Movie Genres (LEGO® Masters)

Episode four, Movie Genres (LEGO® Masters) aired on February 26, 2020. Consequently, contestants faced the challenge of constructing a movie scene from a specific genre in just eight hours. Upon completion, guest stars Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (writers and directors of the LEGO® Movie) assigned each team a new theme to incorporate into their previous build. In the end, Brick Masters Amy and Jamie evaluated the creations based on how well they portrayed an epic movie moment, as well as their stand-alone story-telling ability.

Movie Genres (LEGO® Masters) featured guest stars Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
Host Will Arnett with guests Chris Miller and Phil Lord (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)

And the Movie Genre win goes to…

Boone and Mark won the challenge this week. Originally tasked with creating a monster movie scene, the curve-ball genre thrown at the Bearded Builders was romance. Ultimately, they created a monster, mutant shark pumped up on nuclear waste. The monster shark wreaked havoc on a coastal town to save his love interest, a female shark trapped in an aquarium.

Shark Song by Boone and Mark (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)
Boone & Mark’s Monster Romance: Shark Song (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)

Week two winners, Tyler and Amy, came in a close second. Tasked with building a kids’ movie scene, the Newlyweds mashed their genre up with monsters. Consequently, the creation featured a super baby defending a fridge full of milk from feline thieves and their monster companion, the Meowster. Brick Master Amy commented that Meowster was “a little too passive in the story”. Amy wanted more of the monster’s character in the story. As a result, the team landed in second place. Of all the builds this week, Tyler and Amy produced the one that I thought was ready to feature on a movie poster. While other contestants built epic scenes, this one told the story best in my humble opinion.

Tyler, Amy and Meowster came in second place in the Movie Genres (LEGO® Masters) challenge (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).
Second place goes to Tyler and Amy (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Meowster was a little too passive.

Episode three winners, Flynn and Richard literally created a fairy-tale. Charged with telling a kids’ story and adding mystery into the mix, their scene depicted a fairy queen losing the key to the fairy kingdom. While her fairy minions searched high and low for the key, the story revealed that the queen’s evil sister had taken it. Incidentally, the team created a nice snapshot. However, the fairy scene did not have the grandeur of thespians’ winning piece from episode three.

Richard and Flynn built a fairy-tale for their Movie Genre (LEGO® Masters) challenge (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).
Richard and Flynn built a fair-tale (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Sam and Jessica came up with “Sleep Away Camp Escape.” The thriller-comedy featured adults held hostage by kids being forced to carry out endless chores. Brick Master Jamie commented that the team played to their strengths with the comedy aspect. Additionally, they captured a great escape scene. However, his disappointment was apparent when then team simply laid blue bricks on the tabletop to represent water. He commented “there are ways that you can build water.”

Sam and Jessica's Movie Genre mash-up featured a thriller-comedy (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).
Sleep Away Camp Escape by Sam and Jessica (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Tip of the day: build, don’t dump bricks.

Jermaine and Mel built a fantasy-kids scene. Compared with previous weeks, the team lacked on the creativity front. Making matters worse, the judges noticed. Hot on the heels of great ideas like “LEGOR” (week two) and the “Rock-topus” (week three), this “Big Crybaby” build fell short. With the twist of adding the kids’ genre, the team opted to go the same route as Tyler and Amy. Consequently, their baby build lacked originality, which the Brick Masters and fellow contestants were quick to point out.

Mel and Jermaine's Big Crybaby (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).
Mel and Jermaine produced a Big Crybaby (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Aaron and Christian shocked contestants and audiences this week when they played the coveted Golden Brick. Unsure of their romance-thriller scene, the duo opted to play it safe and secured their place on the show. Their build depicted a prince-turned-dragon in love with a princess-in-distress. Additionally, the castle scene was under attack from a skeleton army. The judges felt the thriller aspect fell short, and the scene needed explanation in order to tell the tale effectively. Consequently, Brick Masters Amy and Jamie felt playing the Golden Brick was a good choice. While the story did not flow well, I feel the build was still masterful, and better than others this week. Ultimately, my opinion matters little compared with the show judges, but I think Aaron and Christian wasted the Golden Brick here.

Aaron and Christian's Movie Genre (LEGO® Masters) mash-up was romance-thriller (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).
Aaron and Christian built a romance-thriller (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Aaron and Christian played the Golden Brick!!!

Krystle and Amie mashed up mystery with western. The team started strong on the mystery theme but lost their way with western. However, that is not to say that they told a bad story. The team embraced the western add-on, but perhaps too much. Brick Master Jamie pointed out that the western story drowned out the mystery. Clues hidden throughout the scene needed explanation in order to tell the tale. This flaw landed team Unicorns in the bottom two for the second week running.

Krystle and Amie's mystery-western mash-up (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).
Krystle and Amie produced a mystery -western mash-up (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

This week’s episode saw Manny and Nestor go home. They executed a great western story in their original build. However, Amy and Jamie noted that the story fell flat when fantasy arrived into the mix. The father and son BFFs did not create a link between genres that told its own story and lost their place on LEGO® Masters for it.

Manny and Nestor in Movie Genres on LEGO® Masters (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).
Manny and Nestor tackled a western-fantasy tale (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Season rundown…

How are the teams faring over all? Here’s a quick summary of season one so far:

TeamEpisode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4
Jessie & KaraSafeEliminated
Travis & CoreySafeSafeEliminated
Manny & NestorBottomSafeSafeEliminated
Krystle & AmieSafeSafeBottomBottom
Sam & JessicaBottomBottomSecondSafe
Mel & JermaineSafeSafeSafeSafe
Aaron & ChristianWinnerSafeSafeSafe
Tyler & AmySafeWinnerSafeSecond
Richard & FlynnSafeSafeWinnerSafe
Mark & BooneSafeSafeSafeWinner
Episode 4 contestants  (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).
Episode 4 – Movie Genres (LEGO® Masters) contestants (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Episode four, Movie Genres (LEGO® Masters) saw Aaron and Christian lose their prized Golden Brick, Manny and Nestor sent home, and Boone and Mark take the win. Next week, contestants build a “Mega City Block” when LEGO® Masters returns on Fox, Wednesday night at 9:00 pm ET. What did you think of “Movie Genres”? Who is your pick for the upcoming “Mega City Block” episode? Let me know in the comments below or shout out on social media. For more LEGO® Masters coverage, click here.

Until next time,

-Tom

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