Face Off, SyFy’s spectacular answer to reality television began it’s fifth season on the science fiction channel and it’s veterans versus the newbies. While not much of a twist, it does throw a completely different dynamic onto the show.
Eight of the contestants have never been through the down and dirty stakes of the competition while their eight counterparts know exactly what they’re doing and they won’t go down without a fight.
This season introduces us to newbies Adolfo, Rick, Laney, Scott, Lyma, Eddie, Sam, and Tolin who all gather together and meet each other, along with host McKenzie Westmore, in the Plaza Hotel during a masquerade ball. The other eight competitors un-mask themselves and a lot of them are fan favourites. Joining the group are Laura, Alana and Roy who are from season three; Tate and Frank, from season one; Miranda and RJ from season two; and Eric Z. from season four.
Their first foundation challenge introduces them to director Catherine Hardwicke. The challenge: take a person from the party and transform them into a character based on their costume. They had two hours to make a complete look. Hardwicke liked the veterans over the newbies, singling out Laura, Tate and Roy but ultimately, Tate took the win and immunity from elimination.
After the required house tour and mingling, it was down to business as Westmore brought the cast to the Dolby Theatre to tell them of their spotlight challenge. The veterans and the newbies were pitted against each other and thrown into the realm of hyper-stylized fantasy. Each team was to create five complete makeup faces in the form of a fawn, an ogre, a witch, a troll and a pixie.
In the studio, Adolfo struggled with his molds while the veterans automatically proved their medal as well as their skill level – it throttled them to the front of the pack as well as intimidating the newbies.
In the end, the veterans proved their worth and won at the final reveal. Their group of mythical creatures was deemed more cohesive by judge Glenn Hetrick. Miranda won individually with her sculpt and paint job on her pixie creature.
Because they lost, a newbie was subject to elimination and the unlucky cast member was Tolin.
Face Off continues next Tuesday night with “Future Frankenstein.”