Top Gear vs The Grand Tour: How does the new show stack up?
So, is The Grand Tour any good? Anticipation for the new online show has been building after the BBC’s failed attempt to reboot Top Gear earlier this year, which saw low viewing numbers and new frontman Chris Evans exiting the show after just one season. For New Zealand fans, the wait for The Grand Tour is also over. Taking all the best parts of Top Gear, The Grand Tour is fast, funny and incredibly slick. It’s been a long wait, but former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back doing what they do best. Yes, yes it is. Amazon announced this week that it would be loosening the geo-block on their US site to allow global fans to tune in. This news comes after the announcement earlier in the week that Amazon Prime will officially be expanding its streaming service into more than 200 territories next month, with New Zealand set to be included. At around $7 million per episode, the production value is higher than the BBC could ever have achieved, and this is reflected in stunning cinematography and an abundance of crashes, explosions and excessive globetrotting. “For our global fans who cannot wait for The Grand Tour’s official worldwide launch in December, you can subscribe to our US Prime membership to start streaming weekly episodes of The Grand Tour today,” the post on Facebook read. The lavish opening sequence, which takes inspiration from Mad Max, prods at the BBC/Clarkson debacle with cleverness, and reaffirms that the real reason the show succeeds is because of the genuine friendship and connection between Clarkson, Hammond and May. The opening episode is called The Holy Trinity and it’s very easy to understand why. The Grand Tour launched this week on Amazon’s online video streaming service, Amazon Prime, after more than a year in gestation.