I say that the biggest problem with this show is the hosts. They lack chemistry. I know everyone says "just give them time" but IMO Adam Ferrara needs to go. He is not funny and the best thing he did on the show was jump that caddy. Not to say that Tanner or Rutledge are any better. My other problem with the show is the idiot celebrities they have on. Buzz was cool, but the other people I never heard of. Just my two cents.
If it were easy, everyone would do it
Hell put Ken block as a host and it would be a hell of a lot better. They have the personality of Jello. I watched my first episode last night with the EVO and I love that car but the way the presented it, bored me. Oh well. Lets see if they shake it up
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After catching up on the last few episodes, I think I figured it out. All of the UK hosts have backgrounds in radio, so they have their tone and cadence down when doing presentation. It sounds natural, organic and unforced. Couple that with British accents and it's no contest. Just look at the Life and Planet Earth documentaries. David Attenborough put Sigourney Weaver and Oprah to shame. You could listen to that guy read a phone book and it'd be absolutely captivating. We simply don't have any experienced broadcasting journalists over here with sufficient enough auto backgrounds that could host the show. The best we can do for now are low-list actors.
Everything else about the format is fine and will only get better. I was especially surprised with the camera work and cinematography.
BBC Top Gear = mythbusters. American Top Gear = smash lab. Both are same basic premise, 1 is a good show and worth watching. The other, not so much. Hopefully it gets better, and it would probably be an ok if it was named something else. But it's got a heck of a rep to live up to.
I've seen all the episodes and really enjoy them individually without comparing to the British version. this is like comparing The Office American and British versions, does not compare. i also believe the American top gear guys could use a season or 2 to look more natural and comfortable in front of the camera. a lot of it seems very scripted as opposed to the British episodes ive seen.
Right now they need the boring BS, otherwise american viewers who don't follow the UK version will be wondering why the hell they're watching a show that has more to do with a bunch of guys cocking about instead of reviewing cars.
so far i think US Top Gear is pretty good. I have only seen a few episodes of British Top Gear so i feel my comparison is fair. US top gear has some cool cars and cool stunts. They look a little uncomfortable in front of the camera, but seem to be getting better. The British one is great, but they have season under their belt. I think both are good, and its better then watching anything else on TV.
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Have you guys just noticed how much they try to imitate the British host though. This is one of the most annoying things to me about the show.
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