November 7 Weekly Open Thread: More thoughts on Top Gear - US vs. UK
I'll admit I am/was behind the curve on the original (UK) version of Top Gear. My brain sucking electronic device (TV) doesn't get it. Or at least, it didn't until I added NetFlix to my Nintendo Wii that is. Silly me, I owned the Wii for a year before I realized it had wireless internet functionality.
So over the past month I've watched 4 seasons of UK Top Gear. And I like it. A lot. But interestingly, I still like the US version better. I'm sure that'll spur comments.
Jeremy Clarkson makes the UK version go, and there is noo ne filling that role in the US version - or at least Tanner Foust hasn't got to his level yet. Understandable though, Foust has couple hundred fewer episodes under his belt. But in reality, I don't think he'll get to Clarkson's level, and honestly I'm fine with that. But it is Clarkson that makes the UK version tick in my mind.
Where the US version pulls ahead for me is on relatability. The cars they use and sites they visit in the challenges are familiar on some level. I can relate to that far better than a Fiat, a Skoda and a Ford not available in our market. Nothing against those cars (particularly the Skoda) but when I see Adam Ferrara get an early 70's Cadillac Coupe DeVille airborn it is a perfect example of why I like the US version better. I've been in that Cadillac. Sat on the back seat where there is room for a basketball team. Floated down the road with zero sensation from the outside world. And that is where I think the US version works - it connects.
That doesn't mean the US version is perfect, I just prefer it warts and all. Sure I'd like to see the banter between hosts be natural rather than forced. That will hopefully come with time. Yes, I'd like to see them come up with their own more unique production style, but that might be limited/controlled by the parent company. But without question I'd like to see more of them. Thankfully the US version was was given another season.
Which version do you like best? Have a favorite episode of either? And as usual, post anything else you want in here that's vaguely car-related.