LEGO MASTERS (2020 TV series) Review…

Despite the premise, it’s just another brick in the (reality TV show) wall… After the break…

LEGO MASTERS (2020 TV series) Review…

Teams comprised of two people each compete against one another by building objects comprised of “Lego” bricks in the reality TV show series, “Lego Masters.” Lego bricks, as any child might be able to describe to you, are small plastic pieces that interlock with one another to form complex shapes and perform complex actions. With the right bricks and the right color of bricks, a skilled artisan can create a castle, a spaceship, a pirate ship, a dragster or anything else that your imagination and skill level could create.

The show is hosted by the actor Will Arnett; He has a connection with the Lego franchise in that he voiced the character “Batman” in the movie “The Lego Movie.” It follows a typical reality TV show format: The teams compete against one another in various challenges. Two judges decide who the two worst-performing teams are and then eliminate the worst performing team.

Despite the show’s angle of building objects with Lego bricks, there isn’t a whole lot here to entice someone who has no interest in building with Legos (or who has an interest in Legos) in watching the show. Non-Lego fans need not apply. There is a singular “mid-commercial” quick segment about some tiny aspect about building with Legos but it’s very technical and not aimed necessarily at the beginner. Again, non-Lego fans need not apply. It would have been nicer to have seen a bit more history about Legos or perhaps have a side segment with ordinary people with Legos (who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again?). It might have even been nice to have seen a segment of ordinary people trying their hand at completing the complex objects and objectives that these professional participants must complete, if only to compare and contrast with the professionals themselves. The show is hosted with more than a dollop of self-deprecating humor. When it comes to humor, everyone’s mileage may vary; For myself, a little of the “wink wink nudge nudge poke poke” humor goes an awfully long way and there’s a lot of it.

Of interesting note is that this series is not necessarily for those who are uncomfortable with the world of alternative lifestyles. There’s a male contestant who wears a dress and more than a few of the contestants are not likely to be crowned “Manliest Alpha Male” anytime soon. Do I have a problem with it? No. However, for those of you out there who are uncomfortable dealing with males who dress and/or act in less than a typical male fashion, consider yourselves warned. The series doesn’t dwell on such moments but the series also doesn’t go out of it’s way to hide them either.

What the series also doesn’t hide (although it should have) is a bit of feistiness between teams. While it is a competition, a little trash-talking goes an awfully long way with me and the last thing that I need to see in this day and age is more divisiveness, not less.

The show doesn’t shy away from either accentuating drama or outright creating it. I had the feeling, while watching the show, that the footage was manipulated to either enhance dramatic moments (a team has a spat with one another and then there are reaction shots of members from other teams) or outright create them (the two judges walk over to a particular team’s effort and critiques their build thus far). Again, I understand why this technique is used for reality TV shows but, for me, a little bit of it goes an awfully long way and there’s more than a bit of that here. I know that generic audiences like a little nastiness with their reality TV; If that’s you, you’ll feel right at home. If you enjoy avoiding cringe-worthy moments, though, consider yourself warned; Despite the show being about a toy, the show doesn’t shy away from creating adult drama.

The show eliminates one team per week by way of the two judges ruling who did the worst job. The bottom two teams are selected and then the judges select the team that is eliminated from those bottom two. I’ve never been a fan of this type of elimination as it merely rewards teams that are “good enough.” The show did institute a mechanic called the “golden brick” which staves off a team’s elimination but there’s only one golden brick and the team that has it can keep it indefinitely so long as they are not eliminated or use it before the judging of any one contest begins. I would have liked to have seen more diversity in rewards for top teams, perhaps more build time or first selection amongst a choice of objects that they could build from or maybe even more assistance and critiquing from the judges.

In the end, the show is not bad; It just doesn’t get you motivated about the core subject. If the core subject is sword-building or home renovation, I could understand that a show might not be able to motivate people into performing those activities. Sword creations is hard and dangerous; Home renovation can also be dangerous and both of those activities are notoriously expensive. Legos, on the other hand, are toys and how did they miss the opportunity to bring kids and parents together with some common activities? Legos may be popular amongst children and professional builders but the entire show feels as though it’s “for the fans”; That’s great for fans but for the rest of us? I can think of other activities to perform.

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