Sarah was pretty much a wallflower this episode but she has a lot of promise and mostly does makeup. Oh and she grew up as a Mennonite which I’m sure will be mentioned later down the line.
Tommy quit his job as a chef to take on special effects and he really had a hard time in this episode. He sort of came off as a bitch but we’ll see where he goes.
Joe Castro….We’ll get to this dude later but I’m pretty sure he was selected solely to piss me the fuck off….
The episode starts with all the contestants meeting Sean Astin on top of the 1100 Wilshire in Hollywood at a pool party filled with beautiful people. All the contestants are of course excited to meet Sean and be part of the competition. Joe starts to tear up while some of the others just look around in awe. Mackenzie walks out and announces the challenge and everyone starts working on their designs. The pool party guests are their models and each contestant must use something from the pool area as part of their design. People start grabbing flowers, pretzels, floatation devices and anything else they can get their hands on. Is it wrong to keep hoping someone falls in the pool from all the craziness? Some of them are from the get go wack like Joe’s burned cheerleader. Seeing some of the stuff he has worked on, I think he’s not really a contestant and maybe a plant of some sort. If he were a real contestant they would have at least had his ass on the website and he is no where to be found. More on this later…Sean is the guest judge and he and Mackenzie go around and look at all the designs.
- Using something from the pool party, create an original face (2 Hours)
Sean’s top two looks belong to Eric and Derek which kind of suck because they did similar designs and even both used the same item from the pool party in their design. Twins are like that and I can’t wait until they get cutthroat on each other. You know it is bound to happen. I wanted Roy to win just because he used a freaking soda bottle as the bird’s nose…a soda bottle, that’s like MacGuyver territory! Ericwins the challenge which means that he gets immunity from the Spotlight Challenge this week. After the challenge ends, the contestants all head to this fabulous house in the Hollywood Hills with an amazing view. Take a good look now because we won’t be seeing much of this later on in the season. I kind of love that we never have to see the drama within the house and we can really focus on the art and work they put forth. Everyone is an asshole under pressure so we never get to see who the real ones are in a relaxed setting.
- Create a modern character that fits in the Cantina Scene from Star Wars (3 Days)
The contestants meet Mackenzie on the back lot of Fox Studios and are greeted with a huge mural from Star Wars. That’s kind of awesome that this season they are going big with iconic images tuned with their own personal tastes. The challenge is given by Matthew Wood who voices characters for the Clone Wars animated series and it is to create a modern character that could fit in the Cantina Scene from Star Wars. Roy lets us know that he is so old that he saw the original series in the theater when they first came out. Like the original original, not this bullshit prequel Natalie Portman bullshit. The contestants are all placed in teams of two and start getting to work. Everyone starts by creating a concept and some of the teams are working very well like Roy and Rod who are basically thinking the same thing in terms of what they want to make. Tommy and Joe are having trouble communicating because Joe is steamrolling over Tommy with ideas and how things should be done. Sarah and Laura take more time to think of a background for their character and then a concept of a female bounty hunter. Derek and CC come up with a stupid concept of a jazz player with dreads and Eric and Jason are kind of quiet although Jason worries that if they fail he will go home because Eric has immunity.
Day 2 is where all the trouble really starts when Tommy finally can’t handle Joe’s bullying any longer. Joe is really a dick and at one point when Tommy is sculpting he comes over and basically mushes what he is doing because it is not to his liking. He interrupts him constantly with needing help from Tommy to badgering him and belittling everything that he does. Tommy eventually walks off and then concedes to just doing whatever Joe wants in order to get the work done. Nicole and Alana aren’t doing as well as they initially thought because they are having issues with getting their molds finished. Rod (the reason I like him) stops what he is doing to help them get everything completed because he would feel horrible if they couldn’t complete their pieces. It’s a competition and this dude is helping what should be his enemy complete their work. Patrick stops by with Mackenzie and really likes some of the concepts like Rod and Roy’s ambitious piece but some are falling flat like Tommy and Joe.
Day 3 is the final day and there is limited time to get everything done before last looks and then eliminations. Tommy and Joe are still at each other with Tommy just doing what he can to appease Joe. Nicole and Alana are still having issues getting their latex completed and then with coloring their pieces. Derek and CC’s coloring isn’t coming out the way they wanted and it looks like a burnt hot mess. Not to mention they scrapped the dreads for some bushy uncombed mess. During last looks, Tommy and Joe are still going with the arguments when Tommy says they should get the costume on the model before they finish painting. Joe disagrees and they end up with an incomplete model missing her shoes and staff and a horrible paint job. I have to believe that Joe is just fucking with us and that he was never really a contestant. Then again he hasn’t really done anything worth noting in his career which could be because of his shitass work ethic…
This season it looks like there will be four judges but they reveal later that Patrick is only here for the first episode because he’s doing the 300 sequel in Bulgaria. I’m sure that will be just as amazing as Underworld 3 and Total Recall and why did he even show up for the first episode if he wasn’t going to continue with the series? Just leave as he was my least favorite judge anyway. Replacing him is Neville Page who has created for Avatar, Prometheus and Cloverfield. He seems pretty awesome and at least I can understand him unlike Patrick and he seems to want to outbitch Glenn.
The judges uniformly loved Rod and Roy’s exoskeleton piece and how ambitious it was and I don’t blame them. It looks creepy enough to fit in a modern Star Wars scene and the two of them did an amazing job together. Nicole and Alana’s piece came together pretty well in the end considering all the issues they had. CC and Derek’s piece was trashed because the coloring was so off even though they had a good foundation with the latex pieces. Laura and Sarah’s piece was very well received and the judges loved the back story they created for the character and the details that went into completing that story. They had an actual reveal with costuming that fit into the scene of Tatooine. Before Tommy and Joe even get judged, Tommy basically grovels and says that it was all Joe and he just followed his lead to get the product completed. Glenn interrupts him and tells him he is throwing Joe under the bus and then proceeds to rip the piece apart because of how terrible it was. Vi says that it looks like a squished frog placed on top of an Easter hat. Tommy holds back tears while Joe just kind of looks dazed. Eric and Jason and Nicole and Alana are safe this week and are sent to the back room. CC and Derek and Tommy and Joe are on the bottom while Rod and Roy and Sarah and Elizabeth are on the top. The judges are discussing the winners and losers with everyone backstage when this happens…
Joe fucking leaves the set with his shit.
I don’t even understand why SyFy decided to air this episode when they should have just started with episode 2. Mackenzie announces that since Joe left he was disqualified and no one would be eliminated this week. As much as Joe talked shit to Tommy, he likely saved his ass because I think the judges were going to send him home over Joe. Rod and Roy‘s piece is declared the winner and will be displayed on the official Star Wars website in it’s original form as well as in the style of Clone Wars which you can see here. Rod was the ultimate winner by a hair as they felt the makeup had more to do with the win than the construction which Roy worked on.