Top Gear – Australia
The thing that Top Gear Australia initially makes you realise, is how much Top Gear is about the personalities rather than the cars. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are Top Gear. Without them it would be a rather boring show about cars. With them it’s a kind of farcical comedy, based around – sometimes very loosely – cars.
And now we have Top Gear Australia, and as Clarkson so obviously points out in the Ashes Special, Australia is a long way away, and the usual suspects can’t really commute, so they will have to find three Aussie blokes to run the show for them.
The Ashes Special serves as little more than in introduction to Steve, Ewen and Shane, the Aussie versions of Clarkson, Hammond and May. It has it’s high points but you get the feeling that everyone is just going through the motions and really just want to get on with their own respective shows.
Once the Ashes Special is over, the season kicks off proper. It’s the same format in a different country, with the three different presenters.
And it just doesn’t feel right.
I’m sure if you’re a die hard Aussie bloke you’d get right into it. There are some classic Aussie moments, but to me, it’s just a couple of stupid Aussies trying to be Clarkson, Hammond and May. There is nothing that grabs me.
I’m sure over time the three blokes will find a groove and make the show their own, and if you stick with it over the next couple of seasons, they may even grow on you. But for me, I’ll let the Aussies do their thing in Australia and I’ll stick to the original, British version.
Top Gear Australia is still worth a look, and may well find a place in your heart.
Reviewed by: Jonathan