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'Face Off' recap: Monster mash

Season 7 | Episode 14 | “Creature Carnage” | Aired Oct 21, 2014

Can you believe it? It’s already the penultimate episode of Face Off this season. It’s our contestants’ last chance to earn a place in the finale. Our almost-finalists are walking through the sets at DC Stages when they come to a courtroom set with a newsstand full of sensational headlines.

Host McKenzie Westmore explains that this week’s challenge is inspired by two infamous movie monsters responsible for destroying iconic skylines—Godzilla and King Kong. So the contestants will use the headline and imagery from a newspaper as inspiration to create their own giant monsters.

George—“Deadly Squid Destroys Dubai”

Dina—“Mantis Preys on Pairs”

Drew—“Giant Sloth Slashes Shanghai”

Cig—“Yeti Crab Crushes Kremlin”

After they choose their headlines, McKenzie tells the contestants “Don’t hold anything back, because it’s now or never.” I’m getting the feeling that this challenge might be important or something. The contestants have the same feeling, so they start working on their concepts.

Dina’s mantis has grown from eating too many of its mates’ heads. She wants to make her mantis scary to prove she can make more than just pretty things. Drew’s sloth is an ancient creature that’s been brought to the modern world and gone crazy. George is making a mutant squid with a giant mouth on its chest, and Cig’s monster is a product of the Chernobyl disaster, and it will have a yeti face. No one is holding anything back on this challenge. (McKenzie really made an impact because they all literally say this.)

Dina starts her sculpt by including big globes for the mantis’s eyes, and hiding her model’s eyes in the nostrils. And George is working on his giant beak to really sell the scariness of his monster. Drew is also concerned about the scariness of his monster. How can he make something so adorable look menacing?

Cig wants to focus on the yeti-half of his yeti crab monster, so he gives it a monkey-like face. But mentor Michael Westmore is concerned that it will look like a gorilla in a crab costume. He tells Cig that he needs to include more of the crab, so Cig adds some long antenna to the face. Cig is very attached to this monkey face for some reason. (Psst, you’re supposed to be making a crab.)

After sculpting, everyone begins fabricating. Drew has to lay a lot of hair on his sloth’s arms, Cig is making his crab’s shell, and Dina is making arm extensions. George’s chest piece was so thick that it didn’t bake completely. It’s unusable. He has to rerun his mold in polyfoam, which is a more rigid material.

George is also struggling with his body suit. He is worried that he’s bitten off more than he can chew on this important challenge, and he’s not proud of what he’s producing. Once he starts painting, though, he feels a little more confident about his makeup.

Drew is also having some issues with his makeup. Laying all of the sloth’s hair is taking too long, so he decides to just have hair on one arm and make the other look burned. When Drew’s face mold comes out, it has lots of microbubbling. But, fortunately, since he is incorporating burning into his makeup, he’s able to cover up the flaws.

714 (8)George has some issues getting his body suit on his model during application day, but once he does, his model enjoys reading the sensational newspaper while he’s getting painted. (Seriously, George is the best comic relief this show has ever had.) But George is still concerned that his makeup looks hokey. Drew decides at the last minute to tear all of his sloth’s hair off to avoid getting criticized for poor hair work again.

At judging, we are joined by guest judge Clifton Collins, Jr. (Pacific Rim). After taking a close look at all of the makeups, the judges think that George’s makeup feels nostalgic of 1960s Japanese monsters. They also love how Dina created her eyeholes for her model, and they agree that her makeup is well executed and her paint job is beautiful.

Drew’s burn makeup could have been better, but his sloth head sculpture was close to perfect. The judges were somewhat split on Cig’s yeti crab. Lois loved the face and its profile, but Neville didn’t think that there was enough of the crab in the makeup.

image (4) - CopyTop Looks:

Winner: Dina


Bottom Looks:



After deliberation, the judges decide to send George home. His squid had a great profile, but the coloring was more playful than threatening, and his tentacles were not good.

While the judges were deliberating, the stage was redressed, and it now features suits of armor and torches. McKenzie explains that this will be related to the challenge in the finale, which will tie into the life and death “theme.”

Who is your pick to win? (Mine is Dina.) Were you sad to see George and his beard go home? And do you think Cig and George are still BFFs?

Face Off airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on Syfy.

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TV Families -- We compare various television clans through the years to see how they stack up, from ''The Brady Bunch'' to ''The Flintstones''

By Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons