The Grand Tour Begins
When Jeremy Clarkson was let go after being (apparently) every bit the dick he appears on the show, I was worried we’d never see Top Gear again.
Amazon, thankfully, wonderfully, threw a bunch of money at them.
The show started yesterday, and instead of the Netflix model where all the shows are available at once, Amazon is rolling them out each week for the next 11 weeks. How quaint.
The pilot episode is hardly a pilot episode. Had you no idea about the backstory, it’d be easy to convince someone it was Top Gear with a name change. This is, as you’d expect a good thing. High production values, lots of car porn, and regular jabs amongst the presenters are all Top Gear staples.
If anything, at an hour and eleven minutes the show feels a bit long. A few segments feel like they could be tightened up and not lose anything other than excessive and almost repetitive shots of the car. Look, I love cars, but even I don’t need to see the same one go around the same corner in slow motion 10 times. 9 times would do just fine.
What we didn’t get to see in this first episode is any of the legendary long-distance challenges. I’ll be honest, I was hoping this show would be one long challenge, across multiple countries and continents. That doesn’t seem to be the case. Oh well. I’ll take 3 seasons of Top Gear with Clarkson, Hammond, and May even if it is the same Top Gear as we’ve had for the last 10+ years. I only made it through 1.5 episodes of the “real” Top Gear presented by Joey and not-Captain America before shaking my head and never needing to see it again. And as bad as it was, it was still better than American Top Gear.
Given the first episode of The Grand Tour, and the clips they’ve shown so far, this seems like it will be a massive show. If you’ve got a new TV, even more so. Shot at Shot at 4K, 25fps, and HDR, it’s definitely the best you’ve seen “Top Gear.” Even on a lowly 1080p DLP projector at my house, it looks fantastic. it’s definitely the best you’ve seen “Top Gear.” Even on a lowly 1080p DLP projector at my house, it looks fantastic.
You need an Amazon Prime account to watch The Grand Tour but given all the rest you get for a Prime membership, this seems an easy sell.
Good fun so far. Can’t wait for more.