It seems like it was just a couple of months ago since last season’s finale but here we go with Season 12 of Face Off. The twist for this season is that the twelve contestants are divided into two effects shops competing as teams against each other. The first challenge? Werewolves. Results ahead.
The contestants meet McKenzie Westmore at night in the woods where the teams are formed. Each week each shop must choose a foreperson to lead the effort on that week’s challenge. The Ethereal Effects shop selects Andrew, who already runs a shop so is the obvious choice. The Twisted Six chose Al, who is the old man of the team.
Then it’s on to the challenge. Each shop must create a pack of three werewolves - an Alpha leader, a Beta and an Omega follower.
Since we’re coming off an All-Star season with experienced contestants there is a noticeable difference in quality this time around.
Ethereal Effects creates a pack of lumberjack werewolves. The three creatures have a more cohesive look than the other shop’s trio and their Omega werewolf is the standout of the pack. Ethereal Effects is the winning team and Joseph wins the challenge for his work on the Omega werewolf.
Twisted Six’s pack is the result of experimentation to create supersoldiers. Other than all being light colored there’s not much cohesion in the pack’s look. I think the female Alpha looks as much feline as canine. Twisted Six is the losing team and their Omega werewolf is singled out as the worst look. Laura admits it was the first chestpiece she had ever sculpted. The judges point out that foreman Al should have stepped in and done something but they still eliminate Laura this week.
I like the competing shops idea. While we don’t really see if Andrew made sure his shop’s designs maintained a cohesive look but I don’t think that was by accident either. Al, however, dropped the ball as a foreman by not stepping back, looking at what was going on, and making adjustments. Pulling in Al for the final elimination discussion sends a message to the others that the week’s foreperson will be held accountable for the shop’s work.
As always, you can see galleries of this week’s designs, the contestants’ previous work and previous seasons here. Images in this post via screencap, the Syfy website and McKenzie Westmore’s Instagram account.