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Top Gear - S2 - All Season Thread w/Spoilers.

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by TonyTheTiger, Mar 19, 2017 at 10:34 PM.

  1. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    There doesn't seem to be enough interest to support a thread for each episode and no-one even started one last week, so it's probably time to combine the whole season.

    I'm finding LeBlanc more and more annoying, not only with his reviews (he almost ruined the DB11 film!), but with his spot of featuring a...wait...what?... a muck spreader! Let's face it, as the ads tell us, all bad guys drive Jaguars, so why was Harris driving a Mercedes wearing a Nehru jacket?

    Harris and Reid are barely holding up the show with the odd good film, but this week was just, well, sad. The 'Harris yelling at the celeb' spot is so weak, even the producers had to change it!

    I also felt the show needed a positive review to end on, not all three presenters agreeing on how cr@p the new Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is. I could have told them that from watching the Grand Tour last year!!!
  2. osu1991

    osu1991 Active Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    This iteration of Top Gear UK is still considered Series 24 not 2

    I enjoyed the first 2 episodes of this series.
    Much better than last year. Personally I thought they were better than half of the Grand Tour episodes. I'm just now getting ready to watch episode 3 from today.
  3. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    Considered by the Beeb maybe, but I prefer NOT to associate this comparative mess with what the boys produced prior to 'the incident'!
  4. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I enjoyed episode 3. The DB11/AMG film was beautiful. The chemistry between the presenters is getting better. I like the running joke of LeBlanc being super into farm/excavation equipment. And while I normally wouldn't want to see a review of a muck spreader, you have to admit it was pretty amazing watching it chew up that Volvo and spit it out.

    The one part that was disappointing was the Fiat film, because anyone who knows anything about cars knows that it's just a rebadged Miata that costs a lot more. So when the first several minutes of that film seemed to be praising the car, I was thinking, "Really? You like it?"
  5. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    I'm only on episode 2 so far but I actually enjoyed most of that episode. Chris Harris and the Giulia was great....it's a shame he damaged the car in that stunt. And anybody who has seen "Canada's Worst Driver" can tell you that those foam blocks when hit at speed can do quite a bit of damage to a modern car.

    I do applaud whoever came up with the new camera angles for the Top Gear track segments. It makes the shots look very dynamic; the old shots look like what you'd see if you were standing at the perimeter fence watching it being filmed.

    Chris Harris: Driving Instructor wasn't as obnoxious as the season premiere, but it's starting to get old like Grand Tour's "Dead Celebrity" skit. Others that are starting to wear thin are LeBlanc's showing non-cars with advanced automotive technology, and Rory looking forward to driving the Renault Twingo; the latter is starting to come off as a poor re-creation of James May's alleged fascination with the Dacia Sandero.
  6. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    I no longer 'find' the direct BBC broadcast so I'm also just on episode 2. I've enjoyed both episodes. Still not a huge fan of LeBlanc. But I wasn't a big fan of May when he started either. I especially liked the Giulia segment. I was pleasantly surprised with Rory pulled up with the truck at the end and it wasn't a 3rd car. That seemed like something they would have done in the past. Unfortunately what they ended up with went on a bit too long. I didn't really need to see it 4 times.

    And I enjoyed the absurdity of the 4 season challenge. Kudos to them for doing it, but there's no way I would ever put snow chains on a $200K supercar. But after seeing the damage they did to the Alfa I guess I'm not surprised.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the news segment, even though they really didn't call it that. I was glad to see it back. I just didn't like the celeb being part of it. I think the news should be strong on the chemistry of the hosts. A different celeb every week won't help that chemistry grow.

    And seriously, who on the planet isn't excited about the new Twingo?
  7. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    Then you really want to seek out this week's Extra Gear, which has a feature on how the moving shots of the DB were filmed.
  8. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
    Salt Lake...
    I accidentally retrieved Extra Gear instead of episode 1 last week, just deleted without watching, maybe I'll go undelete it then seek out the Extra Gears for the other episodes as well.

  9. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I don't like the new host of Extra Gear this season. He's a bit of a cheeseball. But I enjoy the extra behind-the-scenes info they provide about the show, so it's still worth watching.

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