To say The Grand Tour has hit its stride would be putting it lightly. Where-as in Season 1 TGT stumbled like a toddler, in Season 2 they’ve certainly grown and come into their own as full-fledged adults, or as close to adults as Richard Hammond, James May, and Jeremy Clarson possibly can be.
While I strive not to come across as a so-called “fan-boy” of any one automotive show, I can’t say enough good things about Episode 3 of TGT.
The episode starts with James May giving us a superb review of the somewhat new Kia Stinger. The review is so far the best and most “traditional” car review that we’ve seen so far from The Grand Tour this season. I would bet that there will not likely be any others that are more in-depth or more classicly done as this, as the show continues.
The segment features an entertaining challenge, beautiful backdrops, and left me rather impressed with Kia’s first foray into the sporty sedan market.
Conversation Street in this episode was an absolute gem. The comedic banter we all love to see from the trio was reminiscent of the glory days of Top Gear UK, mostly at Hammond’s expense, and is sure to make you “lol” at least a few times.
One of the most entertaining segments in the episode, and what will surely become a highlight of the season overall, was the next bit, business park racing. The boys decide the best way to perk employees up during their mundane lunch breaks is to create a racetrack inside of a business park with two companies going toe-to-toe in their own vehicles.
The whole concept was fresh, fun, and had some surprising automotive cameos. This is the kind of content I hope to see more of in the future from The Grand Tour.
The crown jewel of episode 3 is certainly fitting of that title. Jeremy Clarkson shows off the amazing Bugatti Chiron while attempting to prove that you no longer need a jet to be a “jet-setter”, although with the shockingly large price of the Chiron, really, you might as well have the jet and save a few dollars.
The segment has everything you want from a Clarkson film. Humor, loud boisterous noises, (both from Clarkson and the car), beautiful scenery, and a healthy dose of car specs.
The other segments of the film including Celebrity Faceoff, the in-between banter, and everything else, was top notch. Episode 3 was a shining example of the potential The Grand Tour has to be not only a highly entertaining show but one automotive enthusiasts as well as those who are not so petrol-minded can both enjoy.
We give Episode 3 five stars.