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    Cancer Sucks

    Terrible news, but in his way Alex brought more joy to more people than most of us ever will. My thanks to him and all those who supported this forum, including Top Gear itself (a symbiotic relationship if ever there was one...). My condolences to the family and all who knew and loved Mr. Mills.
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    [02x04] December 29, 2017

    If only the writing was up to the level of the cinematography, these would be classics. As it is, I wonder if it's time to bring in professional writers, or get CHM to take comedy seriously again and improve the quality. And may I say that while in general I have no issue with the new driver...
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    Top Gear USA is back from the dead and headed to BBC America

    It's dire. I wouldn't bother with this one, maybe the next episode will be better.
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    Top Gear USA is back from the dead and headed to BBC America

    Yes, I skipped through most of it, but was unimpressed. Hope it gets better, but right now it's the spray-on tan of Top Gears
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    New TGUS on BBC America: Episode 1

    That's pretty much my opinion too - I'll hope it gets better, but it feels so forced and fake with this first episode. And the test track is so characterless that it needs a faster car to bring interest. It did seem like CJ put in a pretty good initial lap, but without reference times (what...
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    [24x02] March 12th, 2017 - Lamborghini vs Porsche

    I gave it an eight, I thought it was a little better than the first show. The only thing that stood out a bit is the "star" usage, I still think it's a little awkward to have them sitting there for longer than their specific segment. Small nit in an otherwise enjoyable episode. OCD award goes...
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    [24x01] March 5th, 2017 - the old track is back!

    I seem to have followed the herd and voted 7 (before I read the other reviews), I thought this went pretty well. The opening seemed a little stiff (Harris in particular seemed nervous), and yes, it'll take much more time for "natural" (scripted or not) banter to appear. But overall I think...
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    What I'd like to see in Season 2...

    For me, the new "track" is an absolute disaster, with nothing to challenge the vitality and speed of a truly great car. No flow, no sense of "on the edge", no whoosh of air as you clip a tire barrier or exposure of an oversteering oxcart or pushing pig. The new timing board brings no sense of...
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    [01x11] January 20, 2017

    I voted 5, the whole episode just screamed "mediocre" to me. I'm truly trying to figure out what the folks voting "10" are watching...
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    [01x10] January 13, 2016

    Voted "4". Nearly boring. I did like the Alfa segment, but even there Clarkson doesn't seem "genuine" to me anymore, and that got much worse with the balance of the show, bottoming out with the reef film. It's like watching zombies try to put on a play - there's effort, but it's not pretty to...
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    [01x09] January 06, 2016

    I voted "8", within the new format I thought this was better than earlier episodes. For me the two off-roaders by JC were fun, and reasonably tight from a pace standpoint. The NSX review was pretty good, I would have liked a little more time with it, including some real world driving thoughts...
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    [01x08] December 31st, 2016 [Namibia Special, Part 2]

    I rated S1E8 as an "8", and better than the previous half (or 2/5ths). More interesting scenery, more varied situations, and less "sh!t" remarks. Dialog overall seemed more realistic (as such things go). I suspect they were wise to make the "butler" clearly non-native, as the risk of offense...
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    [1x07] December 30th, 2016 [Namibia Special, Part 1]

    I was engaged for about half the episode, bored by redundant "Oh, we're going over a high dune!" and fake sounding "Ooh's" (I've heard more convincing ones in bed). I've also gotten bored of the excess of "Shit!", which was "interesting" when used once or twice (Yes, we know you're not bounded...
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    [01x06] December 23, 2016

    I voted "8", and agree the GT40/P3 film was excellent. Would have liked it much longer, I think a proper (modern) big-screen version would be quite a draw. The rest of the show was acceptable, I'd put this as the best of the TGT's so far.
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    [01x04] December 9nd, 2016

    Is Conversation Street going to have unique silhouettes for each show? Last week JC's high heels, this week RH's outsized hand. I'll have to watch the others again for their differences.