It’s the biggest season of Face Off ever as season four kicked off with 14 brand new aspiring special effects makeup artists battling it out to be crowned champion and the winner of the $100,000 grand prize. More importantly, the winner gets the amazing exposure and potential ticket into Hollywood. While I don’t feel this premiere episode is the strongest the show has ever seen, it was still a total blast to watch true talent explode on the screen. I’m still amazed by the stellar work these folks are able to create in such a short amount of time, which is why I will continue to argue that this is one of the best reality shows currently on television. Since its inception, Face Off has consistently been a fun ride filled with exciting personalities and tension-filled moments. Tonight’s big battle kicked off the season by putting the new contestants through a pair of royally tough challenges, which left one eliminated from the competition and another shining as a true star.
I was lucky enough to be given a press preview disc of Face Off season four’s upcoming premiere — and what a treat it is. The upcoming edition, which has a 90-minute debut on Tuesday, features 14 all-new aspiring special effects makeup artists in one of television’s best reality shows that features absolute talent. While this season’s premiere episode isn’t as exciting as last season’s unpredictable turn of events in which Joe quit the competition, it is still a fun example of reality television at its finest. Within minutes of the 14 newbies gathering together, the competition begins with a big battle of royalty.
Tonight, the most frustrating season of Ghost Hunters came to an end as the TAPS team returned to investigate the Mark Twain house in Hartford, Connecticut. They had been there three years ago to search for proof of the paranormal and decided it was time to try again. Since some believed some of the paranormal activity at the house is connected to the Twain’s favorite holiday, they felt it would be the perfect time to return. Only trouble is, this episode was filmed long before Christmas decorations started popping up. I mean, look at all of the exterior shots they had of the house. The trees were all green and it appeared to be quite warm outdoors because nobody was wearing heavy enough clothing to prove otherwise. So using the holidays as a reason for increased paranormal activity would be totally bogus here. What evidence, if any, were they able to capture?
A batch of 14 newbies are ready to battle in television’s epic monster mash as Face Off returns to SyFy for its fourth season on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. SyFy.com has posted bios on the new contestants — which includes a guy who has been dating a former Face Off contestant. Get the gory guts on the new contestants and read about a strange cast-announcement mystery by cutting deep into this story!
After last week’s insultingly ridiculous episode as we were forced to watch Jason pretend he’s still a working plumber with Roto-Rooter, the TAPS team made its way to the Rochester Public Library in Rochester, New York. As a disclaimer, I watched tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters from my bed where I’ve spent all day coughing up a wicked storm and battling an apparent sinus infection. Not a good state for me to be watching this show, which I have been very critical of this season. In fact, I went into this episode expecting the same exaggerated garbage that Ghost Hunters has recently been dishing out — especially after the nonsense displayed last week. On the heels of yet another amazing Survivor: Philippines episode, was this show finally able to deliver something worthwhile? The highlight was actually something that was really disappointing as the investigator-in-training Ashley Troub was reassigned and essentially removed from the show.
I seriously can’t stand when Ghost Hunters still tries to sell us the concept that lead investigator Jason Hawes is still a working plumber with Roto-Rooter. That’s exactly how tonight’s episode kicked off. Seriously, nobody believes Jason is still working as a plumber. He possibly would never have time to do it. When I interviewed TAPS investigator Britt Griffith in June 2011, he said the show sucks up the majority of his year. I realize the show is trying to continue the story that he’s a plumber-turned-paranormal investigator, but it’s getting totally phony. Last season when they showcased Jason working as a plumber, his long-time co-investigator Grant Wilson was working at his side. Suddenly, because Grant is off the show he no longer works as a plumber with Jason? That should be your first clue that this dose of “reality” is nothing but ridiculous. Was the investigation and evidence any better as the TAPS team searched for spirits at Western Kentucky University? The location was promising with creepy instances including a man who fell through a skylight, a woman who hung herself and a girl was murdered with an ax. But was the evidence as interesting?
Just when I have reached the highest level of frustration with Ghost Hunters, the hit paranormal spookfest finally brought the show back to its freaky roots and delivered the best episode of this entire season. Much different from last week’s disgraceful episode, tonight’s hour was actually something worth investing interest in. For this investigation, the TAPS team partnered up with Josh Gates, host of SyFy‘s Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters Live specials, to search for spirits inside the Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts, since he grew up nearby. And one moment, very reminiscent of the first Paranormal Activity movie, involved a swinging chandelier.
Go ahead, Ghost Hunters fans. Hate on me as much as you want. Tonight’s episode was nothing but silly. Watching this hour in which TAPS investigated two different locations was such a buzzkill having come after the awesome Survivor: Philippines episode right before it. My frustration all surrounds an obviously inserted voiceover that makes me doubt any “reality” this show attempts to portray.
For the first time ever, the Face Off winner was crowned based on America’s vote during a live one-hour finale on Halloween night. The entire cast, well, all of them but quitter Joe who voluntarily left in the first episode, reunited together to watch either Derek, Laura or Nicole rewarded with the title of Face Off champion along with $100,000, a new Toyota and the opportunity to be a guest lecturer at the Makeup Forever academies in New York and Paris. Who is the new champion? The details are inside…
After weeks of competition, it all comes down to this: Laura. Nicole. Derek. The final three Face Off contestants squared off in their last challenge of the season battling for the $100,000 grand prize and title of champion. The task for the epic final challenge was actually a really neat concept with a Halloween twist. More details and close-up photos of all the finished makeups are inside!