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For people who love getting a deeper look behind the scenes of visual media and don’t normally seek out reality television on a normal basis, truTV’s reality competition Fake Off is probably blowing your mind. (Or needs to be.) To take you out into space for a while, we’ve got an all-new exclusive clip from the December 1 episode that is a true testament to how surprisingly engrossing these performances are.
Holy shit, right? The clip, from the upcoming Episode 6, focuses on the Lightwire Theater team as they choreograph a black-lit demonstration of how the Big Bang worked, complete with a quirky billiards approach. And it looks GORGEOUS! I’m a total sucker for this kind of stuff, and seeing it worked out beforehand gave me a bigger appreciation for what came next, when chaos and the birth of our sun were showcased. The way the orbiting planets played with perception and dimension was just so unique for something on TV. It's the kind of thing that works so well live, and loses everything once you try and catch it in still form, like this.
I’d watch Lightwire do a full array of space-based sequences for the rest of the season, assuming they move on. Let’s see an asteroid belt and a black hole next, shall we?
While most reality challenges consist of singing or cooking, Fake Off falls into the artsier side of things, a feat also accomplished by Syfy’s Face Off. But whereas that series is more dedicated to humans as easels, truTV isn’t putting many limits on where people can take things for Fake Off, where the point of the show is basically pulling off successful visual representations of things. The teams have taken on everything from black-and-white sitcoms to shadow-filled pulp fiction to action movies to horror and everything in between. It'd be tough to be a judge on the show. Michael Curry, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, and Harry Shum Jr. have their work cut out for them.
Hosted by Robert Hoffman, Fake Off airs every Monday on truTV at 10 p.m. ET.