Let’s see what the old guard’s response to the new kid on the block is going to be

With all the attention being thrown in the direction of The Grand Tour, it would be easy – even understandable – for a lot of us to forget about Top Gear. That’s especially true with The Grand Tour being everything it’s hyped up to, stumbles and all. But the BBC isn’t going down without a fight. The long-running show is coming back for another season and it even has a new teaser to get us all excited for what’s to come.

The teaser itself isn’t that long – it runs for just 21 seconds – but it does reveal something crucially important. We see the three people that are expected to be the show’s three main hosts. There’s Matt LeBlanc, who officially takes the reigns from the departed Chris Evans as the show’s main presenter. Then there’s Chris Harris and Rory Reid, two auto journalists who, together with LeBlanc, were considered as the best presenters from the last season.

All together, the three are apparently involved in a race of some sort with three beat-up vehicles with LeBlanc instructing Harris and Reid to keep their hands off of the steering wheel of their cars. Hilarity then ensues as all three drivers participate in hands-free racing on a snow-covered desert. Could they have been at the Sahara when snow fell on the desert for the first time in 37 years back in the days before Christmas?

That’s a question that only Top Gear can answer, but for now, let’s keep that on the back-burner. What’s important is that the new season is crashing into our TVs soon and basing it from the disaster that was last season, our expectations for the new season are set lower than it should. That should give LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid a chance to show that they’re the hosts Top Gear should’ve had in the first place.

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Time to see what these guys got

I was one with the majority who thought last season’s Top Gear was uneven at best. Sure, it had some highlights – with Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Rory Reid, and Sabine Schmitz among them – but for the most part, it didn’t click as well as a lot of people expected. Chris Evans just didn’t resonate as a main host. Part of it wasn’t his fault since he had enormous shoes to fill, but another part of it was because he was in over his head when he took on the job.

Naturally, Top Gear received overwhelmingly negative reviews and that prompted Evans to step down from the main hosting chair and the BBC to promote LeBlanc to the top spot. That’s a good move, as is giving Harris and Reid more prominent roles than the ones they had last season.

Now it’s time for all three hosts to prove whether they’re worthy of stepping out of the shadows of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May and carving their own identities as the new hosts of Top Gear. The trailer gives us a sneak preview of that relationship and while it doesn’t show much, it’s refreshing to see them finally get the opportunities they deserve.

Now it’s time to see if they’re more than capable of taking advantage of these opportunities. We shall see.

Source: YouTube - Top Gear

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