will take place in only 5 hours, instead of their normal 3 days and will consist teams of two body painting both a male and female model drawing inspiration from an insect and it’s corresponding habitat. As a blast from the past, Nix Herrera will be helping the contestants during the challenge as he is known for his body painting abilities and prior experience on Season 2.

The 10 quickly team up into the 2-person teams, consisting of Jamie and Emily, Rob and Adam, Kelly and Ben, Darla and Stephanie, and Logan and Julian. The teams scramble out into the woods to find their habitats and insect inspiration. Jamie and Emily quickly find the Honey bee and start work on designing their Queen and a worker drone, utilizing the male model as a companion to their queen. Rob and Adam come across the ladybug and settle on making the male model into larva in a Sistine Chapel esque pose with their queen. Similarly, Logan and Julian get the beautiful Cuckoo Wasp and decide to also make their male model into larva.

Kelly and Ben find the European Beetle habitat and Kelly comes up with an amazing idea to paint the female model as the head and thorax of the beetle and the male as the abdomen. Unfortunately Ben takes control of the male model and is determined to used the male to blend into the background. While Kelly doesn’t like the idea, she doesn’t speak up much and concedes to his wishes. Darla and Stephanie happily take on the Jewel Beetle with it’s bright, vibrant colors and also decide to blend the male model into the background and leave focus on the Queen.

Ladybug  Honeybee

After the teams finish their designs and get started on painting, the coaches arrive! Anthony, Laura and Race take time listening to each team’s ideas and offering advice. Immediately Laura asks Logan if he knows what a Cuckoo Wasp larva looks like, and when he admits to just kinda making it up, she makes the suggestion of using the male model as the abdomen of their queen. Wait, what? Looks like they’ll be doing what Kelly wanted to do. When Anthony learns Ben is going to be blending the male model he suggests maybe trying something else as it may not be enough; but Ben is dead set on blending, much to the dismay of Kelly.

Laura  also suggests that blending may be a bad idea to Darla and Stephanie, who are more receptive to the advice and go with her suggestion to make the male model the wings of the queen. After they decide to go with her suggestion though, Darla finds it difficult to make leaves into translucent wings and seriously begins to question whether they are under-utilizing the male model.

 Last looks comes fast and the teams scramble to apply as much paint as they can to get their models well placed into the habitat backgrounds so the photo shoot can begin. We join back up with the contestants the following day with the judges in the studio where their models are displayed in beautifully artistic photos, posing in their habitats.

      Jewelbeetle 

The Cuckoo wasp is crazy good and I absolutely love the colors used and how they utilized the male model’s arm as the wasp leg. The ladybug was just awful as I didn’t understand the larva or the blocky colors used. The judges; Ve, Glenn, and Neville also loved the Cuckoo wasp as well as the Honey bee,which had great texture and looked a lot like the fur-like hairs that are on a bee. The Jewel beetle, ladybug, and European hornet did not go over quite as well as Darla’s fears that their male model was underutilized come to fruition.
In the end it is the Cuckoo wasp that takes top look and the win goes to Logan. Kelly, Ben, Rob, and Adam find themselves in the bottom, but it is ultimately the ladybug that loses, sending Rob home for his blocky lines on the female’s face and the confusing larval male model. I fully agreed with the judges decisions this week and would have chosen Rob to go home myself.

It's only fair to share...Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on Tumblr
Tumblr
Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest