TV Review: Amazon’s The Grand Tour Is a Thrilling Ride
Without doubt one of the most anticipated TV shows in 2016 (among petrol-heads at least) The Grand Tour generally had a lot to live up to.
Fans from every corner of the world couldn’t stop talking about this show as the hype for it was through the tent – Get it? (I sat through the whole night just waiting for the episode to drop).
What’s sad is that a vast majority of fans won’t be able to watch it until December 2016 when Amazon Prime will launch in over 200 countries globally.
So now that I’ve seen episode one, how does Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new show compare?
Related: The Grand Tour Trailer Finally Is Here!
Five Things I Learnt from The Grand Tour Series Premiere
Nothing’s Really Changed.
Now bear with me here, aside from the new studio (Amazon), a new studio, completely reshuffled show, nothing that fans of the old Top Gear Series loved has really changed.
I don’t say this as a bad thing but rather was a compliment.
The boys are still the same, the chemistry is still there and dare I say even better probably because of a sense of freedom and less restriction.
From the first minute, one can’t help but sense some subtle familiarity with a dashing pinch of freshness which is rather brilliant.
The opening sequence is reportedly TV’s most expensive ever, costing a whopping £2.5m and one could clearly see where all that cash flow was blown into.
£4.5 million per episode is a pretty substantial amount of money to play with and the show looks spectacular.
A lot of that budget goes on the logistics of roaming locations but otherwise you could see every quid on-screen.
The eye watering quality of every frame could be seen even through my Full HD display panel. It’s a pity I could not experience the native resolution in which every episode will be filmed it (Native 4K).
But nevertheless, this show looks gorgeous.
When I first heard of this, I was a bit skeptical with the whole idea but after watching episode one, I must say it was a brilliant one.
What can I say?
The tent is an amazing idea of the location and design changing every week with every new location is brilliant.
This offers a fresh look every single week as the boys can play with the design in any way they see fit. Unlike the other show where the studio never changed at all (You know the one I’m talking about).
The Studio (Amazon)
4.5 million investment! This has given the trio enough room to rethink and do what they want in every episode.
Amazon has invested a lot of faith in these boys and plan on keeping them happy no matter what. Even if it means letting Clarkson use offensive animal pleasuring jokes.
They (The Boys) Were out to prove a Point
Episode one featured something the boys left Top Gear without doing. Getting The Porsche 918, The McLaren P1 and The Ferrari La Ferrari (or The Ferrari the Ferrari as May puts it) on to one race track and see which is faster.
Episode one was just a reminder that this was an actual car show as Clarkson kept reminding us.
did they make one Hell of a statement.
Smug in the knowledge that they have left the BBC trailing in their dust cloud, it’s familiar yet fresh, full of ideas, cinematic in ambition and most importantly, very funny.
For Clarkson and Amazon, this is gonna be a bright sun-shiny day.
Emmron is an Urban Design student, freelance writer for Newslibre a Game, Film, Music, Science, Technology and Automotive enthusiast.