Fans of The Grand Tour may have given the show rave reviews when it finally began on Amazon Prime last week, but the second episode has left viewers divided as the trio took part in a special forces training mission and pitched their tent in Johannesburg.
Many of those tuning into Operation Desert Stumble called the explosive instalment “diabolical” and begged the presenters to “be more natural”.
Taking to social media, one viewer tweeted: “#TheGrandTour S02: Whenever the guys just do stuff for flashy pictures & comedy without car/ road trip ‘reasons’ it turns into a weak episode.”
While another added: “That episode was really meh. The scripting is getting pretty annoying and a lot of the jokes fell flat #TheGrandTour.”
A third shared: “#TheGrandTour was absolutely diabolical tonight – I don’t get the point of it. About as funny as standing on a plug too.”
“#TheGrandTour Episode 1, 5 stars. Episode 2, what the fuck was that about. Don’t do that again. Be better next week please,” another begged.
Others however loved the action-packed instalment and raved about the impressive stunts and explosive scenes as one fan wrote on Twitter: “The SAS thing on #TheGrandTour is the most ridiculous thing they’ve ever done, and I loved every second.”
Another continued: “#TheGrandTour episode 2 was comedy gold, such a good episode.”
Amazon likely won’t be too phased by the critical remarks: the first episode of the series – which requires an Amazon Prime membership to watch – broke previous streaming records for the company.
Meanwhile, Clarkson has spoken candidly about how much the show cost to make. Earlier in the week, Netflix boss Ted Serandos claimed Amazon paid upwards of $250 million for the show.
The presenter responded in a recent interview by saying the number was much smaller than that, saying: “I mean, look at me. Do I look like I’m earning millions of dollars a year.”