March 17, 2011
Confession: I caught most of “Face Off,” Sci Fi Channel’s competition for make-up effects artists. I’ve actually been fascinated with all of Sci Fi’s attempts at competitive reality TV. Because science fiction reality TV? Bwa? (Anyone else remember their first go, “Mad Mad Mad Mad House?” Very disappointing, mostly because I wanted it to be like “Real World: Alternative Lifestyles,” but they had to make it a competition. Sucked.)
I have to give them credit, because I think “Face Off” turned out well. The four finalists were very good, and the atmosphere of the final competition was very professional, leaving the interpersonal angst that seems to be a staple of these things out of it.
Next up, Sci Fi is doing a cooking show. A COOKING SHOW. A science-fiction cooking show! Bwa?!
(Ooh, you know what I’d love to see? An astronaut training show. A real honest-to-God astronaut training competition and the winner gets to actually be an astronaut.)