The Best And Worst Of The Grand Tour Episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

Less comedy, more cars please.

After a promising start, The Grand Tour Operation Desert Stumble was the show’s difficult second album. Focusing on the presenters joining a special forces team in Jordan, the second episode has garnered a mixed response compared to the universal praise of the show’s debut, with many viewers criticizing its lack of actual car content. Here are our best and worst moments from The Grand Tour episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble.

The Best And Worst Of The Grand Tour Episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

The Best: The Aston Martin
Vulcan The V12 Vulcan is Aston Martin’s scariest supercar yet, and Clarkson’s
road test perfectly captured this, striking a perfect balance of being
informative, entertaining and beautifully shot. To quote Clarkson: “I’m not
going to say it’s like being attacked by a bear, but it is like being in a room
with a bear that is thinking of
attacking you.”

The Best And Worst Of The Grand Tour Episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

You Spin Me Right
Round Watching James May being an unwilling passenger alongside a
professional driver always makes for good television, and his introduction to
South Africa’s spinning sport was no exception where people drive RWD cars in
circles until the tyres explode. It was original, entertaining and gave insight
into the country’s car culture.

Those few seconds of May’s genuine reaction
when the driver stepped out of the moving car were funnier than many of the
show’s scripted jokes.

The Best And Worst Of The Grand Tour Episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

The Cinematic Car Chase Part of The Grand Tour’s appeal is the obscene amount of
money being thrown at it. In the last episode, we had the Mad Max Fury
Road-esque intro. In this episode, we get a cinematic car chase full of
gratuitous gunfire and explosions, with Clarkson, Hammond and May evading
terrorists in an Audi S8 – the movie star’s car of choice, according to
Clarkson, having appeared in The Transporter, Taken and Ronin. The shot of May firing an assault rifle out of a moving car
is worth watching alone.

The Best And Worst Of The Grand Tour Episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

The Worst: Operation Desert
Stumble The show’s main feature was fun to watch as a parody of Tom
Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow, but it was very contrived and barely related to
cars. It was like watching three middle aged men acting out a Call of Duty game,
as the team were tasked to infiltrate a town, get to a plane, take out some
terrorists, rescue a VIP and escape to an embassy. They certainly looked like
they were having fun, but it dragged on far too long. Also, while pretty hilarious, did we really need a gag
involving Clarkson being implicitly molested by terrorists?

The Best And Worst Of The Grand Tour Episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

The American Replacing the silent Stig with a vocal racing driver may
keep the BBC’s lawyers happy, but Nascar driver Mike Skinner’s appearance in
episode 2 was just as jarring as the first episode with his incessant trash
talking in every car. Less talking, more driving please.

The Best And Worst Of The Grand Tour Episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

Celebrity Brain Crush Seriously, this isn’t funny anymore. Watching celebrities
“die” was a mildly amusing way to kill off Top Gear’s Star in a Reasonably
Priced Car in episode 1, but it doesn’t need to be a recurring joke every
episode. As soon as they announced Charlize Theron as a guest, we all knew what
was about to happen. And it did. So, what did you think of The Grand Tour’s sophomore episode? Let us know in the comments.