Everyone seems to criticize the new Top Gear and praise the Grand Tour. But personally I like these shows equally. They have a lot in common, but at the same time, they are different. These are expensive and cool shows which have had difficulties after the break-up of the well-organized professional team. That’s why both of them cannot be compared with the old good Top Gear. And I’ll tell you why.
The first season of ‘The Grand Tour’ perfectly combines the old style with fresh ideas. It’s presented by the familiar hosts, plus it contains many of those traditions and funny moments we love. But at the same time, there are new sections, new tracks and other innovations. And of course, the way Clarkson, Hammond and May talk is the same. They’re making fun of everything: of their rivals, Top Gear, of cars, of people and even of each other. Sometimes I burst out laughing when I watch this show. The episode with the mud car and bone car alone is enough to start laughing
That was really great and funny, but sometimes it seems to me, that for a car TV show, The GT contains a lot of non-car related information. It doesn’t make the show less fascinating. In any case, it’s a great adventure show. I love their jokes and all those funny moments. But I watch it because of the cars in the first place. Even the 24th season of Top Gear was more informative in this regard. Clarkson joked about that too:
Go down there and steal that Renault.
Because this is a car show. We need a motoring element.
I think these two shows reinforce each other. Two great shows are better than one I don’t even know which one is better. Though it’s clear that the fans of Clarkson, Hammond and Way prefer to stay with them.
Maybe it’s for the best that the trio had to start their own show. It’s obvious that nothing holds them back, and they implement all their jokes and plans. And I’m sure next season will be even more interesting and fascinating.