I guess I am a hater...
- hate Chris Evans (shouty and pitchy mofo)
- hate Matt LeBlanc (used to think he was great, but he is just monotonous and boring here)
- don't like the chubby guy
- don't like Sabine
- hate the SIARCC segment
- I actually hate the new show.
I have been hoping and hoping, but 5 episodes in I am giving up.
Sticking around Finalgear for The Grand Tour, cant wait to see those 3 again.
PS: gave it a 2, fell asleep somewhere in the middle, the only thing I recall from the show is MLB reading an obviously scripted piece very slowly and without emotion.
Last edited by Goob; June 27th, 2016 at 1:09 PM.
All I can say again it was not bad, but still too much Evans. The jag bit felt really hollow for some reason. I enjoy Harris's parts always.
If you're suggesting that I automatically think all CHM stuff is magic and all Evans stuff is crap, you're wrong. If you disagree with my opinion and think it was a great piece of Top Gear TV, then why not say so.
Last edited by hal9000; June 27th, 2016 at 5:01 PM.
Zenos E10 - Evans' timing for his narration is off most of the time. Also, STOP SHOUTING
Stig's lap - Evans sounds like a retard who's standing 20 ft away from the microphone to try and stop his shouty voice from being annoying. It doesn't help
Rolls - a US guy reviewing it, no. Just no, it's not working
M2/RS3 - Harris is too shouty, he doesn't need it and he shouldn't do it. Stop it. Now
SIARCC - heh no, go away
F-Type Rory's doing ok but the item itself is a bit boring
2 rolls - a clown who paints his 288GTO white has no business talking about style and class
You think the BRX plate was intentional?
I get the feeling a minority are still trying to look on the bright side and find things to like, but most of us can see this is a total potato by now.
In fact most of the things they have done so far, CHM already got there first a while back. They need so real originality but I doubt the ginger twit has the brain power
I feel the BBC is dragging Chris Harris down.
Chris: The next time someone from BBC comes up with some shit like a "happiness detector" tell them to get the fuck out of your face!
If they wanted to add some awful 'happiness detector' silliness, then it would have been better to have allowed 'the producers' persist in installing it on his head, then having him toss it, wires and all, out the window on the first bend. That's more the spirit of old TG, but they just don't get it.
- Norman Dewis had to suffer that idiot shouting in his year, should've used his stick to shut him up
- Could Evans be more wrong about Rolls? I can imagine May ripping him apart
- Chris Harris trying to be Clarkson doesn't work. His test was stupid, stick to giving us good car reviews.
- Rory's segment was great, a bit of history and a challenge
- Paul Hollywood is a petrolhead and has a racing license, but you wouldn't know that from the moron CE's interview would you
- Matt's first segment was actually quite good
- Evan's reviews give no actual impressions, he's reading off the spec sheet. Well not reading, shouting.
I know I am going against the trend here, but I'm warming more and more to the latest incarnation of Top Gear and I enjoyed this episode the most to date.
Zenos E10 S: So Chris Evans can talk without shouting, even when driving a car so loud he should be. Imagine that. Now if he could just bring his "narration voice" back into the studio segments... Overall, I found it a decent review.
BMW M2: I have never seen any of Chris Harris' videos, so I am not familiar with his "normal" reviewing style and how it compares to his "Top Gear" reviewing style. As I noted last episode, if he is channelling Clarkson, IMO he is not doing a right hash of it as I like his reviews.
SIARCC: Two great guests whose time was wasted with the new "interview" format.
Jaguar F-Type SVR Delivery Drive: Again, finding Rory Reid to be a pleasure. With a full season under his belt, I think he could be a solid contender as one of the primary presenters. Yes, clearly staged and scripted, but still enjoyed it no less for that.
Rolls Royce Dawn: Matt LeBlanc was the right choice for this one. He has that low-key James May vibe and while May would have been much more knowledgable about what makes a Roller, both in general and in this particular case, special, LeBlanc came across as at least competent.
Rolls Royce Dawn vs Rolls-Royce Corniche: Not rubbish, but also not ambitious. Honestly, it's no worse than Hammond holding a public vote between an Aston Martin DB9 Volante and a puppy and doing something like the Grosser vs. Corniche challenge would have been horribly unfair to the Corniche. So maybe it was all we could ask for.
This latest episode was a letdown for me, and the realization that in the current state, this show doesn't work for me.
- Zenos review:
Straight to the point: Evans doesn't come across as a believable car person. He can say whatever, it's just an empty shell.
- BMW M2:
Harris is good, but drawn back by the gimmicks they have him doing. In this case, the silly happiness-o-meter. His own style works much better. On good days, he's like a mix of Hammond's enthusiam and May's insight, and even Clarkson's driving thrown in. Just let him do what he does best...
- Star guests:
The new format has a huge problem, and it isn't the car nor the track. It is the very strict formula: Have two guests, start with blatant plugging of their latest work, then talk about two of their cars, then have the lap. There is just no room for a remotely natural conversation to develop, in contrast to the interviews Clarkson did.
Boring. It just felt staged. But that's a problem I had with just about every long-distance race Top Gear ever did - just that the old crew did it much more epically so that I could live with that, and in comparison this one fell flat. Probably because the driving shots were sparse and lacked atmosphere.
The first part was decent. LeBlanc is the right presenter for such a piece, but due tp the lack of insight he presents, it's just some (albeit nice) guy driving around. He's an actor, just give the man a decent script to work with! Write him some lines with interesting information!
The antagonism they built between Evans and LeBlanc for the second part and in fact the whole second part - just terrible.
- Studio parts in general:
They are just forced. There's no atmosphere, no chemistry between the presenters, even the audience reactions seem robotic.
As a whole, this ep manifests the problem "new" Top Gear has: They are just going through the motions, following the CHM formula in most cases, but clearly without any of the enthusiasm the old crew had. That's evident even in the cinematography. Perhaps I'm jaded, but to me it feels like they have new camera crews and directors desperately trying to film the way the old ones did, but falling short.
And yes, I skipped SIARPRC, sorry, still voted.
As to why I didn't watch SIARPRC:
I don't expect a Ranulph Fiennes interview every week, but the current format is so far away from that, it's not even counting in the same league.Have two guests, start with blatant plugging of their latest work, then talk about two of their cars, then have the lap. There is just no room for a remotely natural conversation to develop, in contrast to the interviews Clarkson did.
Last edited by RobertK; June 29th, 2016 at 12:03 PM.
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