REVIEW: Have TVNZ bricked it with the native iteration of a mega-popular actuality competitors?
Certain all of the blocks are in place for a profitable adaptation of the Lego Masters format and the six-duos are definitely not quick on creativeness and abilities, however one thing concerning the first episode of Lego Masters NZ felt decidedly flat.
Whether or not it was the shortage of Kale Scale concerning the opening problem, the considerably gloomy surrounds of the Lego Warehouse, or perhaps a surprisingly one-dimensional Dai Henwood (usually such a Tasmanian Satan-esque whirlwind of a number) because the grasp of ceremonies, however all of it appeared a bit underwhelming, the whole lot not fairly becoming collectively as easily as one might need hoped.
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It may have been first-night nerves, or the lengthy shadows forged by America and Australia’s sensible hosts Will Arnett and Hamish Blake, however Henwood appeared off his stride, extra involved with calling the present Lego Masters Aotearoa in all however identify (which actually it may have been), moderately than making the witty observations we’ve grow to be so used to on 7 Days and Household Feud through the years.
There was a tense second amongst the groups of two when a pause in his supply steered the successful crew might need to do a Richard Hadlee and cut up the proceeds of a automotive prize (it was finally revealed that they get one every, in addition to the normal Lego trophy and a $25,000 voucher for a sure Pink Shed), a time-check pie analogy inexplicably grew to become a cake one and he truly appeared to neglect how you can rely within the remaining moments (though I’m conscious that was deliberate). Hopefully, he’ll get extra snug within the position – and be given extra room to riff – because the season progresses.
And really, in Henwood’s defence, his typically flailing efficiency wasn’t helped by a few of the native tweaks to the format. The coveted “particular” brick, the main target of a lot hilarious banter and ribbing on each the Aussie and American collection, is right here neither golden, or lustrous trying in any manner. As an alternative, this Energy Brick was solely described as having undefined qualities at this level, which didn’t actually promote it to both the contestants – or the viewers.
Then there was “our Brickman”. Really, he’s an imported one. Canadian Robin Sather, the primary man ever to be named as a Lego Licensed Skilled. Given the chance to showcase his personal abilities with a gap love letter to the cities of New Zealand tableaux, his consideration to element in recreating the Beehive and pre-2011 Christ Church Cathedral was spectacular. His “ardour for taking the brick to the following stage” evident each there and in his sober, constructive assessments of the pair’s concepts and finally executions.
Nonetheless, whereas clearly not prone to grow to be as connected to the contributors as Australia’s Ryan “Brickman” McNaughton, Monday evening’s inaugural episode once more proved why the Aussie template of getting just one choose is fraught with outrage potential. There was a lot yelling on the display screen from my household as he introduced the problem winners. Whereas that duo had clearly created one thing cute and intelligent, by his personal admission that they had failed to incorporate one of many key parts that Sather had harassed was important initially. There should have been a lot muttering from the others on set after this shocker, notably by the pair pipped on the put up.
As a lot because the McNaughton/Blake duo makes for excellent TV as a straight man-wild and loopy man combo, the American two-judge system (the charming Amy and Jamie) delivers much more satisfying outcomes.
Initially, it appeared as if the six groups have been extra concerned about who may provide you with the wittiest new Lego acronym (Burp – massive ugly rock piece – an early favorite) than the perfect construct, however by the point their 16 hours have been up, there have been some impressive-looking vacationer locations, starting from a Rubber Duck Water Park to a Rock Arch marriage ceremony venue and Membership Croc.
However for all of the triceratops jet skis and celebrations of the yellow brick, this present’s pondering, appear and feel appeared very a lot contained in the blocks.
Lego Masters NZ screens on Monday and Tuesday nights at 7.30pm on TVNZ 2. It’s also obtainable to stream on TVNZ OnDemand.