giant man wrote:..the hovervan was reckless on our precious waterways and very obviously set up, but still pretty funny stuff...
I think it's the main issue for me, just how set up everything is. The man knocked out of his rowing boat was obviously stunt man and there were cameras placed everywhere to make sure the 'hilarious moment' was caught.
There was another sequence last year where Clarkson was on a narrow mountain road and met a car coming the other way. There then followed a long sequence about how dangerous it was for the 2 vehicles to pass, with Clarkson teetering on the edge. This was entirely set up. There were lots of different camera angles (showing it had been done over a long period of time) and the Range Rover camera car had obviously already passed the same vehicle, presumably at the safe passing place 100m away.
In the 'race of taxis' there was a sequence where one taxi crashed through a stretched limo. The limo was seen to spin in one section of the track, and then the 'accident' happened in a different section. When one taxi 'unfortunately' crashed through the empty porta-cabin at the side of the track, there was a camera inside to make sure this was caught.
If you're going to this much effort to set scenes up, you might as well make a proper comedy in the first place, with a decent script.
I find it interesting to watch just to spot all the set-ups and I like the camera work, everything is just the same as last week/month/year. Especially the jokes. Has anybody noticed that Hammond is shorter than Jezzer? I'm sure they could make more of that. James May is a bit of a slow driver too. Surely there's more mileage in that.