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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 13/2/2012 11:41:34 AM   
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Piss poor episode for the most part last night. I do like the look of The Sweeney though (and the car chase they had compiled by the end was actually pretty good) but the contrived nature of the segment really pissed me off. At one point it looked like they were taking it seriously (well Clarkson anyway) but then it descended into farce. Hammond is really starting to annoy me as well, surely it's time for him to fuck off by now.

The James May bit was OK and Ryan Reynolds seems like a nice enough guy but you know you've got a stinker of an episode on your hands when the SIARPC segment is the highlight.

Disappointed because I enjoyed the last 2 episodes.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 13/2/2012 1:27:06 PM   
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Overall it was OK last night, James Mays bit was fine, nice to see them take a break from the Supercars.
The Sweeney bit was funny, but it went on waaay too long. Hammond just brings nothing to the show any more, he's getting too old for the excitable schoolboy routine...and his new hair do is stupid. The show is starting to turn into last of the summer wine. They really, really need to start bringing in new presenters.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 13/2/2012 2:12:54 PM   
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I think Nick Love was just playing up to the camera. I'm sorry to say I kinda like the look of The Sweeney, looks like a future guilty pleasure.

Guns and car chases can't ever be a bad thing.


No doubt he was, I just meant he's a tosser in general rather than specific to this. Have you heard his commentary for Outlaw?

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 13/2/2012 3:46:41 PM   
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Watched James May's seg, knew what was coming after that and switched over to watch Real Madrid - looks like my idea to do that payed off.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 14/2/2012 11:55:35 AM   
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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 14/2/2012 12:15:54 PM   
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Im really enjoying Top Gear i always do. Some people take it all too seriously. It stopped being a "car" programme a long time ago and became an "entertainment" show and for that i love it.

Its all staged, it wouldnt suprise me if Jezza had anything to do with the scene at all and it was just made to "look" like he did (hence it being entertainment). Last week with the Chinese stig i was rolling around on the floor laughing (entertainment) the stunt part (the gif above) had me howling as well.

Will agree on Hammonds hair though. Looks like a My Chemicle Romance reject!

The fat people in the Panda made me feel a bit ill though but then when the guy started eating crisps and the stig gave him a funny look made me laugh.

If you want a car programme watch Fifth Gear

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 14/2/2012 1:18:07 PM   
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Im really enjoying Top Gear i always do. Some people take it all too seriously. It stopped being a "car" programme a long time ago and became an "entertainment" show and for that i love it.


I've never had any problem at all with it being an "entertainment" show, what I do have a problem with is the occasions that it's not even remotely entertaining. Occasions like Sunday night where they were trying so hard to be entertaining that they veered into irritating instead. The problem is, I think, that they think they have comic ability when the clearly don't. What they usually have is good ideas that create comical situations which is great as the laughs happen organically. When they try to force it, as in Sunday's show and the India "Special", it comes across as 2 unfunny middle aged twats fucking around doing irritating stuff. And James May.


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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 14/2/2012 2:13:42 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Jaded_Parrot

Im really enjoying Top Gear i always do. Some people take it all too seriously. It stopped being a "car" programme a long time ago and became an "entertainment" show and for that i love it.


I've never had any problem at all with it being an "entertainment" show, what I do have a problem with is the occasions that it's not even remotely entertaining. Occasions like Sunday night where they were trying so hard to be entertaining that they veered into irritating instead. The problem is, I think, that they think they have comic ability when the clearly don't. What they usually have is good ideas that create comical situations which is great as the laughs happen organically. When they try to force it, as in Sunday's show and the India "Special", it comes across as 2 unfunny middle aged twats fucking around doing irritating stuff. And James May.



Indeed. It just wasn't very funny. They're capable of so much better.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 14/2/2012 2:44:29 PM   
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Not a fan of Sunday's show either.

If they're going to try and be funny, they need to stick to the obvious gags like last weeks Chinese Stig or the Reliant Robin piece from a while back, not Hammond pretending to mistake Ray Winstone for Bob Hoskins, I can't think of a more painfully unfunny moment on TV inside of the last few years. My toes are curling just thinking about it.

On the plus side, the new Focus ST is a lovely looking Hot Hatch, even if it was a fake one.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 15/2/2012 2:01:02 PM   
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I've never minded that it's scripted, but quite often it's too scripted and just isn't belivable. It's like watching a movie with bad acting.



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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 6:14:42 PM   
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I don't understand the direction they seem to be taking Top Gear in.

As a car magazine show it was entertaining, interesting and informative. Its presenters had genuine chemistry and good humour.

As a sitcom it's half-baked, poorly scripted, poorly acted, utterly forced and completely annoying. The televisual equivalent of a circus clown dropping his trousers.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 7:01:45 PM   
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I caught the repeat of last week's episode.

I'd basically repeat what others have said regarding the various segments.



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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 7:02:36 PM   
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I finally caught up with the second episode of the series. It was genuinely good. The bit on Nascar was informative and quite fun. James and Jeremy in China was again informative and interesting. Chinese Stig was daft, but still made me laugh. Mat Le Blanc, was a bit bland, but he did a hell of a lap. And the Merc was nicely showcased.

How they went from that to last week's episode I don't know. Hope this one will be back to the quality of the first two.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 10:21:07 PM   
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Watching now, so far so good.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 10:35:57 PM   
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It was actually quite good. The challenge did seem to be actually quite genuine.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 10:36:03 PM   
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Definitely an improvement on the Grand Canyon low of last week.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 10:42:51 PM   
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Will have an ogle on a catch up but its getting more like House, where you fast-forward more than you actually watch the show!

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 10:59:27 PM   
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The chubby squaddy looks quite nervous in his scooter

This is pretty good! All he show needs in these challenges is to place these guys outside their comfort zones, not challenges where they act silly in the day and spend the night in expensive hotels.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 11:02:16 PM   
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They're at Nantyffin! That's right near where I live!


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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 19/2/2012 11:04:12 PM   
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Yes, I thought that was pretty genius, too!

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 20/2/2012 7:59:10 AM   
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they were also in Abergavenny which is just round the corner from where I live,

but I have to disagree with you I thought it was going great guns up until that point; in two years nobody will "get" the fenton gag, whereas the really good bits, that are genuinely funny, will be funny for decades.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 20/2/2012 3:32:57 PM   
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Definite improvement on last week's episode. All the bits were interesting and at times it was very funny.

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  but I have to disagree with you I thought it was going great guns up until that point; in two years nobody will "get" the fenton gag, whereas the really good bits, that are genuinely funny, will be funny for decades.


I didn't get it last night. I had to look it up.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 20/2/2012 4:17:38 PM   
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Yeah it was decent last night, I'll give it that; only fast-forwarded through the 'star' part.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 20/2/2012 5:15:54 PM   
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quote:

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They're at Nantyffin! That's right near where I live!


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Fenton! FUnniest gag they've ever done!



they were also in Abergavenny which is just round the corner from where I live,

but I have to disagree with you I thought it was going great guns up until that point; in two years nobody will "get" the fenton gag, whereas the really good bits, that are genuinely funny, will be funny for decades.

I get what you're saying but the bit in bold is something I've never really understood, surely anything that makes you laugh is genuinely funny, be that a classic Bill Hicks routine or even just a well placed whoopee cushion?

The Fenton bit caught me off guard I have to say

Abergavenny eh? I miss East Wales, always something to do there

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 20/2/2012 6:00:23 PM   
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I get what you're saying but the bit in bold is something I've never really understood, surely anything that makes you laugh is genuinely funny, be that a classic Bill Hicks routine or even just a well placed whoopee cushion?

The Fenton bit caught me off guard I have to say

Abergavenny eh? I miss East Wales, always something to do there



My point is that the fenton gag needs for you to have seen (or been aware of at least) the Fenton Video. where as, for example, Chinese Stig kicking James May in the plums, needs you to understand that getting hit in the plums hurts, it doesn't need to be high-brow, but for me "genuinly funny" is something that doesn't need you to have seen something beforehand.

If we take the Fenton Gag from last night, the same set up (old man chasing after out of control scooter) could have been done without the specific Fenton reference, a silhouette of the scooter rolling down a hill left to right and, a beat after the scooter disappears from shot, Jeremy follows - maybe stopping to take a breather halfway through the shot. (probably not funny reading it, but with the right timing it could be good)


And as for Abergavenny, I used to live just over the hill (on the right side of the border) but we've moved just north of Monmouth, it was just a bit weird to see the boys shooting through the high street and the market.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 29/1/2013 8:34:53 AM   
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Unimpressed by the latest episode. Just didn't find it all that funny or interesting really....

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 29/1/2013 9:30:19 AM   
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The super car bit was fine, but they're so over produced now that the cars are interchangable.
The Bently bit was good, but James pretending to be confused by the instruction book was a bit annoying.
the little car bit was daft filler, but I did get a laugh or two out of it.

all in all nothing special but nothing terrible either, they really need an extra presenter to freshen it up

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 4/2/2013 12:14:11 PM   
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God last nights show was dull. the only interesting bit was Mick Fleetwood talking about the Rumours years

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 4/2/2013 12:31:34 PM   
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I've been getting increasingly bored with Top Gear. To the extent that last week's episode I recorded and fast forwarded through most of it. This week's I even forgot to record.

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RE: Top Gear: New Series - 4/2/2013 1:34:10 PM   
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I've been getting increasingly bored with Top Gear. To the extent that last week's episode I recorded and fast forwarded through most of it. This week's I even forgot to record.


Yeah I have been doing the same the last few seasons tbh. I only watched it last night as Barca had just finished and there was nothing on until the Superbowl started!

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