'Lego Masters' on Fox deserves to be a hit

Sunday, 02 February 2020 12:00 AM Written by 

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As a child I never had much use for Legos. The kits were nowhere near as interesting as they are today and I didn't really have the patience or skill to build freestyle.

But I've been looking forward to Fox's "Lego Masters" (9 p.m. Wednesday, WPGH-TV) anyway, mostly because my 9-year-old son is nuts for Legos, spending much of his free time building from-scratch creations, especially spaceships (the U.S.S. Enterprise, the Orville, myriad "Star Wars" vehicles) that evince spatial skills I can never match.

It's with him in mind that "Lego Masters" seemed like fun, a show I hoped the whole family can enjoy. Turns out, it is.

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All four of us -- plus the family dog -- piled onto the sofa Saturday night to watch a screener of the first episode. "Lego Masters" proves itself to be a truly imaginative reality show that both upholds and busts reality competition archetypes and expectations. The creativity on display by the builders is astounding and host Will Arnett, who voices Lego Batman in the big-screen movies, is given a degree of free reign to express his style of humor, which fits the established Lego comedy style.

The whole family was invested and impressed by the builders. The show even held our six-year-old's attention, a feat rarely achieved outside of "Wild Kratts" and "The Mandalorian."

I was disappointed "Lego Masters" wan't available for review in time for last week's column but now I can see why: After they are complete, some of the Lego creations are animated in the style of Legos in the Lego movies, surely a time-consuming process that adds to the show's post-production but offers another element that makes the series stand out.

It's not every day that I feel like a new TV show merits success -- and rarer still that I feel that way about a reality competition -- but "Lego Masters," already successful in the U.K. and Australia, offers family-friendly fun as it shows off brick building skill and creativity. It deserves to be a hit.

 

 

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