TV Recap: 'Face Off' Episode 610 - 'What a Dahl'


Face Off Episode 610
“What a Dahl”
Original Airdate: 18 March 2014

In This Episode…

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the contestants are each given a briefly described but never seen creature that lives in a jungle, preying on Oompa Loompas. Dahl’s daughter, Lucy Dahl, is the guest judge.

The Creations

Graham created a Snozzwanger with an elephant nose, monster mouth, and eyes that pop through the top of his hat. It carried Oompa skulls on his belt and snozzberries to use as bait.  Lucy said it was “almost freaky how you channeled my dad,” and thought he knocked it out of the park. Glenn said they made the right decision to save him the other week. Ve found it scary and bizarre, like a child’s nightmare.

Chloe had Vermicious Knid, and she had lots of problems along the way. She couldn’t finish her mold in time, so she had to run her cowl in poly foam, but that didn’t set up right, so she had to ditch the cowl all together. Her creature was supposed to resemble a venus flytrap, but it me it just looked like an angry, monstrous watermelon vagina. Neville felt bad, because he knew she was better than what they saw here, and knows the pain of having every step fail you. Glenn said that better highlights and shadows in the face sculpt could have helped, but it was all hidden behind moss.

Tyler made a Whangdoodle, which he imagined as an earthworm/cockroach creature that lives under the earth and springs up to eat Oompas. His creation is springy and bouncy and made me giggle. Glenn thought it was very successful, with a color that denotes evil, but a presence that acts playful. Neville thought it was just a very complete character. Lucy said that her dad would have loved this, and looks exactly like a monster from Oompa Land.

Niko made a Hornswoggler, and intended to make it look cute until an Oompa got close - then it would become a monster. He decided on a full body suit, which was a mistake - he bit off way more than he could chew and ended up doing nothing with the chest or torso, and the face sculpt was sloppy. Ve thought he wasted time on the the body for no reason, and really had a time management issue. Neville was disappointed that there was so little here with the chest. Glenn thought that the goofy, static gaze that the creature wore made it look like “the Oompa Loompas would have beaten him.” On top of that, the paint job looked like “Easter egg dying that went awry.”

The Verdict?

Tyler wins, and Chloe goes home.

Dig It or Bury It?

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this challenge. Initially, it sounded kind of meh. I never read Roald Dahl’s books as a kid, so I didn’t have any exposure outside of Willy Wonka. But the creations were fun and silly (well, the good ones were). When Tyler’s springy creation was up, I actually giggled out loud. I found that there was a smile on my face after Daran’s (which was one of my favorites) and Graham’s creations took the stage.