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Time to get myself a Netflix subscription. I think I'm the last person on the planet without one anyway ...
I don't have it either, but we're both dumb phone users too I've just been waiting for a compelling reason for a subscription and this is it.

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Just watched the final episode. The studio portions were really jarring, its just unfortunate the trio had to go out like that. There were some decent jokes in the episode at least. It was hard to watch the "goodbye."

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Just watched the final episode. The studio portions were really jarring, its just unfortunate the trio had to go out like that. There were some decent jokes in the episode at least. It was hard to watch the "goodbye."
It really played out more like one of the "best of 20xx" specials that are on BBCa a lot given the lack of all three presenters and a completely empty studio. On top of that you could definitely feel the ominous tone in in James and Richard's presentations. The unaired footage was pretty good though, if they were originally integrated into two full episodes as intended they'd be even stronger.

Richard's MGB GT from the first segment was sweet, that's my all time favorite British sports car, especially with the Rover V8

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Arrrr! I missed it! Here's hoping for a re-air of the show.

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It really played out more like one of the "best of 20xx" specials that are on BBCa a lot given the lack of all three presenters and a completely empty studio. On top of that you could definitely feel the ominous tone in in James and Richard's presentations. The unaired footage was pretty good though, if they were originally integrated into two full episodes as intended they'd be even stronger.

Richard's MGB GT from the first segment was sweet, that's my all time favorite British sports car, especially with the Rover V8
I agree with you on the best of feel, however the segments didn't have the quality to pull the weight of the episode. I liked the segment where the seasons changed as they worked on the cars, and where they strapped Richard to the airplane. I also liked hearing James' opinions of pubs.

The 4x4s one wasn't bad, I was pretty impressed with the vehicles they had, though they really ruined that Cherokee. I thought the ending with Jeremy's Isuzu (or Vauxhall or whatever) was really lame, not realistic at all.

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Arrrr! I missed it! Here's hoping for a re-air of the show.
It hasn't aired yet in the United States, I'm not even sure if they have plans to air it. However, it is quite easy to watch using more creative means.

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I agree with you on the best of feel, however the segments didn't have the quality to pull the weight of the episode. I liked the segment where the seasons changed as they worked on the cars, and where they strapped Richard to the airplane. I also liked hearing James' opinions of pubs.

The 4x4s one wasn't bad, I was pretty impressed with the vehicles they had, though they really ruined that Cherokee. I thought the ending with Jeremy's Isuzu (or Vauxhall or whatever) was really lame, not realistic at all.
That's what I mean, had there been a review of a new supercar, stig going around the track, news, SIARPC and of course stronger host segments in between, those challenge segments wouldn't have had to carry the weight of the full episode. One of the many reasons Top Gear US works so badly is it is fully reliant on (derivative)challenges to carry the whole weight of the show like this(which is admittidly out of necessity since all three presenters have no business reviewing cars or interviewing stars as evident by the first season). The holiday type specials were the only times full episode challenges got conducted on the UK version and the production value, planning(including unrealistic scenarios) were all usually much stronger than what was done for a regular episode.

I agree the end with the chopped Isuzu was contrived, but again it's not the first time they clearly set up an impossible to realistically execute gag in the show's history, it's just that it stands out inan unflattering way by being so prominent. Usually they'd make up for something that dumb back in the studio by playing it off for the gag it is, with Richard and Jeremy getting into an futile argument over it, often even acknowledging the ridiculousness of it. What we saw last night was akin to watching the deleted scenes for a movie we haven't seen.

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It hasn't aired yet in the United States, I'm not even sure if they have plans to air it. However, it is quite easy to watch using more creative means.
Yep. I rarely watched Top Gear on BBC America, there's just way too much pruning to make it America friendly - cutting sensitive jokes, dropping bad words, substituting music presumably for copywrite laws (bet no BBCa only viewer realizes the A-Team music gets played on every customization montage). Plus until this last season it took weeks or months for the episodes to be aired. Naturally of course BBCa got it to next day airing the very season it imploded

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That's what I mean, had there been a review of a new supercar, stig going around the track, news, SIARPC and of course stronger host segments in between, those challenge segments wouldn't have had to carry the weight of the full episode. One of the many reasons Top Gear US works so badly is it is fully reliant on (derivative)challenges to carry the whole weight of the show like this(which is admittidly out of necessity since all three presenters have no business reviewing cars or interviewing stars as evident by the first season). The holiday type specials were the only times full episode challenges got conducted on the UK version and the production value, planning(including unrealistic scenarios) were all usually much stronger than what was done for a regular episode.

I agree the end with the chopped Isuzu was contrived, but again it's not the first time they clearly set up an impossible to realistically execute gag in the show's history, it's just that it stands out inan unflattering way by being so prominent. Usually they'd make up for something that dumb back in the studio by playing it off for the gag it is, with Richard and Jeremy getting into an futile argument over it, often even acknowledging the ridiculousness of it. What we saw last night was akin to watching the deleted scenes for a movie we haven't seen.
You're completely right. Come to think of it, rolling the trucks down the hill was pretty contrived too. I know they were doing the best with what they had, it just wasn't their best.

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Yep. I rarely watched Top Gear on BBC America, there's just way too much pruning to make it America friendly - cutting sensitive jokes, dropping bad words, substituting music presumably for copywrite laws (bet no BBCa only viewer realizes the A-Team music gets played on every customization montage). Plus until this last season it took weeks or months for the episodes to be aired. Naturally of course BBCa got it to next day airing the very season it imploded
Same here. I did laugh at the incline joke they made in reference to the "slope" sign. BBCa viewers wouldn't get that one either.

I think it ended really abruptly as well. Little reflection, only goodbyes.

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Matt LeBlanc is in Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear! | Top Gear

Starting to think the BBC just wants to dumb down he UK show so the other Top Gear franchises won't look so bad in comparison anymore.

Obscure Hipster car guy - Rutledge Wood = Chris Evans
Washed up 90s sitcom star - Adam Ferrara = Matt LeBlanc
Dry without wit ricer/drifter - Tanner Foust = ???

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LOL!

I hear Chris Evans can't even make it around the track without getting car sick:



AFAIK, Sabine Schmitz is going to be the third presenter..Who knows though??






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So 2/3rds of the UK show are people not from the UK

I heard some rumor about some F1 team owner being the third as well, not long after the Matt LeBlanc announcement, but like you said, who knows. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Sabine Schmitz got the part, no disrespect to her(I actually like her), but it's a total PC move for the BBC. Top Gear's three biggest criticisms were always A. political incorrectness - Jeremy gone, check. B. Anti-American/Pro British bias - In with American Matt LeBlanc - and malecentric focus(because that matters for cars...why???) In Sabine Schmitz(?)

Looking forward to watching it crash and burn, not looking forward to the barrage of fanbois chanting "their chemestry will improve as the episodes go"... again(it didn't happen with TGUS).

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Heh first time in 10 years I haven't downloaded a new episode of Top Gear UK the night it premiered, didn't even occur to me it was premiering so soon, and unsurprisingly 42 minutes into the replay... It's total shit.

Top Gear US actually is entertaining by comparison

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Anyone still watching? Last season was kinda dreadful. Getting rid of Chris Evans was a great move though. It's still not what "old" Top Gear was, but Matt LeBlanc is proving worthy, Chris Harris is perfect in any car show he does, and even Rory Reid is watchable.

Also seeing Top Gear US is back later this year with 3 new presenters. Not sure how that will work out as I felt the last 3 were just starting to find their groove when it was cancelled.

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