Top Gear has been in a rapid downward spiral ever since the fracas. With the three famed hosts who, like it or not, are completely responsible for the shows massive international success and cult-like following leaving the show and the awkward and widely despised replacements, specifically Chris Evans, doing nothing to help the show’s recovery, it hasn’t been a good year for the BBC.
To add insult to injury, The Grand Tour achieved massive success in its freshman season. While the show wasn’t without its hiccups and awkward moments, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, along with long time friend and producer Andy Wilman (who also left Top Gear following the fracas) have done a bang-up job and achieved massive success both in terms of ratings as well as in terms of success for Amazon, who so cunningly snatched up the group when they were shopping around for a new place to call home.
The initial release of Top Gear’s teaser trailer for the new season set what can only be called a very low bar for the BBC’s latest attempt to salvage the Top Gear brand, sans Chris Evans. It seems fans of the show, if there are any left, felt similar as the trailer had over 7,000 thumbs down with under 3,000 thumbs up on Youtube as of the time of this writing. Going off the short amount of content in the trailer the show seemed just as awkward and forced as it had been for the entirety of its last season. Sadly the newest trailer doesn’t do much to help.
Published on February 4th, the newest trailer has barely managed to achieve over 300k views. To put that in comparison with The Grand Tour, the trailer for that shows final episode, published 6 days ago, already has nearly a million views with overwhelmingly positive reactions.
What about the actual trailer, you may be asking? Well, to be fair, it is much better than the teaser trailer. There are a few interesting segments showcased, the most intriguing of them featuring Chris Harris driving something exotic, which is something we never needed Top Gear to enjoy, but the trailer is, much like the last season, full of awkward humor, forced jokes, and a lot of content which will leave you asking; but why? To the BBC’s credit, they do seem to be trying to
To the BBC’s credit, they do seem to be trying to poke a bit of fun at themselves and their well-known image of being uptight and overly concerned about rules and regulations, something that caused Clarkson to constantly butt heads with the network for nearly his entire career.
What we don’t see in the trailer is whether or not there will continue to be forced jokes about how “American” Joey..er. Matt is, situations trying to make the trio look like they have the chemistry of the original group, which we all know they don’t, and whether they have decided to give the ax to the terrible celebrity segments yet.
As a true petrol head a lifelong Top Gear fan I would love to have two great automotive shows to watch and enjoy. Here’s hoping the BBC can pull it off and we can have that second one.
Source: Top Gear