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Old 03-05-2017, 10:17 AM   #76
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Well the new series is on tonight and it looks like we are getting a cheap car challenge/race
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Thank God Robot Wars is back ..... Good Show

as for Top Gear: Chris Evans may have sped off into the sunset, but this latest revamp is still trying too hard to make us forget Clarkson, May and Hammond

In an interview in the current Radio Times, Matt LeBlanc is asked what he would want people to say about the new series of Top Gear (BBC2, Sunday). He says he would like people to watch with an open mind and “just give it a chance”. I’m going to try to do that, Matt. Forget about the fiasco of the last series, with Chris Evans. Plus you-know-who and the other two before that. Let’s wipe that slate clean.

Better than the first reboot. James McAvoy was good and seemed to be enjoying himself. Not old Top Gear but not bad.

I have watched the Grand Tour on Amazon and that's very variable too. The Grand Tour is parodying the old Top Gear and is not as good. Then the new Top Gear tries hard to be the old Top Gear, too hard sometimes. Although the current attempt is perhaps not quite as poor and false as last year's attempt.

I intend to see how it goes, I am a bit more optimistic. If it fails I suggest a 5-10 year break and complete reboot, like a superhero franchise.

Removing the Evans shoutiness is an improvement but it's kinda obvious that they are trying to recreate the 3-presenter interplay but not yet sure who is supposed to be who? MLB is Clarkson without the faux-bigotry and with less amusing insults and hyperbole; Chris Harris is being half-pushed into the May role of "nerd who knows how it works" but is a better driver; so Rory Reid has to be the Hammondian enthusiastic smiler who falls in love with everything.
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Top Gear Revamp 2.0 has gotten onto a good start. All the childish of Evans is gone, the 3 lads have a good dynamic together which is important and the trip in the high mileage cars was quite good and reminded me of the type of stuff Clarkson and co did. Even the celebrity bit was done better with no autocue or stupid plug, just someone talking about his cars and other things, and it is nice to see everyone getting involved.
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Top Gear, episode 2 recap: this was one for the petrolheads but that David Tennant interview was excruciating - Its still not tip-top Top Gear. There were plenty of creaky moments, with the studio exchanges between the hosts and tetchy Time Lord David Tennant especially painful.

LeBlanc’s stiltedness remains a problem too. The irreverence that is part of Top Gear’s tool box is simply lost on the tanned, easy-going Hollywood star. Out on the open road, his Joey Tribbiani brashness papers over the cracks. In the studio, where there is an expectation the banter will flow like warm beer, he simply isn’t at the races. Please fix this Top Gear before it’s too late.

The former Doctor Who materialised in the studio like a visitor from another dimension to plug Broadchurch season three. He drove a Prius, which make him a petrolhead apostate in the eyes of the combative Harris. As banter turned to bickering a visibly uncomfortable Matt LeBlanc looked like he wanted the ground to open and swallow him (or, better yet, swallow Harris and Tennant).

The assumption was that LeBlanc would be the new Jezza – the buccaneering big-mouth setting the tone. In fact, it is Harris who has emerged as a kindred spirit with his producer-smacking predecessor. He seemed genuinely offended by Tennant’s pro-Prius stance and was shouty and unreasonable throughout the studio segments. Squeeze him into dad jeans and you’d struggle to tell the difference.

As an actor, it isn’t a surprise that LeBlanc would be more at ease playing up for the cameras than spontaneously chinwagging with strangers. He excelled as he and Harris compared and contrasted super cars in California – yet was utterly at a loss refereeing the row between his co-host and Tennant. This really needs sorting out. Top Gear has to play to its biggest star’s strengths rather leave him hanging in the wind

Still an improvement but needs fine tunin before its considered admirable"
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Well the star in a car bit was always the weakest parts of TG, still I don't get seemingly Matt's constant plugging of industrial machines
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The Stig's return was delayed when iffy weather forced the cancellation of a test-drive last week. But now he sprang back into action with a roar as he took Harris’s boring Alfa around the circuit. Having sat through an entire season of The Grand Tour and its bracingly unfunny professional racer “The American”, what a novelty to encounter an expert driver you didn’t want to see spin immediately into the hard shoulder.

That dash down the mountain looked genuinely dangerous - ofc It is unthinkable Top Gear would put its presenters in harm’s way. But a whiff of danger was nonetheless conjured as Harris and LeBlanc slalomed in their supercars down a bendy road in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Just a few inches of tarmac separated the pair from a precipitous fall. Obviously neither was going over the edge. Yet the show show did a effective job making us at least entertain the possibility.

Still an improvement by far but more work is needed
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The Stig's return was delayed when iffy weather forced the cancellation of a test-drive last week. But now he sprang back into action with a roar as he took Harris’s boring Alfa around the circuit. Having sat through an entire season of The Grand Tour and its bracingly unfunny professional racer “The American”, what a novelty to encounter an expert driver you didn’t want to see spin immediately into the hard shoulder.

That dash down the mountain looked genuinely dangerous - ofc It is unthinkable Top Gear would put its presenters in harm’s way. But a whiff of danger was nonetheless conjured as Harris and LeBlanc slalomed in their supercars down a bendy road in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Just a few inches of tarmac separated the pair from a precipitous fall. Obviously neither was going over the edge. Yet the show show did a effective job making us at least entertain the possibility.

Still an improvement by far but more work is needed
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After a bravura opening lap it was straight into the hard shoulder for the rebooted Top Gear last week. The biggest car-crash was not on the track but the couch as grumpy guest David Tennant had a tiff with Chris Harris over the immensely controversial subject of family hybrids and Matt LeBlanc lived up to his name with a performance big on vacant looks and low on personality.

An awful lot was therefore riding on episode three. Was “Tennant-gate” a bump in the asphalt? Or did it illuminate underlying flaws which the show had hitherto papered over with desperate wodges of television tarmac? We had reached that crucial fork in the road where Top Gear would either hit its stride or suffer an embarrassing breakdown. There were grounds for suspecting it could go either way.

Free-flowing banter, stunning road trips to Monte***** and California, an eccentric bit involving a shed and a muck-spreader…. the new Top Gear has never felt more like the old Top Gear. LeBlanc, Harris and third presenter Rory Reid were chatty and chummy and there was a confirmed outbreak of spontaneous laughter as they contemplated LeBlanc’s knowledge of toilet cleaning products. As a bonus, you weren’t constantly braced for an ill-considered gag about Americans/Mexicans/asylum seekers etc. Jeremy who?

Say what you like about his plywood interview skills but the Friends actor knows his motors. Putting a swizzy new Aston Martin DB11 through its paces he delivered a petrolhead masterclass worthy of Jezza in his prime. Obscure statistics about turbo chargers and horse-power were trotted out while dead-on-arrival lines such as "the Aston Martin is a British institution… like the Royal Family or crumpets” were negotiated with dignity intact.

Oh dear – no sooner had we convinced ourselves Top Gear was back to being Top Gear than LeBlanc was unveiling a new whiz-bang feature: "left at Hammerhead".

This was – and yes, I am actually typing these words in a Top Gear review – an inter-dimensional portal which transported LeBlanc from a Surrey test track to a dramatic mountain-side in Monte*****. Because a rift in the space-time continuum is obviously what Top Gear was missing for all those decades.

"Doctor No-Hair," LeBlanc pretend-jeered at "Bond Villain" Chris Harris as the pair raced up that Montenegrin mountain. "Get out of the way –I've a smug American to kill," Harris latter quipped, pursuing "LeBond" into a tunnel.

It was as canned as the tuna aisle at the supermarket but it worked. Though the presenters still have to convince in their new roles as matey muckers, they're much better actors than their predecessors. Consequently, while the back-and-forths are clearly scripted to death, the results generally go down smoothly.

A follow-up chase by local police was properly epic, too, yet stayed within Top Gear’s motoring remit (the spotlight was always on LeBlanc’s Aston Martin and Harris’s Mercedes). Even the “hilarious” reveal that LeBlanc wasn’t wearing trousers landed. Who would you rather see as a trouser-boycotting James Bond? Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc or noted global heartthrob Jeremy Clarkson?

"It's…The Stig!" said LeBlanc as the resident test-driving enigma took the Aston Martin for a burn. Last season, Chris E***s had painfully aped Jeremy Clarkson’s lengthy “Some say…” preamble when introducing the helmeted mystery man. No such affectations here. They aren't even pretending to be the old Top Gear any more – and it's entirely for the best.

Tamsin Greig is a distinguished stage and screen actress who has co-starred alongside LeBlanc in cult sitcom Episodes. But she is hardly A-list and and, on her journey to Dunsfold Aerodrome, is unlikely to have been waylaid by Mad Max-style gangs of paparazzi and autograph hunters. Is the show struggling to secure marquee names? Or has it been decided that, in light of LeBlanc’s evident discomfort on the couch, it’s better to go with obscure-yet-chatty guests such as gregarious Greig?

Whatever the logic, she proved an inspired booking and coaxed all three hosts out of their man-shells. A back-and-forth regarding LeBlanc’s knowledge of toilet cleaners, in particular, was off-the-cuff funny. “Does he look like a man who buys his own toilet cleaner?" chuckled Harris. "Fairy Liquid?” shot back the baffled LeBlanc before inquiring of Greig: “The Archers…is that an archery show?"

"Your name is Rory Reid or Rory Worried?" asked the professional racer as she drove the jolliest of the hosts around Germany’s notorious Nürburgring in a turbocharged Volkswagen. It was a groaner worthy of Peak Clarkson and revealed a more relaxed side to Schmitz who, as official member of the presenting team last season, had been been deeply jittery. In her defence, she had the misfortune to be teamed with human panic attack Chris Evans. In contrast, her jaunt with the unassuming Reid allowed her do what she did best: drive at speed and yell "woo hoo!” over and over.

It would seem international screen icon Matt LeBlanc has a thing for top-of-the-line slurry spreaders. A fortnight ago, he had used a power-hose to etch his name on a car door. This week LeBlanc fed a shed and a family saloon into a manure-delivery device the size of a Space Shuttle. He laughed, he waggled his eye-brows, he laughed some more. Mucky Matt hasn’t looked this happy since splashing around in that fountain at the start of Friends.

A Welcome Improvement But nonetheless still room for improvement...
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It is geting better, though I'm still baffled by matt's obession with Heavy Machinery on a car show it seems a bit out of place, but it is fun.
The show is getting better and next time, it seems we are having a car Vs Transport challenge
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Last week's Top Gear veered dangerously close to Grand Tour territory in the 'fake and silly films' brigade, but how did the BBC Two motoring show fare this week?

Well, one of the most anticipated cars in recent memory was on show, while they may have also discovered the next best activity for all future stag dos in the form of a Pacman game with cars.

1. The actual car review bit – the Bugatti Chiron

As usual, Top Gear likes to start off with what could be considered the 'boring' bit. The bit where they actually properly review a car. But unlike the days when Clarkson and co would muck about and unleash as many sarcy metaphors as possible, Chris Harris actually attempts to provide a genuine review.And this week, we have the Bugatti Chiron. Even those who aren't all that into their cars will have to stand up and take notice, as it's the follow-up to the stupidly quick and slick Bugatti Veyron. And unlike the days of Chris Evans, you didn't feel too jealous that it was Chris Harris that got to review it. He's never too loud or irritating, you listen to every word he says, and he says it all in a way that even complete car noobs can understand and be interested in. For a car review as important as this one, it was filmed in the typically beautiful manner that Top Gear has become well respected for. And with the Dubai backdrop, it just added that dimension of elite. Though, we can never quite understand who these reviews are for. As Chris said, the average owner of Bugatti owns 42 cars, 2 yachts and a helicopter. It's not like you're going to drive this around Stoke.

The studio bits and celebrity interview – Tinie Tempah

With each week that passes, it seems that Matt LeBlanc is getting far more comfortable with the autocue, the spontaneous banter, and is thankfully being asked to do less scripted jokes. These always come off as forced, and there was far less of that this week, so that's a plus.As for the interview, you'll either be a person who was massively chuffed to see Tinie Tempah, or you'll have felt a big load of 'meh'. It's not exactly Hollywood A-list. Considering this show used to attract the likes of Tom Cruise and Will Smith, you'd have rather had Drake if you wanted a rapper – he's got an album out this week and everything. Having said that, Tinie had one of the most natural and relaxed chats this series, probably helped that he visited the show last year too. Top Gear has made the interview segments much more smooth and slick this year, and by splitting up the initial interview and the lap time into two different parts of the show, you're not sitting there too bored without any proper car action for too long. Well done for whoever came up with that one.

Rory's Pacman game

At last, Rory Reid is here! We said this last week, and we'll continue saying it. Has Rory lost a bet or pissed off a producer's mum or something? How come Matt and Chris get all the goodies? While Chris and Matt are off to Dubai, he's stuck in the rainy Lake District trying out a Renault Twingo.
Despite this, Rory turned his review into a very fun 15 minutes as he drove around the streets of London (finally doing a review that us regular folk can relate to), before trying out what is surely going to become the next stag do activity of choice: Pacman with cars. We definitely think Rory is highly underrated in this show. He usually only gets one segment for himself, perhaps with a couple of cameos here and there. If we're allowed one major change for Top Gear series 25, it would be to give Rory more airtime. Especially with…

The adventure bit

For some reason, Rory wasn't allowed on this journey either. We're guessing it's in Matt's contract that he has to do the supercool trips abroad, while maybe Chris is the best driver. But come on, does it cost too much to send all three? It was very rare for one of Clarkson, Hammond and May to miss out. It doesn't quite work as well with just the two of them. Episode 1 this series saw all three of them together, and it was the best adventure segment yet.Putting our irks to one side for a second, the adventure itself was pretty cool. Matt on land, sea and air vs Chris in the Bugatti in a race to their swanky mountain hotel in Dubai. We've seen all this kind of adventure in Top Gear before of course, but it's that kind of film that we love the most.
We're still loving Chris's angry old git persona, and Matt does seem to shine the brightest when he's out on tour with his own company. And it was refreshing to see them actually on a bike for once (Clarkson would not be happy with that), though we're not totally convinced it was always Matt riding it. And we do wish they'd stop faking their phone conversations to each other during the trips. They're so clearly scripted that it's just a bit pointless. Unless of course we're wrong and signal on a HondaJet really is that clear. In conclusion, tonight's episode was highly enjoyable, and probably the best since the premiere. We just wish they'd give Rory more things to do and make the most of the trio as a team.
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Rory needs more to do, annoyingly, next episode's preview doesn't even mention him
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What a strange experience it has been to watch Top Gear transition from raging inferno of controversy and iffy haircuts to slick motoring show.

The transformation continued in the latest instalment as Matt LeBlanc test drove a new super-car and the team decamped to California for a gruelling off-road race.

No minorities were insulted and crimes again fashion were at a minimum. Jeremy Clarkson loyalists will grumble that the old anarchy was part of the charm. But when Chris Evans tried to create Jezza’s patented pandemonium last year a train wreck ensued.

By contrast, with LeBlanc behind the wheel Top Gear has stayed on track and the fifth of seven episodes was perhaps the most roadworthy yet.

1: Are they persisting with the rotating presenter format after all?

One of the messiest aspects of the Chris Evans reboot was the revolving line-up of hosts. With the hyperventilating gerbil gone, the BBC announced the show was to be slim-lined, with Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris taking over.

But here was Sabine Schmitz popping up for the third time this season while Eddie Jordan, so gruffly underwhelming last year, returned also. Is Top Gear stealthily putting the gang back together? If so, can we expect Chris Evans to jump out of a cake – still wearing that terrifying blue pullover – in the final episode?

2: LeBlanc is becoming a more than decent motoring journalist

"That's right… al-oohm-inum", said LeBlanc, mispronouncing "aluminium". "It's an American car, we're in America… al-oohm-inum.

The Friends star was in his regular stomping ground of California, road testing the genuinely impressive looking Ford GT. As he headed out on a test-track at Laguna Beach, the techo-babble came thick and fast. "This has a 3.5 litre eco-boost E6…. and that could be a problem."

He was spouting proper, Clarkson-grade petrolhead palaver – but without the overstuffed metaphors and superfluous eye-brow waggling. LeBlanc visibly struggled to find his way last season. Now he is nattering behind the wheel like a natural. All he has to do is punch a producer and we'll have the finished article.


3: Were they ripping off The Grand Tour?

James May's mini-documentary about the 24 Hours of Le Mans rivalry between Ford and Ferrari in the Sixties was a highlight of The Grand Tour’s deafening and overcooked first season. Here, as part of his Ford GT review, LeBlanc was revisiting exactly that history, utilising much the same footage. An attempt by the new crew to one-up their predecessors? Or an inevitable coincidence given two motoring shows with identical remits are obviously going to cover the same territory now and again?

4: Harris and LeBlanc will never be mates – but they're developing into a passable double act

The two big personalities on the team, LeBlanc and Harris seemed initially wary of one another. But they appear to have reached a mutual understanding and their back-and-forths over the merits of the Ford GT had genuine zing. Clearly they're not great mates – but they’ve figured out how to ham up it up for the cameras. This artificial bromance has lift-off.

5: Guest Chris Hoy is covering all his bases

Olympian Chris Hoy was last seen being pretend-killed on The Grand Tour's terrible Celebrity Braincrash skit. Three months later, here he was sharing banter on the Top Gear couch.

The gold medalist was appropriately matey, though LeBlanc retreated to bad habits by seeming to zone out as Hoy outlined his plans to be the first person to cycle across Antartica. But they were soon hugging like besties as the guest set a record lap in the Star in A Reasonably Fast Car segment.

6: The Mad Max trip was fun

"This vehicle has been on its roof several time Sabine," said Chris Harris as he and Schmitz prepared to enter the notorious "King of the Hammers" event in the Mojave Desert.

Rather than a post-apocalyptic carpentry competition, this was a Fury Road-style dash across the California hellscape. As with the best Top Gear road trips, the mini-film was both spectacular and horizon-expanding. Who knew that enthusiasts would risk life and limb (and sundry other bits) racing armour plated dune-buggies up mountains?

"Bloody hell that's insane," yelled Harris as he had his first taste of the bowel-loosening mayhem. He was not reassured as his racing instructor revealed that he'd had a leg cut off following a crash. "Yup,” drawled the driver, “That was a bad day at the office."

7: Everybody stand back – Eddie Jordan is bringing the crazy

Just when Harris thought things couldn't get more surreal, he was hooked up with Formula One mad uncle Eddie Jordan as team manager, while Schmitz was paired with LeBlanc. Cue the traditional Top Gear banter around the campfire, as the quartet looked forward to their race the following morning. Eddie suggested a pre-race massage was the best way to get into the groove. Harris was not impressed.

Nor was LeBlanc the next day when Jordan call him a “scumbag”. This was obviously a wind-up for the cameras. Nonetheless Jordan displayed considerable vehemence as he laid into his rival. Come on Eddie – Joey was a letdown after Friends, but it wasn’t THAT terrible. It is time we all moved on.

8: Rory Reid needs more screen time

The likeable newcomer has taken over the Richard Hammond role of regular bloke parachuted into his dream job. However, he was very much the spare wheel this week, and has been consistently overshadowed by LeBlanc (more confident, an actual famous person) and Harris (shoutier and angrier). If Top Gear doesn't give him more screen time, we're going to forget he's there.
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Rory needs more to do, even his electric Nissan segment was hijacked by Chris
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Top Gear was back after a one-week hiatus but would the team deliver an Easter extravaganza or Sunday night snooze? Either way, it was sure to be a memorable hour for Rory Reid, as the spare wheel presenter was finally set free from the studio for a proper road trip. He looked a bit spooked out in the fresh air and for the viewer, too, it was a shock seeing him walking around in daylight rather than strapped to the couch as usual.

Meanwhile, Matt LeBlanc swore up a medium-sized storm before embracing the eccentric uncle within as he manipulated an Optimus Prime-sized digger. And Chris Harris continued to get hot and bothered for no good reason, with Ross Noble’s fancy tyre trims the latest faux pas to provoke his outsized wrath (see also David Tennant’s Prius and David Tennant’s personality). One trusts the BBC has medics standing by on the off-chance a guest ever admits to driving with fluffy dice dangling from their rear-view mirror.

Huffing Harris aside, what was most striking was how at ease everyone appeared. This was by no means classic Top Gear – even the hosts will have forgotten the episode the moment the end credits rolled. But they were relaxed throughout with none of the jittery energy that marred last year’s first attempt at a reboot and was occasionally in evidence earlier in the present season.

Appropriately for Easter, then, this was an egg-cellent hour of motoring television (sorry but if the broadcast lacked for anything it was lame Easter-specific gags, so I’m stepping into the breach). Here is the rest of what we learned:

1: Matt is still mixing his metaphors like a colour-blind cocktail maker

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"In creating the new GT R the goal was less surgical instrument… more Hulk," went LeBlanc's breathless introduction to the new Mercedes-AMG GT R. Just so we didn't miss the superhero reference, his test-drive model was a subtle shade of glow-in-the-dark green.
2: Cover the nearest child's ears – there was further pre-watershed swearing.

Outlining the braking issues that bedevilled the GT R’s predecessor, LeBlanc bamboozled us with arcane motoring terminology. "You never know," he said, "when it's going to bite you in the ass". He later referred to the new AMG’s unorthodox engine set-up as "a bunch of crap".

Granted, the likeable anchor was hardly swearing up a blue streak and it is interesting that LeBlanc is leaning somewhat into a bad-boy persona. Still, parents sitting down to an Easter Sunday Top Gear with their kids may have found themselves sputtering on their chocolate eggs in surprise. What would Joey from Friends think?

3: There was a Ross in the episode but not the one we’d hoped for
Ross from Friends – aka droopy-faced David Schwimmer – was lined up as a guest this season but pulled out, reportedly due to the breakdown of his marriage. Instead we made do with the somewhat less famous Ross Noble, and his "proper gangster" Land Rover Defender. This provoked the wrath of Harris, who was apoplectically appalled by Noble's over-the top wheel arch extenders.

Noble was, for his part, in full-fledged wacky weirdo mode and had soon plunged into a rambling anecdote about being kidnapped by an eccentric old lady en route to a performance in Wolverhampton. LeBlanc obviously had no idea what the comedian was on about – so kudos to him for keeping in check the stiltedness that had overshadowed guest segments earlier in the series.

4: The Chris Harris-as-Simon-Cowell conceit isn't working

Despite getting genuinely worked up over such contentious subjects as Range Rover wheel trims and David Tennant’s Toyota Prius, Harris hasn't settled into his designated role as Top Gear Mr Nasty. He was theoretically giving Noble a tough time mentoring the comic around the test track this week but in truth radiated all the menace of a driving instructor guiding a pensioner across an empty car park.

5: Rory finally had a road trip

Having spent most of the season in a symbiotic relationship with the TG settee, it was off to sunny Cuba for Reid. Accompanying him was Harris – never one to miss out on an exotic jaunt – for a wry bit in which they pottered around the Communist nation in a pair of clapped-out sports cars. Reid was visibly enjoying himself – understandable considering he'd passed the previous month and a half watching his co-presenters clock up all the air miles. But the best was to come as the duo visited a local race meet and Reid faced off against a Mad Max-style dragster.

6: Top Gear briefly threatened to convey some actual facts

Who knew there had once been a Cuban Grand Prix? Or that champion driver Juan Manuel Fangio was kidnapped by local rebels as he prepared to participate in the race? Even on a good day, Top Gear will never be mistaken for University Challenge – but these were nonetheless fascinating tit-bits. It was also a shock to hear that, thanks to import duties and sundry red-tape, a Peugeot 508 with a retail price of £20,000 in the UK costs £160,000 in Cuba. Little wonder locals are so attached to their souped-up vintage cars.

7: The Matt-freaks-out-about-a piece-of-heavy-machinery segment is getting better.

Having already thrilled us with a muck-spreader and rubbish compactor, for his latest excursion LeBlanc was behind the controls of a huge crane – sorry, "material handler". As before, it was curiously satisfying seeing the tanned Hollywood star reduced to giddy giggles as he embarked on some top-level wanton destruction (with a wildly enthusiastic Ross Noble as wingman). Let this be a lesson to TV makers everywhere – when in doubt, chuck in a giant crane.

You can tell the new Top Gear has finally found its own identity… And its improved massively since episode one - heck I've reached the end of this mini rant without a single reference to producer-punching petrolhead potentate Jeremy C****son.

Still room for improvement but v impressive ep....
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I'm glad we got Ross Noble instead of Ross from Friends.
Noble is way better.

It is great to see Rory doing more and his challenge next time seems to be more classic top Gear. The Cuba segment was really good, I wish it was longer,
Matt's love of heavy machinery is getting tiresome even Rory and Chris seem to be getting bored with it and it seems Matt is just doing weird ads.
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They did it! Top Gear finished its latest season in better fettle than anyone could have predicted in the wake of last year’s disastrous Chris Evans-fronted reboot. After seven episodes of often wildly varying quality, the new team of Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid had found their tempo and zoomed into the sunset with a wink and a swagger (and, yes, a supper-ruining “poo shot”).

Week by week the crew has visibly gained in confidence and the concluding instalment was arguably the most enjoyable yet (it was certainly the zaniest). LeBlanc no longer resembles a Matt LeBlanc robot programmed by a six year old, Harris has stopped shouting at everybody (no doubt he will continue to make an exception for David Tennant) and word is that Rory Reid is finally allowed out in public unaccompanied by his parents (well done Rory).

1. It was a quirky farewell

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While Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tour frequently descends into juvenile larking, the new Top Gear has opted for a comparatively mature tone. That all changed this week as things went capital “W” wacky. LeBlanc squeezed behind the wheel of a comically over-engineered Russian off-roader and picked up a group of naked hitch-hikers. Then it was off to Monaco for a race in a hideous SsangYong Rodius converted into a yacht. Ensuring the segment would forever stay rattling around in our cranium, the final shot was of Eddie Jordan’s “tor-poo-do” bobbing in the ocean – a skit at which even Jeremy might have blanched.
2. The chemistry is real

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Jezza loyalists are forever banging on about the “special chemistry” that was a hallmark the old TG team. Yes, how astonishing that three presenters working together more than a decade should also be reasonably good chums. But while the constant harking back to Clarkson and co’s quasi-mystical mateyness qualifies as overkill, it’s undeniable the new Top Gear crew initially suffered from a conspicuous lack of bonhomie.
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This week came evidence that the newcomers have finally gelled. As LeBlanc and the gang muddled about in their car-boat’s tiny cabin, playing a tiny piano and trying to get the telly to work, the chuckles were unforced, the silliness 100 per cent organic. These faux best friends have morphed into what looked suspiciously like the real thing. Even if they’re faking it, you’ve got to credit them for at least getting better at pretending.
3. Has Top Gear finally worked out how to use Eddie Jordan?

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Viewers’s hearts may have sunk as it was confirmed that, alongside the three regular hosts, the new series would once again feature former Formula One mogul Eddie Jordan. He was a crabby calamity last year, his pugnacious personality giving even the charmless Chris Evans a run for his money.
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This season, however, the show is using him as spicy seasoning, to be sprinkled upon the comfort-food presenting style of the main anchors. So far, it’s working. In his latest outing, eccentric Eddie cackled like a pantomime nasty while “reviewing” the converted car-boat and pulled off a bizarre Jeremy Paxman impersonation when quizzing ex Grand Prix supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Speaking of which…
4. That Formula One interview was a bit out of the blue, wasn’t it?

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There was a confirmed outbreak of Real Journalism as Formula One grandee Ecclestone agreed to be interviewed by Top Gear, as represented by his old mucker Jordan. Topping the agenda was Ecclestone’s difficult relationship with the new owners of the Grand Prix franchise, who have given him the title of Emeritus Chairman and bumped him upstairs.
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Bernie wasn’t satisfied with his “promotion” and, in highly cryptic terms, appeared to compare himself to a wounded animal which ought to be put out of its misery. He was more definitive discussing matters on the track. Lewis Hamilton has become a wonderful ambassador. Ferrari was the thumping heart of F1. The sport continued to be hobbled by over zealous rules. “We ought to get rid of a lot of the silly regulations,” he said. “It has become an engineers’s championship not a drivers’s championship.”
5. Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay was the perfect Top Gear guest

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A geezer’s geezer, Kay’s love for blinged-out automobiles surpassed even his passion for weedy funk-pop and ridiculous headgear. His personal collection consisted of more than 50 – motors, not hats – and he was so excited about the Car in a Reasonably Fast Car challenge that he arrived at the Top Gear shed wearing F1 driver boots. It was another side to a pop star most will remember for being chased by a couch in the Virtual Insanity video all those years ago.
6. Jeremy Clarkson would have loved the episode

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He’s doubtless gainfully employed taking delivery of his latest lorry-load of cash from Amazon. However, had Jezza carved out the time to tune in to the latest Top Gear he would probably have enjoyed what he saw. There was a proper heads-down review of Porsche’s new 718 Cayman S by Chris Harris (he wanted to like it but couldn’t get past the “parping” engine), mixed with the nicely bonkers road trips in the Russian Avtoros Shaman SUV and the converted SsangYong. Plus a potentially controversial visual gag about poo – shot, torpedo-style, into the deep blue sea by the SsangYong’s onboard toilet. Just like the old days, then, minus the pitchfork-wielding Patagonians.
7. Thank you Chris Harris for finally calming down

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Top Gear and shouty presenters aren’t a good mix, as proved by Chris Evans’s short-lived tenure. The penny appears to have at last dropped with Chris Harris who didn’t yell once this week – not even when sparring with Eddie Jordan in Monaco.
8. How will the Grand Tour respond to the challenge of a fully-functioning Top Gear?

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Both sets of presenters have been eminently polite about their rivals in their public pronouncements. On screen, however, they continue to slyly get the digs in. Richard Hammond poked fun at Top Gear’s Cenotaph controversy last year while LeBlanc alluded to the super-boring Grand Tour episode featuring second-hand Maserati. With Top Gear restored to road-worthiness, will the Grand Tour raise the ante with some proper insults or tootle along as if nothing has changed? The leather spherical object is in your court gentlemen.
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The final episode of this series of TG was probably the most TG so far, some good reviews, that 8 wheeler was cool. A bizarre challenge which mostly worked and Jay Kay (shame he didn't get the top spot), hopefully the ratings will be good and we might get a Christmas Special again
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