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Its bad but I can now live with it
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2018
I know this version of the famous British tv show gets alot of hate from fans and when it was on cable, I too hated it. Now however I can now quantify why I hated it. Firstly the UK Top Gear was and still is a one of a kind spectacular that just can't be recreated because the chemistry between Jeremy, Richard, and James is so volatile. The three genuinely hate each other and have openingly said they hate each other. This hatred is what makes the show so great. In Top Gear USA that same chemistry is just not there yet it try so hard to kindle that hatred that is comes off as petty and whining like teenagers fighting over Pokemon cards.
The other major problem with the series the americanization of it. Everything is bigger, more dramatic, and filled with explosions and jet fighters. Top Gear has never been about "go big or go home" it's about "three mid age men fallen over a bunch" as Clarkson puts it and americanizing that just feel awkward. The dramatic cut a ways when something is about to happen, the constant recaps of things that have happen in the show all of it just feel unnecessary.
All these faults means that when you finally get to a segments that talks about a car or series of cars like american muscle or a new supercar, the commentary about them feels "scripted" and generic. A lot of their points can be found in a pamphlet, they don't go in depth the cars features or performance claims, they don't battle the car with it's rivals and ultimately they don't express how these cars make them feel from the heart.
All that said it still worth watching and see for yourself what the big hate storm is about. The first episode was a laugh. The $1000 challenge episode 3 was fun. The bring GM back to life episode 5 was interesting.