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Was the Season 2 Opener of the Grand Tour a Hit or a Miss?

Did the Season 2 premiere of the Grand Tour meet your expectations?

2y ago

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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!

Waiting via JobAnticipation.com

Waiting via JobAnticipation.com

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.

Richard Hammond crash via Joe.ie

Richard Hammond crash via Joe.ie

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.

Cars from Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 1 via Motoring Research

Cars from Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 1 via Motoring Research

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…

Big Smiles on the Grand Tour

Big Smiles on the Grand Tour

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.

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Comments (24)

  • I say it was a hit. However, I did think the part with the old TV show hosts was just okay. I like the idea, the track and the car, but it just looked awfully slow. Which made it seem a bit boring but I figured well, they're both old so maybe that's why. Still loved it though. Cant wait for this Friday.

      2 years ago
  • Why did they do away with the Eboladrome?

      2 years ago
  • Was an awesome episode not a fault anywhere and from watching it the BBC has lifted some of the restrictions including the embargo on celebrity interviews. So to the BBC I say well done...Top Gear is dead long live The Grand Tour and long may she sail....I mean how hard can it be............

      2 years ago
  • Loved the premier and Clarkson Hammond and May - Of course!

    Seeings Hammonds accident was tough. I'm wondering why that was in the first episode?

    The celebrity segment with Hasselhoff (oh please) and the other man was entirely unnecessary. Did they even know they were in a race?

    The new theme song and catchy visuals in the opening are much better than season 1.

    I'm looking forward to season 2....

      2 years ago
    • Because he is in and out of a cast for the rest of the season. Continuity, something something.... Like we really care.

        2 years ago
    • The two guests wasn't so much a race, but more like that one series of Top Gear where they had two guests per episode

        2 years ago
  • Hit - Same old banter, same old format. Like a favourite dog you never get bored of.

      2 years ago
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