A person in possession of only six Lego bricks can create almost a billion different combinations. So when you think about the second season of Fox’s reality show competition Lego masters gives competitors 5 million bricks to choose from, the scope and variation of the creations becomes almost unfathomable. “There are so many wonderfully, absurdly funny things that we ask people to do that can’t help but be excited by the possibilities,” Judge Jamie Berard told io9.
Berard, along with fellow judge Amy Corbett, made a video call from Denmark last week to discuss with us the show’s second season, which airs tonight on Fox. It is hosted Lego Batman himself, Will Arnett, Lego masters it’s a series of reality competitions that pit teams of two people in elaborate construction challenges with regular eliminations until a team is crowned Lego Masters. The show started in the UK in 2018 and has since been recreated in several countries. Season one of the U.S. version debuted early last year and the second season shot a few months ago under strict covid-19 security protocols. “We just wanted it to feel like this was a break for the audience to covid,” Corbett said. “When Jamie and I were at the camera and with the competitors, we really felt like we could get away from the covid and we were super safe in our little bubble on the camera.” Berard added that “In a way it was a gift for us because we had that little island of creativity and safe space. We almost didn’t want to part.stage “.
Even when they leavescene, Corbett and Berard camp and breathe Lego. Each is Senior Design Manager at the Lego Company itself, with Corbett currently acting as head of design at Lego Dots, and Berard overseeing several adult Lego brands such as Lego Architecture is Lego Ideas, among others. Then they are also judges on Lego masters, who works only to rekindle his love for the brand. “Later in the season there was at least one challenge that was so enjoyable for me as a builder to see how many people solved the same problem,” Berard said. “And that’s when you’re excited because even if you’ve seen other builders, or you’ve done this your whole life, to be able to have such talented people come up with so many ways to solve things that inspire you.”
It’s good that there’s such a thing because touring the show isn’t easy. Challenges can sometimes last well over 12 hours, and that doesn’t include implementation, judging, and disposal. “Those are long days,” Corbett said. “What you don’t see in the camera is how much Jamie and I are watching the teams behind the scenes because we love watching their thought process [about] what they build. “
Not just anyone can be a competitor on Lego masters. So many of us love Lego (so many have put together a giant Millennium Falcon in video) but it takes another set of skills to do what the contestants in this show do. At the bottom they are given a rather broad task and then they have to come up with the most beautiful, elaborate creation to present, and make sure it is better than all the other competitors. There’s a reason they’re given half a day to complete this task – they’ll need it all this time. To that end, Corbett and Berard have revealed that the casting process requires portfolios and an audition process that sounds a bit like a mini version of the show itself, with potential competitors required to do simpler challenges.
The second season takes that to another level, by the way; this time, all the competitors had seen the first season, studied the challenges, and were much better prepared. “I would definitely say they trained in low season,” Berard said. “They knew what they were getting into.” Corbett and Berard believe they have evolved this season as well. “We learned to be a little stronger in the words we were using,” Berard said. “The meaning we find is our nature … explain too much and for the television format, it’s actually pretty good to be able, the best you can, to sum it up in a few words so that people can understand. ”Basically, if you listen more directly, viewers understand better why the winning constructions are so good, and because the eliminated people are going home. ”[Also] I think we’re having fun, “Corbett added.” We were a lot more relaxed. We knew what we were doing. We felt right at home. “
The judges didn’t want to spoil anything specific about what’s coming in the second season, even if they did.slow down until there are more explosions and force challenges, which happened last season. One thing was right mocking is a kind of fashion challenge. “To see Lego bricks associated in a fashionable way and builders have to create something that is part of the fashion world [is a] super exciting and fun challenge that we love, “Corbett said.” When else would you ever do that? “Berard added.” You’d really like to see not only amazing buildings. [in the fashion challenge], but it’s a great chance to see the personality from all the people participating in the show. I think it’s going to be really fun. ”
It seems the same can be said of the second season in general. It airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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