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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:

Scott
Stevie
Ben

Ben

Bottom Looks:

Jason
Jasmine
Jordan

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.