Watched it and it wasn't too bad. Chris Evans was rather annoying and probably trying too hard but Matt LeBlanc was pretty good.
I still miss the three idiots but shall see how things develop with the show over the season.
I think it was ironic they had Gordon Ramsey as the first guest, because I think he would have been a far better presenter than Evans. As he is far more like Clarkson. Evans was trying to be far to much like Clarkson. Evans voice is also weird, it high pitched and shouty. Shrill is probably the word to describe it. It was like he was high on something, as he was jumping around everywhere. Leblanc doesn't really have any personality, and was fine as a backup presenter. It is probably why he didn't get much critism. There is zero chemistry between the two presenters. They also have that woman presenter, but they never introduced her, she just appeared in a segment, and wasn't in the actual stage parts. I think it really needed a James May type to tie them together. May was the sort of 'Geek' , while Evans is the 'Geek' on his new show, and a 'Geek' doesn't make the best presenter for a blokey type show like this. Clarkson was really perfect for that un PC dad type who says what he really thinks while watching TV. It reminds me a bit of when they replaced Charlie Sheen on that Two and a half men show, it only last 1-2 more seasons before it died a slow death.
Also really hate what they did with the 'celebs drive an affordably priced car thing'. It is like they tried far too hard to make it better, by making it worse. It now uses a high priced mini and has offroad parts. The whole point of the old format, was that they drove the type of car that everyone could afford, and thrashed it on a track. I guess it isn't much worse than I thought it would be. But I think they should have just totally redone it for a new generation, rather than try to copy the old show. Honestly some of the car youtube shows are far better, and have presenters with more chemistry.
I'd be keen to know what car shows on youtube you are referring to?