You sir deserve my respect and a medal.PaddyFancy;n3546229 said:This definitely posed some interesting thoughts for me. As they said at the start, Mozambique is a desperately poor country, so no-one can really afford refrigerated lorries to carry fresh fish so far in land. I appreciate looking for a more budget solution, but lack of chilled lorries is the least of the country's transportation problems. Could I really expect a lorry to navigate the country's pathetic road infrastructure? Its basically what done those three in.
Jeremy's idea of a budget fish carrier I think was pretty sound. He had the right kind of vehicle, which proved mostly trouble free for the entire trip, only really slowed down waiting for his colleagues to sort themselves out. Carrying the fish in the bed of the pickup, surrounded by ice made by an ice generator, felt like it could have worked. Replinishing the ice generator with water probably wouldn't have been much of an issue. Again Jeremy was slowed down because of his colleagues problems. But it was basically game over for him when the generator broke (which I wouldn't be surprised if it couldn't take the rough ride). His backup plan to re-route the exhaust into the bed of the truck, covering up with a tarp and making kippers from thick, black diesel fumes was a real WTF moment. That would not be considered passable.
James' idea probably would have worked if he had chosen a better car. Even if he didn't choose the only Mercedes estate in the continent that lost its rugged reliability, I don't think it would have survived the journey either. Basically out of it when his colleagues sabotaged his car by severing the front off. Definitely not a smart thing to have him sit so close to such cancer inducing fumes from Jeremy's truck in the first place. Sorry James but your shouting and balling was totally uncalled for, not because you keep shouting at Jeremy after he helped you out of trouble several times, but even a smart person would have got the message that he had the worst car for the environment. Jeremy did think sensibly for his choice of car. Also, how did he not think to cover up his water tank sufficiently? Not only would he not get drowned every time he went over a big bump or braked, but losing water was not going to do the live fish he was carrying any good at all, and you want to take extra measures to lose as little water as possible.
Richard's idea...fuck that. Totally stupid. I mean kudos to the bike for withstanding the punishment, and Richard himself that he wasn't that worse for wear after adding like 100 more crashes to his repotoire. That plucky little £800 supermarket motorbike managed to make it to the end without really breaking down. Buuuuut as a methoud of carrying fish? Useless. Lost all his fish and had to steal from Jeremy's lot. Perhaps it would have been better if he fed the line through the anus instead of the gills like Jeremy advised but we'll never know.
Now I will admit there were some laughs to be had, but there's a large share of moments that got really old. In the middle of the episode, the thing that annoyed me most was the part James trying to explain how to turn fresh water into sea salt water to refill his tank. That would have been mildly interesting and informative but fuck that big oaf Jeremy interrupting and splitting hairs, trying to get James to just do it and stop talking and I'm like "SHUT UP!"
The ending was pretty naff too. Arriving at their destination with rotten fish and achieving absolutely nothing, and all they can do about it is do what they've been jibbing at the celebrities for when they go off to do charity work and appear in Hello Magazine. What a way to end the series. I agree with hounted up there. If this was still Top Gear it would have had a happy ending, even if it wasn't a 100% success. They would have made that point. The 2007 American Road Trip to New Orleans had a happy ending. The Middle East special, delivering the gifts to Baby Stig in Bethlehem. This isn't Top Gear anymore, its The Grand Tour so it must end "on that terrible disappointment" and it certainly did that.
PaddyFancy;n3546229 said:Now I will admit there were some laughs to be had, but there's a large share of moments that got really old. In the middle of the episode, the thing that annoyed me most was the part James trying to explain how to turn fresh water into sea salt water to refill his tank. That would have been mildly interesting and informative but fuck that big oaf Jeremy interrupting and splitting hairs, trying to get James to just do it and stop talking and I'm like "SHUT UP!"