TV Recap: 'Face Off' Episode 301 - 'A Force to Be Reckoned With'


Face Off Episode 301
“A Force to Be Reckoned With”
Original Airdate: 21 August 2012

In This Episode...

Welcome to season three. It’s pretty much the same show: aspiring SFX makeup artists compete for a prize. This year, the prize is $100,000, a new car, and a guest lecturer stint with Makeup Forever cosmetic company. Judge Patrick Tatopoulos will only be around for the first episode before jetting off to a film set, so Neville Page will join the show. The cast is the usual band of misfits (I never bother learning who contestants are until they have been whittled down to five or six) but three of the five female contestants have neon hair, and two of the competitors are fraternal twin brothers (with cutesy matching names: Eric and Derek). In the world of reality TV casting, twins are the ultimate “get.” Producers will do damn near anything to get twins on their show.

Tonight’s foundation challenge is to create a Star Wars alien that would fit in to a modern-day version of A New Hope’s cantina scene. Contestants were paired off randomly.

The Creations

Alana & Nicole: These n00bs have never seen a Star Wars film all the way through. As far as I’m concerned, this should disqualify them immediately. They struggled through the challenge and barely eked out an alien waitress who kind of resembled a Georgia O’Keefe flower without all the bright colors or resembling a vagina.


CC & Derek: Their alien was supposed to be a sax player. The ghastly shade of red made it look like the love child of Darth Maul and Kenny G. The judges were not pleased that the creation did not have any articulation in its face.


Joe & Tommy: This pair did not get along at all, and it showed in their work product. The judges said the muddy paint job obliterated any of the sculpt details. Neville found it “offensive, aesthetically.”


Roy & Rod: These guys obviously worked well together. They had the most ambitious project, which was a tiny, zaftig alien whose only means of conveyance is an out-dated mech suit. The guys had a whole backstory for him (like he was a thief, and too cheap to buy a new mech suit) and did a tremendous project in a very short span of time.


Laura & Sarah: These ladies were total Star Wars nerds, and had a whole backstory about how their creature came from a watery environment (Degoba) to a desert planet (Tattooine) and had a whole costume and accessories to back up the story. The lines on their sculpt were clean and sharp, and Glenn said that theirs was the cleanest makeup he had ever seen on Face Off. I think this one was my favorite.


Eric & Jason: The did a perfectly average, perfectly safe purpley alien. Nothing stuck out about it, good or bad.

The Verdict

After a fight with his partner Tommy in front of the judges, Joe walks out on the competition and doesn’t return. Because of this, he is disqualified and no one is “eliminated.” Lucky for Tommy, because I felt he was going to be kicked off. Roy and Rod had the winning look, with Rod coming out as the ultimate winner.

Dig It or Bury It?

I was underwhelmed by this episode. I loved the idea of the challenge; I just found the creations to be mediocre. The top two makeups were tops because they were great, but also because all the others were bland. 

I don’t understand why they still choose a “winner” instead of just sticking with a “winning look.” If the look wins, it won because of everyone’s involvement. The week-to-week winner doesn’t get anything special.


Arr mateys... next week thar be pirate booty for he (or she) who can create the perfect pirrrate.