It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be – but then again I doubt I’ll watch future episodes.
Top Gear USA is not Top Gear. I searched for the best way to describe the differences between the two – and this is what I came up with.
Top Gear UK is a comedy show that happens to be about cars.
Top Gear USA is a car show with a complete lack of comedy.
There are many ways to compare and contrast the differences between the two. They’ve borrowed the visual style of the show – but being shot in American NTSC in HD gives the show a very unrealistic look and feel.
The hosts are adequate – but I’m not going to bother to learn their names. They did a decent job at it – but they don’t have much personality and very little chemistry, but that doesn’t mean they won’t one day.
I kept trying to figure out who the ‘Clarkson’ was – but I gave up. What’s the point? This is NOT Top Gear as Anglophiles know it.
I was surprised by the complete lack of comedy. There weren’t many jokes until the end – and even then they weren’t funny.
Instead of Star in a Reasonably Priced car, they called it “Big Star, Little Car,” which just sounds stupid. Buzz Aldrin was their first guest and his interview was disappointingly shorter than his lap.
It was fun to watch the Dodge Viper get chased through a small southern town by a Cobra helicopter – but that’s about as much fun as the episode got.
They of course have their own Stig, but he doesn’t have the mystique and badassedness that we’re used to.
If you look at it as a car show outside the frame of Top Gear – it’s pretty good. They linger longingly on many hot supercars – but honestly, I never cared about the cars in Top Gear that much and care even less now as this show, in the end, is just about cars.
But it’s not Top Gear unless Clarkson and Company are there.
Did you watch Top Gear USA on the History Channel? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.