Wednesday, November 23, 2016





It's BACK!

As you may know, Amazon stepped in to rescue the lads after Jeremy, rather boorishly, punched a cheeky BBC producer, and was fired. I had pretty much stopped watching it anyway, because it had become a self parody.  The early shows, however, had so captured my soul that I watched the whole series (Netflix) something like eight times. And would still if the BBC hadn't yanked the first dozen, or so, series off the air.  I looked to see if I could buy them,without luck.  But, I digress.

Amazon signed the boys up to do a Top Gear-ish series called "The Great Adventure."  From early clips I've seen ... not interested. But, as part of the package, Amazon offers the entire Top Gear shmeer.  Even some "Series 1, " that nobody on earth, evidently, had ever seen.  Here are some some of the steps that began to annoy the crap out of me, and a few winners.

  • Look for the lead-in shown above (aircraft hanger).  A sign of quality.
  • The very first time you hear the "Stig" intro begin "Some say he ....;" you have entered the beginning of crap zone.
  • Early episodes showed edited clips of celebrities driving the "reasonably priced car." When they somehow thought is would be fun to see the whole 2 minutes, or so, the shtick drifted into yawner. 
  • The celebrity interviews were pretty much jewels, every one. Watch them all.
  • After a fashion, the audience grew from an intimate gathering of gear heads and their often lovely girl friends (that Jeremy would hit on),  to something akin to a Super Bowl crowd. 
  • The producers did however round up the best lookers, and use them as front row scenery.
  • The "NEWS" segment was, IMO, the best feature, but eventually scrapped. Sigh.
  • The COOL WALL.  Pffft.


Anonymous said...

Their new show is now called The Grand Tour and new episodes air on Fridays. I enjoyed the heck out of their premier episode. I found Stig's replacement a hoot! You should check it out!


Anonymous said...

The new show is now called The Grand Tour and airs on Friday. I enjoyed the heck of their premier episode, and found Stig's replacement to be a hoot! It really was a good show, I'm on board. You should check it out, Roger.


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