The Grand Tour Episode 2: Mixed Reviews Are In for Operation Desert Stumble

The second episode of The Grand Tour premiered this Friday to mixed reviews. Some have criticized the episodes lack of cars, the special forces bit, and the continuing gags from the first episode, as well as the highly disliked American driver. The show did feature some great cars like the Aston Martin Vulcan, Audi S8, and a few others, but it was largely compiled of the special forces segment. Some viewers and critics have sad the hosts should stick to cars, while others enjoyed the comedy and change of style in the segment.

For those of you who don’t know, the second episode, is actually the very first episode that was filmed for The Grand Tour. This may help explain the shows somewhat choppy flow, change of style, and lack of automotive content. Overall I think it was a great episode and a nice change of pace, but everyone has their opinion so we have gathered reviews from critics and viewers from all over the internet to give you an idea of what everyone else thought of Episode 2 of The Grand Tour. Let us know what you think after the reviews!

Obviously the reactions on Twitter were heatedly split. A lot of love and a lot of criticism, respectively. Looking at the reviews from critics across the internet you start to see more of the same thing as well. Check out these quotes from some of the reviews we found.

“…this episode isn’t completely terrible. But that’s only because this is like a concert where the main act turn out to be late and drunk, while the support act are rocking like their lives depend on it. Let’s hope we don’t see any more overly scripted mucking about this season.” -Adam Allcroft,

“Operation Desert Stumble” is better than “The Holy Trinity” because it’s more than just another car test. It allows the chemistry of the three presenters to shine through by putting them in a fun, creative situation.- Brittany Frederick,

“The Grand Tour’s daft second episode will appeal to nine year-olds and petrolhead dads, but it’s not as impressive as the first. And what’s with the music?” Ally Heath, GQ UK

“Jeremy Clarkson warned us that cars wouldn’t feature in this week’s episode, and perhaps we should have listened. The Grand Tour, like Top Gear before it, is at its best when it does two things – the hosts share their screen time with the cars, and the script walks the line between primetime comedy and reality TV. Episode two is a reminder of these facts.”- Brandon Turkus, Autoblog


On Amazon’s own IMDB page for The Grand Tour Nation it looks like the show has received overall positive marks but there is still time for that to adjust as more and more people watch over the weekend.


It’s clear that the departure from the norm has resulted in a lot of passionate feelings about Episode 2 of The Grand Tour. I think the changes the team has made to their format and the willingness to experiment will aide them well in the future and we will see The Grand Tour find success at the same level or higher of Top Gear. It’s no surpise the show struggled to live up to its premiere episode but I think down the line you will see this week’s episode looked at more fondly than not.

Did the critics get it right? Did the viewers? Either way we’re looking forward to the next episode and the rest of the season with a lot of optimism and excitement!