Top Gear

Season 13 Episode 4

Series 13 Episode 4

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jul 12, 2009 on BBC Two
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Jeremy, driving a Mitsubishi EVO 7 which has a 'colourful' former owner, is on the run from the British Army. Understandably, they want to shoot at him with an array of interesting live ordinance.

James and Richard race against a stamp, an envelope and the Royal Mail to see which can travel the length of Britain most quickly: the Porsche Panamera or a letter.

On the track, Jeremy and Richard compare and squabble over the Ford Focus RS and the Renault Mégane R26.R.

Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Usain Bolt, is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, although he would probably be quicker to run.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Enjoyable as always, though somewhat lacking in heart. Is the depression upon them?

    They were a bit going through their paces here, but all done brilliantly well though. We see them review couple of regular, though very powerful cars, both under 30K pound mark. They are unusually happy with both the cars, to the point that you can feel that someone wants the audience to go out and keep on buying cars as it is good for the economy. Then we move on to praise the Royal Mail, and we get a lot of nice facts about how they run the best mail service in the world along with relevant (or shall we shall irrelevant statistics). While doing some PR for the Royal Mail, they leisurely drive a Porsche through the whole country. Brilliantly filmed, simply beautiful, but there was no real spark during the race.

    As if the PR for Ford Focus and Royal Mail wasn't enough, they move on to showing us the cool vehicles you get to drive if you are in the Army! I've always realized that these races and challenges are somewhat fabricated. It is clearly required to make them interesting, to prepare the filming and to do some retakes. However, with this challenge I felt they were pushing it a bit. Like they were saying We Know that You Know that We Know - so we are going to stop pretending the challenges are for real, and just simply fool around. But I want them to try to fool me! I want to think that the challenges and races are totally real, that it could go either way, that anything could happen!

    What saves them here is once again the brilliant camera and editing work. The positions of the cameras, the usage of slow motion and color schemes, it all works so well.

    oohh, and of course all the cool army trucks!

    Now, I've just used 300 words to more or less trash this episode, while still giving it 8! Why, you might ask, do you still rate it so high?

    Well even when they just do their routine stuff, drive semi exciting cars, throw dull race and have fake challenges - Top Gear is still the best show around!moreless

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