After falling flat on its face last season, Top Gear hopes to bounce back with a vengeance

There are times when you just have to wipe the slate clean and start over from scratch. Such scenarios typically happen when someone goes through something disastrous and they’re left with nothing more than hope for a sunnier future. You could say that it happened to Top Gear last year as the popular motoring show suffered through one of its worst seasons in history. Everything that could have gone wrong with that show did, but now, on the heels of the 24th season, Top Gear is returning with a fresh outlook in life, and judging from the newest trailer of the show, that positivity could soon pay off.

Gone are Chris Evans, Sabine Schmitz, and Eddie Jordan, and we’re left with what could very well be said as the three presenters that really made a good account of themselves in the last season: Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. It is funny to think though that while LeBlanc and Harris were regarded as solid hires a year ago, Reid was the biggest question of the group. Good for him that he was able to prove his worth. Also, to be fair, Schmitz also did well for herself last year.

So, about the trailer. The new one dives back deep into the dry comedic wit that made the show famous in the first place. In it we see Harris, LeBlanc, and Reid sitting inside the BBC’s insurance department as they’re grilled about the insurance costs they needed for the show. Throughout the whole scene, we’re also treated with snippets of the 24th season of the show, including Harris taking the wheel of the Ferrari FXX K, LeBlanc doing what could very well be an ill-fated impersonation of James Bond, and Reid crashing into what might be one of the show’s production trucks. All the while, the three hosts continue to uncomfortably sit in the insurance department as they take questions from the head of the insurance department. It’s good for a few laughs, which is probably all that the BBC is looking for at this point.

Speaking of the BBC, the network has yet to announce the schedule for the 24th season of the show. But we all know that it’s coming; it’s just a matter of when, not if. Hopefully, the 24th season fares a lot better than the last one when it does arrive.

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A new slate provides the opportunity to start over

To be fair, Top Gear’s 23rd season had its share of highlights. It came few and far in between, but there were some promising moments. But the overwhelming majority of it was straight up terrible so it’s easy to see why the BBC was so quick to let go of Chris Evans, who was initially signed on to be the lead host of the show and fill the enormous void left behind the cult of personality that was Jeremy Clarkson. Evans couldn’t quite get the job done so he ended up either resigning or getting let go. Either way, he was out the door faster than the Stig could complete a lap time aboard the reasonably-priced-car.

But that’s then, and this is now. Top Gear is starting off new and it may finally have the three-man hosting crew that can really move out of the shadow left behind by Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. I’m still unsure that LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid can get there, but they’re now being given an opportunity to prove their worth and create an identity of their own. That’s one of the exciting aspects of the 24th season, and you can be sure that everybody will have their eye on the show to see if the changes that were made from last season turn out to be strokes of genius or another attempt at covering up the decision to move on from the old era.

Hopefully, we get to see the show return sooner than later. As I mentioned earlier, the BBC has no specific timetable on when the premiere episode is going to air, but if you look at last year’s timetable, the show premiered on May 29, 2016. Expect a similar schedule to be announced sooner than later.

Source: YouTube - Top Gear

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