Top Gear EP Responds To India Special Criticism
If you haven’t seen the Top Gear India Special yet, stop reading and go here. If you have seen it, you are either eagerly clicking to the next page to see Executive Producer Andy Wilman’s thoughts – perhaps to understand why it was what it was – or you’re wondering, “What’s the fuss about?”
Apparently the fuss was big, 900 comments on the TG home page big. People weren’t happy and to be honest we’re in that group. It felt forced, campy, staged and just produced. Their “mission” seemed too abstract and far fetched compared to epic journeys in the past. We didn’t rant on the TG thread, but enough people did to get a response from the creator of the greatest show in the universe. Jump to see some example comments, and his reply. (Don’t worry Top Gear, we still watch you for hours. Every single day.)
The thread on Top Gear’s site is a deep well of fans and critics alike, but here’s some comments of note, with my comments on their comments in parentheses:
1. “Absolute shite.” – (Geez, don’t sugar coat it.)
2. “Oh dear. Sorry, I’m a huge TG fan and was looking forward to it very much, but was sorely disappointed. I actually found it embarrassing and cringeworthy in parts. Forced and contrived. So many missed opportunities and it was frustrating – you were in India, a country of such contrasts and beautiful people and scenery yet you focused on a premise that didn’t work and gave us overlong and overdone silliness like the garden party.” – (Agree completely and points for using more than 2 words.)
3. “everything was just so obvious…. it sucked. trying way to hard, wasn’t funny, was just scripted and in places, cringe. not cringe in a funny The Office type way, cringe in a bad way. bring back the old top gear, when it wasn’t scripted”
4. “Seeing the front of that Mini get ripped off nearly made me cry, was so sad.” – (I agree. Richard acting like he didn’t hear it made me feel like I was watching a children’s cartoon. We are smarter than that, as is he.)
Some people even said the show should end; that it’s losing it more and more. I disagree, and those people will be shot after I post this, but we weren’t that happy with the special either. It had a lot of forced gags, bad acting, worse singing (why why why?) that odd party and the destruction of the Mini we were drooling over. I know Top Gear sets up plenty of gags, but these were just too obvious for them to sell as spontaneous.
Because of the volume of complaints, Andy Wilman, the Executive Producer you might know from the recent Top Gear Top 40 Moments that’s been running more than SVU, responded to the comments:
I give this man props for being in control of one of the biggest shows in the world, yet being connected to his fans enough to address them (and this isn’t the first time). Big egos in Hollywood are as common as rug burns on assistants’ knees and I don’t think many of them in control of a show this big would take the time to talk to the fans, but Andy does. He sees how passionate people are, how much we love this show and that we all just want it to be as good as possible. No one is rooting for its failure, and when the show is good we would follow Wilman and the trio off a cliff with cult-like devotion. The fact that he admitted he didn’t love the special shows how small his ego is, and how much he cares. He’s a fan like us. We’ll be here for the next one Andy, don’t worry.
- Zack K