Lego Masters Season 2 is right here and, we’re glad to report, every thing remains to be superior. Fox’s feel-good, household competitors present warmed our hearts and blew our minds when it debuted in early 2020. It additionally gave everybody one thing constructive to sit up for each week as 2020 became 2020. Unlike plenty of actuality competitors exhibits, Lego Masters by no means thrived on the drama and as a substitute showcased all of the spectacular and imaginative makes use of for essentially the most ubiquitous toy ever. We liked to see it—and we like to see it again for Season 2 .
The new season of Lego Masters builds on the stable basis laid in Season 1, with Will Arnett again as host and Brickmasters Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard able to get to work. Obviously rather a lot has modified within the yr and a half since Season 1 debuted, however you—fortunately—wouldn’t understand it from Season 2. The present is each bit as optimistic and intense ( you begin sweating each time somebody has to choose up a construct!) as you keep in mind. You can completely go house once more, if that house is constructed with Lego bricks.
Ahead of Season 2’s highly-anticipated premiere, Decider received to speak with judges Jamie Berard and Amy Corbett in regards to the success of Season 1 and how the Lego Masters crew labored onerous offscreen to maintain the magic going onscreen.
Decider: Are y’all prepared for Season 2 to be on the market on the earth?
Jamie Berard: We have been simply speaking about that. We can’t wait.
Amy Corbett: We’re so excited. It’s been a quick turnaround however on the identical time, it’s been a very lengthy wait to really see the present, so—
Berard: —And we get as excited in regards to the teasers as in all probability you guys do if you see them.
Decider: The manufacturing moved to Georgia for Season 2. Could you inform any distinction on set?
Corbett: No, you would not inform in any respect. I feel that set was completely, completely constructed. And it felt proper at house once more.
Berard: Yeah, they do an excellent job of attempting to isolate us from something round us. When you go inside that field of a constructing, it’s completely Lego Masters. But outdoors of that, it was my first time spending time in Georgia, and so the meals—after we have been consuming each day, I used to be like, “Oh man, I gotta watch out because there’s some good cooking here, but I gotta fit into these outfits.”
Decider: What I actually love about Season 2 is that, despite the fact that it was filmed throughout the pandemic, you’ll be able to’t inform. Season 1 was our consolation watch when COVID began, and it’s good that Season 2 nonetheless feels a lot like Season 1. What was it like to return into manufacturing?
Corbett: I’m so glad to listen to that you just felt that as a result of I feel that was really the massive objective in making the present that means. We wished it to be an escape for folks from a few of these powerful issues with COVID that’s taking place on the earth. So we wished it to really feel prefer it may have been filmed at any time and even be timeless in that means. And it was tremendous good for Jamie and I. As quickly as we walked out in entrance of the digicam, we additionally forgot COVID was taking place. We had somewhat escape. But saying that, everybody round us was ensuring that it was completely secure for us to be there, and we may chill out and we could possibly be our greatest selves on set. And then as quickly as you bought off [set], then you definitely noticed folks within the masks and protecting put on and being actually cautious.
Berard: Yeah, it did really feel actually particular. We felt fairly privileged as a result of the builders, Will, Amy, and myself, we have been on this particular bubble so we have been capable of be on the set and work together with one another identical to we all the time would, and that was so cool. But you probably did get an consciousness of what it took to create that atmosphere. As quickly as you step these three ft off of the set, you grew to become very conscious of how a lot of an effort it took, however we have been so grateful for it.
Corbett: I feel one factor that was was completely different [in Season 2] is all of us nonetheless had that feeling of COVID, so we didn’t hug. We didn’t have a few of these goodbyes that we possibly had in Season 1. Because despite the fact that we’re on this little bubble, you continue to—I nonetheless really feel mistaken to hug folks. It seems like we’re not supposed to do this. So I feel that was the one place the place possibly we didn’t go as far
Decider: The different massive distinction this time is that the entire contestants have positively seen Season 1. Were the groups extra savvy this time round?
Berard: Definitely. I’d say most everyone on Season 2 was very conscious of Season 1, and I’d say essentially the most noticeable factor was how after we would communicate or Will would communicate, they’d pay attention so fastidiously to each little factor. They didn’t wish to miss a single factor. And even when we have been within the entrance and we have been having a chat about the place the groups at, Will’s simply speaking to us, you would see that ear from a desk coming near us. They simply wished to assemble as a lot data as potential. But I additionally assume that they knew what they have been entering into, so there was an power. The first season, it was somewhat little bit of the place are we going with this? What’s taking place? Some of the builders have been somewhat not sure as to how far in to go or not. But the builders this season, they’re like, we’re all in. We’re pumped. They have been simply actually energized.
Corbett: You may inform for positive they’ve been doing a little coaching and working towards at house, which is nice. We need folks to be their easiest within the competitors, so we love that individuals are working towards and attempting issues out. But we even have an entire new set of challenges for them, so irrespective of how a lot you observe or watch Season 1, there’s an entire load of recent challenges being thrown at them.
Decider: What challenges can followers anticipate from Season 2?
Corbett: This is the place we’re by no means that good at how a lot we are able to share! But I feel as all the time, you’re gonna see Lego in completely model new ways in which you’ve by no means seen earlier than. So we’ve received somewhat trace of going into the style world and attempting a problem in that route. And we’ve received some parade floats the place we wish to see the persona of the contestants. We’ve received some explosions.
Berard: But we additionally received these loopy energy challenges as nicely. There’s one specifically in thoughts the place you see what number of methods individuals are artistic in fixing this problem. I used to be simply—I used to be giddy.
Corbett: He couldn’t maintain again.
Berard: My engineering aspect began to peek by way of. But it’s that good steadiness of getting, like Amy mentioned, the storytelling, characters, motion. It’s actually a fantastic combine this season.
Decider: I feel that you just clearly see that blend within the premiere episode, which features a crew that’s sporting the Lego Dots bracelet in tribute to a member of the family who’s handed. I keep in mind Lego Dots have been the brand new toy when Season 1 got here out. What was it like seeing a very private means individuals are connecting with Lego merchandise?
Corbett: Yeah, [Lego Dots] simply launched because the present launched. And that’s really the mission that I work on, so I run the design crew. And and I feel it was superior to see how artistic individuals are being with Dots, and the truth that they have been utilizing it to commemorate their great-niece. I feel was was fairly particular. And, in a means, she was there with them as a result of that they had that bracelet on. It was actually particular, yeah.
Decider: It actually speaks to the neighborhood that Lego has constructed. That’s actually on show in Season 2. Some of the brand new contestants have constructed with among the Season 1 contestants. How has the Lego neighborhood responsed to Lego Masters?
Berard: There’s positively some pleasure, to your level, about how everyone’s linked. The proven fact that they’re identify dropping one another, and then the folks on the present are very conscious of Season 1 folks. It’s good if you see throughout the fan boards, now that they’ve seen among the teasers, and they’re like, “Oh, Moto’s on there! Oh, Steven’s on there!” They know the names of the folks and they get much more excited as a result of they know them and they know what their potential is. That’s the way it interprets into the present. It’s actually wild and enjoyable to see. But no less than as a place to begin, [the community] is aware of, okay, they received some actually good folks on this season.
Corbett: I feel [the community] additionally is available in admiring them. They look search for to one another and they study from one another as nicely, which I feel is superior. And I feel the Lego neighborhood can be nice at cheering on different folks within the Lego neighborhood. So whether or not they’re are different folks within the present, or whether or not they’re sitting at house watching it, they really need you or their crew from their space of the Lego neighborhood to win. It’s actually particular, really, isn’t it?
Berard: Even among the challenges, you’ll be able to see folks within the room, like, “I can’t wait to see how this other team solves this because this is totally what they do.” It’s enjoyable to see that anticipation.
Decider: The first episode has—no spoilers—one particular actually jaw-dropping construct. But you two have in all probability seen all of it relating to Lego. Are there nonetheless moments that shock and shock you on the present?
Corbett: I feel one of many superior issues about Lego is irrespective of how a lot you’ve seen, folks can all the time shock you as a result of there’s all the time new methods you need to use the bricks and mix them. That’s the superior factor in regards to the system. That construct for positive made my jaw drop from the second it began shifting. But I feel really the good factor within the first episode is the groups all are available in and they’re like, “This is who I am as a builder.” It’s their probability to point out their persona, their constructing fashion. And I feel for us to be amazed by so most of the builds, and episode one simply made my jaw drop—wow, that is gonna be a troublesome competitors however tremendous thrilling.
Berard: Yeah, it was barely intimidating as a result of we’re like, that is the very first episode? We’re in bother. How can we ship any of those folks house?
Decider: Speaking of house, Lego Masters Season 1 simply debuted over within the UK. What’s that been like for you, Amy? Are you getting plenty of messages from folks again house?
Corbett: Yes! It’s nonetheless on in the intervening time. I feel the weirdest factor is when my mother and father or my brother get a message being like, “Is that your sister on TV? ” I’m getting plenty of love and it’s very nice to share it with my house nation. That’s one thing I by no means had fairly the identical as Jamie within the US. My household is within the UK so they might solely see [Season 1] by way of me. They weren’t seeing it dwell on the TV. And so to have the ability to share it with the UK and share what I’ve finished is basically enjoyable and thrilling. And sure, there are plenty of massive followers of the present and lots of people there are actually excited for Season 2 and hoping that it’s going to make its option to the UK someday quickly.
Decider: Have you met any shocking followers of Lego Masters for the reason that present debuted final yr?
Berard: I used to be anticipating folks would get excited, however I feel for me, it’s largely the children which have actually, actually come out in full drive. They are simply so pumped. And we’re seeing them doing challenges on their very own, these household challenges on YouTube and stuff like that. I get actually excited once I see that.
Corbett: Yeah, I feel is much less of who we know watches it and extra of generally, we’re like, do you assume they would possibly watch it? Sometimes we’re sitting within the lodge after filming, whereas we’re filming season two, and we have been watching Shark Tank or one thing and [we were] like, “Do you think they watch Lego Masters? Do you think they’re fans? Do you think they watch it with their kids?” I feel it’s enjoyable to invest generally about who might need it on within the background, and even be hooked on the present and actually rooting for a crew.
Decider: Are there any challenges from the present that you just actually want you would have participated in?
Berard: Yeah, in Season 2 there are such a lot of challenges that we simply wished to get a desk and say, “We just want to do this one.” But which one particularly? Actually, I wished to do the style problem.
Corbett: We actually had plenty of enjoyable filming the style problem this time, and there was plenty of power so we had plenty of concepts for that. In Season 1, the storybook problem, I feel it was my fave. When the children got here in and made a narrative and folks needed to construct it, immediately I used to be imagining what this stuff may appear like and learn how to deliver the story to life. I feel that’s simply a lot my world. I take pleasure in constructing, so I’d like to be constructing in that problem.
Berard: Yeah. And I’ve a tender spot for Star Wars, so I’d have liked it if C-3PO mentioned one thing wonderful about one thing that I constructed. It would have simply made me soften.
Lego Masters Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox