The holiday road trip specials were always my favorite part of Top Gear, and I’m pleased to see that tradition continue with The Grand Tour. Although the first half felt a bit short (clocking in at just over 45 minutes) and a good portion of it was just the boys driving around in circles, I still enjoyed it immensely and was genuinely in awe of the desert. That scuttled ship was especially cool, wasn’t it?
The second half definitely picked up the pace as the boys got to experience a far larger variety of terrain than just the sand of the beach and desert. In fact, they even took to the air at one point in a scene that made me clench up (I’m not a fan of heights).
Episode 7 featured some harrowing moments as the boys raced against time to avoid being caught between a briskly incoming tide and sand dunes that they couldn’t navigate, a massive freak out as Richard tumbled over a “cliff,” cooking fish on a radiator grill (a scene which will probably offend someone), and Jeremy’s V8 beach buggy overheating every mile. I can’t deny how breathtaking it was just to see them driving around the dunes. It was sort of like watching an episode of Planet Earth, but instead of majestic elephants walking about, it was three oafs trying to find a road.
The second half featured a lot more shenanigans as the boys tackled even rougher terrain, hunted some poachers, did some camping, and threw a rubber penis around. While the first half of the special was somewhat repetitive (as entertaining as it still was), the second half was vintage Clarkson, May, and Hammond. Also, we got to meet Giovanni.
So how was the episode received by media outlets and fans around the globe? Look no further!
— Shifting Lanes (@ShiftingLanes) December 30, 2016
— Telegraph TV & Radio (@TeleTVRadio) December 30, 2016
— Telegraph TV & Radio (@TeleTVRadio) December 31, 2016
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) December 30, 2016
— Car Obsession (@carobsessionuk) December 31, 2016
— Jakub Franaszek (@FranaszekJ) December 30, 2016
— David Anderson (@HistoryTog) December 31, 2016
Really enjoyed the 2 part special of #TheGrandTour , a very spectacular journey, hilarious and all. 😅😭😂👏🏽
— Young Skywαlker 😬 (@AbzySays) December 31, 2016
— Arn0 Gits (@arnogits) December 31, 2016
Loved Part 1 of the New Year #TheGrandTour Special!
Also can't believe I spent an hour watching them drive around a desert 😂
— Tania Michele🎆 (@taniaxmichele) December 30, 2016
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