People who have long been part of the automotive world were in for a treat last week as Amazon Prime Video official premiered its newest offering, The Grand Tour. Publicity surrounding the first episode itself was so massive that you’d have to be hiding under a rock not to have heard about this show.
Top management at Amazon are likely patting each other in the back considering that everything that was put into this show paid off, making it the biggest debut so far in the brand’s history. These included the various stunts, trailers, and different teasers.
To start off, the first episode was a strong critical success with the London Evening Standard stating that the show was “stunningly beautiful”. Meanwhile Digital Spy shared that while The Grand Tour can be considered as the first factual comedy show, albeit scripted, the result is that it works really well.
The Guardian described it perfectly as a “brilliant, beautiful spectacle”. Online rating was a success as well with the episode getting a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On IMDb, it achieved a 9.6 rating from at least 10,000 votes with Amazon revealing that the show was rated 4.9 out of a total 5 from 15,000 votes.
In addition to critical acclaim, the show was well-received by audiences as well. The company disclosed that the first episode was watched by subscribers coming from various locations like Austria, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and U.S., and numbering in “millions”.
Though Amazon has yet to reveal actual viewing figures, it is projected that once released, it is likely to be more than the total number of subscribers as it includes repeat viewings. It should be noted that this only pertains to the internet as counting in other type of media means that the figures will increase as well.
For those who were not able to watch, be warned that there are some spoilers ahead.
The episode started with an extraordinary sequence that can only be described being similar to Mad Max. Specifically, the show started with hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, going to what appears to be a mini Burning Man celebration set in the desert.
After that came the different segments as well as the new track that the show explored. There was even a big film. While some may say that there are minor issues, overall the episode was indeed entertaining. This was mainly owed to the chemistry that was still existing among the three hosts. Clearly, the banter between them was truly fantastic.
While it has been revealed that the first season will consist of 12 episodes, many people have in fact no idea on what will happen in the upcoming episodes. For now, it will be exciting to see if and how the show will be able to maintain, possibly increase, the momentum.