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RECAP – ‘Face Off’ Ep 10: Beyond The Expanse

This week the artists are joined by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the creators of The Expanse, an upcoming SyFy series. Each of the six remaining artists will be making their own human race that has adapted to their environment in space several hundreds of years in the future. Each artist will choose one of seven catastrophic scenarios to adapt their human to.

Scott chooses first and right away picks nuclear fallout. Nora grabs toxic pollution, Evan takes severe drought, Ben nabs volcanic disaster, Stevie likes polar melting, and lastly, Jordan chooses ice age.

Since this is another focus challenge their blending and edges must be perfect. Fabrication means nothing if their face is not on point.

Nora is really feeling the stress and pressure and is literally in tears as she sculpts. She has no choice but to rip off everything she has done thus far and start over.

When Michael Westmore does his walk through, he and Mckenzie are concerned that Scott has lost all the human aspect in the challenge and his sculpt is entirely insectoid. They are so concerned, in fact, that they come back after leaving to talk to him again about it.

Nora is finally happy with her sculpt and mold, and scott redesigns his sculpt to add more human elements in hopes it is more fitting for the challenge.

Nora and Scott are safe this week, leaving Stevie, Jordan, Ben, and Evan in the top and bottoms looks.

Ve feels like Jordan’s makeup has a very complete look and tells a great story of how this character stays warm in an ice age. Ben’s makeup lacks an evolutionary look, with Neville pointing out it does not look as though he considered how a person would evolve in volcanic conditions. Evan has a beautiful design and has made sound design choices. Glenn specifically finds his anatomical forms to be spot on and the appliance to collect condensation is very thoughtful. Stevie’s makeup appears crooked and lacks a strong color pallet.

The winner this week is Evan for his huge risks that paid off tremendously. We must say goodbye to Stevie whose details this week just did not come together. She packs up her kit and heads home.

With only five contestants remaining, who do you think will make it into the final three? Let us know in the comments! 

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Face Off: EP 9: Judgement Day

This week’s challenge is presented to the artists by Mackenzie and Glenn and will feature the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Glenn, who did similar work on Legion, tells the artists to be true to the essence of Famine, War, Pestilence and Death. The eight remaining artists are broken up into two teams of four and even though this is an individual challenge, their ideas must have some cohesive element.

Kevon, Ben, Evan and Nora get to work creating a concept for their horsemen and Nora, who has famine, immediately knows she wants to use barbed wire to create hers. Meg, Scott, Stevie, and Jordan have to make their ideas cohesive and Meg comes up with the idea that they should each have some kind of time piece to unite them.

At the lab Nora begins to question her concept and feels like it may not be turning out how she sees it in her head. Evan gives her his opinion on it and so far he thinks it’s a solid idea; this is enough to put her head back in the game and she is able to finish up her sculpt. When Michael Westmore does his walk through he warns Kevon to be careful with his pestilence sculpt and the tendrils he wants to add to it, cautioning that it may read more alien than horseman. Kevon decides to move them from the head area of his sculpt to the mouth area to fill  out the hole that he has created there.

When last looks comes around Ben has literally accepted that he is going home this week. He does not like his sculpt of kevlar armor built into his War character’s chest and now the paint on it is just getting muddy and is all red. Their team all make sure to remember attach the collars that their Death will be leading them with and just like that, time is up.

The judges take their closer looks and decide to put the entire team of Kevon, Evan, Nora, and Ben into the top and bottom and the other team is safe this week. Ve loves how Nora was able to create an amazing skin tone on her Famine model that matches so well from the head to the chest and he barbed wire works well. Glenn particularly likes Evan’s Death and the way he achieved a real metal look on it’s mask and continued the shapes from his face into the mask. Ben knows his looks horrible and it is definitely confirmed when the judges let him know what all is wrong with it. Even Neville says he doesn’t want to “kick him when he is down” so-to-speak but knows he is aware of the areas he failed. The judges all agree that Kevon’s Pestilence doesn’t meet this week’s challenge and looks too bug-like. It may have been a good makeup for another challenge, but not for the horseman it is supposed to be.

In the end it is Evan’s Death that takes the win this week and unfortunately Kevon will be going home.

Tell us what you thought of the judges decision in the comments below!

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Face Off: EP 6: The Gauntlet

This week is the first ever Gauntlet on Face Off. It will consist of 3 parts, each being more heavily weighted that the last, and at the end, we will have a final ranking with one artist packing up their bags.

stage1winnoraThe first challenge in The Gauntlet will test the artist’s ability to create an extreme but lifelike exposure makeup. Half the artists will have to make a cold exposure makeup while the other half makes a heat exposure makeup. They will have only two hours to complete their looks, and the judges will be Ve, Glenn, and Neville. Nora works on her model’s hands, blacking out the fingertips to give it a frost-bitten dead skin look while Jasmine begins making ooze pockets on her model to make it look as though he was exposed to some form of poison. She doesn’t seem to understand the exposure is supposed to be to the heat of the desert, although her makeup looks really good. When the judges pass through she realizes her mistake, and fears it may cause her to score really low.

The judges choose Nora’s frostbite victim to be the winner of this challenge, and rank the artists as follows:

Nora, Jordan, Scott, Meg, Ben, Jasmine, Evan, Stevie, and Kevon. Needless to say Kevon is now very worried.

Stage two has the artists creating an incredible paint job on models that already have prosthetics.stage2winkevon For some artists paint is not their strong suite, and they are immediately apprehensive about their work. The judges love Ben and Kevon’s makeup, essentially saving Kevon from the bottom and rocketing him straight to the top. Since state two is weighed more heavily, it drastically changes the rankings and they now stand as such:

Kevon in first, Ben, Nora and Jordan tied for second, Meg is fifth, Scott drops to sixth, Jasmine in seventh, and Evan and Stevie tied for last.

Stage three begins the following day where the artists meet up with Mckenzie in the lab, and she has every model there with her. Since there are almost 30 models, each artist will get 3 models, and must create a main character and two background characters. In addition to that, they randomly choose the type of characters they must create with 3 artists getting goblins, 3 artists getting angels, and 3 artists getting witches/wizards.

For this challenge they will have only 4 hours with 1 hour for last looks so they must make the most out of pre-made prosthetics, and paint to make their characters look cohesive and complete. Once presented, Scott, Kevon, and Ben are excused as safe and the judges talk to each of the other artists individually. Nora, Stevie and Evan are among their favorite looks with Evan winning this round; while Jordan, Jasmine, and Meg fall short and into the bottom. Since stage 3 is more heavily weighted than stage two was, the new rankings are:

Nora in first, Evan is second, Scott is third, Kevon is fourth, Jordan is fifth, and Ben is sixth. Meg, Stevie, and Jasmine are all in the bottom three, and any one of them could be heading home. Of the three in the bottom, Jasmine was in the bottom for all three challenges making her ranking 9th overall and she must pack up her kit and head home.


Tell us what you thought of The Gauntlet in the comments. Should this be on every season of Face Off?

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Game of Thrones Top Five Recap: Ep. 48, “Dance of Dragons”

In a great nod to the book series as well as the book Shireen reads, this week’s episode of Game of Thrones is entitled “Dance of Dragons.” It was a very exciting episode and again made me simultaneously love and hate these characters. This week was not lacking in OMG moments by far and I have chosen five of them to discuss in detail. For good or ill, I hope these were some of your favorites as well.

5. Number five would have to be when Jaime is brought before Prince Doran along with got3Trystane, Myrcella, and Ellaria Sand. It starts out as a cordial meeting between them despite Ellaria’s snide remarks and blatant hatred for the Lannisters. She even goes so far as to pour out her wine rather than toast to King Tommen. Prince Doran asks Jaime if it is Tommen’s wish that Myrcella return to King’s Landing and when Jaime insists that it is, Doran agrees to allow her to return with Jaime – so long and Trystane accompanies them. Doran also insists that Trystane take the place on the small counsel that Oberyn once held. Jaime agrees to these terms and the conversation turns to what should be done with Bronn, who struck Trystane in the jaw last episode. Doran allows Trystane to decide Bronn’s fate and Trystane tells Jaime that he believes in mercy, but that it will come with a price. The guard, Hotah, goes and retrieves Bronn and brings him up to stand before them. Jaime tells Bronn that Trystane has decided on mercy for his actions, on one condition: BAM! Hotah clocks Bronn in the jaw and drops him to the ground. A fairly small price to pay considering Bronn’s life was on the line.

got44. This one edged out number five because it was very suspenseful. Jon has “successfully” gathered the wildlings and is bringing them to the Wall as promised. Although many of them were lost to the White Walker attack last episode, there are still a couple hundred of them left. They get to the Wall and Ser Alliser is seen standing at the top. There is a long moment where no one does anything until Jon steps forth and looks up. Ser Alliser just continues to look down on him and the people he has brought. It seems as though Jon is going to be left out in the cold before Alliser finally gives the command to open the gate. Whew! Jon doesn’t have many friends left in the Night’s Watch and that fact is made even more apparent as he enters Castle Black. All the Night’s Watchmen look on at him with suspicion and anger except, of course, for Sam, who tries to console him. Jon feels as though he has failed the wildlings in not saving all of them, but Sam makes a very valid point that he made a world of difference for each of the ones he did save.

3. This is one of my favorite moments as it is about Arya. She is doing her duty selling oysters got5in the market and today is the day she is to poison the Thin Man. As she approaches him however, she see Mace Tyrell arrive by boat at the docks and with him is none other than Meryn Trant, one of the names on her kill list! The Thin Man calls to her for his daily snack of oysters but Arya completely ignores him and keeps walking to get a better look.  This is a double OMG because not only has she found the man she blames for Syrio’s death, but she is also now disobeying Jaqen H’ghar’s orders to assassinate the Thin Man. Arya follows Trant to a brothel and into one of its back rooms. She watches him continuously turn down each woman brought before him for being “too old.” One of the knight’s accompanying Trant pushes her further into the room to buy some of her clams and oysters and that is when she and Trant lock eyes. It is unclear if he recognizes her or if he is merely intrigued by her obvious youth before she is hurried off by the brothel owner. Arya then has to lie to Jaqen about why she was unable to kill the Thin Man and he tells her to try again tomorrow. It seems that he is aware of her lie, though, per usual, but he does not strike her. Perhaps Arya’s list of those she wishes to kill will get smaller soon.

got62. This scene has several OMG moments and begins with Daenerys hesitantly starting the Great Games with a clap. The first two fighters begin and Daario and Loraq banter about who is the better bet in a fighter. This continues as the first battle ends and the second sets up to begin with both Daenerys and Tyrion also interjecting their opinion that death is already abundant enough in life. The second bout has eight fighters in it and the look on Daenerys’ face when she hears Jorah’s voice is priceless. The man she exiled stands wounded, ready to fight and die for her honor. The battle begins and each of the fighters square off, the numbers dwindling down as each kills their opponent, bringing the number from eight to four. Jorah was successful in his first battle but this second one is proving more difficult. His opponent is much faster and is getting in a lot of slices on Jorah. While they are fighting, the other pair finish their bout and it seems as though Jorah is about to be run through when the other fighter stabs the man Jorah was fighting through the stomach. This leaves a very wounded Jorah to fight the man who essentially just saved him. The two men square off and despite the odds Jorah gets the upper hand and stabs the other fighter in the gut. Jorah then turns to Daenerys, quickly picks up a spear and flings it toward her! The spear hits its intended victim and one of the Sons of the Harpy hits the ground behind Dany, dead. Jorah, of course, saved Daenerys from the attack, as that is what he will always do. Suddenly, we see several Sons of the Harpy emerge in the stands and they begin terrorizing the Great Games by slitting people’s throats and closing in on Daenerys. Jorah helps her down into the ring, followed closely by Daario and try to escape through one of the tunnels. It gets blocked off and Tyrion shows up and slits one of the attacker’s throat, saving Missandei. Loraq has been killed and now Daenerys, Jorah, Daario, Tyrion and Missandei find themselves in the center of the fighting ring, surrounded by the Sons of the Harpy. There are so many of them and Jorah, Daario and Tyrion do their best to fend them off but it looks incredibly hopeless. Suddenly, Drogon flies into the arena spouting fire and takes out several groups of Harpys. He lands and sets several ablaze, despite having spears flung at him. Daenerys gets so angry at the sight of him being speared she goes to him, no longer in fear for her own life like a true Mother of Dragons, and pulls the spears from his neck. She climbs up on his back and they take to the sky in a spectacular flight! Boom! Dragon riding!!!

got21. What could possibly be more OMG-inducing than riding a dragon? How about the fate of Shireen? Stannis’ camp is attacked in the middle of the night and many tents and supplies are set on fire by Ramsay Bolton and his 20 good men. This attack hits Stannis hard as his men were already struggling against the extreme cold that they are not used to and this only further thinned their ranks and supplies. Ser Davos urges they return to Castle Black to recoup but Stannis refuses. Knowing Davos would be an issue with his next plans, Stannis orders him to return to Castle Black to get more troops and supplies. Ser Davos, who has a soft spot for Shireen, asks if she can accompany him on his journey to Castle Black. After all, a siege is no place for a child. Stannis refuses his request and sends Ser Davos on his way. Before he leaves, Davos gives Shireen a wooden stag that he made. Later, it is Stannis who visits Shireen and they talk for a bit about the book she is reading, The Dance of Dragons. Stannis tells Shireen that sometimes a man must make hard decisions, even if he hates them, to fulfill his destiny. Shireen asks him if there is anything she can do and Stannis tells her there is before embracing her and askinggot1 that she forgive him. Shireen is then marched out to Melisandre’s pyre as the Red God demands a sacrifice of king’s blood and Shireen is expendable to Melisandre. Shireen pleads for her father and mother to rescue her, who both go out and watch her being tied to the pyre. Shireen continues to plead and cry and it seems her mother, Selyse, has a very last-minute change of heart. Selyse tries to go to Shireen, but is held back, so she collapses to the ground and watches as Melisandre sets fire to the pyre and Shireen. Although Selyse tried to reach her daughter, she really didn’t try very hard and Stannis only looked on and watched while his daughter was burned alive, all for the sake of winning a battle. This is for certain the OMG moment of the night and it hit me hard.

There were some comical, mysterious, incredible, and heart-breaking moments in this week’s episode. It was not short on action nor on its ability to ignite tremendous feeling in those watching. What are your thoughts on these five moments? Were there others you thought were OMG-worthy that aren’t included here? Next week is the season finale and I cannot wait to see what Daenerys will do now with Drogon and if Arya will get her revenge!

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep 45, “Kill the Boy”

g4Missandei is at Grey Worm’s bedside as he recovers from his serious injuries from last week’s battle in the alley. Ser Barristan, however, didn’t make it and is laid out in the throne room. Daenerys is angry about how he died and Daario suggests they pull back their troops to the pyramid district and then attack outwardly. Daenerys is so incredibly mad she hastily decides to round up the heads of all the great houses of Meereen, including frequent attempted advisor, Hizdahr zo Loraq. She has them taken down to her dragons’ lair and they are inched closer and closer to them as she taunts them, saying her dragons will eat them. One of the men is thrown to the floor in front of the others and Rhaegal emerges from the dark and roasts him. Viserion joins in and they rip him in two to eat him. She then threatens to feed another of the heads of the houses to the dragons tomorrow because she “doesn’t want to overfeed them” and the men are removed from the lair.

Sam and Maester Aemon talk of Daenarys when Jon Snow comes in and asks to speak with the Maester alone. He needs advice and worries what he must do will divide the Night’s Watch, causing half the men to hate him. Maester Aemon tells him to do it anyway g6without even knowing what it is since half of the Night’s watch already hates Jon. Aemon tells Jon it is time to kill the boy within and let the man take over. So Jon meets with Tormund and questions him, asking where the rest of the wildlings are and who they follow. Tormund knows, so Jon requests that Tormund go north of the Wall and bring them through the gates where Jon promises to find them land if, in return, they help him and his brother’s fight the upcoming battle. Tormund tells Jon he will not do this for him, and Jon calls him a coward. Tormund spits back that it’s easy to call a man a coward who is in chains, so Jon releases him, calling Tormund’s bluff. Jon tells him the white walkers are coming and will hit Tormund’s people first and he needs to convince them to come down. Tormund agrees so long as Jon goes with him to Hardhome, a seaside settlement just north of the Wall to prove to his people it is not a trap. Jon announces his plans to the rest of the Night’s Watch and none are happy with it. Even Ollie is upset as the wildlings killed his whole family and burned his village. None of the Night’s Watch trust the wildlings due to the historic raids and fighting between them.

Podrick and Brienne have caught up to Sansa in Winterfell. Podrick suggests that maybe Sansa is better off here in her home, but Brienne reminds him the Boltons murdered Sansa’s mother and brother. Brienne tells one of the old inn workers that she knows who is up in the castle and she swore to Lady Caitlin that she would look after her daughters. The old man is surprised she knows of Sansa being there but agrees to deliver a message to her.

Miranda is upset that Ramsay is going to be marrying Sansa and pouts about it in her jealousy. Ramsay tells her “jealousy is boring” and reminds her what happens to people who bore him. Miranda bites his lip, drawing blood to prove she is not boring and they continue their sexual encounter.

Sansa is visited by an old woman to fill her wash basin who tells Sansa that she still has friends in the North. Should she find herself in trouble, she needs to light a candle and place it in the highest window of the broken tower. Sansa visits the broken tower, the same one Bran was pushed from, when Miranda comes upon her. She makes small talk about Sansa’s dress and its lovely stitching. Miranda asks who taught her to sew and Sansa tells her it was her mother. Miranda tells her it is a lovely gift that Sansa can remember her mother every time she wears something she has sewn and Sansa says indignantly that she would rather have her mother. Miranda says there is another way for her to remember her mother and takes her to an iron gate. It is the kennels and Miranda tells Sansa there’s a surprise for her at the end of the row. Sansa proceeds past the kennels, the hounds barking and snapping at her the whole way, to find Reek in the last kennel. She calls him Theon and he recoils from the name, saying she shouldn’t be there. Sansa turns and leaves, furious and disgusted by this sight.

Ramsay forces Reek to tell him that Lady Sansa saw him so Reek explains that she came to the kennels after Ramsay asks if there is something Reek was keeping from him. Ramsay makes Reek get on his knees and tells him he must not keep secrets from him. Ramsay takes Reeks hand and, instead of flaying his hand further as he usually would, places his own hand on top, telling Reek that he forgives him.

g3The Boltons and Sansa have dinner together and Ramsay makes a toast to their upcoming wedding and Sansa doesn’t drink to it. Ramsay calls for more wine and Reek emerges to bring it. Ramsay tells Sansa that he had heard they had met and asks Sansa if she is still upset with Reek for what he’s done. Ramsay explains that Reek has been punished for it and is no longer Ironborn and no longer Theon Greyjoy; Theon’s new name is Reek and Reek is very sorry. Ramsay makes Reek apologize to Sansa for murdering her two brothers and look her in the eye when he does it. Sansa has a stray tear fall down her cheek as Reek turns to leave, but not before Ramsay stops him. Unable to resist humiliating everyone in his life, Ramsay boldly states that since Reek is the nearest kin to Sansa, he will be charged with giving away the bride at the wedding. Roose announces he and his wife Walda have some exciting news as well and Walda tells them she is pregnant. Roose states that, according to the maester, from the way Walda is carrying, the baby is a boy. This greatly upsets Ramsay as his position is now threatened if it is a boy.

Ramsay confronts Roose after dinner about it all and Roose brings up that Ramsay has never asked him about his mother. Roose tells Ramsay that his mother was a peasant girl who had married without consent so he had her husband hanged and then raped her under the tree as her dead husband swing above them. A year later, she brought baby Ramsay to him and Roose nearly had her and the baby killed as well until he saw him, and he knew it was his son. Roose tells Ramsay that Stannis has an army up at the Wall and if he helps him march against Stannis, it will secure his position regardless of the new baby.

Gilly questions Sam about books and he reveals he wanted to be a maester when he was a boy. g2Stannis comes in and sends Gilly off as she laments her lack of knowledge about much of the world. Stannis asks Sam how he killed the white walker and Sam tells him it was with dragon glass. He says Melisandre told him that “death marches on the wall” and wants Sam to keep researching why dragon glass killed the white walker. Stannis tells Davos that it is time to go. Davos suggests they wait until Jon goes and returns with the wildlings to strengthen their army, but Stannis says that there is no time to wait, they must go now. Stannis packs everyone up as Jon also prepares for his journey to collect the wildlings. Jon wishes Stannis a safe journey before catching the annoyed look from Melisandre who is apparently still a little miffed at her rejection from last week.

g5Grey Worm wakes and Missandei is there still with him. He asks about Ser Barristan and Missandei shakes her head. Grey Worm feels he has failed Ser Barristan and feels ashamed. She tells him that he shouldn’t feel that way he had done his best. He reveals his shame is not because he was wounded in battle and lost, but because when he was sure he was going to die he was afraid he would never see her again. She embraces him as he finally returns her feelings.

Daenerys tells Missandei that Ser Barristan counseled mercy until he died and Daario counseled war and oppression. Daenerys asks what Missandei thinks she should do and Missandei tells her she has seen her listen to her counselors, but has also seen her ignore her counselors. Sometimes there is a choice only Daenerys can see. With this advice, Daenerys goes down and tells Hizdahr zo Loraq that she was wrong and he was right about tradition bringing the city together, so she will reopen the fighting pits, but to free men only. Daenerys tells Loraq that in order to form a tighter bond with the people of Meereen, she will marry the leader of one of its great houses – him.

Tyrion wakes and tells Jorah that he apologizes for all he said before, his mouth often runs away from him. He g1suggests that they will be spending a long time together on the way to Meereen and that some wine could help pass the time. After Jorah makes it clear that there will be no wine, Tyrion notices they are going to travel through Valyria.They drift through the ruins from the Doom of Valyria and Tyrion begins to recite a poem about Valyria that Jorah finishes. Tyrion suggests he would clap, but his hands are still tied together. Just then they both stare in awe as they see Drogon sail high above their heads into the city. He has found his mother’s home on animal instinct alone. It is not often that Tyrion is left speechless, but this is one of those times. Because they are both so focused on watching Drogon, neither notices one of the stone men slip from the rocks and into the river. Tyrion and Jorah quickly turn towards the noise but it is too late. Soon, other stone men begin attacking the small vessel and Jorah yells to Tyrion to not let them touch him. They fight them off but the stone men keep coming endlessly, and Tyrion ends up backed to the tip of the small boat by one of them before he falls into the river. Under water, he struggles to free his hands, but one of the stone men come from below and begins to drag him down into the depths. Everything goes black for an uncomfortably long amount of time before we see Jorah waking Tyrion up on a beach. Jorah asks if Tyrion had been touched, which he hasn’t, and Tyrion asks the same of Jorah, who also says “no.” But as Jorah walks away from Tyrion for a moment, he pulls up his left sleeve revealing a small but growing patch of greyscale…

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Grimm Recap: Ep. 21, “Headache”

GrimmWe join this week’s episode in the middle of turmoil as Nick is pointing a gun at Monroe because Juliette is making him using her hexenbiest powers. Nick, Monroe, Rosalee, and Hank had tried to help calm the hexenbiest within Juliette with the help of Adalind using a potion they concocted, but Juliette was having none of that. Rosalee screams at Nick to put the gun down but he is unable to as Juliette is completely controlling him and his pleading with her is falling on deaf ears. She makes him fire the gun, just as Hank charges over and knocks Monroe out of the way, both narrowly missing the bullet. Juliette shrugs it off and thanks them for doing the hard work for her by getting rid of Adalind’s powers. Almost killing someone who used to be one of her best friends appears not to have had an impact on her at all. Juliette takes off and Rosalee, Monroe, and Hank all say she is no longer the person they knew and they are done trying to help her. Nick agrees and goes to call Renard to warn him of how dangerous Juliette is, but when he does, a different voice answers the phone. It is the same voice as our murderer from last week, Jack. He tells Nick that Renard is unavailable, that they had a rough night, and Captain Renard can’t come to the phone. Realizing the Captain may be in danger, Nick and Hank head out to his house to check on him and call Wu to meet them there.

Wu arrives at Renard’s house just as Nick and Hank pull up and they spread out to surround the house, Wu taking the back and Nick and Hank taking the front, battering ram in hand. Turns out they don’t need the battering ram as Renard’s door is unlocked. They quietly head inside and upstairs where they find Renard confused as to why they are there. He is unharmed and tells them he was just asleep. They ask where his phone is and he states he has left it downstairs so they all head down and Wu checks the phone. Sure enough, Nick was the last one to call him. Nick points out that his door was open and Renard says that it shouldn’t have been. After they tell him that when Nick called Jack had answered, Renard tells them he had been visiting Henrietta’s and then came home and took a nap.

They all go to Henrietta’s but find her dead, sprawled out on the floor. Hank pulls Nick aside and reminds him that Jack said WE had a rough night when Nick called Renard and maybe they are looking at it wrong. Renard insists the guy must have followed him after a press conference and Nick calling scared him off. Nick instructs Wu to escort Renard home and keep a round-the-cock watch on his residence. It seems like they are questioning Renard’s involvement in all this, but still make it clear they don’t think he is even aware of what is going on.

A guy pulls into a garage on a motorcycle and quickly grabbed by two men. At another house, a couple of men break in and tackle a couple and we see they are Kenneth’s men. The couple are Nick’s neighbors and Kenneth’s guys are overtaking their houses in order to keep an eye on Nick’s. Of course Juliette is helping them and she and Kenneth break into Nick’s house where she notices he’s taken down all their photos together. They head upstairs as she tells Kenneth about the different enter and exit points of the house before coming to Nick’s bedroom. The bed is nicely made and Kenneth remarks about how it is where he and Adalind got pregnant. This in turn upsets Juliette and she pushes Kenneth onto the bed and climbs on top of him, telling him she wants him to be clear on just how valuable she can be before kissing him…and then some.

At Renard’s house, Nick asks him why he visited Henrietta and Renard says he was having some issues. He tells Nick about his recurring dreams of being shot, about waking up in strange places and about his scars bleeding. Renard is worried Jack may be framing him or drugging him so Nick and Hank instruct him to keep his phone with him and to try and get some rest. Once outside, Hank asks Nick if something is off and Nick suggests something may be controlling Renard. They tell the officer outside to notify them if anyone goes in or out as Renard watches them leave from his window.

Nick goes home and heads upstairs and notices the nicely made bed is now pulled apart. He draws his gun and checks the bathroom but there is nothing there, either. He recalls being in the bed with Adalind and calls Hank to say that she may know what’s going on with the Captain.

Renard dreams about being shot again, but this time he wakes up quickly. He goes to the bathroom and looks into the mirror and the scars are still there. He wonders aloud what the hell is going on and then you see a change throughout his body and his mannerisms. Jack’s voice comes out of Renard just before his body changes again and it is still Renard, only now his scabs are bleeding from all the shifting and Renard keels over in pain on the bathroom floor.

GrimmNick calls Bud who is napping in his living room chair with a baseball bat and asks to talk to Adalind. Bud tells him she is asleep and Nick says it’s unnecessary to wake her then hangs up. Just then, there is a knock at the door and Bud woges, clearly startled, as is typical since he’s usually a mouse. He goes to check who it is and Nick calls from behind the door that it is him so Bud lets him and Hank in. Nick goes to the bedroom to wake Adalind himself and Hank notices how jumpy Bud is, not that he isn’t usually jumpy, but now even more so. Hank asks Bud if he has been sleeping and Bud says yes, then quickly admits he has not. Bud tells Hank he doesn’t know how they do this every day with all the tension, and Hank just says they have a lot more than a baseball bat.

Adalind wakes up to Nick standing by her bed and is immediately on the defensive. She just knows Juliette drank the potion and is back to normal and now Nick is there to kill her since she is of no use to him anymore. Nick assures her he is not there to hurt her, and tells her that Juliette didn’t drink the potion but she destroyed it, preferring to be the person she is now. Nick goes on to tell her that something is wrong with Renard, that he keeps dreaming he has been shot and waking up bleeding. She asks if Renard is having blackouts and if he was pronounced dead when he was shot. Nick isn’t sure if he was pronounced dead but he is having blackouts and Renard’s mother was there at the hospital with him. Adalind says that he must have been dead then and something traveled back with him, spirit possession. She asks if Renard knows but Nick says he doesn’t remember anything. Adalind tells Nick things will only get worse and the thing that hitched a ride could completely take over. Hank walks in and, overhearing part of the conversation, asks how to get the spirit out of Renard. Adalind tells them they can’t, they have to kill him to open the portal again for the thing to leave.

At Rosalee and Monroe’s house, Hank and Nick fill them in on the dilemma with Renard. GrimmHank suggests using the Dead Faint potion like they had to do on Monroe so it appears that Renard has died. Rosalee wants to be certain Renard is involved before they attempt something so dangerous and Hank tells her they haven’t been able to tie Renard to any crime scenes yet, but they’ll check the footage and see if there is something they missed. Just then, Nick gets a call telling him Renard is on his way back into the station. Hank and Nick leave to beat him there and Rosalee says they will start working on the potion.

Someone dressed in black enters the burned out trailer and walk around, stopping to pick through the scorched items that are left for a moment, but we never see their face.

Hank and Nick go through the street surveillance footage and when Nick pulls up footage on Alder Street he recognizes a black SUV. He tells Hank he’s found something and when they zoom in, it’s Captain Renard, putting him in the area around the same time as the first murder. Just then, Renard arrives and asks to see both of them privately and Hank and Nick are unsure of who or what they will be talking to.

Renard tells them he is very concerned and explains about how he was dreaming, woke up and that he heard a voice when he was looking in the mirror. He doesn’t remember much else and Hank tells him he must have blacked out again. They ask if he remembers being near the first killing when it happened but he says it’s impossible because he was at home in bed. Hank tells him he blacked out and that’s why he doesn’t remember, and Nick tells him everything Adalind told them about spirit possession, leaving out the “having to kill him” part. Hank tells Renard that Rosalee and Monroe are working on something that may help and when they ask that he turn over his gun, he does. Renard assures them that whatever is going on, it isn’t really him and he needs to be watched by someone that understands. Nick and Hank ask Wu to watch the Captain and Jack take over Renard’s body as he watches Wu, saying this should be a jolly good romp.

GrimmWu drives Renard home and notifies Nick he is there. Nick tells him they will meet up with him soon as Rosalee and Monroe finish up the Dead Faint potion. Rosalee says that the Captain can’t know what it is because Jack may know everything Renard knows, so they’ll have to tell him it is just a memory potion instead. The spirit of Jack has to believe Renard is dying in order for him to leave and Nick suggests they may have to shoot Renard.

At Renard’s house, his wounds start bleeding again and he freaks out and draws in blood on the bathroom mirror but it is not him that is controlling his hand. Renard goes running outside, yelling to Wu that “it’s inside” and when Wu gets out and asks where, Jack responds that it’s inside him and knocks Wu out. They’re going to have a bloody good time.

Juliette was dropped off at Nick’s house to wait for Kelly Burkhart and we later see that Grimmthe person in black approaches Nick’s door. Kenneth calls Juliette and tells her someone is on the porch but they don’t know yet if it is Kelly and note that there is no child with her. As they watch the person turn and leave, Kenneth tells Juliette it was just some kid and they end the call. Kenneth has one of his men follow the person, who loses them down an alley. As he looks for them, the person in black comes up from behind and cuts Kenneth’s man’s head off, and we see that the person in black is Trubel.

Jack has taken Wu hostage and is driving with him, gloating about being back, when Nick and Hank show up and Renard’s house. They see Wu’s car is gone and his gun is on the ground so Nick calls in to have the car tracked, then tries to call Wu but Jack ignores the call. Inside, they see the blood on the mirror that reads “Welcome back Jack.” Hank gets notification on Wu’s car’s location, so they take off to catch up.Grimm Jack pulls off to the side on a street and spots a blonde hooker. Wu tries to talk some sense in him but it’s no use. Jack leaves Wu in the car and goes over to the hooker. She and Jack walk off together as Wu is screaming in the back of the patrol car and trying to kick out the windows to stop him. Nick and Hank show up and Wu tells them what direction the Jack and the woman went. Nick uses his Grimm sense and hears Jack whispering to the hooker and is able to grab Jack’s hand just as he is about to slit the woman’s throat. He tells her to run and she does as he takes Jack down. Just then, Renard returns to his senses and has no idea what is going on. Nick, Hank, and Wu take Renard to the spice shop and explain they have something that will bring back his memories. Renard asks what they’ll do if he remembers killing all those women and Nick assures him that they know he wasn’t responsible. Renard takes the potion and Rosalee suggests he lie down. Renard complies and soon he is out.

GrimmA vehicle pulls up the Nick’s house and a woman gets out. Kenneth calls Juliette again and confirms it is Kelly and she has the child. Kelly and the little girl go up to the house and go inside while Juliette waits upstairs in the bedroom. Kelly calls out to Juliette and Juliette hears a struggle downstairs as someone screams, followed by growling, then a man saying “take it outside.” Juliette then hears a child crying and goes downstairs to find Diana sitting alone on the floor. She picks her up as Kenneth comes in with blood on his face that is not his and tells Juliette they got Kelly. Kenneth approaches and admires Diana as Juliette looks a little remorseful.

Rosalee checks Renard’s pulse and tells everyone it is slowing down. As it gets almost to a stop, Jack wakes up and quickly grabs her by the throat. He threatens to break her neck and Wu, Nick, and Hank all pull their guns on him. Rosalee woges and bites Jack’s hand and when he releases her Nick, Hank, and Wu open fire on Jack. He is hit several times by rubber bullets knocking him back and down. As they watch some black smoke leave Renard’s body, Rosalee gives him a shot to revive him. Renard chokes back to life and asks why he feels like he got hit by a truck. They ask what he remembers and it’s not much. His chest begins to hurt again and when he opens his shirt we see the wound scars disappear. He is cured of what was possessing him. There is a knock at the door and it’s Trubel. She tells them they have to go now, that there are a lot of people at Nick’s house and she just had to kill a hundjager that was following her, and something is going down.

Juliette, Kenneth, and Diana drive away from Nick’s house and Kenneth says it’s been a very successful night.

Everyone from the spice shop arrives at Nick’s house to find there has been a struggle in his living room. On the floor is a box with blood seeping out of the bottom (what’s in the booox). When Nick opens the box, he finds his mother’s severed head and is horrified and furious. Trubel looks inside as Nick screams “NO NO NO…”

 

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep. 44, “Sons of the Harpy”

This week opens with Jorah knocking out a fisherman in order to take his boat. He needs transportation to take Tyrion to the Queen and this little boat will do well. He makes sure to leave some coin for the fisherman because he is Jorah, after all.

Jamie and Bronn head towards Dorn when Bronn questions Jamie’s motives. He asks why he is doing this himself rather than sending an army, or at least someone in his place seeing as how he only has one hand and easily one of the most recognizable faces in all of Westeros. Jamie claims he has to be the one to do it.

Cersei, meanwhile, is gettig6ng all her pawns into place for the version of the Game of Thrones. First is Mace Tyrell, who she sends to Braavos to negotiate with the Iron Bank and eagerly sends Meryn Trant to be his escort. Trant is ruthless and has never had a problem carrying out some terrible dirty task for the crown. Mace is oblivious, of course, and agrees to go. Next up is to form her own army of loyal followers and that is accomplished by assigning the High Sparrow to be the next High Septon. In her meeting with him, she convinces him they need to go back to the times when the Faith Militant passed judgment over the people. The Sparrows quickly take to their new duties and begin trashing the brothels, killing those that stand in their way, and taking Sir Loras into custody for his sins. Lancel is a fully initiated Sparrow with his new faith symbol carved into his head, and is the one to take Loras into custody.

Queen Margaery is lividly upset that her brother was taken to jail and demands an oblivious Tommen free him. Tommen goes to speak with Cersei about it, but she easily dissuades him, saying she has had nothing to do with it and that he needs to speak with the high Sparrow. Tommen goes to see the High Sparrow, but his path is blocked by the Sparrows because they will not allow the High Sparrow to be disturbed while he prays. There is a standoff between the Sparrows and the King’s Guard, but Tommen backs down when the surrounding crowd begin shouting “bastard” and “abomination” at him. He meekly reports back to Margaery that he was unable to free Loras, so Margaery informs him she must go visit with her grandmother.

g4At the Wall, Jon must sign papers to accept men from Roose Bolton and he is very reluctant to work with those that killed his brother. Sam informs him it is his only option to regain their numbers. After Sam leaves, Melisandre enters to request he ride with them to Winterfell. When he declines stating the Wall is his home now, she makes it clear she wants a lot more from him than just that. He not-as-quickly turns her down on that offer, as well.

Elsewhere at the Wall, Stannis is visited by Shireen who says she is glad they brought her with them, even though her mother didn’t want to. She asks if he is ashamed of her, and he tells her the tale of her early life. When she was a baby, he bought a wooden doll off a merchant and she was so happy when he gave her the doll, she held it against her cheek. It was the source of her Greyscale infection and when everyone said to send her away to die he refused, and brought in every healer, maester, and apothecary he could find until someone managed to stop the infection. He affirms that she is the Princess Shireen, and his daughter.

Sansa is in the tombs of Winterfell, lighting the memorial candles for Lyanna Stark’s likeness when Littlefinger finds her. g3He tells the story of when he first met Lyanna and the tournament in which Rhaegar Tagaryen beat Barristan Selmy and rode past his wife to lay a bouquet of flowers in Lyanna’s lap. He notes that this act of choosing her, the woman who belonged to Robert Baratheon led to such a large rebellion, and appears to want to say more, but stops. Sansa notices he is dressed for riding, and he tells her he must report to King’s Landing as Cersei has called for him. She doesn’t like the idea of being left with the Boltons, but he assures her Stannis will be riding against them soon and when he does he will defeat the Boltons and she will become the Wardeness of the North. Should Stannis fail, she will marry Ramsey and since he is already in love with her she will still be able to outmaneuver him and the North will be hers either way.

g2Jamie and Bronn reach the shores of Dorne and, after camping out for the night, Jamie awakes to find Bronn standing over him with his sword. He throws it next to Jamie’s head and kills a sand snake that was about to bite him. They head out but are immediately met by four Dornish soldiers on the approach. Jamie and Bronn attempt to hide but fail miserably and fail even harder at their cover story. They have no other choice but to fight and win, but just barely. If Jamie hadn’t discovered a new use for his gold hand in battle, he’d be dead meat.

Elsewhere in Dorne, Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes meet up and she tells them her plan to hurt Cersei by hurting Myrcella. Myrcella is to be used to start a war if Ellaria has any say in it. Obara then reveals a man, buried to his neck in sand with scorpions crawling over him, who they tortured information out of. He admitted to smuggling Jamie Lannister into Dorne and it is clear the Sand Snakes must act quickly to get to Myrcella before Jamie does.

Jorah is well on his way when Tyrion notices they are g5headed the wrong direction. He mentions to Jorah that they are headed East, rather than West, which is where Cersei, the Queen, is. Jorah informs him he is not heading to Westeros but to take him to the true Queen, Daenerys. Tyrion laughs and tells him he wasted a good abduction as he was already headed to see her. He also figures out who Jorah is and why he is no longer with Daenerys, and with that Jorah goes over and hits Tyrion, knocking him out.

Barristan Selmy tells Daenerys about her older brother’s love of song and how he would sing to the people in the streets. It is qg1uite a lovely story but when business calls and she must leave to hear the pleas of her people. She send Selmy out to the streets to sing for her and she hears Hizdahr zo Loraq once again beg for the return of the fighting pits as it is their tradition. Outside, the Sons of the Harpy set in motion an annihilation of her Unsullied army as they are tricked into an ambush. Grey Worm fights hard and takes out several Sons but is stabbed in the side in the process. He is outnumbered when Selmy happens upon them and helps dispatch the Sons. He is nearly killed by one when Grey Worm manages to save him from having his throat cut, but he takes a spear to the chest instead. The episode ends in bloodshed as Selmy and Grey Worm lie on the ground wounded or possibly dead amongst the dead Sons of the Harpy.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep. 43, “High Sparrow”

Arya is now in the House of Black and White and she is being made to sweep the floors amongst the statues of gods from many faiths. She confronts Jaqen H’ghar and tells him she did not come to sweep floors, she wants to train, but he dismisses her saying that all men must serve. She must serve the Many-Faced God, but she does not see him anywhere among the statues. She watches a man who appears to be dead being taken away, but no one will tell her where they are taking him.

Cersei is traveling to the wedding of Margaery and Tommen and all the people are shouting “Queen g6Margaery,” which thrills Cersei, I’m sure. Margaery and Tommen marry and are very quick to consummate the marriage, which is something Tommen takes great pleasure in. Tommen admits that he doesn’t feel any guilt that he is married to Margaery and is now the King all because his brother died. Margaery beings to manipulate young Tommen about Cersei and how motherly she is and protective over him. The next day, Tommen is walking with his mother and with Margaery’s words swiming in his head asks Cersei if she would be happier going back to Casterly Rock. Cersei pays a visit to Margaery and a lot of pleasantries are exchanged but all have an underlying bite and tease to them (at Cersei’s expense).

At Winterfell, Reek appears sad to see a flayed couple being hoisted up and put on display. The Boltons discuss their inability to hold the north against the other houses now that Tywin is dead and their pact dissolved. Roose Bolton tells Ramsay that the best way to create strength among houses is marriage, not always flaying, and he has just the girl in mind.

Sansa and Littlefinger are traveling and when Sansa recognizes the area and asks Littlefinger where he is taking g2her. He’s taking her home to Winterfell and tells her that the marriage proposal was not for himself, it was for her. Sansa, of course, protests citing all the damage the Boltons have done to her family, specifically to her brother and mother, and their alliance with the Lannisters. Littlefinger says he would never make her do anything, but nonetheless tries to convince her that the marriage would be to her benefit and allow her to avenge her family. It works and she gets back on her horse and rides once again towards Winterfell.

Podrick and Brienne are still following Littlefinger and Sansa, but must take another route. Podrick says they will lose sight of Sansa and Littlefinger, but Brienne knows where they are heading. Podrick tells the tale of how he became a squire for Tyrion and says that he is proud to be Brienne’s squire. She feels a pang of regret for snapping at him all he time, and so decides to teach him how to be a knight. Brienne shares her story of how she began serving Renly Baratheon on his King’s Guard. She tells Pod that she knows it was Stannis who killed Renly and has vowed to avenge him.

At The Wall, Jon visits with Stannis and once again turns down becoming Jon Stark and commander of the Night’s Watch. Stannis calls him stubborn and honorable like Ned, and doesn’t mean it as praise. Stannis says honor got Ned killed. Jon asks Stannis how long he plans on staying and he tells him he will be marching on Winterfell in a couple days.

g3Arya is confronted by a girl at the House of Black and White who asks who she is with a coin she didn’t earn and whose value she doesn’t respect. Jaqen H’ghar interrupts just before Arya can pull her sword on the girl and he tells her she is not ready because she is still surrounded by Arya Stark’s things. Arya takes all her clothes, money, and things, wraps them up and dumps them in the sea. She is left with only Needle and cries because she cannot bear to toss it into the drink with the rest of her treasures, so she hides it underneath a pile of rocks nearby. She is inside sweeping again when Jaqen H’ghar leads her into a room and down a staircase she had previously been unallowed to visit. At the bottom the girl from before is inside a room with a dead man who is lying on a table. Arya begins helping the girl take off the man’s top and wash him. The girl will not answer any of her questions, and so they clean him in silence.

Littlefinger and Sansa arrive at Winterfell where the Boltons stand to greet her. She plays her part, bowing politely. It is odd for her to be home again, but her helper maid welcomes her, stating the North remembers.

At the Wall, Jon appoints someone the captain of building a new latrine pit and Sir Alliser is appointed First g4Ranger. Not everyone is pleased with the duties they are given, though; Lord Janos does not want to rebuild some ruins. He tells Jon he will not do as he says, so, after giving him a chance to reconsider obedience, Jon swiftly puts him in his place and has Janos taken outside where Jon beheads him while Stannis looks on. Jon is not playing around in his new position.

In Littlefinger’s brothel in King’s Landing, the Sparrows break in and drag a the High Septon out into the street to be punished. They whip him naked down the streets hissing “sinner” at him and then beat him some. When his ordeal is over he appeals to the King’s council about how he was treated by the g5Sparrows. He claims he was ministering to the prostitutes and demands they execute the High Sparrow. Cersei goes to find the High Sparrow and comes across him doling out soup to the hungry. He defends the Sparrows’ actions against the High Septom and Cersei agrees, telling him that he is now in the dungeons of the Red Keep. Cersei has Qyburn send a message sent to Littlefinger and we see he has a person under a cloth who gives an awful shudder, presumably a result of Qyburn’s “work.”

Ramsay tells Littlefinger he is thankful for the match and would never hurt Sansa before he is dismissed by his father. Roose and Littlefinger talk of the repercussions of bringing Sansa to Winterfell and he questions his allegiance to the Lannisters, especially since he just received a raven from Cersei for Littlefinger.

Tyrion and Varys are still traveling in their box and Tyrion is going stir crazy. Against advice, Tyrion stops the caravan needing to get out and see a face that doesn’t belong to Varys. Varys accompanies him and they listen to a priestess speak of the Savior, born of flames. She spots Tyrion and, feeling like he is too exposed, they head off to find a brothel. Once inside, they spot a prostitute dressed as “the Mother of Dragons” (haha). Also in the brothel is Sir Jorah. Tyrion goes to find some “company,” but when she stands to take him back with her, he admits he cannot accompany her. Has Tyrion grown up or is he feeling guilty about murdering the last prostitute he got close to? Jorah comes up behind Tyrion while he is peeing and wraps a rope around his neck, places a gag in his mouth and tells him that he is taking him to the Queen.

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Grimm Recap: Ep. 18, “Mishupeshu”

This week begins two days in the future with Hank and Nick physically fighting as Hank woges into a light blue, furry creature.

Back in the present, Hank and Nick join Monroe and Rosalee for dinner at their house, but Nick quickly decides he can’t stay there pretending to have a good time when he is worried about Juliette. She hasn’t returned his calls nor has she been to work. He leaves to go find her and Rosalee makes plans to try and figure out a way to turn Juliette back human. His plan involves looking through the book Renard has and Hank points out they’ll need Juliette, too.

Speaking of Juliette, she is at a bar drinking when a man asks to buy her drink. She accepts and toys with him when he inquires about her name. After a couple drinks, she goes to leave but he isn’t ready to let her. She woges and force-pushes him back. The bartender then tells her he will be calling the police. I feel like there is going to be a higher percentage of upcoming episodes involving her. I can’t say I’m excited about this.

A man is buffing the floors at a school late at night when he hears a noise. He goes to investigate, but when he finds nothing and comes back to his buffer, it has mysteriously been turned back on. Then a familiar blue furry creature attacks him. When Nick and Hank show up to the crime scene the following morning, Wu is already there and fills them in. The victim’s name is Lawrence and they will be assisted in the investigation by the local deputy, Farris. They decide to pay a visit to the principal who found Lawrence this morning. She states that Lawrence was not very popular among the staff and she thinks he is divorced. She also reveals that the school had an issue with a student being bullied for being Native American and believed Lawrence could have been involved. The bullied student is Simon and he dropped out before graduating, leaving his foster family in the process. Farris asks to tag along when they go to the reservation as her ex-husband is Native American and from the same tribe.

GrimmRenard shows up at the spice shop and delivers the book, hat, and some other items. They ask him if he has seen Juliette recently and he very vividly recalls their last personal encounter before telling them she has changed.

Simon wakes in the woods, covered in blood, and begins lapping up water. He then sees his reflection and it is the pale blue furry creature.

Farris recalls that Simon’s father Gus was beaten to death when Simon was five in a road rage incident and the suspect was never caught. Hank and Farris head to the reservation while Nick takes off to get Juliette, who he learns was just taken into custody at central booking for assault.

A man in a mechanic’s garage hears a noise while he is working and is attacked in a similar callback to Lawrence’s murder.

Nick shows up to Juliette’s holding cell and asks her what happened. She says she is just being the best hexenbiest she can be and makes a long speech about liking the power she has now, adding that she still blames Nick for what has happened to her. She says she didn’t have to let them arrest her but wanted to see if he would try and rescue her. Nick tells her he is not there to get her out, as he believes it is safer for her to be in there.

Hank and Farris get to the reservation and meet with Hector who says Simon is on a power quest outGrimm on a mountain. Once Simon finds his spirit guardian he will return, but there is no way to find him currently. Hector also talks about how Gus was beaten on the side of the road when Simon was little. Hank calls Nick to tell him another victim has been found. They all meet up at Declan’s Auto Repair where the mechanic, Declan, was found dead, mauled just like Lawrence. They find Lawrence in Declan’s contacts and decide to run their common contacts.

Simon is chanting in the woods, when a pale blue furry spirit rises and enters him again.

They have found a common contact in Max McClay and head to his residence, but Simon is already there, hiding in a closet. McClay is spooked by a sound he hears and goes to investigate. Simon attacks just as Hank, Nick, and Farris show up and McClay is thrown out his front window. Nick goes around back and Hank heads in the front while Farris waits outside. Simon meets Nick out back and Nick announces that he is a Grimm, telling Simon to get down. Hank comes out from the house and Nick says he thinks Simon is a wesen, but he didn’t react to him. Hank says he can see him, too, and Simon jumps up to the roof of the house and takes off. He jumps down in front of Farris and sprains his ankle, but manages to get away anyway. All three of them saw what he was.

They decide to talk to Hector again and he tells him it sounds like a Mishupeshu. He says that to find Simon, they must know where he has been, so GrimmHank, Nick, and Farris head out to a sweat lodge with Hector. Hank and Farris sip a liquid to allow them into the dream world, but Hector doesn’t allow Nick to do it because he can tell he is different. Hank begins to channel Simon at the age of five and describes seeing the men beat his father. Nick says that the three men must be the three victims. Hank takes off and they all run after him but lose him. Hector says that the only place he can think to look is Gus’ grave. Hank goes to the totem grave and finds Simon. The Mishupeshu spirit leaves Simon and enters Hank and he takes off again. The others reach the grave site and find Simon, and Hector says the Mishupeshu must be using Hank now that Simon is injured. Simon, Nick, Hector, and Farris get to Max’s house before Hank and try to get him to stop. This is where we came into the show and Hank and Nick are fighting. Hector blows some herbs in Hank’s face and the Mishupeshu leaves him. They go outside where Farris has Max in the police car and Hank yanks him out of it. He is angry over what he saw and that Max, Lawrence, and Declan killed Gus, but Max says there’s no way to prove anything. They all end up leaving.

Later, we see Max passed out with his gun in his hand when the Mishupeshu attacks and finally kills him. It then returns to the woods – and it’s Farris.

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Face Off: EP 14: The Dream Team

face1The season finale of Face Off is here!! I admit that I am both excited and saddened by this as I look forward to seeing these talented artists express their creativity week after week. For this finale, they will be keeping with tradition of giving the artists a huge workload and so have brough back every contestant this season to help them with their creations. Each artist will be responsible for making four different characters, but first, they must choose their teams.  Darla chooses to bring along Rob, Anthony, Stephanie, and Daniel. Logan picks Julian, Ben, Gregory, and Will. And Emily selects Adam, Jaime, Regina, and Kelly. Once the teams are decided, Mckenzie lets them know that is all the information they will be getting tonight and must wait until tomorrow to learn about their inspirations.

Back at the house they each get to video conference with their loved ones. This is always such a nice pick-me-up for the artists who must be feeling so emotionally drained by now and it helps reignite the fires inside them. Emily has a nice conversation with her parents, Darla gets to see her boyfriend again in hers and Logan gets to talk to his wife.logan1

The next morning they walk into the lab to see it now is adorned with a red carpet, tv monitors,and a wall full of word magnets. Mckenzie is waiting for them and begins talking about a few hit movie franchises that all have one thing in common: a team of characters who come together for a singular purpose. This is to be their inspiration. The theme of their team will come from the tv monitors and it starts with Emily picking one that gives her post-apocalyptic. Logan chooses next and gets Scifi, and finally, Darla takes the remaining one and happily accepts Fantasy.

The next item up are the word magnets and they each must grab as many words as the can to create the title to their new movie franchise. They frantically scramble to gather the words to be relay their theme and soon have a working title. For Emily, Paradise Reckoning conveys the post-apocalyptic world she is looking to create. Darla has found enough words to make a very fitting fantasy title of The Spirits of Eden. Logan decides to keep it simple and go with The Fortress until he can solidify his concepts more. Their last bit of info before heading off to the lab is that their teams will be on display at Universal Studios Hollywood for a public viewing where those in attendance will also be voting for their favorite.emily1

For the design phase Logan and his teammates get to work on his Scifi inspired creations. He wants to use the inspiration from the Isle of Doctor Moreau to create animals that were experimented on and have developed into human-like creatures that take over the spaceship the are on and cruise the galaxies. He will be making an iguana commander, an armadillo weapons expert, a skunk mechanic and a hammerhead assassin.

Each of Darla’s characters will be inspired by the four basic elements of earth, wind, fire and water. She wants to create a story of how they must each protect the Garden of Eden from evil after Adam and Eve have been banished from it. Her wind element will be a female satyr who not only plays the pipes, but is herself a wind instrument. For her water guardian she did not want to make the typical mermaid and so opts to create a merman instead who is strong and powerful. For her fire spirit she will create a stone guardian with fire elements which looks a little like a living torch. For earth Rob helps her come up with a character that is a large but beautiful worm that is wrapped around a tree.darla1

Emily decides to use post-apocalyptic materials as her inspiration. She has a man that was in a terrible car accident who fuses with the glass from it and so is covered in large glass shards. The metal man had a bomb explode near him which burned part 0f his head and fused metal into his body. Next she designs a wood character that is covered in broken pieces of a wooden pallet, and lastly she has a beautiful woman that become fused with leather and is continually adding more to herself. Along with this being inspired by post-apocalyptic materials, she also wants to play on the Wizard of Oz characters with her tin man, scarecrow, lion and Dorothy.

When the coaches arrive Rayce is incredibly impressed with what Logan has and really feels like he could win this. Laura likes everything her teams have going other than Darla’s earth spirit worm. With a little coaching Darla agrees it needs to be changed and decides to go with an earth goddess with vines and a tree trunk dress. During the 4 days of lab work there are only a couple of hiccups, including Darla’s redesign, Emily’s inability to math, and Logan needing to keep his fabricator on task better. Otherwise, it has been very smooth sailing though time still goes by far too quickly.

Finally they take their teams to Universal Studios where they each have fitting backgrounds to be displayedface2 against. They’re all cohesive and beautiful and the public love all of them. When all the votes are tallied though, they loved Darla’s a little more than the others. Glenn, Ve, and Neville have nothing but wonderful things to say about each character and have an incredibly hard time ahead of them to pick a winner. When the winner is finally revealed it seems the judges agreed with the public and awarded Darla with the win. With Darla’s win, Laura now is the first ever two-time champion. Darla also wins a trip to a Krylon studio, a new car, $100,000 and the title of Face Off Champion! Perhaps the best news of the night comes after credits start rolling in that Face Off returns in July!!face3

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