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Old 05-03-2017, 20:42   #21
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Thought they might have gotten their **** together after the last series. Guess not.
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Old 05-03-2017, 21:12   #22
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Well it's definitely better than the Evans version. That Ferrari film was supurb, and they've gone back to the old track so that's good.

The challenge was okay but nothing special really - if you're going to modify the cars, at least show it happening. There's enough to keep me watching next week...
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Old 05-03-2017, 21:45   #23
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if you're going to modify the cars, at least show it happening.
I don't think the current presenting trio have got the practical skills for any of that.


Not a great start & the cinematography in the films looked cheaper than we're used to, but no Evans (or the 29 other random presenters), a much calmer crowd & bringing back the old track were all plus points. Changing the reasonable car & bringing the guest out for most of the show looks like they're at least trying a few new things.

Still not sold on Rory's presenting talents, & Harris continues to come across as a smug pr*ck.

I bet the producers kicked themselves when they watched The Grand Tour's quarry race...


FYI: Extra Gear is on BBC2 on Thursday night/Friday morning at 12.15am after the repeat if anyone can't be bothered to watch it online.
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Old 05-03-2017, 21:49   #24
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Well we really enjoyed that
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Old 05-03-2017, 22:21   #25
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The wife and I enjoyed it. It's certainly improved now that Chris had gone and we liked the new look set.

I was keeping up with The Grand Tour but after about four episodes I felt it had become a joke of itself. The scripted humour on the adventures was awful.

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Old 05-03-2017, 22:26   #26
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Not bad really, felt a lot more natural than GT. I will continue to watch.
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Old 05-03-2017, 22:46   #27
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I really liked it. The Ferrari segment was great and the camera work was fantastic. The trip was also pretty funny and didn't seem as staged as The Grand Tour which I just gave up on. Seemed to be a lot more natural with each other then when with Evans. I liked Chris Harris being really nerdy and tighter strung then the other 2. Only thing I didn't really like was the celeb section, no idea why they dragged it out for so long and split it into 2 parts. Studio stuff in general seemed a bit 'off' but I'll be watching next week for sure.
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Old 05-03-2017, 23:00   #28
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Agree Studio stuff was off a bit, Harris looked uncomfortable reading off his cue and Leblanc was slightly too chilled out. Enjoyed the challenge film but the celeb bit is still annoying and drags everything to crawl and basically still a space filler. I think these three can gel together but they don't need to force it.
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Old 05-03-2017, 23:08   #29
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I liked it, and thought it to be a promising start.

I'd have liked the Ferrari section to have gone on a little longer (To be fair they did say the track section was no-go due to weather), and could've done without a good 1/2 of the guest/studio bit, but the core of the show felt back on track. I also loved that it was just the 3 of them. - It really doesn't need anyone else IMO.

I was really starting to loathe the other trio towards the end of TGT, so it's great to see a similar, but not them, approach to things.
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Old 05-03-2017, 23:22   #30
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The studio stuff still felt a bit forced to me but the three of them on the road trip showed potential
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This was pretty terrible and dull to watch apart from the Ferrari segment.
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Old 06-03-2017, 07:37   #32
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Still not sold on Rory's presenting talents, & Harris continues to come across as a smug pr*ck.
That's how Harris always comes across and I don't think it'll change. I find he has quite an irritating voice, annoying mannerisms, and a tendency to be overly nerdy about things. He knows his stuff though. Rory is filling the everyman role, albeit with a younger audience in mind. Remember he was originally cast to lead Extra Gear on BBC3 'youth' channel. I thought he did ok as the enthusiastic foil to the laid back LeBlanc and highly strung Harris.

Not sure about the celeb bit. Other than condoning driving without a licence (haven't looked but I'm sure there will be people up in arms about this) I don't see what McAvoy brought to the show. He wasn't even promoting anything, was he? The GT86 should make for some interesting laps and it's good to see the old track back. Could have done with a 'real world' car segment instead to balance the supercar one (you know, something desirable but more attainable for most viewers). I know they said the conditions meant no lap with the FXX K, but with Harris teaching the celeb on track that also means the Stig didn't feature once.

It was an ok start for me.
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Old 06-03-2017, 07:38   #33
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It wasn't great but there was signs of life. Give them a few weeks and I reckon they'll have a decent show.

Wonder how the ratings were for the Grand Tour? I know streaming service don't give out this stuff but I't would be interesting to see the % of people who watched the last compared to the first. I lasted 3 episodes.
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Old 06-03-2017, 09:22   #34
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I hate how viewing figures = 'Success'.

I count as a +1 on each episode, but I really didn't like it on the whole. Where it started off as proper sit down viewing, it ended up as background noise while doing other stuff and patiently waiting (hoping) for that one 10min section that shines through.
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Yes but it will show a drop next week when all the people who didn't like it don't tune in.

I thought it was on par with any average Top Gear episode. I think people have watched TG with rose tinted glasses, it's never been anything but mildly entertaining.
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I hate how viewing figures = 'Success'.

I count as a +1 on each episode, but I really didn't like it on the whole. Where it started off as proper sit down viewing, it ended up as background noise while doing other stuff and patiently waiting (hoping) for that one 10min section that shines through.
That's exactly what happened with me.
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Old 06-03-2017, 10:14   #37
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Thought it was watchable, nothing more. LeBlanc has no charisma while reading off a script, Rory 'cookie cutter presenter' Reid brings nothing unique to the show but at least Chris Harris is being Chris Harris this series. The forced chemistry is so obvious and grating it made my eyes itch.
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Old 06-03-2017, 19:37   #38
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this looked like a Top Gear tribute band......weak.

The bald bloke is way to pleased with himself and ruined the celeb drive. Nice set, but this will always be the cheap 'copy'.
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Old 06-03-2017, 20:52   #39
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Thought it was also OK without being great, give them time I guess, it took years for the old top gear to get good. You can't just create chemistry
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I don't get the Harris smug thing tbh.. I was only slightly aware of him before Top Gear, but I think he comes across as someone who's just enjoying the bloody lucky position he's got himself to.

It's not like the other 3 have any grace about them.
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