After the sheer awfulness that was last week’s episode of Top Gear, the world’s most famous car show
executed several writers seemed to get back on the rails to deliver a vastly improved offering to its worldwide fans with last night’s fourth episode of its latest series.
We had lamented last week that the show was resorting too much to its well-worn ploy of overly-worked and painfully predictable skits.
And perhaps the writers woke up to themselves this week, for this latest offering really focused on what the show does best: cars, cars, and more cars. The banter was back, and so was the show’s mojo.
We opened with a review of the latest electric-powered grand tourer to hit the market: the awfully-pricey and awfully-named Fisker, designed by a former Aston Martin designer. Despite the hit to your hip pocket, this is a clever and beautiful car, which James May ably demonstrated with a test drive in Florida. AC/DC frontman (and car nut) Brian Johnson also makes a nice cameo appearance with his beautiful vintage Bugatti.
In what was perhaps the best-filmed feature I’ve seen on Top Gear in a long time, we were then treated to a spectacularly produced piece where Jeremy Clarkson puts Ferrari’s newest model, its rather ugly four-wheel-drive FF, through its paces on a frozen lake in Sweden. Pitted against Bentley’s new Continental 4WD – on a lifesize Silverstone ice circuit, no less! – this is a stunning piece of filming.
German-Irish-fusion actor Michael Fassbender is the show’s Star In a Reasonably Priced Car this week, and not unpredictably, Jeremy makes a smutty cracks about the film star’s latest efforts – full-frontal nudity in Shame and spanking Keira Knightley in A Dangerous Method – which were too good to resist.
And lastly, the group feature piece pits Clarkson, May and Richard Hammond in self-made off-road mobility scooters racing against three former British service personnel in more conventional (and pricier) scooters. Which is best in a muddy climb to the top of a Welsh hill? You’ll need to watch it to find out.