April 12th, 2011
In the pandemonium this morning, I forgot to mention that while I was dozing under covers in the den, watching TV/streaming Netflix, I watched a forgettable movie (From Paris with Love), and a couple of season two episodes of Top Gear. They're starting to do some of the funny/outrageous things that caught my eye when I first heard about them...
Out of curiosity, where are you finding the early Top Gear episodes?
Netflix has them streaming from season two on.
Oh cool. Thanks for the heads up. We used to watch clips at youtube, but that gets rather old. Have you seen the American version of the show yet? What do you think of it?
No, I haven't, but word-of-mouth is that it's not too good.
Have you seen Hereafter? It has Matt Damon in it. It was just released today through Netflix, and it should be here tomorrow. That will be my weekend movie.
No, I haven't. I don't think that we've put it on the list, either. Will you post about what you think of it?
I will happily do that. It has been one of the included previews for many movies that we have rented recently, and I am looking forward to seeing it. I'll let you know!
I have been a long time watcher of Top Gear, but it has really started to disappoint in the last few runs. It used to be a car show that did fun things but they just do things that are more ridiculous and far too much of it is staged. If you're only that early on you have quite some time to go before it gets to that spot, though. Enjoy.
What I'd noticed in the more recent episodes that I'd seen is that they only seem to be talking about the extremely expensive cars that almost no one can afford, while these early episodes often deal with affordable cars.
Very true. If you're interested in a UK automotive show that actually, you know, tests cars, Fifth Gear is what you want. It has bounced around in format, trying to find a style that allowed it to compete with Top Gear. Sometimes it got pretty hard to take, but I like it. More about both Top Gear and Fifth Gear (including links to past episodes)can be found at www.finalgear.com (assuming the website isn't screwed up again).
My favoourite of the Top Gear lot is James May and I've enjoyed much of his non-TG work as well. Have you seen any of that?
We've caught a couple of episodes of his Road Trip.
You're quite welcome. I thought you'd be a fan of solo James May.
I'm still peeved at the anti-Mexican sentiments from a few eps ago (current season). My husband thinks that was staged too, and that they'll most likely have a Mexico special before long. I don't think so, considering that the BBC had to issue a formal apology to the Mexican ambassador.
I agree. That was horrible. Not really funny. They've done that kind of thing before, with comments about other countries, but it was never that insulting.
Well, maybe about the French...
No, none of the stuff about the other Europeans was nearly as bad, though banging on about the Germans being warmongers is closest.
The offending clip:
If they had stopped after the bit about "national characteristics" they might have been able to get away with it, passing it off as their usual piss-take. The rest of it is what pushed it much, much too far.
I don't think that they'd get far with that in the US, but what do I know?
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