The holy trinity is back! No, not the cars, well also the cars. They’re actually the main part of the premiere episode, but I am referring to the boys, of course! Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are finally back and are now streaming with the premiere of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video!
Now that the show has premiered, Grand Tour Nation is here to break down the good, the bad, and the awkward, from the very first episode. If you haven’t watched it yet, *spoiler alert*!
Watch the episode first before reading anymore!
The show starts out with a rainy London backdrop as we follow Jeremy Clarkson, leaving what is alluded to, as the BBC. The radio plays blurbs about his time at the network ending as he heads to the airport, (he gets on board this time!). From there, we end up in a parking garage in a car you wouldn’t expect, a Ford Mustang, or rather the Fisker-Galpin Auto Sports Rocket, a highly modified vehicle based off the new Mustang. Jeremy cruises through L.A. and into the California desert where he magically meets up with two old friends, likewise in Mustangs, in the form of Richard Hammond and James May. It’s all sunshine as rainbows as a great rendition of “I Can See Clearly Now” is played by The Hothouse Flowers. The boys are then joined by a massive gang of amazing cars, trucks, and motorcycles, as they race across the desert flats! No doubt, if you’re much of a petrol head, you’ll spot some familiar faces! The boys meet up with their cheering and adoring fans, who are awaiting them at none other than Burning Van, (haha), where a host of fighter jets flights over the crowd, ending the breathtaking opening sequence!
We won’t be doing a play by play of the rest of the show, you’ll have to watch it for yourself to get that, but we have made you a breakdown of a few of our favorite moments including some of the best, a few of the worst, and as is often the case with these three, a few of the most awkward moments from the premiere episode of The Grand Tour!
This was almost impossible to narrow down, but for the sake of our audience, we did our best to give you a few of the many shining moments that we loved from the premiere. Here they are, in no particular order, for your convenience.
This segment was a rib-tickler from start to finish. One of the many jabs directed at the BBC and Top Gear during the show, it was meant to mimic the celebrity guest segment from Top Gear. While it did indeed feature a celebrity, three, in fact, they all met with their, no doubt untimely end before they could be interviewed. It’s not quite as morbid as it sounds, and we hope to see more hysterical clips like this in the remaining 11 episodes.
Jeremy Becoming Homeless
In what can only be described as a poorly conceived bet by an extremely overconfident man who often goes by the nickname of Jezza, Jeremy Clarkson found himself on the short list for a new home makeover, although, probably not the kind he would like. All we will say is that the next time Hammond is over for dinner at the Clarkson’s, he will be driving a bulldozer.
The Ebola Drome
What would a show like The Grand Tour be like without a racing track? No doubt, no proper motoring show is complete without a way to fairly test the vehicles which appear on it, and The Grand Tour has done a spectacular job in that department. The new track, nicknamed the Ebola Drome, features some clever names (where else have I seen that?), some dangerous obstacles, and an unexploded ordinance. As Clarkson said, “This track is a lot cheaper than Silverstone, and I know which one I’d rather drive around”.
I’ll be honest, this was by far the hardest part of the show to narrow down. There was little in the way of downsides to the show’s premiere, but we managed to get ourselves together, hunker down, and pick a few things that just rubbed us the wrong way (even if they were supposed to).
The Segment Intros
Terrible. They were all terrible. We will give the boys and Amazon a break on this one, though, because well, they were supposed to be terrible. I told you it was hard to come up with the worst moments. Luckily, they made this one for us, so we didn’t have to try as hard.
It Was Too Short
Who makes a racing show that’s only an hour and eleven minutes long? How are we, the viewing audience, supposed to make up for all that time we lost in between the boys leaving Top Gear and the premiere of The Grand Tour? I could have easily watched them for several hours, and the episodes should be made much longer for the rest of the season. I guess we will just have to re-watch the first episode a few dozen times while we wait for episode two to air.
The New Racing Driver
The new racing driver, also known as The American, made his debut alongside the debut of the series. Here’s one part of the show we actually liked just a little bit less than the rest. The jokes were a bit tired and overdone, the driver was fairly unfunny, and the whole thing was just a bit forced. Regardless, the man can drive, and as we said before, this is a minor negative in a sea of positives. Who knows, maybe we will get used to him, and maybe he won’t even be on the show again.
Now this, this part was easy. There’s never any shortage of awkward moments when it comes to Clarkson, Hammond, and May, and the premiere of The Grand Tour was no exception. From the very first segment up until the very end, there were awkward jokes, comments, and general hijinks abound. Not that we’re complaining.
From poop jokes to pleasuring animals to weird comparisons, The Grand Tour’s first night was rampantly filled with Clarkson’s brand of off the cuff and odd humor. We laughed, we cringed, we welcomed back Jeremy with open arms.
Staring at Sheep Bollocks
That’s right. There’s a good solid moment of staring at sheep testicles. Brace yourself. That is all.
Teaching Americans English, English
What’s more awkward than going to a country you’re not from and telling the locals how they speak is incorrect? Well, it’s not only awkward, it’s also very British, and the boys do a flying good job at teaching we, proud, red-blooded Americans, how to correctly speak everything automotive. From the parts of the vehicle to the types of cars, the boys break it down so we don’t sound quite so silly.
What did you think of the premiere of The Grand Tour? Was it everything you had hoped it would be? Did it live up to the massive hype? We think it did so, and more! We here at Grand Tour Nation will be impatiently awaiting the premiere of episode two, but in the meantime, we will be bringing you all the most up to date news and information on The Grand Tour, Clarkson, Hammond, and May, and everything else automotive.
Have something else we should have put in our list? Let us know in the comments!
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