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Flo_Evans
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(03-20-2017, 04:45 PM)
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hmm not sure I like the GT86 as the "reasonably priced car" (I own a BRZ...) It seems like it will produce much more variance in the times. IDK if that will be good or bad. Good they killed the stupid rally cross section though.

Over all though much better with these 3 than the mega cast. Harris being mean seems a bit forced, Rory's twin go jokes are falling a bit flat, Matts dude bro is wearing a bit thin but big improvement.
Chanser
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(03-20-2017, 07:55 PM)
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Top Gear America is coming back.

http://tvline.com/2017/03/20/top-gea...liam-fichtner/
blanky
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(03-20-2017, 08:00 PM)
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Originally Posted by Chanser

Top Gear America is coming back.

http://tvline.com/2017/03/20/top-gea...liam-fichtner/

Man... that's cruel. The previous one was just picking up steam and getting somewhere, i thoroughly enjoyed TG:USA more than the pre-The Grand Tour Top Gear towards the end.

Overall though this new series is much much better. I'm curious if they're going to make their mark with the series still though, so far it's a winning formula but nothing that I feel is their own yet.
CSJ
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(03-20-2017, 08:12 PM)

Originally Posted by blanky

Man... that's cruel. The previous one was just picking up steam and getting somewhere, i thoroughly enjoyed TG:USA more than the pre-The Grand Tour Top Gear towards the end.

Overall though this new series is much much better. I'm curious if they're going to make their mark with the series still though, so far it's a winning formula but nothing that I feel is their own yet.

Yeah the hosts were starting to get into the groove and work better together.
SCHUEY F1
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(03-20-2017, 08:25 PM)
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Originally Posted by Chanser

Top Gear America is coming back.

http://tvline.com/2017/03/20/top-gea...liam-fichtner/

I got excited then got bummed out. After the first season and a half, Foust, Rutt and Adam started to find there groove. They had some amazing challenges.
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Maintenance
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(03-20-2017, 08:26 PM)
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Originally Posted by Chanser

Top Gear America is coming back.

http://tvline.com/2017/03/20/top-gea...liam-fichtner/

Ugh, I actually liked the old trio.
Nappuccino
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(03-20-2017, 08:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by SCHUEY F1

I got excited then got bummed out. After the first season and a half, Foust, Rutt and Adam started to find there groove. They had some amazing challenges.

I really liked them too. I just wasn't able to watch the show as it aired.
AlphaSnake
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(03-20-2017, 08:44 PM)
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It may have the been the weakest episode so far, but it was still damn good. Its problems were that Tamsin's segment went on too long because the Aston Martin film was too short. There were some missed opportunities there: a drag race, a passenger challenge, etc. to lengthen that segment. Otherwise, fantastic segments.

Originally Posted by Chanser

Top Gear America is coming back.

http://tvline.com/2017/03/20/top-gea...liam-fichtner/

Tom Ford? Wtf. So bring in an old Top Gear (mag) and Fifth Gear presenter who wasn't really any good on screen? BBC America is on crack. Also, Fichtner has a haunting look and I never liked him, tbh.

Tanner was the man. American TG worked because of him.
B1G_A1AN
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(03-20-2017, 09:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by Chanser

Top Gear America is coming back.

http://tvline.com/2017/03/20/top-gea...liam-fichtner/



What is the point in changing the USA hosts as well?
Betta Lines
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(03-20-2017, 11:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by the_milkybar_kid

Embarrassing? I thought it was great. Yeah it was staged but there was a genuine sense of thrill with the two of them ragging a Golf round the NB.

Yeah it was a little bit weaker than the last two (that really held the bar high), but still really enjoyable.

Originally Posted by MilkyJoe

I had a smile from ear to ear watching that.

The embarrassment for me was the focus on the price of the cars they were passing. I think that was the wrong stat to concentrate on. The Golf is hardly a cheap car, yet cheap cars showing up at the Ring to annihilate supercars is a regular sight. It started off okay - 'hey that was a GT4!' - I think it would have been a more natural sequence if it had continued in that manner. LeBlanc saying 'by the way you passed a million quid's worth of cars' back in the studio would've been enough to make that point.

Plus, I really don't think Sabine overtaking a bunch of fast cars on the Ring was a meaningful illustration of the Golf's abilities. The sequence was missing any real sense of perspective - the random cars out on track were a poor substitute for a proper benchmark or reference point. It just demonstrated that Sabine is a fearless driver at her home track, and that there are many fast cars out there being driven tentatively (and even if some were being driven well/hard, we'll never know).
DBT85
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(03-20-2017, 11:51 PM)
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Just caught up with the episode, loved the GTI piece. If I wanted a review of what its actually like on the road, the last place I'd expect to get it is on Top Gear.

As they said at the end, it's an expensive hot hatch with no back seat.

Feel nice to look forward to a car show again. It's been a while.
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fritolay
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(03-21-2017, 12:19 AM)
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Who is the guy that is a prick to everyone, including the guests? I wish he would tone it down he is killing the show.
terrible
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(03-21-2017, 12:31 AM)
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Originally Posted by SCHUEY F1

I got excited then got bummed out. After the first season and a half, Foust, Rutt and Adam started to find there groove. They had some amazing challenges.

Yeah that sucks. At least before this announcement I had some hope that the old crew would come back eventually but this kills that chance. They were pretty entertaining over the last few seasons.
demented
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(03-21-2017, 01:39 AM)
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Aston part was filmed in my country and they never mentioned that :(
(Montenegro)
the_milkybar_kid
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(03-21-2017, 01:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by fritolay

Who is the guy that is a prick to everyone, including the guests? I wish he would tone it down he is killing the show.

Chris Harris. I'm not a fan of the shtick either, it's just not funny. They've tried him as the car anorak, now they're pushing the grumpy tutor angle. Just doesn't work in the way they want it to. He's a great presenter, he's a great driver and his enthusiasm for cars s a joy to watch. Just stick with that. I don't want any echo's of the old 3, just keep doing what they're doing.
Number45
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(03-21-2017, 01:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by demented

Aston part was filmed in my country and they never mentioned that :(
(Montenegro)

It was implied by using the Casino Royale soundtrack - I noticed, if that helps!

Originally Posted by the_milkybar_kid

Chris Harris. I'm not a fan of the shtick either, it's just not funny. They've tried him as the car anorak, now they're pushing the grumpy tutor angle. Just doesn't work in the way they want it to. He's a great presenter, he's a great driver and his enthusiasm for cars s a joy to watch. Just stick with that. I don't want any echo's of the old 3, just keep doing what they're doing.

What makes this worse is that I'm pretty sure he's not a dick, it's just something that they want to do to offer something a little different. You're right though, it doesn't work.

Wasn't as keen with the flow of this episode as the first two, but this is the first time that I felt Matt was relaxed as the host. Now if only they can tone down the industrial machinery segments - I like them being woven into the car parts (naming them as he drives past, occasionally) but the long segments aren't funny at all and feel really forced.
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kharma45
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(03-21-2017, 01:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by the_milkybar_kid

Chris Harris. I'm not a fan of the shtick either, it's just not funny. They've tried him as the car anorak, now they're pushing the grumpy tutor angle. Just doesn't work in the way they want it to. He's a great presenter, he's a great driver and his enthusiasm for cars s a joy to watch. Just stick with that. I don't want any echo's of the old 3, just keep doing what they're doing.

Agreed. Just let Chris be Chris. He doesn't have to play a part.
Mascot
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(03-21-2017, 02:34 PM)
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The first two episodes of this new series have been great. I'm really enjoying it as much as the pre-Evans ones.
CrudeDiatribe
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(03-21-2017, 03:13 PM)
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I wonder if Chris's staged anger will be toned down now that Tamsin gave him a talking to. Hope so.

Tamsin was the best guest so far. Really enjoyed the episode.

Originally Posted by demented

Aston part was filmed in my country and they never mentioned that :(
(Montenegro)

I noticed!
Zvonimir Boban
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(03-23-2017, 12:39 AM)
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I thought the "Matt is obsessed with industrial/farming equipment" schtick was a bit shitty but this week's was actually quite fun, Matt's face when the Volvo was getting chewed up was great.

Tamsin Greig was the best guest by far, she made the episode more watchable and was fun to listen to as opposed to the usual guest segments (on old Top Gear too) where you generally fast forward to get to the lap itself.

And of course, more Sabine is always a good thing.
B1G_A1AN
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(Yesterday, 07:55 PM)
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The Bugatti Chiron is reviewed on tonight's show.
Purple_Orchid
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(Yesterday, 09:13 PM)
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I really enjoyed this episode, it was funny.

Loved the Pac-Man bit.
The middle-east film was great.
Loved the bike bit towards the end.
The comedy is getting better
The chemistry between the three is certainly getting a lot better.

It was some good shit.

The guest bit definitely needs some tweaking though, it's just so awkward.
B1G_A1AN
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(Yesterday, 09:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by Purple_Orchid

I really enjoyed this episode, it was funny.

Loved the Pac-Man bit.
The middle-east film was great.
Loved the bike bit towards the end.
The comedy is getting better
The chemistry between the three is certainly getting a lot better.

It was some good shit.

The guest bit definitely needs some tweaking though, it's just so awkward.

Yes, I agree tonight's was good, the thing is as I have mentioned before though, the show working well depends on the cars they have on the show, the original trio could make it all work with a boring/boring cars though, I know in time it (may work as well as before) but is there time? nobody is going to make a poor show when they have a Bugatti Chiron.

The guest segment is way too long, but again it depends on who the guest is.
CrudeDiatribe
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(Today, 12:38 AM)
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Tonight's episode was fantastic— laughed so much during the Chiron race.

Originally Posted by Trokil

Also check this out

Those first two turns— it's like she's racing with GAF.

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