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'Face Off' season premiere fan recap: A sci-fi challenge

Season 9 | Episode 1 | “Intergalactic Zoo” | Aired July 28, 2015

And we’re back! Face Off begins season nine fresh off of its Critics’ Choice Award win for best reality competition series. And this season, the contestants are hitting the ground running. The winner of the competition gets a VIP trip to one of Kryolan’s 85 international locations, a new 2015 Fiat 500, and $100,000. But first, he or she must survive some huge challenges.

The contestants arrive in pairs to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to find our host, McKenzie Westmore. She announces that rather than starting off the season with a foundation challenge, the contestants are jumping right into the big stuff: their first spotlight challenge.

Neville Page, one of our judges, who has worked on films like Avatar, Prometheus, and Star Trek, comes to consult on everyone’s concepts.

The Challenge

It’s a science fiction challenge! The contestants are working in teams of two to create alien animals. They’ll choose items from the museum to serve as inspiration for their creatures. Oh, and they’re working with two models for one makeup.

The Teams/Concepts

Stevie and Libby—native silver
Neville shoots down their first concept for not being animal enough. They decide to create a bug-like creature with a fake face to trick its prey.

Sidney and Evan—schorl tourmaline with albite
The guys decide one model will be a parasite-like creature wrapped around the other, and Neville suggests adding some sort of feelers to the creature.

Scott and Nora—ram horn
This team decides to make a reptilian predator.

Jason and Brittany—turtle shell
They decide to make a bird-like creature with two heads.

Jordan and Ben—azurite with malachite
Their creature is a spiky cave dweller that will require lots of fabrication.

Jasmine and Ricky—alligator skin
Their creature will have a large jaw to catch its food.

Missy Munster and Meg—herbivore jaw
Their creature will have a brown- and bone-colored paint job, which is hard to get right.

Kevon and Omar—clam
They decide to create a clam-like creature, using the models’ arms to open and close its shell.

Lab Time

The contestants arrive at the lab for the first time, and after some oohing and aahing, they get to work. Before too long, they’re visited by Michael Westmore—McKenzie’s dad, makeup legend, and Face Off mentor—for his first walk-through of the season to hand out helpful suggestions to all.

Since the teams have to cover two models, there’s a lot of fabrication happening and a lot of BIG sculpts. Kevon and Omar’s molds are literally spread all over the floor of the mold room. They may have bitten off more than they can chew, so they decide to divide and conquer. Omar gets working on the molds and Kevon sculpts their clam’s mouth.

Brittany is working on a set of wings, and Jordan is creating a massive fabrication for his creation. Jasmine is working on the back spine for her creature while her partner molds. But Libby and Stevie are still having issues. They’re the proud owners of the first mold problem of the season—congrats! Libby’s mold has a hole, and she has to spend part of their final day repairing it. Because of the bumpy road they’ve had so far, they haven’t even thought about what the rest of their models will look like.

Kevon and Omar are having the opposite problem. Their models are going to be combined in a giant clam makeup. Since they won’t be able to move much, Kevon and Omar can’t put anything on their model until last looks. Their whole look will have to go together in just one hour.

As time runs out, others start having issues too. Sidney’s applications don’t fit properly. Missy is trying not to muddy up her paint job. (Michael specifically warned her against it.) Stevie and Libby haven’t even started painting, and they didn’t have time to fabricate anything for their creature’s body. Lots of applications and fabrications are waiting until last looks. It’s going to be a busy hour for everyone.

Like Libby and Stevie, other teams forgot about their models’ bodies. Jordan and Ben throw some fabric on theirs, but Meg breaks down. She doesn’t like what she’s done trying to cover up the models; she and her partner, Missy, are not feeling good about what they’ve made.

After the creations are revealed, our judges, Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, and Neville Page, name the top and bottom looks of the night.

Top Looks:

Sidney and Evan

Ben and Jordan

Bottom Looks:

Libby and Stevie

Omar and Kevon

Omar and Kevon

The Judges Say …

They loved Sidney and Evan‘s tentacles and the successful combination of their elements. Their use of the museum items looked authentic, and it was visually engaging.

Ben and Jordan had a lot of great detail and an intelligent design. They used their mineral in an organic way and had beautiful color. Overall, their creature looked like a subterranean dinosaur, and in the words of Ve, “very cool.”

Ben and Jordan

Libby and Stevie‘s core concept didn’t work. Their “lure” top head didn’t serve its purpose, and the two halves didn’t feel connected. But they had a spectacular paint job.

Libby and Stevie

The judges found Omar and Kevon’s clam creature cartoony and confusing. Their colors were all over the place, and their concept was uncreative.

WINNER: Ben

SENT HOME: No one! It’s a Face Off miracle! The judges threw a hard challenge at them right away to see what they’re capable of. Next week, it’s time to step up.

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

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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