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Season 8 | Episode 14 | “The Dream Team” | Aired Apr 14, 2015

It’s the Face Off finale! It’s finally time to crown this season’s champion and their winning coach. As a reminder, the winner of this season will receive a VIP trip to one of Kryolan’s international locations, a new car, and $100,000 (and bragging rights of course). Since the beginning of the season, we’ve whittled it down to just two coaches (Laura for the ladies and Rayce for our gentlemen) and three finalists: Emily, Darla, and Logan. So before we announce the winner, let’s recap!

Face Off season 8 finalists

As Face Off does for finales, they’ve brought back some eliminated contestants to help out during the final challenge, but not just a couple. They brought back the whole cast!

The Teams
Darla, Rob, Anthony, Stephanie, and Daniel

Emily, Adam, Jamie, Regina, and Kelly

Logan, Julian, Ben, Gregory, and Will

Also, as per Face Off tradition, the finalists get to talk to their families before they dive into the last challenge. Emily talks to her parents (I forget how young she is—the girl hasn’t even been away to college yet!), Darla gets to talk to her boyfriend, and Logan talks to his wife. It’s just the extra motivation they need to get them through the last four days.

Once they arrive at the lab, there’s a red carpet laid out, and McKenzie talks about how big-blockbuster movie franchises extend beyond the screen.

Face Off season 8 contestants

The Challenge
Each team will create four characters that could star in a new film franchise. The characters must form a team that bands together to take on the bad guys. The characters will be based on a genre that’s randomly assigned, and a title that the contestants come up within five minutes using random words chosen from a word board.

The Movies
Darla: The Spirits of Eden (fantasy)

Emily: Paradise Reckoning (post-apocalyptic)

Logan: The Fortress (sci-fi)

The characters will be on display at Universal Studios, and the public will vote for their favorite movie. (The winner of the public vote will be shared with the judges, but will not determine the champion.)

The Concepts

Team Darla is creating four elemental spirits that fight the evil that erupts after Adam and Eve are cast out of the Garden of Eden. Her characters are a woodwind-instrument-inspired faun, a merman, a fire spirit, and a worm wrapped around a tree representing earth.

Team Emily is doing a post-apocalyptic take on The Wizard of Oz. Her characters mutated from the effects of radiation and became fused with different materials: metal, glass, wood, and leather.

Team Logan does a twist on The Island of Dr. Moreau. The animals were experimented on and took control of their ship. His characters are an iguana commander, an armadillo weapons expert, a skunk mechanic, and a hammerhead-shark assassin.

I, personally, would probably go to see all of these movies! Anyway, everyone gets to work, and they begin to see a vision of their characters. After a discussion with Laura, Darla changes her worm concept to be a prettier tree women instead. Logan adds metallic elements to all of his characters, and Emily is working on creating realistic-looking rubber glass. Thankfully, no one has any major issues, and four days later, it’s off to Universal Studios for the big reveal!

The public is amazed by the different worlds each of the finalists has created, and the judges get the opportunity to examine the characters up close. Then it’s on to the reveal stage so the judges can talk to the finalists about their creations.

The Judges

Face Off judges

The judges tell Darla she nailed the fantasy genre. Her characters all have a high level of detail, and the prosthetic pieces blend seamlessly in with the models’ faces. The judges especially loved Darla’s wind creature, who doubled as a woodwind instrument, including cut outs in the horns and a beautiful bodice.

The Spirits of Eden

All of Emily’s characters have a great paint job and a beautiful palette. Her characters were ambitious and creative, and they feel related but also distinctly different. She successfully created intelligent pieces. The judges particularly liked Emily’s realistic-looking glass creature.

Paradise Reckoning

Logan’s characters (who felt very Guardians of the Galaxy–esque) were a cohesive group. The cybernetic features that Logan included in each makeup composition really tied them together. And the judges felt like his characters would inspire the actors playing them. Logan was also complimented on his forms and paint jobs.

The Fortress

The Winners
At Universal Studios, the public voted Darla as their favorite team of characters, and so did the judges. Darla was named the Face Off champion for season 8, and Laura, her coach, is Face Off‘s first repeat champion.

The show will be back in July (and so will I!), so we’ll see you then!

TV Families | EW.com
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

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