First off, the Bolivia episode was fantastic. Probably the most genuinely dangerous film they've done, including the Arctic Special.
However, I have to state my disgruntlement with this series overall so far. It's still perfectly watchable, but it seems that Jezza's brand of cocking about has been done to death. When I see other car shows trying to copy the tomfoolery, I just let out a big sigh, but now I'm doing the same for Top Gear itself.
Don't know if I'm just a hopeless dreamer, but I'd like to see a Top Gear with James May in charge. A lot of his other series walk a fine line between entertainment and education (like Big Ideas and Toy Stories) and come out superb. Some of his writings on the Top Gear site (like how to buy an old 911
) are also excellent. Then there are a few episodes, like 10x08 where Jezza and May try to find the oldest car with a modern control layout, where May's style of appreciation of engineering is contrasted with Clarkson's boredom once words like "constant mesh transmission" start flying around.
I'm sure ratings would go down from not having such a broad appeal anymore, but I can't help but think it'd be better off at this point.
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