Recent content by empowah

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    Top Gear America Supposedly Won't Be Censored By NBC

    There's a huge difference between qualified bashing and bashing to sound qualified. Hopefully it's not the latter.
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    Couldn't NBC NOT allow Car Companies as Sponsors?

    The only reason why they're making Gear is to make money from advertisers - not to provide helpful consumer advice, demonstrate creative or artistic freedom, promote automotive cross-cultural understanding, or entertain viewers - unless that, of course, makes money. I wouldn't be surprised to...
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    Anthony Bourdain as the American Clarkson

    Well, sure, he probably doesn't know as much about cars, and he probably isn't as "mainstream" as NBC would like, but I was watching the Travel Channel (which is about as exotic and cultural as American TV gets), and it occurred to me... he has a similar sense of wit, humor, mannerisms, and...
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    Possible lead on another host

    I certainly hope Dan Neil doesn't become presenter of Gear. His writing may be decent, and sure, he has "Pulitzer-winning" permanently attached to his name, but on camera he passes as Tim Lovejoy and Scott VanPala (of fake-TG "Heavy Metal DVD!" fame) rolled into one: arrogant, phony, and all too...
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    [09x03] February 11th, 2007

    Uh oh, here come the "OMG-I'm-so-embarrassed-about-my-country-that-I-better-distance-myself-from-all-Americans-to-prove-my-intelligence" people. :P There's no need to apologize for the fact that TG only sought out fat and belligerent people. It doesn't matter where in America they film. With...
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    [09x03] February 11th, 2007

    What I find particularly amusing is the quantity of people going "I can't wait to see how the Yanks will react!" Yet apart from reactions to what FG members have said (not reactions to the actual episode), response from US viewers has generally been positive. And I think there's a very good...
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    [SPOILER] Top Gear's biggest roadtrip ever.... [SPOILER]

    From another site... "and I'm thinking the "record" they're talking about is the old Car and Driver Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash one. The record, accordingly to Wikipedia, was 32 hours and 51 minutes (about 87 mph) was set in the final run by Dave Heinz and Dave...
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    [08x07] July 23rd, 2006

    bored bored bored bored bored bored bored boring boring dull tedious annoying back ache arm ache cramp miserable hate james hate james...
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    [08x06] July 16th, 2006

    That was rubbish and pathetic, but funny in a British schoolboy humour sort-of-way. I was laughing and annoyed at the same time. We're starting to see bits of old-grumpy-man syndrome here, or perhaps we're seeing the effects of all the painkillers Jeremy has been taking.
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    [08x02] May 14th, 2006

    To an extent, I can see what you're banging on about. The Ferrari has the "X-factor" that the Corvette doesn't have. It costs 100K more than the Corvette because it has the Italian breeding, Italian heritage, Italian passion, and Italian exclusivity. It's Italian; I'll agree with you up to that...
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    [09x01] April 10th, 2006

    Overall it was a good start... I look forward to the M3 v. RS4, Q7 police chase, and Z06 review. The supposedly Chinese "industrial espionage lady" was Korean.
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    [07x06] December 27th, 2005

    I thought it was a rather weak and disappointing end to the series. The awards was a waste of time that verged on trashy, and the Jeremy v. Jeremy was too thin -- it's as if they went through the actions of comparing the two but couldn't be bothered in making it interesting. The fact he raced at...
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    what do you think about the saturn sky/pontiac solstice?

    Ah ha, found the link for the LS2 Solstice: "Six-thousand 'cc' in a car the size of a shoooooe!"
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    what do you think about the saturn sky/pontiac solstice?

    The LS2 in the Monaro is a very compact V8, since it doesn't have OHCs and all, and it does fit in the Solstice. An aftermarket tuning company is making several of them, though it might upset the weight distribution of the chassis. I guess that's what the Corvette is for. GM are deciding...
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    Jeremy Clarkson on the Jeep Grand Cherokee

    Just me being pedantic, but the old Grand Cherokee had a unibody frame as well. The new Disco has a unibody, but a ladder-chassis underneath, like you get on an Elddis Mistral GTX caravan. ;) In America, the Grand Cherokee isn't a competitor to the X5, but rather to equally medieval oxcarts like...