Face Off S2-2: Water World Recap

Water World

SyFy’s Face Off is the competition to go for special effects makeup madness. We now have 13 artists all vying for the money, car, makeup and the title of Face Off Champion.

If you’re not interested in spoilers, then you should re-sculpt and try again!

The episode begins with Nix and Beki complaining about the last challenge. Dick Dasterdly…um, I mean Nix is upset because he was at the bottom struggling while Jerry and his immunity sat for part of the challenge.

Beki, on the other hand, is upset because she wanted to “lift Brea up to give her confidence” last challenge and Brea won the challenge. She’s annoyed that she let someone ride her coattails. I guess she forgot that this was a competition. Well, she won’t make that mistake again.

McKenzie Click to see larger picture
McKenzie Click to see larger picture
Click to see larger picture
Click to see larger picture

Spotlight Challenge

The contestants meet at the Aquarium of the Pacific where they are greeted by McKenzie. Remember the whole spiel during the first episode where they will have a Foundation Challenge then a Spotlight Challenge? Scrap that. The contestants are tossed into the deep end.

McKenzie explains that there will be teams of 2, which have already been picked by producers for the maximum amount of drama. After McKenzie tells them who their teams are, Brea, last episode’s winner, gets to choose which team she will join.

The teams are then instructed to search the aquarium to find a sea creature to inspire the head to toe make up they come up with. The catch is, the models will be submerged under water for their showing, and so waterproofing is a must.

The Teams

Team 1 is Sue (which McKenzie doesn’t pronounce as Sue-E) and Rayce. After all the teams are standing next to each other, Brea chooses to join this team. The sea creature they pick is the sea dragon, which is this pretty yellow creature.

Team 2 is Jerry and Nix Dasterdly who look so happy to be on each others team. Oh wait, no they don’t, because they don’t like each other one bit. One point goes to the producers for that one. These two have a hard time agreeing with anything, so when they see a sea turtle they both like, it’s a no brainer.

Team 3 is Miranda and Beki. Remember Miranda is fresh out of special effects school and Beki is on an “I’m not lifting anyone, but myself” kick. Score two producers. Miranda and Beki are drawn to the sea dragon, which has already been chosen by Team 1. So, if there isn’t any drama between Miranda and Beki, maybe there will be some drama between the teams. I don’t know if I should give the producers credit for this one, but it’s a nice touch nonetheless.

Team 4 is fan favorite RJ and Ian who seem to get along quite nicely. They pick the zebra shark.

Team 5 is Matt and Tara who are two equally low key people. They pick the lyretail fairy basslet.

Team 6 is Heather and Athena. Heather, who used to study marine biology, knows her fish and is immediately drawn to the lionfish.

Interrogation Time

Patrick joins McKenzie for the ‘interrogate and sneer’. He’s interested to see how the teams adapt to the sea creature challenge’s requirement of underwater submersion.

Patrick thinks Team 1’s creature looks absolutely great. What he doesn’t know is that Sue and Royce are concerned with the way Brea is molding the appendages, since they don’t think it flows enough.

On the other hand, Patrick isn’t crazy about Team 2’s sculpting on the face. To him, it looks a little too cartoony.

Patrick is concerned about Team 5’s creature. They don’t seem to have a full blown plan. They are also having issues with their edges.

Patrick is also concerned that Team 6’s mask will look too much like a pull on mask. The opening in the mouth will give it an odd look.

Workroom Drama

There seems to be some issue with Team 1. Brea’s arm construction isn’t the same as Sue and Rayce’s and they are afraid that the look won’t be cohesive. So, Sue brings the drama by kindly explaining that Brea needs to alter her work so that it fits with the torso she’s creating. Damn, girl, don’t you know this is a reality TV show? Throw a fit, talk some smack or something. How dare you be professional and act like an adult?

Then there’s Team 3. While creating their look, Beki starts to question Miranda’s ability and asks for her credentials. Instead of cowering and crying, Miranda snaps back, telling Beki if she doesn’t like what she’s doing then point her in another direction. As a response, Beki storms out of the workroom and starts complaining to her BFF Nix Dasterdly. When she comes back into the room she snaps at Miranda, talks condescendingly then starts cursing at her. See, Sue? That’s how it’s done.

After the contestants go home for the night Sue tells her team that she caught Beki scolding Miranda like a child, even calling her incompetent. No one seems pleased with Ms. Beki. Apparently, it comes to light that Beki is upset that Brea won the last challenge and that Beki feels that Brea wouldn’t have gotten the win without her. I’ll note that they were on a team and needed each other, but that’s just common sense and obviously doesn’t belong here.

Brea ‘lays it down’ that she’s there because she’s dope and has her own company. I don’t know how dope she is, but anyone who’s made it on the show should at least be given some modicum of respect for their talent. There I go again…sorry about that.

Judges Glen Hetrick, Ve Neill and Patrick Tatopoulos with McKenzie.
Judges Glen Hetrick, Ve Neill and Patrick Tatopoulos with McKenzie.
In order from left to right: Team 4's zebra shark, Team 3's sea dragon, Team 6's lion fish, Team 1's sea dragon, Team 2's sea turtle and Team 5's lyretail fairy basslet.  Click to see a larger picture.
In order from left to right: Team 4's zebra shark, Team 3's sea dragon, Team 6's lion fish, Team 1's sea dragon, Team 2's sea turtle and Team 5's lyretail fairy basslet. Click to see a larger picture.
Team 5: Matt and Tara's basslet.  Click to see a larger picture.
Team 5: Matt and Tara's basslet. Click to see a larger picture.
Team 1: Sue, Rayce and Brea's sea dragon being judged.Click to see a larger picture.
Team 1: Sue, Rayce and Brea's sea dragon being judged.Click to see a larger picture.

The Audition

Each of the sea creatures come out and strut down the runway. It is then time for the judges to come forward and the models to take a dip into the water. The judges share their initial impressions as the models enter the water.

Team 5’s lyretail fairy basslet creature enters the water and the judges are all ‘oooh and ahhh’. They do notice the edges coming up from the body, but like the way the team used fabric to cover it up.

Team 1’s sea dragon emerges in the water and though the judges loved it on land, they seem less impressed in water. They do like the way the appendages float. There seems to be some issues with the legs and knees (ahem, Brea), but the judges don’t make an issue of it.

Team 2’s sea turtle has immediate problems trying to get under water. Not only does his back shell pop up awkwardly, he has to quickly go back up because he’s having issues breathing. When he finally is able to stay underwater, every time he moves paint comes off.

Team 4’s zebra shark goes in the water, but unfortunately his clothes rise up. This is the TV show Face Off, not the movie Striptease.

Team 3’s sea dragon immediately gets a good response from the judges. They do think that it looks better underwater than out.

Team 6’s lionfish works it underwater. Excuse me, Werqs it out! He’s flipping around, showing off and really selling it. I guess he wants to make up for acting like a narcoleptic fish while Athena was trying to paint him. The judges think the look is really strong in the water.

Best and Worst

Team 6: Heather and Athena.  Click to see larger size.
Team 6: Heather and Athena. Click to see larger size.
Team 2: Jerry and Nix.Click to see larger size.
Team 2: Jerry and Nix.Click to see larger size.
Team 5: Matt and Tara.Click to see larger size.
Team 5: Matt and Tara.Click to see larger size.
Team 4: Ian and RJ.Click to see larger size.
Team 4: Ian and RJ.Click to see larger size.

The Curtain Call

Team 1’s Brea, Rayce and Sue as well as Team 3’s Miranda and Beki are called safe. Just like that the battle between sea dragon’s is a no go and all that tom foolery didn’t add up to much…this episode.

Team 6: Glen loved the make up. Ve thought the look was very successful holding up in the water. Patrick loves it and appreciated they did an actual fish face, not a hybrid fish/man. After questioning, they find out that Heather was in charge and did the sculpting. Athena did the paint job and they thought she ‘killed it’.

Team 2: Ve immediately asks, “Who did what on this fiasco?” Jerry says he did the sculpting and Nix Dasterdly did the painjob. Ve, then tells them their turtle was a turd. Patrick thought it looked too cartoony, especially with the colors green and brown. The majority of the makeup was in shades of neutral brown and then the shell was bright green (or right out of casting for a wimpy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle).

Glen gets right to the point and asks, “Who should go?” Nix is quick to point a finger at Jerry for the application issues. At that point, I wish he would have twisted his mustache and cackled a little bit. Jerry’s a bit surprised, but says that they are equally responsible. Nix then agrees with Jerry and that’s when I know the mustache is a fraud and there’s no evil villain in this guy. I call false advertising.

Team 5: Glen asks who does what. Matt had the creature idea and did the sculpting while Tara did the painting. Patrick thought it was a gorgeous piece. Glen liked the filigree and though the overall look was well done. Ve thought that hiding the edges with appliances only enhanced the makeup. The sculpting was good and the paint job was amazing.

Team 4: Glen wants to know about the concept. RJ speaks up and says that they saw zebra shark and immediately thought of a lawyer. Glen then asks how they felt about the makeup. Ian was really happy about how it turned out, but Glen doesn’t seem impressed. Ve felt that they should have sewn the clothes on the model. Glen felt that their concept was one that you would blurt out, but eventually realized was bad. They never realized it was bad.

Matt with his model.  Click to see larger picture.
Matt with his model. Click to see larger picture.

Exit, Stage Left

Glen announces that the top looks were Team 6, Heather and Athena, and Team 5, Matt and Tara. Though they work in teams there can only be one winner. That winner is Matt and Tara is, once again, the bridesmaid.

This leaves Team 2, Jerry and Nix, and Team 4, RJ and Ian, on the bottom. The contestant going home is…Nix, who had a chance to show is body art, but failed. Goodbye Nix dastardly, find a circus and make yourself at home.

Which team had the best looking sea creature?

  • Team 1: Sue, Rayce and Brea
  • Team 2: Jerry and Nix
  • Team 3: Miranda and Beki
  • Team 4: Ian and RJ
  • Team 5: Matt and Tara
  • Team 6: Heather and Athena
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