Was the Season 2 Opener of the Grand Tour a Hit or a Miss?
If you are anything like me, you had a big red circle around Friday December 8, marking the premiere of Season 2 of the Grand Tour! I had cleared my schedule making sure that I had no interruptions. I had a couple of cold bottles of beer and some fresh beef jerky (I am American after all), all sitting ready for the season opener! I couldn’t wait!
Low and behold, I didn’t have to wait as long as I had thought! Because on the evening of Thursday December 7th (Pearl Harbor day for those that remember such things), Amazon Video released Season 2, Episode 1 of the Grand Tour! The 8-hour differential between England and California definitely was to my benefit this time!
The Season 2 opening episode is titled, “Past, Present, or Future”, and featured a road trip to Switzerland with the Lamborghini Aventador S, the Honda NSX, and the now infamous Rimac Concept One. Apparently, W. Chump & Sons decided to address Richard Hammond’s fireball crash right away, instead of letting the horrific event loom over the series any longer.
The episode itself was crisp and well produced. Not a single cringe-worthy moment coming from a sophomoric joke that has been overdone, no faux-battles with the audience, no dead celebrities, and no underdeveloped characters that we are simply expected to accept. For me, the Season 2 premiere took me back to the good old days where the trio bantered and argued, got themselves into ridiculous circumstances with their cars, were general goof-balls with each other and, most importantly, showed us all how much fun a road trip with your buddies really can be.
I think they hit it out of the park with this episode! If you could have only seen the smile I had on my face while watching the show…
What do you think GT Nation? Did W. Chump & Sons make a good choice by having the Rimac accident up on bat first, or should they have saved that for later in the series? How do you think they did with the premiere of Season 2? Was it a hit or a miss?
Keep driving sober my friends!
My thanks to Larry for his help with this article.