fantasy: Farscape – Matala

Farscape: Matala

In the episode ‘Back and Back and Back to the Future’ the crew of Moya rescue an elderly Ilanic (distantly related to, and long-time blood allies of, the Luxans) scientist and his female assistant Matala (Lisa Hensley) from a disintegrating spaceship. But not everything, or everyone, is as they seem.

Matala, it was revealed, was a female Scorvian spy who had been genetically disguised to look like their archenemies the Ilanics. During the Ilanic/Scorvian War, she had infiltrated the Ilanic ranks, attaching herself to their military research division where she was working to steal a new superweapon.

The makeup

Lesley Vanderwalt was the hair and makeup supervisor for straight makeup: Dave Elsey (now of Igor Studios) was the creative supervisor for special effects makeup.

Matala’s makeup is a typical Farscape mix of prosthetics, interesting paintwork and vividly coloured contact lenses.