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Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5

Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5

A week after a forgettable fourth episode, Top Gear bounces back with a pretty entertaining penultimate episode that featured a review on the new Jensen Interceptor, a track day for Jeremy Clarkson with the Lotus Exos Type 125 race car, Bob Geldof as the guest celebrity, and a military house destruction challenge.

Comparing it to the previous show, the content for this week was a lot better, but in a weird twist, the show only had 59 minutes on it - the regular slot usually lasts for 62 to 63 minutes - because, apparently, BBC wanted to show the MotoGP race exactly on time.

That became a running gag during the whole episode as Hammond and May kept speeding up Clarkson in order to fill out the entire episode in the 59 minutes they were given.

In the end, the military destruction challenge proved to be the most entertaining segment of the episode - we’d argue that it’s the best one all year, too - filled with child-like shenanigans from the three hosts that make us love the work they’re doing.

Some people might slam them for wasting their precious time on something so inane, but if you were walking in their shoes, you’d be having a ball of time using military vehicles in trying to put down a cement house.

Details on Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5 after the jump

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Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz take on the Top Gear track

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz take on the Top Gear track

Who’s the next star showcasing in Top Gear’s "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car"? Well, according to The Sun, it’s none other than Days of Thunder star, Tom Cruise and his Knight and Day co-star, Cameron Diaz. THese two are said to be taking a lap around the Top Gear track in a Kia c’eed in hopes of getting on top of the leader board. Apparently Cruise and Diaz were in Britain for the premiere of their new movie Knight and Day when Cruise’s "people" gave Top Gear a call.

A Top Gear source is the root of this story and he says, "Tom knew we were filming so asked if he could give the old Kia a whirl.

"Cameron was up for it too so we’re getting two A-list stars for one show. Jeremy Clarkson and the boys couldn’t be happier."

The Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz edition of "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" is said to be airing as soon as this Sunday so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open to catch these two stars whipping it around the track.

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Top Gear returns for 15th season with new "Reasonably-Priced Car"

Top Gear returns for 15th season with new "Reasonably-Priced Car"

Top Gear’s 15th season kicked off in the UK last week and as we have come to expect from those fellas, well, we really don’t know what to expect from them because unpredictability has always been their calling card. This season figures to be no different.

That being said, one popular segment that looks like it’s going to continue for Season no.15 is the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" and Top Gear, in an attempt to get something a little more up-to-date than the Chevy Lacetti they’ve been prancing around with in past seasons, is gearing up - no pun intended - to debut a new car for celebrity guests to punch in their best lap times on the Top Gear race track.

And during the first episode of the 15th season, we finally caught a glimpse of what the new reasonably-priced car is, and as fate would have it, that car turned out to be none other than Kia’s affable Cee’d, a car that, incidentally, isn’t available in America.

Whether Top Gear’s celebrity guests will have as good a time behind the wheel of the Cee’d as they did with the Lacetti, and the even older Suzuki Liana, remains to be seen. But what we do know is Top Gear’s back, which means its time for season downloads to resume.

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