Face Off Digest: Ep. 4–Frightful Fiction

*WARNING: CONTAINS EPISODE SPOILERS*

FINALLY! AN INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE! PRAISE BE TO THE FACE OFF GODS!

Right off the bat, we lost another contestant, which was the elimination that carried over from last week. When it was all said and done, Missy went home due to her muddy paint job. I hate to say it, but I saw this elimination coming. She was in the bottom looks the week before (in Episode 2), and she just could not recover. It’s sad, because I really wanted to see what she could do on her own, but hopefully she will blossom in her career. So,  not the most fortuitous start to an episode, but I guess it had to be done.

The moment was quickly juxtaposed with the announcement of this week’s challenge, and it made me all goose-pimply. The contestants were required to create looks that incorporates classic literature and horror. Needless to say, I geeked out a bit.

But, that wasn’t the only excitement: there was no Foundation or Spotlight Challenge. Instead, there was a Focus Challenge. Similar to the Spotlight Challenge, the Focus Challenge was created to force the artists to concentrate on one area of the design, which was the face. Cool, right? There’s a catch, though; the artists would have two days instead of three days to create their final looks. What.

The literary themes were broken down into these seven stories:

The Legend of King Arthur and his Undead Knights (Kevon, Ben)

The Scarlett Letter: Puritan Poltergeist (Jason, Meg)

The Exorcism of Monte Cristo (Ricky, Libby)

Sherlock Holmes: Bloodsucker (Jasmine, Evan)

Don Quixote: Monster of La Mancha (Scott, Stevie–AGAIN, but individually)

Great Expectations of a Serial Killer (Brittnay)

Gulliver’s Travels in the Underworld (Nora, Jordan)

Each artist was confident in their ability to knock the challenge out of the park, that is, until Mr. Westmore made his rounds. After Mr. Westmore made his rounds, Brittnay discovered that she may have been over her head with creating an old age and burn sculpt. Needless to say, she freaked out. Jason also had quite a bit of self doubt with his sculpt, and had to step away from the workbench. Scott, however, made a good impression on Mr. Westmore with his Don Quixote/Frankenstein hybrid. Not bad his first individual challenge. 

Once the contestants made their way to the reveal stage, there was one more surprise. On top of a new challenge, LOIS BURWELL RETURNED!! Not gonna lie, I love Lois. She’s like a Grey Goose Martini: always a classic that’s perfectly dry (as far as her tone and humor go). I was thrilled with her return, and I hope she’ll be back on next week’s episode.

I noticed how there were so many contestants who floundered with this challenge, which I think primarily had to do with the fact that everyone got a day’s worth of work taken away for their very first individual challenge. It’s comparable to chopping off a person’s leg and then asking them to run a marathon. Yes, the Focus Challenge does test the abilities of the artists, but it also hinders them. They’ve been competing in team challenges for three consecutive episodes; now, at a point in the competition where they can finally stand on their own two feet, they’ve been hindered. Brilliant planning there.

But, to say that this is the reason why so many of the final looks didn’t turn out well would be an excuse. I hate to say it, but there were some bad final looks in this week’s episode. There were solid concepts at the root of the bottom designs, but the execution lacked the skill necessary to progress.

And the Winner Is:

-Scott! Finally able to show what he can truly do, Scott earned his first win on face Off

Who Went Home: 

-Brittnay. Poor Brittnay, she bit off more than she could chew. I was sad to see Brittnay go; I thought she seemed very nice and sweet, and had the potential to offer unique talent.

Episode Favorites:

Ricky’s demonic Count of Monte Cristo evoked such wrath and modeled exquisite style. Seriously, whoever did the costume for this look knew what was up. Kudos to them. I also enjoyed Ben’s King Arthur look, which reminded me of a White Walker. Both contestants were safe this week.

mckelodeon’s Predictions:

This is the second week that Jason has been in the bottom looks, so he’d better watch himself. I like Jason. He has a great personality, and he favorited a couple of my tweets, so he’s a sweetheart in my book. I just hope he nails next week’s challenge so he can stay around longer.

And hopefully next week’s challenge will be a Spotlight Challenge, because I want to see full-blown looks produced by each artist. I NEED IT.

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