In the fourth episode of Cosplay Melee, contestants were asked to create characters from a video game set in a dystopian universe. I don’t know anything about video game universes. The last time I was into video games, I was playing the game that had Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt together in one game. I was also pretty good at Tetris. But that’s where my video game knowledge ends.
When am I going to see an episode about Disney princesses?
In round one, contestants were asked to create a weapon for their character, but not just any weapon. They needed to create a signature weapon that is part of an exoskeleton.
Josh is from Louisiana. He works 18 hours a day on costumes (from his parents’ basement, no doubt). When he isn’t working on costumes, he is apparently playing Fallout. Josh sounds like a real catch. At any rate, his character is from Fallout, and he wins round one of the competition.
Steven is from St. Louis. He is a dad, and on “Bring Your Parents to School Day,” he is king. I imagine that at elementary school age, having a dad who cosplays has to be really cool. They’ll likely feel embarrassed when they’re in high school, but for now, their is king, and that’s pretty great. Steven created a character from Destiny (whatever that is). Apparently his weapon is capable of both giving and taking life.
Becka is a full-time costume designer from New York City. She prefers to work on her costumes while sitting on the floor. She created a character from Star Trek, and that’s where I call bullshit. The challenge was to create a character who exists in a video game set in a dystopian future. Star Trek is not from a video game. It is also decidedly not dystopian. In fact, hasn’t everyone aboard the Starship Enterprise always been really clean, well-groomed, and progressively minded? The Star Trek universe seems like a pretty great one to me. I would have sent her home based on her premise alone.
Cait is from Seal Beach, California. She is known for making costumes quickly. She also brags about the fact that she doesn’t measure; she just cuts. She chooses Overwatch as her video game (whatever that is). She is eliminated because her character didn’t fit into Overwatch (if you say so…) and because her weapon wasn’t part of an exoskeleton.
The remaining three contestants had to finish their costumes, but they also had to incorporate working lights into the final design.
Josh is the first contestant so far this season who won in round 1 and did not go on to win the game. Looking at the costume again in the above photograph, I realize there’s something about it that looks unfinished. I’m not sure what’s going on with his right leg, for example. Also, the costume looks like it’s made of foam, when he should have done more to make it look like armor. Still, the mask is cool, and so is the weapon.
I don’t know. I don’t even want to talk about Becka because her character is not from a dystopian video game universe. But if I must, then I’ll just go ahead and say that her make up is cool, and her goggles were a nice touch, but she is wearing a Hefty bag as a skirt.
That is one scary mask. I’ll even forgive him for leaving his black cargo pants visible on his left leg. This really is a great costume. I’m glad Steven won. He can go home to his kids and be the cool dad for a little while longer.