DVD Review: Top Gear Series 21
My favourite part of the Muppets Show was always Statler and Waldorf – the two grumpy old guys in the balcony seats. Add in Kermit the Frog and you have Top Gear in a nutshell.
Top Gear is probably one of the most successful shows that the BBC have ever made, and with this being their 21st series, it’s certainly had the legs. So how do Hammond, May and Clarkson keep on keeping it fresh for so many years? The answer is that they haven’t.
The show constantly recycles the same old jokes, the same old missions, the same old everything. It’s comfortable, easy and still funny. But the cracks are beginning to show. WIth Series 21 now out on DVD, the show is more hit and miss than ever before. The deliberate staging of some of the “accidents” and the blatant “mistakes” that they boys make were never as obvious as they are this time round (or am I just getting more cynical?), but then you get a segment where the dastardly trio nail it, and you’re literally rolling on the floor laughing.
In Series 21 the stars in a reasonably priced car are a good assortment, and bring their own humour to the show, though the viewing of their laps gets old very quick as we all know by now, that a slow looking lap is in fact a fast lap. And the reasonably priced car doesn’t exactly have you on the edge of your seats.
In fact we seem to have more slow cars than fast cars this time round.
Of course the thing that makes a series of Top Gear is the epic specials that they do – and when these don;t make it on the DVD it’s a huge disappointment. In series 21 however, the Burma Special is included on the DVD. This two episode adventure initially looked set to hammer shut the coffin of this mixed season, but the second part was back on form with some pure Top gear gold, and plenty of laughter – to the extend that even my Top Gear hating wife was on the couch laughing.