We’ve reached our finale for the season, and it’s time to assess–how did Under The Gunn do?
The show fell prey to trying to keep the teams numbers even, the way The Voice did in its early seasons. No running out of contestants by Top Eight for this group. Also several key challenges were dumbed down, as if the show assumed those that needed mentors of PR alums were just not up to regular PR snuff. In other ways they stood by the tried and true PR formula of Tim Gunn bon mots, snarky judges and–of course–four people in the finale after they spent all season saying there would only be three. The true test of how they did–casting a UTG Season 2–won’t come until the fall. What do we think? One and done, like Project Accessory? Or could this be a nice derivative of the original, like PR:AS?
While we ponder that, our four finalists (and their still-full cohort of mentors) meet up with Tim in the runway studio, divided into their little teams. The challenge for the finale: a five look collection done with $2500 and three days. There will be eliminated contestants brought back as helper monkeys. So this challenge isn’t far off from the All Stars finale, which last time was seven outfits in four days with $2k. But it is still a far cry from the Ten Looks in anywhere from 5 weeks to 3 months (with $10k) that they get in Project Runway proper.
Day one has the show descending into a Lexus commercial for a few minutes before heading to Mood (with mentors!) We are then put through a Product Displaying Make Up People commercial. When we finally get back to the lab, we learn that Sam is saddled with Blake and Oscar saddled with Natalia for their helper monkeys. Asha is blessed with Michelle (someone to solve her construction issues!) and Shan has Stephanie.
Day two and after some family visits manipulated for maximum emotional impact we get to what matters–our final walk throughs.
- Asha: She’s got a jumpsuit and a skirt to show so far, even though she’s been babbling on about evening and sumptuous looks. Mondo frowns and says “costumey.” Tim says she’s trying too hard.
- Sam: He’s gone full Pavlov and gone back to the fabric from his first winning outfit because it got him praise. Five outfits all made from that tacky sparkly silver fabric? Mondo calls it “Legend of Zelda.”
- Oscar: He has sparkly leopard print pants. He’s also recycling the coat from last week, which Tim does not like at all. Nick agrees bringing back a greatest hit is a good idea, but maybe not last week’s greatest hit.
- Shan: He’s gone full out leather and lace. There’s a to-die-for jacket in the collection. Anya is concerned all the lace will make it feel crafty.
Sam is once again painting fabric. Why has no one done anything about that yet? At least this time it’s neon green so it will look like Vulcan bloodstains, instead of human ones.
Day three, the models arrive for fittings. Oscar’s collection looks semi-couture at this point. Sam’s starting to pair his silver stuff with far more plain pieces, which helps enormously. Asha’s models still look to be wearing Las Vegas casino costumes or perhaps rejects from the Pompeii challenge. It’s Shan’s work that I really want to see more of, especially the red and beige dress.
Day of runway and the producers have rented out one of those old 1930s theaters with the chandeliers to stage their show. Let’s see how the collections turned out.