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Past Seasons: Living Up To The Bling Bats Legacy

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Episode synopsis: Three remaining teams go to battle to create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays that capture the horror that results from robbing a grave. Actress Bex Taylor-Klaus from MTV's Scream will help determine which two teams will move on to the final battle.

 

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I skipped the small scare. They can never really do enough in 45 minutes to justify anyone winning. 

 

I think for the main event, the right team won and the right team lost. However, there were misses in each, e.g., the winner's grave robber didn't really look like it was holding the casket. 

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I like this show a lot and I also like the new host but none of the contestants seem to have the skills of Karen Portaleo or Richard Ruskell or even Vinny Garcia. They're all good but no one has been awesome. 

 

I got a kick out of the male judge doing a devil because he always seems like a stuffed shirt.  Good to know he has a sense of humor.

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I've never watched this show before so I know nothing of previous hosts and great contestants.

 

I do like the team that won last night because they are from Brooklyn.  I do agree that the pumpkin guy is a little bit cocky.  Personally I think he's very bossy.

 

I wonder if the teams come in together or if they are put together by the producers.  The team that won always has my favorite work anyway.  That grave robber was amazing.  I didn't like the rock star because the robber and the dead person did look kind of fake.  What I did like was the tattoos.

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They can never really do enough in 45 minutes to justify anyone winning.

 

 

I'd have to disagree.  Each team gets the same amount of time, so whoever does the best job is as deserving of the win as if they'd all been given two hours.  And usually, there's at least one creation that I can root for - even if it doesn't end up winning.  This week, I thought the one with the eyes and teeth should have won - it was freaky scary, IMO. But the one that did win was also pretty good.  

 

In this week's big challenge, I liked both the cowboy and Victorian grave robber scenes.  I was glad the Victorian one won simply because it felt more in keeping the theme, but the cowboy one had some really well-done details.  The lettering on the headstone in the cowboy one was lovely - I'm amazed she did that freehand. 

 

The rocker one wasn't horrible, but I did think it was clearly the least of the three.  I agree, though, that the guitar and the tattoo work were the highlights of the piece.

 

 

I like this show a lot and I also like the new host but none of the contestants seem to have the skills of Karen Portaleo or Richard Ruskell or even Vinny Garcia. They're all good but no one has been awesome.

 

 

Agreed.  I don't know if it's just because the bar has been set so high by some of the previous years' creations, but I haven't seen anything from this seasons' teams that I'd include in a "Best of Halloween Wars" reel.   (Maybe next week they'll prove me wrong. The promo looked promising.)

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I liked the concept of the rocker but boy did that figure look awful (except of course the tattoos). And yes the guitar was awesome.

 

Fine with the grave robber win, but I really loved the Billy the Kid one - thought it was a better story and that work was pretty impressive. (Also on a person note, I hate the winning team leader - he's all sorts of obnoxious).

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I thought the Billy the Kid one was the best too. The Victorian Grave Robber looked a bit cartoonish, but I did think that was was really well done too.

The Rocker one was okay, but even the dead musician in the coffin wasn't scary at all, and the punk was very cartoonish.

 

Still, these guys are doing amazing things with the sugar and cake work, and the pumpkin carving. So talented!! I love these shows.

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Episode synopsis: For the final battle, two teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator, and sugar artist go head-to-head to create terrifying and scream-worthy displays of an undead dinner party. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, serves as the special guest judge and helps determine which team wins the $50,000 grand prize.

 

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I call bullshit on the clear sugar window suddenly "breaking"  (Yeah, sure) when the window that replaced it had writing on it before it was placed on the "doll".

 

And then the cracked pumpkin and the broken champagne glasses?

 

Drama?  Yes, but cheap, manufactured drama.

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I was glad that team won because they were consistently good throughout the competition.  I was rooting for them because they were from Brooklyn anyway but I couldn't stand the pumpkin guy.  He was so bossy and arrogant. Ugh.  I did like the cake and sugar people though.

 

I liked their final "scare".  Did you notice the smoke coming out of the cauldron and it looked liked the victim was actually sweating.

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I'm glad the team that won, won because they have been consistent but I agree that the pumpkin carver was a big idiot. He was bragging so much about how much he was going to have to do in order to carve the pumpkin instead of actually doing any of it. Ugh.

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I think the right team won although I didn't like Adam.  He did do some great work though.  I liked the people on the other team but their display was less effective despite Joseph's terrific work. 

 

It seems like Elvira has been around forever.  She must be a senior citizen by now.

 

Overall, I love this show.  I like the new host and the judges are OK.  I even like the intro at the beginning with the ha ha ha jack-o-lantern.  Looking forward to next year.

 

I meant to add.................. I wish I understood the actual sequence of filming this show.  Adam had his left hand bandaged up when the show started - before he even did anything.  His hand was still bandaged when they started the challenge.  I stopped paying attention to it after that but I did notice that the bandage was gone when they announced the winner.  I didn't see him with a glove on during the challenge although I could have missed it but he couldn't have been scooping pumpkin guts without getting the gauze soaked in it.  And, if he had a wound on his hand bad enough to warrant that bandage, how was he working with a bare hand?  I know that's a petty observation but it bugged me.

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Ugh. I disliked obnoxious pumpkin guy so much I wanted his team to lose even if they were more consistent overall. I preferred the other team's more elegant, less cartoony designs even if they were a bit overly cluttered. I did enjoy his breaking and falling into his precious giant pumpkin.

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If that other pumpkin was better, why did he choose that flat one in the first place? Agreed that he was just so obnoxious it was hard to root for him. He was such a jackass to his cake guy.

I LOVED the look on the dark-haired lady's face when the winner was announced. I imagine I would look like that too if I lost.

On concept alone I liked the Victorian dinner party way better than a boring old kid in a cauldron tableau. But the scale of the people was off to me, the people were so small, they should have made the coffin smaller to match. The creepy faces under the masks were fantastic though.

The first sugar square for the voodoo doll was too big for the hole they cut so I don't get Joseph's befuddled pondering about what to do with it. And if the sugar lady carried the champagne glasses upside down the second time, why didn't she do that the first time??

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To be fair, the cake guy on the winning team seemed to be a few degrees off center and somewhat unreliable. I had hom pegged as this year's walkoff (seems like every year someone quits and has to be replaced).

I thought the other teams was better. The way they used the pumpkins for the dresses and walls original, as was the use of the kale. The tasting element was way more innovative too, but the did need more sugar work. In contrast the other team had that out of place kid and those laughable tombstones (Elvira was dead on about them looking like refrigerator doors).

I did laugh at the one guy saying they raised the bar for Halloween Wars. Um, no. Bing Bats set the bar in the first year and no one has jumped it yet.

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Honestly , I could not care less about the fake drama on these shows.  I watch this to see impressive Halloween creations, and I usually tune out the nonsense.  But I laughed when that idiot fell into the pumpkin and broke it, because by then I was sick of hearing him talk about the importance of choosing just the right pumpkin as if this was his great contribution to humanity. Even Linus Van Pelt would have been telling him he was too invested.

 

I preferred the Venetian masks work, even though the scale of it was odd.  I thought their idea was more clever, and some of the work was lovely and creepy.  But I wasn't surprised that it lost, especially when the judges referred to how pretty the stencil work was.  They didn't seem to think the work had as much difficulty in technique.  Also, I kept waiting for them to call out the use of the kale for things that could have been done in sugar, etc.  But I guess that since they allow a percentage of non-edible armature, they also don't have a problem with allowing food decoration outside the usual suspects.

 

I thought the skull and handle on Scream Team's cauldron was very well-detailed even though I had to remind myself that it was not actually a door-knocker.  The rest of their final piece was unimaginative and forgettable.

 

Did I miss a direction that they would get bonus points if their treats reminded Brian Kinney of an amusement park?  He seemed to give a lot of credit to Scream Team's funnel-cake treat, even though he also appreciated being able to bite into the glass on the other work. Maybe he was just hungry.

 

I liked Rossi Morreale as host. 

 

Not a strong season overall.  I think the only piece I'll remember from it will be the Venetian masks.

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I watch this show for the creative process - how they make the displays - and to enjoy seeing the end result.  I do not care about the personalities at all, and the fake, repetitive bitchery that they add in the editing and confessionals for the sake of "drama".  The "it's so important that I get first pick of pumpkins" crap was made into such a big deal, but when that carver destroyed the first choice pumpkin and had to use an alternative, it turns out first pick meant very little.  And Mr. Pumpkin Carver (couldn't remember anyone's name if you paid me to), why in the hell were you kneeling on the edge of your "perfect" pumpkin to clean it out?  it can't take your weight like that.  GET A STOOL, you idiot. 

 

I loved the Venetian masks and pumpkin dresses (with nifty kale lace accents!), but understood why they lost.  The display was almost empty, but for the candy table ware on that disproportionately huge table and the figures themselves.  It looked unfinished.  The winning display, on the other hand, was a complete story, and every inch of the display had some kind of covering.  It wasn't perfect, but it was more complete and interesting.  However, I really wanted pumpkin carver guy to lose, if only so I could see his head explode like a dropped pumpkin.

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Sorry my posts kept on duplicating themselves.

 

Agreed with the terrible manufactured drama - obviously fake and contrived. I don't come here to watch people break stuff, I come to watch talented people make awesome things.

 

The winning team irked me something awesome and I hated their dynamic - agreed that they were good up until that point but I think the other team did wayyyy better in this challenge. Those dresses were brilliant.

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I think the producers used to do a much better job at covering up their added drama. The glass breaking, the pumpkin-falling-into, and the tray and such falling over were so obviously staged, I wondered why they were bothering. Also, the teams yelling at one another one second, then being supportive the next...it just doesn't make any sense. Food Network Challenge used to do all these display contests without us having to see something fall over, but it's okay, guys, even though we only have four seconds left, I can remake it and BETTER!

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I am far from an authority on this sort of stuff - heck, I don't even watch The Walking Dead - but I was sure that one of the judges would point out that those were skeletons coming up out of the graveyard, not zombies.  I thought zombies still had (most) of their skin, based on ones I have  seen (in movies and on tv, I have yet to see one in real life, although there was that guy on the train one morning, but I digress...)

 

Seems to be a popular opinion... I didn't like the pumpkin guy from the winning team.  He is a good carver, but is terribly obnoxious.  I was impressed with him making a giant vegetable peeler, but, as he used the grinder to make it, I kept thinking why doesn't he use the grinder to remove the rind/peel. Also, I would think that if you are the self-proclaimed greatest giant pumpkin carver to ever carve a giant pumpkin, you would already have some tool to peel giant pumpkins, other than a regular size vegetable peeler.

 

Food Network seems to try too hard to make their competitions "exciting" and "suspenseful" (both are in quotes, because I don't think they are too successful at it).  "Oh no, I broke the most important part of our display and don't have time to re-create it, but I will try anyway" is to Halloween Wars as "Oh no, I put too much/little of something in my batter and now I have to start over and don't have time to re-make it, but I will try anyway" is to Cupcake Wars.  

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Anyone think they film the actual challenge as is, then get the contestants to film "extra" scenes to add to the drama? If one makes these beautiful sugar glasses, one isn't going to carry them - teetering on a sugar tray - without being very careful about where they step, or what they carry. Same with the broken pumpkin. Everyone knows that you lean on it with your full weight, it's gonna break. Same with that beautiful sugar glass in the small scare. All of the conveniently broken spectacular sugar work seems very convenient. Sheesh.

 

Scream Team was talented and were consistant, but that other team (I forget their name), I thought their Billy the Kid was so awesome. Plus, their undead dinner party was exactly that - undead dinner party. The kid in the cauldron - though creepy - was not the theme to me. It was a good piece, but damn, those pumpkins carved into gorgeous gowns!!. The sugar glassware!! The total scene itself, being in a crypt. They were robbed, I tell you.

 

I will say that their piece was a bit monochrome, but it was beautiful. Should've won.

 

Elvira - how old is she? Because she looks FAB-U-Lous!

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I think the producers used to do a much better job at covering up their added drama. The glass breaking, the pumpkin-falling-into, and the tray and such falling over were so obviously staged, I wondered why they were bothering. Also, the teams yelling at one another one second, then being supportive the next...it just doesn't make any sense. Food Network Challenge used to do all these display contests without us having to see something fall over, but it's okay, guys, even though we only have four seconds left, I can remake it and BETTER!

I miss the old Food Network Challenge. Great show without the fake crap.

They kept saying they were winning 50 thousand dollars but once taxes are taken out and its split 3 ways, they'll be lucky to get 10 thousand each.

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Add me to the list of those who can't stand Adam. The epitome of the Brooklyn douchebag hipster jerk. His work was very good, but he is such a collossal jerk it is impossible to root for him. I felt the final verdict could have gone either way, but if it is based on the entire season, DBag and his flunkies did deserve to win. I'd be willing to bet he screws the other two out of an equal share, because in his mind, he was the only reason they won.

As to the dropping, breaking,falling into, and other catastrophies that always seem to occur in these FN shows, add me to the list who believes most of them are staged.

Also, the choice of 1st punkin for winning the first challenge turned out to be a joke, contrary to DBag's bloviating on how stupendous a game changer it was.

On a final note, Elvira is 64 years old for those who inquired.

But her boobs are probably around 30 or so!

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MajorWoody, I thought the same thing about Mr. Ego trying to cheat his team mates out of their share of the winnings. The way he kept saying HE was going to win 50 thousand rubbed me the wrong way.

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On a final note, Elvira is 64 years old for those who inquired.

But her boobs are probably around 30 or so!

Wow, I too thought she looked great but it's possible the massive amounts of makeup helped. I thought she was funny as well.

 

I also miss the old Food Network Challenge.

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I love that they are showing prior seasons on Friday nights.

I had forgotten just how amazing the Vampires vs. Zombies tableau was that the Bling Bats did.  The shading, the painting, the hair.  All amazing.  Now I see why it's said that no season will probably live up to this one. 

Also Justin.  Love.

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I've been watching the reruns of past seasons too.  Karen Portaleo has amazing talent.  I loved watching her on Challenge.  And Ray Villafane is a master of his craft also.  Both of their teams had outstanding final displays but I thought Karen and the Bling Bats deserved the win.  I also enjoyed season 2 because it had Richard Ruskell and Vinny Garcia, two of my favorites from Challenge.  Since then, the talent pool has been a lot weaker IMO.  

I miss Justin too.  I like Jonathan but I wish he'd tone it down a bit.  A lot.

 

OMG!  I just Googled Vinny Garcia to see what he's doing now and learned that he died suddenly of leukemia in December of 2013.  I always liked him and I feel terrible about it.  

http://chicago.eater.com/2013/12/3/6320643/former-bleeding-heart-owner-vinny-garcia-passes-away

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Wow, that is so sad about Vinny! I am rewatching season 2 now and he was SO talented. So sorry for his family and friends. That POS disease leukemia claimed him quickly. 

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I really liked Vinny, too.  In fact, I think season two is my favorite ( I am also watching it right now).  It seemed the most consistent of any season with each team having some great pieces.  Plus,  the final zombie wedding was the best!

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