TV Review: The Grand Tour Episode 4
After episode 2 which was generally received with mixed reaction – mostly negative and episodes 1 & 3 which were highly praised, there is no way Amazon’s The Grand Tour could possibly discourage the possibility of BBC’s Top Gear renewal any further – Right?
WRONG! After last night’s fourth episode, it’s obviously apparent that this was the last nail in the Coffin for Top Gear – Rest in Peace.
This week’s episode saw the boys return to their home town – Whitby and after last week’s beautiful Italian “Grand Tour”, this week saw the trio rather back to their old, cheap, car challenges.
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So, they’d enjoyed their fish-and-chips banter from last week’s episode that Clarkson and co decided to stick around in Jezza’s native Yorkshire for a second dispatch.
“It’s the only place on earth where all three of us have had a car crash,” Clarkson said.
There followed zany recollections of fender benders from the annals – and a rare reference by Richard Hammond to his 2006 brush with death in a jet-powered dragster down the road in York.
An event fans of The Old Top Gear remember as clear as day.
A sign of the series’ growing confidence is that it is willing to dispense with the fireworks.
For the second week running, special effects took a back seat as Clarkson compared and contrasted a BMW and a Porsche on a rainy test-track.
Nothing flashy – just a middle age man banging on about cornering and acceleration.
Clarkson’s rants were even more bizarre, taking on Cyclists and foreigners as Jezza unleashed a broadside against tourism website TripAdvisor.
I can’t be the only one who immediately thought of BBC when Jeremy Clarkson said,
“I’m trying to think of a metaphor, for someone who’s really tried their hardest with something, and it hasn’t worked.”– A funny jab that had me laughing so hard.
The cheap land rover eco-challenge in this week’s episode was genuinely funny. Hammond’s tree Land Rover – treety-i was impressive.
Clarkson’s Meaty-i Land Rover was disgusting and May’s attempt at a mud land rover, then to brick and finally to hay was simply sad and funny to watch.
The Episode was almost perfect but…
After 3 attempts, it is vastly apparent that Celebrity Brain Crash needs to go.
In less than a month we’ve gone from Jeremy Renner jumping out of a plane in California to Jimmy Carr bustling around a Whitby harbor on a jet ski.
Time to bin the terminally unfunny Celebrity Brain crash before they’re out of actual celebrities to pretend-kill.
Also, “The American” (The fourth presenter and tame racing driver) isn’t funny at all. Rather, he is beginning to become uncharacteristically annoying. A new approach is needed rather quickly.
After 4 episodes, it is very clear that The Grand Tour is fast taking over the factual television genre as the old Top Gear Once did. Episodes 1-4 are now available on Amazon Prime.
Emmron is an Urban Design student, freelance writer for Newslibre a Game, Film, Music, Science, Technology and Automotive enthusiast.