THE NEW Top Gear is great.
There.. I’ve said it. It’s dangerous, it’s funny.. What more do you want?
It’s the humour that sets this apart from Chris Evans’ failed series.
Matt Le Blanc’s heavy-lidded quips always hit home.
His droll approach feels brilliantly uncensored – like when he calls fellow presenter Chris Harris an ‘A-hole’. It’s what we’re all thinking.
Harris is in the job for a kicking.
He’s the fall guy – the Zippo Marx. Yes, he knows his stuff – but boy do we take pleasure when he cocks up. It’s pantomime villain 101, but it works.
When Harris brags, then fails to drift an Alfa Romeo Giulia through a car-shaped hole in a wall – smashing the windscreen instead – a nation cries YES.
As Rory Reid laughs on from the umpire’s seat, we all laugh along. Harris looks genuinely shaken. But it’s still funny.
Reid is the real star – and sadly, we haven’t seen enough of him.
He’s got natural funny bones and a passion for cars that cries through.
He’s playing the joker… A wild card that is turning this series into something special.
His scripted lines about honouring the Prius were good – a nod to Clarkson’s hatred of the car. But I can’t wait until Reid is really let loose.
So yes, the visuals are epic.
Haring out of Las Vegas in two supercars – it’d be hard not to make that look sensational.
A Lamborghini Huracán Spyder vs a Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. Le Blanc v Harris. Yes please.
A downhill race with the engines switched off. A game of nerves that nearly sees Le Blanc fall off a mountain. That’s real edge.
And yes, The Stig is back – pushing the Alfa Romeo Giulia to the max. We missed him last week.
But is it dangerous enough? Star quality? Of course we want to see film stars barely survive a lap of Dunsfold.
David Tenant puts a helluva dent in the Nissan GTR this week.
Giving the stars a car with this amount of grunt gives the show extra danger.
This series was in danger of becoming a show about cars. Just two episodes in and it’s clear this will live and thrive on the comedy between the stars.
And so far, it’s hitting the right spot.