“Lego Masters” is blasting off with the assistance of a NASA astronaut.
The actuality competitors present, which invitations groups of Lego fans to assemble their finest brick-built creations, returns to Fox on Wednesday (Sept. 21) with “Ready to Launch,” the primary new episode of the third season. Host Will Arnett and Brickmasters (and Lego staff) Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard kick off the motion with a space-themed challenge (opens in new tab).
“I want to launch season three the right way. Start things with a real big bang. You know, just blast off into this competition, really reach for the stars and I think it’s pretty obvious where I’m going with this. We are going to space!” Arnett tells the 12 groups of two in the beginning of the episode. “Say goodbye to Earth because for your first challenge, you’re going to build your very own personalized spacecraft!”
The contestants are commissioned to construct a enjoyable, colourful, personalised spaceship that tells the judges one thing about their staff.
“Even though it’s the first challenge, we are not making this easy for you, because your entire model will be suspended by a single attachment point onto that space station,” Berard mentioned, pointing to an enormous outpost loosely based mostly on the International Space Station however entirely built from Lego toy bricks.
That shouldn’t be the one shock for the groups, which this season embrace a mom and son, a brother and sister, pediatric hospitalists, firefighters and grandfathers.
“I like space and have adopted it ever because the Sputnik was first launched,” grandfather Patrick mentioned. “I’ve been waiting 70 years to do something like this.”
To encourage the groups and advise them as they design their builds, Arnett welcomes a particular visitor who isn’t any stranger to spacecraft.
“I watched a six-minute YouTube video about how to be an astronaut, so nobody here knows more about space, quite literally,” boasts Arnett as Jessica Meir walks in. “Everyone, we’ve got a real-life NASA astronaut on set!”
A marine biologist who joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013, Meir logged 205 days on the International Space Station in 2020. During her time in orbit, she made headlines as one-half of the first all-female spacewalk staff, working exterior of the orbiting laboratory with fellow NASA astronaut Christina Koch.
“It was awesome!” Meir mentioned, describing her time on “Lego Masters” in an interview with collectSPACE.com. “I am a big fan of Will Arnett [and] it was really neat to meet the other hosts, who are the real engineers who design the Lego sets. It was a great experience to be there and it’s really nice that NASA has this collaboration.”
“It’s great to have these kinds of partnerships that can really inspire kids from the time they are young and get them interested in things like the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — and building things, creating things and just using that type of creativity,” she mentioned.
Speaking of creativity, when requested about constructing her personal Lego spaceship, Meir mentioned hers can be each private and sensible.
“I’m not an engineer, I’m a biologist, so to me it would have those kind of scientific elements and represent a lot about nature and making sure we preserve this planet. Of course, it would have all of the basic functions of being able to get off the planet and return back successfully. Those are the big ones, making sure you can take off, but also you can return safely,” she advised collectSPACE.
Meir didn’t get to see the ultimate builds whereas on the “Lego Masters” set, however she mentioned she was impressed by how completely different every of the groups’ concepts had been.
“I am very excited to see the end results. I’ll have to watch the show to see that,” she mentioned.
“Lego Masters” Season 3, Episode 1 airs Wednesday (Sep. 21) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.