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Face Off 3 Recap: Superheroes & Sidekicks

September 19, 2012 08:23 AM by Ryan Haidet

This week’s episode of Face Off took a twist from Batman and his Batmobile by forcing the eight remaining contestants to create a superhero and sidekick that would use a specific vehicle.  While I have been a huge proponent of this show, I must admit that this episode wasn’t very compelling to me.  It’s not because the talent and creations were lackluster, but I’ve never been much of a superhero fan.  I am more of a monster guy, which is an element that this show often ties in.  I think the horror-based challenges offer more of an interesting turnout.  There are loads of photos of all the finished superhero creations inside!

For the superhero challenge, the contestants were paired up randomly as follows:

  • Derek/Sarah
  • Jason/Rod
  • Laura/Tommy
  • Alana/Roy

Returning as a mentor for this competition was Rayce Bird, the winner of season two.  Strangely, his mentoring was barely shown because Rayce only offered conceptual ideas before the teams started actually building their superheroes and sidekicks.  I wish they would have used Rayce throughout the entire episode because it would have been awesome to watch how intensely the newbies cherished his advice.

Time was once again everybody’s biggest enemy as they all battled against the clock to create two complete creations within three short days.  Most interestingly, during the second day, judge Ve Neill stopped by to review the teams’ progress and she had deep words of advice for Rod.  She felt like his sculpture resembled some of his previous work too closely.  She felt it was repetition for the third time, which he knew was bad news.  So, Rod initiated a change of plans.  But was it enough?

“Clerks” director Kevin Smith was the guest judge for the episode.   When each of the final makeups were presented, there really isn’t any creation that screamed superhero to me.  In fact, many of them looked like supervillains.  Don’t get me wrong, most of them looked really cool.  I just didn’t see the superhero characteristics.  Here’s how each of the final makeups was presented before the judges.

The Top Looks

Laura/Tommy Judge Glenn Hetrick thought Laura’s female creation was excellent, but hated Tommy’s Rambo-like dude.  Ve echoed Glenn’s sentiments.  “Tommy, your guy looks like a football player that got put through a meat grinder,” she said.  Had it not been for Laura’s work, Tommy would have been labeled as one of the bottom looks.

Alana/Roy “This is the only team that represents comic book art to me,” Glenn said.  All of the other judges loved it as well.  So, without any doubt, this duo easily won the competition.  Ultimately, the judges chose Alana as the winner of the entire challenge because the judges felt as if her character was one that literally looked as if it had jumped right out of a comic book.


The Bottom Looks

Derek/Sarah Judge Neville Page wasn’t a big fan of this one at all.  He didn’t like the makeup Derek created around the mouth — especially since it was coming loose.  Meanwhile, Glenn wasn’t very inspired by the boring female character with her silly eye patch.

Jason/Rod Ve was really rough on both of these guys.  She didn’t think the paint job Tommy did on his character’s face was very good.  She also didn’t think Rod listened to her advice because she felt his sculpture still represented too many of the same elements from previous makeups.  In the end, Jason was the person who was eliminated because the judges didn’t feel his paint was realistic.  As he walked out of the competition for good, Kevin Smith told Jason to come work for him at his own personal studio.

What did you think of the episode?  Do you think the judges made the best decision?  Which makeup was your favorite and why?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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