Metal Shop Masters season 1 review – big money, but who will steel it?

September 11, 2021
Romey Norton 3
Netflix, TV Reviews
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This review of the Netflix reality series Metal Shop Masters season 1 does not contain spoilers.

This series is a competition, based on the ability to create something amazing from metal in a specific time frame. This could be anything between 10 and 12 hours. These metal artists will put their skills and creativity to the test in order to win themselves a huge prize fund of $50,000. The series consists of six episodes of 35 minutes each, which makes for a good binge-watching session. Hosted by the hilarious Jo Koy and judged by sculptor and welder David Madero and Stephanie Hoffman this show is fierce, fiery, and fun to watch.

Each episode requires the contestants to design and build something unique out of steel. These are then judged and one contestant is ultimately eliminated. As the series develops, the contestants are given specific challenges to test out their abilities, without giving too many spoilers, there are some pretty awesome BBQ Fire Pits made, giant moving mobiles, as well as powerful, meaningful sculptures. Each episode packs a punch and it is incredulous how talented and creative people can be.

What is really interesting is learning about the trade of working with steel. We get to see the detail and patience that goes into each project and it is quite mesmerizing and inspiring. As the series develops the audience is able to learn more about the contestants and pick a favorite who they want to win. 

With the cash prize being so large the stakes are high and each contestant is seriously motivated to win. This drive and serious determination keep you on your toes as dramas unveil. Not only do they have to work individually, but they also have to prove they can work as part of a team. This proves easier for some than others. The contestants’ creativity might hold them back; they have to be able to move and channel that creative energy into the functional art world, can they do it? You’ll have to watch to find out. 

Overall, this series is a must-watch for anyone interested in healthy competition. If you’re a fan of art and sculpture, this show is for you. Being used to competitive cooking and baking shows, Netflix has given its audiences something different to chew on here and I fully enjoyed it. Looking forward to a second season.

What did you think of Netflix’s Metal Shop Masters season 1? Comment below. 

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3 thoughts on “Metal Shop Masters season 1 review – big money, but who will steel it?

  • September 12, 2021 at 5:45 am

    The only thing worse than not choosing Rae for the final, is tom whose sculpture looked like a Silly Puddy figure done by a five year old.
    .just sayin…

  • September 14, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Who’s dick did Tom suck off to win that? Who do you guys think you are treating people that way? Shame on you. Thanks for ruining my night.

  • September 17, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Episode 2 ticked me off. They let the wrong contestant go. The whole challenge was combining art and functionality. The judges made it clear the grill was supposed to represent a food and be functional. The guy Leah was paired with insisted the grill couldn’t be in the shape of the fish but instead wanted the fish to be inside stuck to the grill making the grill entirely useless. Dude wouldn’t budge. Granted… if it were me I’d have had the judge’s come over and explain the project expectations and hopefully resolve the conflict. Still tho.

    And No I wasn’t a big fan of her work from the beginning… still tho I feel she was done completely dirty. Stopped watching after that episode.

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