On Dec. 8, 2017, the second season premiered with the episode “Past, Present or Future.” “The Three Musketeers” of car shows were comparing a V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador S, a hybrid Honda NSX and an all-electric Croatian supercar called the Rimac Concept One.
Spectacular… While it isn’t “Top Gear,” that’s a good thing. It’s better. It’s “The Grand Tour.”
If you have seen the second season premiere, you may have heard Clarkson had suffered from pneumonia since the end of the first season, May had had his hair cut and Hammond was in a car crash. Further, you will also know they are not going to be taking their tent around the world with them. This is what occurred during the first season. No more.
“The Grand Tour” now has a permanent home. That home is in the Cotswolds. This new location, at the annoyance of both May and Hammond, is not very far from Clarkson’s home. While some people might not see this updated version of the series as being as grand tour-ish as it previously was, having a permanent home for “The Grand Tour” tent doesn’t mean the show can’t be worldly.
With Clarkson, May and Hammond visiting Switzerland in the season two premiere, the car aficionados will be taking in 13 other countries during the current season.
If you think the title of the season two premiere episode sounds a bit “Christmas-y,” you would be right. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the ghosts depicted in the classic Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” I am referencing the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future not the ghost of Jacob Marley.
Do you know which presenter was which ghost? The cars: the V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador S, the hybrid Honda NSX, and the all-electric Croatian supercar Rimac Concept One were driven by Clarkson, May and Hammond, respectively.
The celebrity guest element of the show is different to that seen in the first season. They have guests that show up without unconvincingly dying. Joining Clarkson, May and Hammond in the first episode, celebrity guests David Hasselhoff and Ricky Wilson.
While Hasselhoff is known to a global audience, the same cannot be said for Wilson. In addition to appearing in the films “St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” Wilson is possibly better known for being a judge on the popular music talent show “The Voice UK.”
Does this format sound familiar? If it does, does it really matter? It’s not as if they are ripping off someone else’s car show concept. If anything, they are ripping themselves off.
Is this the television version of plagiarism?
Is it possible to plagiarise your own work?
Despite some academics arguing that it is possible to plagiarise your own work, I would personally say that’s a load of bollocks. The thing that clearly isn’t bollocks is the current season of “The Grand Tour.”