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Face Off Ep 6: Extraterrestrial Enterprise

This week’s Foundation Challenge uses inspiration from 60’s sci-fi shows like Lost in Space, Buck Rogers, and Star Trek. The guest judge is Michael Westmore for his extensive work with the Star Trek franchise. Each artist chooses a landscape and model to create their retro alien using Michael Westmore’s advise to not rely heavily on prosthetics, but to use paint to really highlight the features.

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Ve and Neville join Michael Westmore in the lab, each having had a hand in the evolution of the Klingon race. This evolution plays a pivotal part of this weeks spotlight challenge because the artists must now take their 60’s retro alien, and evolve their design into a modern day sci-fi alien. The three will be coming around to each artist to give input on their designs, and the proper way to show the evolution in makeup.

Ben hates his foundation makeup, and feeling very uninspired for the spotlight because of this, is worried he may not be able to turn it around. When it’s time for Michael Westmore to visit them in the lab he brings with him Jonathan Frakes!! (Each artist totally geeks out, there may even have been some tears.) He and Michael Westmore visit each artist, and advise on their sculpts thus far.

Stevie has a lot of little things in her sculpt that they recommend changes on to make the look more cohesive. They particularly don’t like her “cute” nose and give her tips on how to make it better. Meg runs out of time with her mold and is forced to use polyfoam for her cowl on day 3. She is the self-dubbed “queen of the bottom 3,” and is worried this week will be her last if she finds herself once more in bottom looks. All of her painting must be done in last looks.  

Guest judge with Glenn, Ve and Neville is none other than Michael Dorn! Worf!!! (omg omg omg!)

This week as each makeup is revealed, they morph first into the foundation look, and then evolve into the modern makeup the artist has created. Mckenzie dismisses Kevon, Evan, Nora, Meg, and Ricky as the artists that are “safe” this week, leaving Stevie, Scott, Jasmine, Ben, Jason, and Jordan as the best and worst.

Glenn tells Stevie her makeup is one of the best paint jobs in terms of technique has has seen on the show thus far which looks as though it comes as a shock to her. Scott’s underground water alien is “stunning” according to Ve and Neville particularly likes the sculptural elements in her face. Jasmine’s makeup has fundamental sculpt flaws and although Michael Dorn loves the top of the head, he feels the nose and lip have gone awry. Ben really managed to transform his original design and created an incredibly successful makeup with realistic skin texture. Glenn tells Jason he has a massive amount of technical errors in his sculpt. Jordan had one of the top two looks during the foundation challenge but now Ve is disappointed in where he took his makeup, while Glenn advises that building armor which helped his character last week did not help him this week as more time should have been spent on his sculpt and paint.

The winner tonight is Ben who originally thought he would just be “polishing a turd” managed to create a seamless, believable alien. Jason will be packing his makeup kit tonight with just too many flaws in his look tonight for the judges.

Let us know what you thought of the looks this week and just how excited you were for the guest judges!

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12 Monkeys: Episode 8: Yesterday

mon1We pick up directly following the end of last weeks episode in the year 2043 with Jones locking onto Cole to attempt to bring him back. They have come to the conclusion that the interception of the virus in 2015 in Chechnya did not stop the 12 monkeys or the spread of the virus since they are all still in their same state of affairs. When they attempt to bring Cole back, the machine’s stabilizer manifold malfunctions and Jones tells them to shut it down.

In order to bring Cole back they need to get a new manifold and the only place that has one is revealed to be Spearhead, where Jones and her people were before they came to Project Splinter. She tasks Whitley and Ramse to go retrieve the other manifold despite their mutual extreme dislike for each other; because he was there with her and would know the location and how to retrieve it, and Ramsay because he is the only other person as determined as she is to bring Cole back.

mon2Back in 2015 Cassie is very distraught still over Cole’s death and Aaron suggests having someone go and try to collect his body for closure. Cut to the demolished bunker and we see Cole jolt awake. Hold on, what is this? Cole is alive??!! He survived the missile strike with some cuts and scrapes, and that pesky little bullet still in his leg which he has to pry out.

Cassie and Aaron question Senator Royce about Cole’s body and are told nothing was found of him. That Wexler and his men were pulled out of the rubble, but nothing was found of Cole. She then convinces him to allow her to go see for herself under the guise of the CDC just checking it out to clear it of any potential threat.

mon5Cole hears voices from the ground above him and and finds it is a girl and her father. They want to know what happened and if anyone knows he is there. At this point I think he definitely needs to say yes, that someone does know he is there because I just don’t trust strange voices around a pile of rubble in a foreign land, but maybe that’s just me.

Whitley and Ramse get to Spearhead and are taken to speak with Col. Foster, the head of the project. He is shocked to find that Jones managed to successfully send someone back in time, but quickly dismisses it as being an answer to their problems as nothing has changed as a result of time travel. Instead, he is more focused on creating a cure for those that still live, one that will combat the virus and any possible mutation it could ever undergo. Looks like he isn’t eager to help them or hand over the manifold.

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Ramse gets a complete shock as he is headed down a hallway in Spearhead and sees Elena, whom he was(is) in love with. She disappeared 5 years ago when they were running from the West Seven. She thought he was dead and after some traveling, joined Spearhead and became a lab tech. Then comes the predictable revelation that she now has a son, one who is, you guessed it, 5 years old. Ramsay meet Sam,Sam meet Ramsay. Awkward omg that’s my kid moment.

mon6Cole convinces the people from above to help him move a large beam that he can’t move on his own in order for him to get out just at the same time as Jones decides to try and retrieve him without having fixed the Manifold. They fire up the core and it pretty much explodes before being able to pull Cole from the past, leaving him there having also been unsuccessful in moving the beam. The tether to Cole will only last another 48 hours max with the facility now on backup generators due to the core explosion. Cole is told that the girl’s father went to get help, and after a bit of conversation he hears her begin to cough. This isn’t good, perhaps the virus managed to get out to the surrounding area during the strike and this girl is infected. Cole requests she get in touch with his doctor friend when he realizes that she may be infected. She assures him help is on the way.

Ramse meanwhile learns that Sam doesn’t know anything about him, his father, and decides to spend a little time with him bonding. Touching father/son moment is interrupted by Whitley who informs him some stuff is about to go down. By that he means Jones is standing at Spearhead’s front door.

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Jones joins Foster for dinner along with Whitley and Ramse and basically demands he give her his entire core to bring Cole back. Foster considers this, and agrees to only do it if she is willing to come back and help him work on the cure once Cole is back. She of course refuses since she does not believe in a cure and demands proof of his “hope,” his cure. He in turn asks for her proof, to which she provides a pristine photo of him and his now deceased wife from their wedding. Oh, so now it’s time to talk in private.

mon8Jones reveals that Cole brought her the photographs from one of his trips to the past, but Foster is in denial still, convinced she just had them reprinted. He so strongly does not believe the answer lies in the past that he burns the photos and tell Jones he would tell not only his wife, but her daughter that he does not believe in resurrecting the past to which Jones slaps him.

Cassie has since arrived in Chechnya after getting Aarons blessing, seems like they are back together, and asks a cab driver to take her to the rubble site. He states the Russian military have it all locked down, but she bribes him to take her as close as he can get her.

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Ramse has a touching moment with Elaine before he, Whitely, and Jones head back to Project Splinter. I must say, there are quite a lot of “touching moments” in this week’s episode. Ramse and Whitley are convinced Foster has it all figured out, they have been won over by the clean, well maintained facility and are relaying the info back to the people at Project Splinter. Jones then bursts their bubble, letting them know Foster is lying to keep his people in check. That the only cure he found was to the virus strain from 2033, a strain that has since died out. He cured a dead strain. Their only option now: steal the core from Foster.

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Cassie makes it to the area that’s locked down and bribes the guard to allow her to pass. Simultaneously the girl informs Cole he is saved, that they are here to get him out. The beam is pulled and a harness is lowered to pull him up out of the demolished bunker. As Cole is lifted out you see Cassie walk into view and she looks at the spot where the bunker was. Hold on, where’s Cole?

It’s the exact same spot he is being lifted from, what’s going on? Cassie phones Aaron, letting him know Cole isn’t there, that he did it, he saved the future, it’s over. So where(when) is Cole? He asks the girl about the virus when he emerges, she and everyone else has face masks on, and she informs him there has been a plague, all over the world. It is 2017. When they tried to pull him back the first time, when the stabilizer manifold first malfunctioned, he jumped two years so we have been seeing him in 2017, not 2015 as we thought. mon13Cole walks out over some rocks and is greeted by the sight of mass graves,hundreds are dead, thousands worldwide.

 

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New Two-Part “11th Doctor” Doctor Who Comics Story Arc

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7
STORY BY​: ​Rob Williams
ART BY​: ​Warren Pleece
COVER A BY: ​Mariano Laclaustra
PUBLISHER​: ​Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT​: ​32
COVER PRICE​: ​$3.99
RELEASE DATE​: ​Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Being an avid Doctor Who fan, I was excited to get to review this issue. In the words of the 9th Doctor it, I would rate this issue, “Fantastic!”

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The issue starts with the Doctor arriving on earth at the same time as an intergalactic war is waging just above the planet. They have sworn not to harm us, and so the humans take up seats to watch the lights in the sky. The Doctor however has other plans (you know how he likes saving us even if we don’t see that there could be danger.) The ending of the issue has an interesting twist that reminded me of a 10th Doctor episode in “Army of Ghosts”, but you’ll have to read it to know what I mean. Sorry, I can’t give to much away.

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I’m excited for the second installment as the issue left me hanging…with the Doctor being cornered…as he usually is.

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Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1 Review

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #1 coverIssue Number: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Written and Illustrated by: Stuart Jennett

There is a huge dinosaur and some army guys on the cover, and by the looks of it, Nazis are hiding somewhere. At least that is the feeling you get when you first pick up Chronos Commandos. Open up further, and wait, is that Albert Einstein with a machine gun? Yes, indeed it is. This issue is packed with a lot of flashy action, bright artistry, and a really insane time-travel plot, but there is just so much going on that it is really hard to keep up. Thank goodness there is a lengthy prologue paragraph to explain everything before you get too far into the book.

With all that is going on at once, the character development has been left up to the reader to fill in with familiar archetypes such as a brash rough-around-the-edge commanding officer affectionately called “Sarge”.  Then of course add in the super smart scientist Albert Einstein, who is just crazy enough to hang with Sarge, and you have Stargate during World War II with dinosaurs. Or maybe its the Dirty Dozen with Albert Einstein and dinosaurs trying to kill Hitler while they travel through time? All of this being thrown at the reader in the first issue, and it is hard to tell whether or not the familiarity is a welcome distraction.

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However, the artwork is really good. The detail that went into creating the dinosaurs makes them leap off the page, and truly come to life in the imagination. The backgrounds are so well designed that they make you wish that Jennett had put that much effort into his character creation. To go along with the nondescript human facial features, and entire squad under Sarge’s command is obliterated in the first 4 pages. There isn’t much value placed on human life in this comic, at least judging from Sarge’s hardened battle worn attitude towards their deaths when Einstein asks what happened to the rest of the squad.

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Despite all of this, Chronos Commandos is worth the read, if just for the artwork alone. However, there is the hint that there is another larger story brewing behind the flashy action sequences when you get to the appearance of the Nazi’s,  the pages of redacted memos that discuss genetic mutations, and the Chronosphere Core itself that is at the heart of project Watchmaker. Also, if you just like seeing dinosaurs eat up a bunch of military men then yes, this is the comic for you.

 

 

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