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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:12 pm    Post subject: New 2017 'Top Gear' Season 24 Reply with quote

Verdict?

Me, I thought it was great. Great chemistry between the 3 of them.

MLB good as leader but doesn't try to dominate the banter as Clarkson did.

Harris clearly knows his stuff, and Rory is funny but also knowledgeable.

I liked the occasional nod to the old series, but it ain't no rehash.



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

........ I enjoyed it ...... and it wasn't just because of the London black cab ....... Wink
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thumbs up here too. Thumb

Regained some of the balance and objectivity lost in the previous series.
Some genuinely funny and awe-inspiring moments.
Good teamwork and respect between the 3 presenters.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The change of set and format worked really well. It broke the bond with old top gear to create it's new persona. Really surprised they didn't try that last year. There are many more years in the Top Gear brand after seeing this.
I didn't cringe once, which I couldn't say about the last series
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some genuinely funny throw-away lines - seemed more natural, less forced and more entertaining than both GT and the last series of TG.

Big Thumb from me!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was obvious what was wrong with the last series - Chris Evans and his wacky ideas. No doubt that silly star in a Bini rally cross idea was his.

Nice to see it's as it should have been last series - worth watching.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was good. MlB seemed like he was reading less off the autocue.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liked it. Not a classic but a good start.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madalaa wrote:
........ I enjoyed it ...... and it wasn't just because of the London black cab ....... Wink



I was thinking of you when I watched it Andy Thumb

Wasn't your old cab by any chance was it?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watching Extra gear right now...

Nobody has mentioned the lack of Stig...??
I didn't miss him, personally.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Entertaining Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant!!!
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Halcyon wrote:
Watching Extra gear right now...

Nobody has mentioned the lack of Stig...??
I didn't miss him, personally.

I put that down to the fact that it was too wet? Thinking about it now it may be deliberate to further break links with old TG. No silly "Some say......"
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good start Thumb And as already said above I didn't cringe once so look forward to seeing the rest of the series
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not quite as good as some of the older TG could be when on form, but watchable and far less cringeworthy than the Grand Tour.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
madalaa wrote:
........ I enjoyed it ...... and it wasn't just because of the London black cab ....... Wink



I was thinking of you when I watched it Andy Thumb

Wasn't your old cab by any chance was it?


No ........ but the number plate was familiar ....... that was I think one of the last TX1s which had an excellent Nissan powered diesel engine which would soldier on forever ....... but I had to laugh when he said he had no heating ....... that was par for the course even with my TX2 it had no heating as such for the last two years ........ to fix the heater matrix was about £300 labour to strip out the front to get to replace a £5 part ...... I just wore thermals, gloves and a woolly hat but the punters were not that impressed by my sartorial elegance and especially the pronounced chill in the back of the cab ....... Wink
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grin Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretzel wrote:
Not quite as good as some of the older TG could be when on form, but watchable and far less cringeworthy than the Grand Tour.


Agree! All I could think of whilst watching GT was "and someone in Amazon is paying HOW MUCH for this????"
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really enjoyed it.

Thinking about the last series, I reckon it needed to be what it was in order for the production team and the audience to remember what Top Gear was about.

All the contentious bits from Chris Evans to the rallycross circuit look to have served a purpose in severing the link to Chump & Co, letting it be Top Gear again, not just a vehicle for Clarkson, Hammond and May.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chemistry in the studio doesn't quite seemed to have gelled yet, but it was a promising start and certainly better than the Grand Tour IMHO.
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