These “special” episodes have always been my favourite thing to watch from the trio, ever since the days of Top Gear. So I was excited to see that the special in this series of The Grand Tour was coming so early on in the run.
In these two episodes, Clarkson, Hammond and May embark on an adventure in Columbia, tasked with taking pictures of wildlife for Amazon’s screensavers. What could go wrong?
In typical fashion, quite a lot to be honest. As we’re used to, things do not go to plan, leading to some brilliantly funny scenarios that will undoubtedly tickle you. However, I must admit that I think that this is one of the weaker specials I’ve seen, for the main reason being that I found it to be quite forgettable and I didn’t really dig the wildlife hook. Although it was funny at first, it did become quite tiresome by the second episode when the sequence remained the same. The boys arrive at their destination, wait around for a bit and then declare that they are “bored”. It was amusing at first, but by the end of the special I found myself getting bored myself with the same shtick.
This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy it, however, there is plenty here to provide solid entertainment for a couple of hours, and as usual, the special looks absolutely stunning. Some of the shots of the vast landscapes and picturesque surroundings genuinely blew my mind when viewed in crisp, 4K. Even three series on I find myself staggered at the high production values of The Grand Tour and I don’t think I’ll ever stop being mesmerised by it. This special is fine, but in terms of re-viewing, I don’t think I’ll be rushing back to watch this one, like I have done with other specials.
I give the Columbia Special a 7/10.