The Grand Tour review: The Holy Trinity indeed

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It has begun. The Grand Tour, that is.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have officially graced our TVs or streaming to our device, almost immediately giving us the giggles as a little poo comes out of them. And we like that.

It has been a long time since their antics have made us laugh, cringe and cry, but the old feeling one got from watching them on Top Gear has returned. You know, that ‘fizzy feeling’…

Of course, we’re happy the trio’s on-screen dynamism hasn’t been negatively impacted by their change in venue. Instead, poking fun at their previous employers and making light of the way things ended.

For those who don’t know, Jeremy Clarkson’s contract with the BBC for Top Gear was not renewed after he punched producer Oisin Tymon. The team was disbanded, picked up by Amazon early on, and new hosts were found. Top Gear (UK) got a new set of eight (yes, 8) co-hosts, one that everyone generally disliked.

Top Gear (US) had been going well until the surprise announcement on the last episode that the show would be ending its showing on the History Channel.

Fast forward about a year and the new show is out, to raving reviews, too. (Including this one.)

Dubbed “The Holy Trinity”, the initial episode not only reintroduces our favorite trio, but it also brings up something for which fans have been waiting years to see: a head-to-head between a McLaren P1 (Clarkson), a Porsche 918 Spyder (Hammond) and a Ferrari LaFerrari (May).

The three were up to their old antics in no time, giving us fits of laughter and a spine tingle at some amazing audio.

The first episode actually broke review website Rotten Tomatoes. Some users were reporting up to a 120 percent approval rating until Rotten tomatoes adjusted it to be more accurate, according to the Grand Tour Nation. When we had checked it that day, we’d seen it at 104 percent.

According to Amazon, The Grand Tour took top spot to be the biggest show on Prime Video. It released in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria, and Japan.

While the first episode took place in California, the new show will tour around hosting a tour of the globe from a studio tent. The first series has already been filmed and will consist of 12 episodes.

However, that’s all about the show you’ll actually get from us, as we don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet.

Instead, we invite everyone to check out the weekly airings on Amazon Prime Video at www.amazon.com/thegrandtour/ (they release on Friday at midnight Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or around 4 p.m. local Seattle time on Thursday).