Ahem!TGR's producers do a much better job of filming the test track than TGA. Perhaps SBS/Freehand could start using a couple of cameras on cranes similar to what TGR use? But TGR still didn't SHOW us what the track looks like! This was an annoyance with TGA, I think we'll have to wait for someone here to make up a map of TGR, although given the 'top secret' location of the track, it could be awkward.
I think overall it was an ok pilot,
and I think the problems about production values and stuff will get better. after all it was a pilot.
Also you have to keep in mind that this is a country that up until a couple decades ago was communist country.
as for the cast, who knows, like both the UK and Aussie version the cast may change for better chemistry after the first season. but i do think there is a culture and language gap since this is the first TG that is not in english. But i personally feel that they did a good job in trying to be unique in the personalities of the cast rather than trying to copy the UK version too much (i.e. old guy, young guy, boring guy) and that might be why many seem to not like the show. their expecting it to be too much like the UK ver. I think if you keep in mind that their trying to put their own flare on the show it is a little more forgiving.
Finally got around to watching it, and this is by far the worst motoring show I have ever seen in my life, it's amazing how bad it is and how bad the hosts are.
One fits every stereotype of the sleazebag so much that I can't help but think he's a character acting like that because nobody can be that bad. He dresses and acts like he's 20 something but he's really got to be closer to 50. The other is inept when it comes to cars and can't even drive a manual than can't even handle a simple miata and has to blame the "crappy car"(why was he allowed on a car show again?). Than the 3rd is some "punk rocker" who looks more like the lost member of the Jonas brothers who like his other 2 doesn't offer anything ... ever.
Nowhere in their tests did any of them make a valid argument, they just tried (and failed) to be witty and funny. Horrid segment.
The "track" ... or abandoned parking lot fit in with the theme of the show. I didn't think they could manage to find a "track" worse than the aussies but they did, and they did it with a lot of room to spare. I've seen auto-x courses in wal mart parking lots that look better than that. If the MX5 bounces around like that what will happen when a real car hits the track? Good luck getting a zonda on there.
News was garbage, it would make the worst tg:uk news segment seem like the meat sword episode.
Tried watching the race but by than I was so tired of the show I skipped through, seemed like the rest of the show dull and unoriginal. Saw the both got in trouble with the police, much like TG:uk's boat vs car.
Literally the only positive thing I can say about the show is they managed to get more good looking girls in 1 episode than TG:Uk gets in a few series.
And why did the luge guy finish with 1:13.4, while the Porsche driven by the stig only get a 1:13.1 and the miata did 1:22.1, was it a different track that I missed when skipping or does their stig just suck? Looking online the best they can have is still sub 100hp, damp track or not there is no way it should be 9 seconds ahead of a miata. And if they use 2 different tracks than that's just stupid.
As for the score, if I could give it a - number I would so I'll just vote the lowest possible. Utter garbage.