I'll start off with the R8/Corvette review. My word they made that piece look beautiful. Those camera crews really do know how to use their kit. A pretty good review, but it has become a simple art now. There needs to be some more variation in these power tests, which was sort of provided last week in the limos, but there wasn't enough of it.
Martin Sheen was certainly a decent guest. Interesting family history, and for once a brilliant time too! And that's all that one can say about that...
Geoff. Right. Fucking hilarious. The two films regarding the homemade electric-mobile is genuinely one of the funniest things I've ever seen. The tests at Millbrook were absolutely perfectly done and thought up. Proper Topgear cocking about, with some decent ambitious motives with, while predictably rubbish, surprising and excellent in every way.
As an episode, I'll give it a 9.5/10. So very close to being a perfect episode, but just ever so slightly let down by the layout of the episode yet again. But still - there isn't much wrong with that, is there?
After last week's belter, this came crashing downwards. There was one good line (highlight the following to see it) "I want to commit suicide, but OFCOM won't let us show it".
Other than that? Meh. The "electric car" thing was a bit dull throughout. The build and drive through Oxford was predictable - "hey it's slow, hey we're causing traffic mayhem" - and the MIRA bit had potential - certain bits making me laugh out loud, mainly the SLOWMOTION and the side impact test - but never really got going.
Other than that, a fair bit of the humour (especially during the news) seemed rather token - "Hey look, we're on at 9pm now, we can say 'penis'". The news is usually the best bit but didn't seem too good this week. Hooray for bizarre person from the audience though.
SIARPC was unexpectedly good, though. I didn't know what to expect from Michael Sheen but I warmed to him as the interview progressed, and he became funnier as it went along. Poor bloke, being horribly jetlagged, though. I enjoyed that. The R8 V10 / Corvette review was cinematographically good-looking, and Clarkson was up to his usual, but these are cars we have seen before. Albeit as the R8 V8 and the Corvette in the US. It didn't really do much for me.
Overall, I found it - compared to Top Gear's usual standards - a bit of a letdown. Having said that, it's still better than 90% of the rubbish on TV these days.
Part 1 of the Electric car - Kind of boring, though I did like Jezza's Mood Room
News - Boring, although I did giggle a bit over James' fizzing prostate...the Sheffield accents kind of dragged on a bit
R8 vs ZR1 - Not bad. Beautiful cars though, but not the best review I've seen.
Sheen - Good, lost points for talking about Twilight though...
Part 2 of Electric Car - Brilliant, loved the slow mo crashes , and all their faces at the end
The last 20 minutes saved it for me
7/10 for me.
I think I might like it better on a second viewing though...
I didn't really enjoy it at first, but that wasn't Top Gear's fault. My dad kept switching between digital and analog television to see if it it looked any different. That made me quite mad so I took the remote from him and from then on I started enjoying it.
The electric car films were great, had a few very good laughs. Bit like the Convertible Espace film which I also enjoyed a lot.
Then the R8 vs. ZR1. Looked good but I didn't think it was a very good review. I enjoyed it because I like the cars (especially the ZR1), but it's a standard car review at the track. Like more people said, they need to vary those reviews a bit more.
The guest was good. I didn't know him but that's usually the cars. Didn't think I was wasting my time watching it, but I probably won't watch it again.
Great to see the V10 Audi and the ZR1 out on the track, and a surprising outcome on the track. It just goes to show how good Stig really is at the wheel.
The electric car challenge was brilliant. It actually seemed like a good plan to start with but obviously it was going to be ambitions but rubbish in the end. Geoff was a good laugh on the m-way though and when they had to lift the charging cable over the traffic. The Hammerhead was clearly better, and I was really surprised by the outcome of the drag race and I loved James' secret moustache.
Didn't really know who the star was and there was little talk about his car history but obviously he was chosen to fit in around the Twilight opening (which I also have negative interest in) so no complains there.
News was a great laugh although I wouldn't mind them talking about cars for a change.
9/10 for me, let down a bit by the news and not actually letting us see what the electric car could do. Couldn't they find another stig?
Also, I was almost crying when I watched the Stig coming down the ramps at the front of the Autocar office.
I don't know if its because i have other things on my mind but i really did not enjoy this ep.
I thought the 2nd part of the challenged was better than the the first and have to say the green stig with his sandals and solar power helmet made me smile.
The first time I've given 10! R8 Vs 'Vette was an absolutely beautiful film with a very interesting conclusion and a very interesting lap time. Michael Sheen, didn't know what to expect from him but he was very good and a surprisingly good lap time. If he could have just reigned in a bit of the recklessness he could well have been top 3. As for Geoff. There were times when I genuinely couldn't breath from laughing so much, I loved the slo-mo, the backwards bit and the independent driver in the G-Wiz. All this and to top it off, featuring Autocar, which is my favourite car mag. An outstanding episode.
Great episode from the TG trio tonight. Really enjoyed it.
The Audi R8 feature was good since the Audi R8 remains one of my favorite cars to see on the tv screen (The original Audi R8 review in 10x02 remains one of my favorite TG car reviews). Really surprised at the result and does prove how awesome the Stig is.
The News was ok but i was hoping they may had featured more on Brawn GP's transformation into Mercedes GP and Jenson Button's move (then again i wasn't sure if this had been filmed when the news had been released.)
The SIARPC was obviously chosen because of that twilight film that was released last week, but given that he was in Frost/Nixon which remains one of the best films i've seen this year all is forgiven. He definately seemed to get faster and better at the end, especially those last 2 turns.
Loved tonights main feature. The geoff going around Oxford was fun mostly because i had been only walking down those streets a few weeks ago, just wish i had been there when they filmed it. On top of that the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust moments were for me pure gold. Especially the slow motion euro safety tests they had me laughing non stop. almost like my tv was pumping laughing gas into the air.
I'll give it a 8/10. solid good episode with the Top Gear trinity at their usual peak of cocking about.
Well, I properly LOL'd with real tears at the MIRA tests, but the rest of it wasn't too thrilling. Another test of two cars I, and most of you will never own costing ?100k or whatever, some silliness, and nothing much else. The news was a giggle, and the guest was OK. An impressive time from someone with little to no interest in cars, but I guess he has a movie/DVD out maybe. I remember when each episode could have 10-11 cars reviewed, and still have the news, a guest and some cocking about. I can foresee this whole series having no more than a dozen or so, and they'll likely all be super/hypercars with telephone number price-tags. I'm losing the faith !
Without the slo-mo MIRA tests I'd have given it a 4, but for the laughs I'll up it to a 6.