COMMENT:

Any series that's been around for eight seasons is bound to show a few signs of wear and tear.

Take The Block NZ, for example. It might be "New Zealand's favourite DIY show" according to MediaWorks, but it's been feeling stale the past few years, with the same old budget and design worries and the same old story drivers. I mean, how many different ways can contestants vote strategically during Dinner Wars?

The franchise did feel like it was getting a breath of fresh air this year with the news four teams would be converting Kingsland's old fire station

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The Block NZ is three-quarters filler

The Block is failing to balance the drama

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MKR delivers the glamour

Speaking of judges ...