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So for those of you that read my other recaps, you know that I love me some drag queens. While Face Off Season 9 episode 7 isn’t TECHNICALLY a drag challenge as there are no queens in sight (no, no more Vivienne Pinay appearances), the artists do have to make men over into women in their second focus challenge. They’re taking a page from history when women weren’t allowed to perform in the theater, so men played the women’s roles. Naturally, all of the characters the artists have to create are from Shakespearean plays. The artists get advice from Ve … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 Episode 6, yes is about aliens, but it’s mostly about evolution. The evolution of the alien over time. Not real-life millennia-by-millennia type evolution, but the evolution of alien characters from a 60s kitschy beginning to a more modern interpretation. Think Star Trek – characters from the original 60s TV show vs the characters from the J.J. Abrams reboot. You still know it’s a Klingon, but the look changes from TV show to movie and from movie to movie. So to have evolution, we’ve got to start somewhere. That somewhere is a Foundation challenge. The artists have … Continue reading
Skin Wars season 2 just ended, but we get eased off the show with a special: Skin Wars Fresh Paint. We’ve got 3 mentors: Gear, Dutch and Natalie. We’ve also got 6 artists from different disciplines. We’ve got a graphic artist, a miniature artist, fine artist, a tattoo artist/muralist, a airbrush artist and a performance artist. We don’t get to see much of the training these artists get, which is slightly disappointing. The first thing the artists have to do is take 90 minutes to do a full front of the body waist-up paint. This challenge will determine the 3 … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 Episode 5 finally gives us a Foundation challenge. Ben thinks the workroom looks like they’ve entered McKenzie’s therapy session. The artists must create something based off a Rorschach test. They’ve got 2 hours and the winner will get immunity for the Spotlight challenge. Each artist gets a different inkblot on their tablet. There’s a ton of different ideas, all of them really cool. The artists seem to be doing better work with less time to overthink things. Face Off decides not to give us a good look at Jason’s makeup, which doesn’t bode well for his … Continue reading
The Skin Wars Season 2 finale does the usual finale stuff – we get a recap of each contestant’s journey on Skin Wars and each contestant gets a message from a loved one from home. The moments are weird with the judges watching them. It’s like “hey, we’re going to watch you have this emotional moment with a look of passive indifference.” For the final mini-challenge, the artists have to paint something on the bottom of 2 models feet in an hour & a half. Some models are ticklish, which adds another layer of difficulty. These paints should be inspired … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 Episode 4 begins with the elimination from the 100th episode last week. You remember last week, right? It was the super-special wedding episode, so we couldn’t bum everyone out by having an elimination, could we? Like, I can’t say who went home so fast in my post without saying SPOILER ALERT, can I? In case you forgot: Jason, Missy, Meg and Nora were all in the bottom four. As I suspected, Missy was sent home. We didn’t need the week of drama – it was pretty clear in her short time on this season that she … Continue reading
Skin Wars Season 2 episode 9 opens with a reminder that Rio went off on Cheryl Ann as he was eliminated last week. Perhaps we’re being clued-in that her ride is about to come to an end? After a random beach shot for no apparent reason, the artists have 4 models that have their backs to them. The reveal is 4 women with pregnant bellies. They’ve got to do a mother nature inspired design on those bellies. They are told to be unique, avoid cliches and NO AIRBRUSHES. I think it would’ve been awesome to use the pregnant ladies for … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 3 is the 100th episode of the show. The brief look-back in the opening of the show reminds us that McKenzie really likes ships. Battleships, specifically. Anyone know why? Because of that, McKenzie says that Face Off is going to do something they’ve never done before. Couples are getting married on the Face Off stage by our host and minister McKenzie. So they’re going to be doing something RuPaul’s Drag Race has already done! What a way to celebrate. These couples will all be some kind of ‘death’ character. Using an introductory video from each … Continue reading
Skin Wars Season 2 Episode 8 starts with a cool mini-challenge – it’s an anatomical challenge. The artists have to do an anatomically correct painting on their models. They can do any anatomical system they want – muscles, skeleton, organs, whatever. Lana focuses on organs and the circulatory system. Cheryl Ann does the bottom half of her model, focusing on skeletal & muscular structures. She also, of course, goes on & on about who she studied under in Madrid & how many years she took anatomy. Stop it, Cheryl Ann, but I feel like you can’t help yourself. Another thing … Continue reading
Face Off Season 9 episode 2 starts at a US Coast Guard ship. We learn a little bit about the Coast Guard and how it’s their 225th anniversary. McKenzie supposedly gets to drive the ship. Yeah, right. Some of the artists rightfully question why they’re on this ship. It’s not like they’re just cruising for fun. Well, of COURSE this cruise isn’t just to have a good time! The reason why everyone’s on a ship is because sirens are the most dangerous creatures of the sea. Theoretically. Sirens are creatures that lured mariners to their death with their beauty. Again, … Continue reading