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Season 9 | Episode 6 | “Extraterrestrial Enterprise” | Aired Sep 1, 2015

This week’s Face Off begins with a foundation challenge. Each contestant chooses a painted landscape to serve as inspiration for a retro alien, like the ones found in science-fiction shows of the 1960s and 1970s. Their guest judge is none other than Michael Westmore, who worked on the Star Trek franchise for 18 years. He chooses Evan as the winner. He had a head-to-toe makeup that was camera-ready, giving Evan immunity for the spotlight challenge.

The Challenge

McKenzie explains that Star Trek‘s Klingons are a great example of how movie makeups have changed over the years. She brings out Ve and Neville, who have also worked on the Star Trek franchise. Ve created the Klingons for Star Trek the feature film, Mr. Westmore for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Neville for Star Trek Into Darkness.

In this vein, the contestants are going to take their retro aliens and evolve them into more modern versions using the same models. Ve, Neville, and Mr. Westmore consult with the contestants as they work on their reboots. This challenge is SO COOL.

Neville Page, Ve Neill, Michael Westmore, and McKenzie Westmore in

The Concepts

Ricky decides to take the icicle look he added to his alien’s hair into the skull structure instead.

Jason adds more horns and longer spikes, which become signifiers of age and class.

Evan decides to create a cowl to give his alien a cool profile, and he sculpts a pattern of vents into the clay directly.

Stevie wants to bring her brow back further and give it a more organic texture.

Ben had trouble with his original alien, so he’s not excited to use it as his foundation. He’s stuck, but Neville warns him not to get too literal. Ben eventually decides to make his retro design into a membrane that the alien has developed.

Jordan also decides to incorporate his painted design into his new sculpture.

Jasmine isn’t changing her makeup too much, but she does need to make a cowl this time around. She’s not sure how to make her paper spikes into 3-D versions, though.

Nora keeps the shapes from her original nose and spreads them out over the whole face.

Scott turns his alien into an underground race and gives her an aquatic look.

Kevon wants to use his ridging to get more creative with his forms, and give his shapes a purpose.

Meg decides to make her alien more badass and give her dreds. She’ll carry the color from her alien through the whole body of her rebooted creature.

Lab Time

When Mr. Westmore comes around for his consult, he doesn’t come with McKenzie. Instead, he brings a friend: Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s own Jonathan Frakes. Jason and Scott are fangirling SO HARD. It’s actually the cutest.

Jason Henricks and Scott Fensterer on

After their consult, Stevie has a lot of work to do. They suggest a lot of little changes to the nose and detailing that are going to put her behind schedule.

After his win last week, Jordan hopes to duplicate his success by doing a lot of fabricating again. He creates a lot of modernized equipment for his alien, but that doesn’t leave him a lot of time to create many appliances.

Meg is the last contestant molding, which means she is forced to run polyfoam on application day. But Meg has never used it before, and she has a tendency to be in the bottom three, so she’s extra-nervous. By the time they head to last looks, all Meg has on her model is a cowl—no paint.

Jason is having trouble getting his applications to stick. At last looks, his alien’s chin is still popping off, so he tries to camouflage the edges with jewels.

After his initial hesitation with the challenge, Ben is feeling better about his alien reboot. Scott works on a full-body paint for his updated alien. And Jasmine realizes at last looks that the bottom half of her face is not strong enough.

At the reveal stage, the contestants meet their guest judge, Michael Dorn, who played Worf in the Star Trek franchise.

Top Looks:



Bottom Looks:


The Judges Say …

The judges tell Stevie she has one of the best paint jobs ever seen on the show. Her sculptural forms feel alien and authentic, and she showed a lot of technical skill.

Scott’s color combination is amazing, especially on the chest. He showed a lot of sculptural definition and symmetry. It’s a great makeup, but his new alien is really different from his retro alien. It’s not exactly what they asked him to do.

Ben created a great transition from his retro alien. He kept the good parts of his makeup and tossed the rest. The bone structure was great and the texture feels real. It looks like something that would be on the big screen today.

Jason showed a lot of technical errors. His alien was a sculptural fail; her upper lip was too far extended, and the neck was crinkled. It was a good transition, but as a modern alien, it was too cartoony.

Bottom Look

The fundamental forms of Jasmine’s sculpture were flawed. And from the nose down, her makeup was just bad.

The judges are disappointed in Jordan’s work this week. He didn’t do enough makeup; he was just repeating himself by creating armor, which was a big mistake. His makeup barely changed, and it actually felt like he put more thought into his original retro alien.

WINNER: Ben. He showed a convincing transformation and a realistic character.

SENT HOME: Jason. I’m going to miss you, dude.

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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