I see exactly where Herr Interceptor is coming from. I've felt it too, for the last 3-4 seaons in fact, that increasingly they seem merely to be going through the motions. I had the same feeling watching "Crystal Skull" last Saturday - all the elements were there it just didn't feel like a proper, pukka Indiana Jones movie and at the end I was disappointed.
There have been some real highlights this series - the race in 13x01, Ken Block, the Classic Cars (Ms Welch excepted) and the final piece in 13x07 which utterly blew my mind and reminded me that TG can still surprise and delight as well as delivering a huge helping of pathos.
The industry they have as their raison d'etre is in a huge state of flux right now for all sorts of reasons, their budget has been reduced, and there are fewer exciting cars on the horizon for them to get excited about. And they're all getting older and we can't expect them to keep topping their previous efforts every series.
My take on it is that they should gradually get back towards to TG of old, without becoming merely a car show a la Fifth Gear. Those who have latched onto it because it's popular will get bored as they always do (Big Brother anyone) and those who've always been fans will remain. I think it's high time they returned to making the show they want to make, rather than the show they think people want them to make.
Rather well said, that man with the head tilt
, except i have always
hated Big Brother with the white hot intensity of 1,000 suns...
Seriously, while Vietnam, Botswana, Polar & co are great, it's just not possible for them to produce 6-10 of those a season, even with all the money in the world. Gourmet icecream (or whatever your favourite) is lovely, but if you ate nothing but, even that would begin to pall. We need the "meat n three veg" episodes to make us appreciate the "icing on the cake" when it comes along. I love
Aston Martins, but if they were in every episode even i might get bored
I have read a lot
of posts since i joined FG, and find it ironic that what one person lambasts TG for the next person lauds! The latest AM film is a case in point, while lots of us adored it, many thought it was pointless, as Heathrow
said guess that makes it art. Each series seems to polarise a number of people too.
As a self-confessed Jamesaholic, i do think, the longer i've watched the more he has come into his own, plus it has given him the clout to do all his other great series.
I lead a pretty boring life TBH, and TG is one of my little rays of sunshine, so even the "worst" episode in a series is pretty damn Ben & Jerry's to me!
So, to finish the menu of metaphors, i'll just sit back & wait for November, knowing that some weeks will be sirloin and others stew, but all of it will at times surprise, delight, irritate, move and nourish me.
PS wrote this before reading Interceptor's latest post, see? We both come up with food analogies!