The boys are back. Should we care? Well, the answer to that is, somewhat obviously, if you're missing them then yes. If you're not, there's nothing new here for you.
Launched onto Amazon Prime (which I accidentally recently subscribed to after years of managing to click the tiny 'no' box on Amazon's impressively cynical check-out page) this month, the boys have been given a stack of cash to pretty much do with as they please. Relieved of the Beeb's necessity for editorial control and shyness of controversy, Clarkson and the band are now free to indulge in whatever side jokes they feel like whilst driving impossibly shiny cars around the world.
Which leaves us with a show that has been hyped for a good while now whilst the BBC attempted to flog the dead horse that is Top Gear - losing their new star in the process of sinking under the weight of expectation and budget constraints in its first, abbreviated run. Meanwhile, Jezza is now seen sadly leaving the BBC building, handing his pass in to a security guard and heading out into the rain, to be next seen landing in the part of LA that America would love us to think is the only part that exists - that is, the mesmerisingly sunny, traffic free bit.
Dropped in a tent in the middle of a desert, May and Hammond rejoin their old pal and pretty much carry on as if not much had happened. New cars are shown off (gasp, hybrids) and driven fast, a new track is unveiled somewhere in the English countryside and the legacy elements from Top Gear are either re-branded or unceremoniously ditched in order that the boys are front and centre even more than they were.
Some of it works - the banter is back to normal and the cinematography has been turned up to eleven, some of it had me drifting off as numerous fast edits show gearsticks, steering wheels and burning tyres. A ramshackle and slightly tedious celebrity section in the middle seemingly made sure that the celebs were being dumped in favour of the actual stars (both middle-aged and carbon fibre), before we were back on the track with the replacement for Stig (The American).
Whether any of this floats your boat or not is entirely down to whether you're watching this regardless of any reviews. It doesn't break any new ground, it will take a while to find its stride and in the end, it's still three middle aged white guys rambling about shiny cars. The more things change....
The Grand Tour is showing in weekly episodes on Amazon Prime from 18th November 2016.