What show other than The Grand Tour has made an entire episode in direct response to audience feedback? Well, TGT’s entire second season has actually be just that, but they dive even deeper this episode.
Episode 4 starts out with another great review. This time we get to see the amazing Mclaren 720S reviewed by Richard Hammond. The best part, he doesn’t crash it!
The review is thorough enough, and while I don’t totally agree with Hammonds opinions on the car, it makes for a great automotive film.
The show’s new test driver, Abbie Eaton, has her way with another 720S on The Grand Tour’s track. She and the car manages an impressive lap. Abbie can definitely drive and is still a marked improvement over last seasons driver.
Conversation Street this episode takes an interesting turn with the shows annual awards being given out. They are, of course, nonsensical and ridiculous, but great and a lot of fun.
The main feature of Episode 4 is the title inspiring portion. The boys go on a “totally unscripted” trip to Croatia to do, well, whatever they can come up with. There wasn’t a script after all.
You may recall that one of the largest criticisms of Season 1 was the feeling that some episodes were over-scripted, this is The Grand Tour’s rebuttal to that criticism.
With no location scouts, no preplanned destinations, and no real goals, the segment definitely feels unscripted. Mostly. We’re treated to some great bits covering the new Audi TTRS, the Ariel Nomad, and a an old clunker, no not James May, his car.
While the film takes a while to get going, it does end up being a pretty solid film. There are some good laughs, great driving, and epic backdrops. It’s nice to see The Grand Tour continuing to experiment as the show evolves.
I would be remiss not to mention Episode 4’s Celebrity Faceoff. This segment, as you would expect, is heavily dependant on the guests and there being a certain level of charisma to make it watchable, and this episode’s guests had it by the truckload. Great stories, tons of laughs, and some entertaining laps made this faceoff on of the better ones.
I won’t give you any spoilers for the rest of the show, but I will say this; it was pretty great to see someone other than Richard Hammond go down in flames for a change.
We give Episode 4, four stars out of five.