The artists create retro-style aliens for a Foundation Challenge and are then shocked to learn that for their Spotlight Challenge, they must evolve their character into a modern day version of the same alien species.
The series premiere introduces twelve of the brightest up-and-coming special-effects make-up artists, who meet in Los Angeles for their first elimination challenge. Their task is to imagine an entirely new species - a human/animal hybrid - based on one of three exotic animals that are brought into their workspace lab.
For the spotlight challenge, the artists visit the famous Star Trek television series filming location, Vasquez Rocks, in Southern California. While there, they are given details on their next challenge from legendary FX artist Michael Westmore, best known for his make-up work in various Star Trek productions.
For this week's spotlight challenge, the contestants must craft an original zombie. Their design must not only be creative, it must be functional and able to withstand the rigors of performing a choreographed dance routine.