Another season of Top Gear without its old trio has come and gone, and holy cow, I felt no nostalgia at all this time around. It was just that good.
This season of Top Gear is kind of like new, new Top Gear, since we’ve still got the newer panel of hosts but we don’t have to deal with Chris Evans anymore. And so far, I am absolutely loving it. Like, cannot-take-my-eyes-off-of-the-television loving it. How do you all feel about it?
Top Gear is back. Again. While it doesn’t premiere on U.S. television until next week, that delay has never really stopped the show’s legions of international fans from checking it out following its European premiere, which happened today. I say we talk about the first episode of Top Gear Series 24 right now.
Top Gear remains one of the better explainers of what is so good and bad about modern cars. Few others even try to explain how something like a new Rolls Royce or Jaguar fits into our social context. So why can’t the show get old cars right?
This week’s Top Gear got the lowest ratings in the show’s history. C’mon. It wasn’t that bad, was it?
Chris Evans getting sick, Matt LeBlanc getting a tour of London in a Hoonstang, Chris Harris finally driving something, Sabine Schmitz finally driving something and Rory Reid finally driving something made for one of the best episodes of Top Gear in years.
By now millions of people in Europe will have seen the relaunched Top Gear on television, and probably millions more will have seen the show through... other means, not that I’m one to judge. Let’s talk about how it went.
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