The second season (All eight shows) of TopGear USA ended last night. No Cadillacs went airborne this go-round, no cars were filled with water, but a Honda CR-X got squashed, and a Benz almost made it up to San Francisco's Twin Peaks. They even mentioned "My Mother The Car."
The truth is, I'm really starting to like the show but with some reservations, of course. I would like to see a cast change; I still think these guys look like they just stepped out of the same frat house. More diversity, perhaps even a host of the fairer sex, might raise interest levels somewhat.
I'm not a fan of the new opening either. We now have "The Driver," "The Expert," and "The Wrecker." What's that all about? Have these guys even been on the air long enough to be typecast at all? Hopefully those nicknames won't reappear on the next batch of shows.
I thought their high school cars episode was hilarious. Repurchasing the (equivalent) first cars like the hosts had in high school was a great idea. The challenges were fun. And what I found most amazing was that all three vehicles, different as they were, were front wheel drive.
The show is still finding its pace. No, they're not there yet, but they're getting closer. So now, at 9:00 Central Time on Sundays, I'm in front of the TV watching The History Channel.
Has your opinion of the new show hardened or softened after two seasons? Will you tune in for Season Three? Do you have any suggestions for the show or hosts?
And in addition to being cable TV critics, this Car Lust Weekly Open Thread is also the place for any other random, off-topic conversations that just don't belong anywhere else.
--That Car Guy (Chuck
Image Credit: The TopGear hosts image is from OnSugar.com.