- Top Gear – Back this Sunday
I’ve only watched half of it, just up to crashing the Volvo
And I have to say that, despite preconceptions, it looked decent
Some chemistry developing between the hosts. Remember Hammond and May were relatively unknown at the start of TG. It could be that the ‘other two’ flourish without Evans. And MleB to be the star that glues it together? Certainly has promisePosted 1 year agoroneMember
I don’t think one episode (as with both TG and TGT)is indicative of its stride.
Need to give it a full series really.
I thought it was workmanlike and efficient, with the studio bits being a bit awkward. Ultimately pretty dull, and I switched to the Martin Scorsese documentary.
Could it be that it doesn’t matter what form these programmes now appear in – they probably can’t actually offer anything new or that exciting?
I suppose it doesn’t matter as we now have two car programmes running so we can tune in twice a year.
Disposable television.Posted 1 year agowwaswasSubscriber
I quite enjoyed it.
Keep an eye out for my brother’s 60’s Guilia GTA Stradale in the next episode (think it’ll be there for the opening bit of the Alfa story). He was impressed at how much Chris Harris new about the car when they chatted in rehersals (e.g. fact that roof is riveted on indicates it’s a genuine GTA).
I was in the studio for filming too so look out for a bloke in a green Vulpine waterproof 🙂Posted 1 year agomuddygroundMember
I don’t watch any TV other than from Amazon these days. So it was a novelty to tune in to BBC2. It wasn’t actually that bad. My 11 year old enjoyed it, where he walks away from TGT and stopped watching Evans quite quickly. Chris Harris is an odd one, and doesn’t look too happy with scripts. Then again neither does James May.Posted 1 year agogobuchulMember
I think I watched a different show to others on here?
That was terrible.
Chris Harris is awful.
They basically copied the Clarkson/May/Hammond format for a show that was already past it’s sell by date and replaced the presenters.
It was painfully scripted and wooden.
Unbelievably, the high mileage race was even more contrived than anything that had been done before.Posted 1 year agobikebouyMember
It’ll grow I’m sure, plenty of chat on R2 this morning about it.. which is its target audience.
The characters will soften on us, no doubt in 5 years we’ll have forgotten the odd scripts and accept the simpleton tried and tested format.
But, I quite like MlB. He has a humour I recognise.Posted 1 year agomakecoldplayhistoryMember
I liked Chris. All of them were good but he has a real passion for cars that lacked in May and Hammond.
It seemed to be a nice balance of motoring and TG – which wasn’t about cars by the end.
I think it proved nicely that it isn’t a big name that makes a programme. Evans was shite!Posted 1 year agostilltortoiseSubscriber
I used to love Clarkson/Hammond/May Top Gear, but the scripts were getting tired and increasingly contrived with the sense that none of them really wanted to be there. I watched it because I love watching snazzy cars being driven fast and I enjoyed the extended features. The Grand Tour didn’t really deliver and I gave up after episode 4.
This new TG series looks like it has removed most of what I dislike and done more of what I like. It’s a thumbs up from me. The Star in a Reasonably Fast Car has got promise too.
7.5/10Posted 1 year agomps711Member
Could only be better without Chris Evans.
Great filming, looks better than TGT.
As before Top Gear Extra straight after on BBC3 seems to have a lot better studio vibe and the piece on there where Chris Harris instructed the ‘celebs’ round the track was probably the funniest part of both shows.Posted 1 year agoPJM1974Member
I was quite pleasantly surprised, I found it quite watchable.
Matt LeBlanc was very good, as was Chris Harris. Rory’s manner got on my nerves a little, he comes across as an excitable puppy, but at least there was no Eddie Jordan and Sabine. The latter, I’m very sad to admit got on my nerves.
There were opportunities missed. Clarkson, May or Hammond would have delivered a stirring monologue about the Kazakhstan steppe, accompanied by picturesque tracking shots of the landscape as the usual nod to the local tourist industry. The fake banter between Rory and the others got on my nerves too.
I think the Guardian summed it up by suggesting that Rory, Matt and Chris hole up in a bar somewhere and get very, very drunk to work on minimising the awkwardness and faux camaraderie.
But it’s improved by 73.2% since Chris Evans moved on.Posted 1 year agolegendMember
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And people are saying this is better than TGT – you need your ruddy heads testing
Just watched the new Top Gear, and at no point did I find myself wondering wtf i was watching. That puts it instantly ahead of TGT – no Celebrity Brain Crash (seriously, wtf?), no bizarre crap Sauber shed builds, no special forces that had nothing to do with the special forces or their kit. The road trip could easily have happened on either show, but overall i didn’t feel the need to blind and deafen myself….. or at least switch it offPosted 1 year ago
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