It appears as though four solid episodes are enough for fans to start calling it – Top Gear Series 24 is better than The Grand Tour Series 1. This news might be difficult to accept for some, with only the most hardcore head-in-the-sand Clarkson, Hammond and May fans saying otherwise.
Episode 4 was another enjoyable car-based outing for Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid, as they raced each other across the Middle East and played perhaps the best version of Pac-Man we’ve ever seen in three warm hatchbacks. The chemistry between the hosts is clearly visible, and the fans are enjoying what they see.
Reddit user benderisgreat37 says the key to the show’s success is that it simply feels genuine. “There were parts of the Grand Tour where it was just so obviously staged and they were trying to act and it just flopped,” he wrote. “It felt like Clarkson, Hammond and May were being untrue to themselves and just trying to play charactures. Granted they did much better in the later episodes but I think the reason why Top Gear this season seems to resonate so well is that we have been lacking real humanity behind the shows.”
While another added in a bold statement: “OK, so I’m gonna put this out there, as a huge fan of the show I think tonight’s #TopGear was possibly the best episode in years……..”
More viewers added to the fray, writing: “#topgear has been brilliant this season since they changed it up and kept it simple!’ and ‘#TopGear this series has been awesome so far and loving the new presenters.”
With just three more episodes left in Series 24, it remains to be seen whether Top Gear can pull off a full 7-episode run without any major criticism, but one thing’s for sure – the boys over at The Grand Tour should be worried, and desperately need to go back to the drawing board to see how they can tweak their show for Series 2.
Because Top Gear is well and truly back.