while I agree with your other assessments, especially Reid's retarded "Hammondness" , you mustve watched some other version of TG regarding CHris and guilia. He didnt really give a crap about the window. He stopped the car and didnt even look at the window. He immediately said, Im gonna try it again and went towards the back of the car and towardss the props, looking at how to do it. I wouldve felt devastated ruining such an amazing car,immediately check the damage,whether the metal is also bent etc... but he sure didnt at all. He was only slightly pissed/disappointed it didnt go according to plan.At first I thought that the drifting through the cutout wall segment was a bit too long, and was pointless destruction. But you could feel the genuine concern for the car when he broke the windshield, he feels the cars' pain like his own skin, which is a welcome contrast to CHM's complete disregard towards destruction of perfectly drivable vehicles. And the payoff was excellent - even I started applauding when Chris went through.
Yeah, I second this. I still think it's better for them to just string together the shots they want WITHOUT PRETENDING IT'S SOME "REAL" RACE/STORY! They can make some narrative out of it, but just don't *pretend*. Like I said here or on topgear.com last week; "we're not morons".Their arguments for super/not super car wasn't 100% credible so the bickering isn't natural yet, but it will get there. Unfortunately things got silly at the end when they drove around on the mountain. The race was over when Chris got stuck. He's fast, but cant make up 30 minutes of rescue. Also, they didn't talk about what tires they changed to, and the second part in the sunshine was probably another day all together. If it can't be done properly, either don't do it or explain why it's crap. Don't try to get away with shit like this thinking the audience is too stupid to notice.