Respectfully, you're missing the point we're making when we call that segment an insult to our intelligence (I say we because there are already a few replies that expressed this view.)TopGearNorthAmerica;n3543326 said:there are 10 who never really think about these things, who assume that boys' best stuff is "off the cuff" and happens on the fly.
Let's sum up those things that they insultingly had to tell us needed planning:
- Jeremy's colourful analogies: Jeremy makes it sound as if TG and TGT are streamed live and he has to think of the analogy on the spot. No, he can get the feeling he wants to convey, mull it over and come up with something; all while driving. The editors then work their magic.
- Voice-over/live commentary coordination: You sprinkle voice-over to iron out transitions or to accompany humorous transitions. POST-filming.
- Mismatched cars and road trip goals: We'll gloss over this one. Childish.
- Sending scouts & sorting out the itinerary: Yeah chaps, we figured. It's not an improvised camping trip it's a multi-million dollar show.
- Press/People filming and swarming: Inevitable. All sorted out in the edit.
- Reserving the airport runway weeks in advance: Again. Unfunny and insulting to our intelligence.
And on and on.
Sure, we might not have thought about these things before, but it would've taken anyone with an ounce of intelligence half a second to figure it out if they had to.
What's more, we're the viewers; we're not meant to dissect the programme. We know it's hard work. We want to enjoy the output. That's the whole point of production.
If anyone still doesn't get what we mean when we criticise over-scriptedness, let me just add to what MWF said: stop planning and scripting what you're talented enough to handle spontaneously.