It was billed as a controversial ending set to include a police chase, smashed up cars and an intervention from the Embassy – but some were less than impressed by the Top Gear: Patagonia Special ending.
While the closing 15 minutes of last night’s part two of the Top Gear Christmas special did include all of the above, some viewers were disappointed it did not live up to the hype surrounding the episode.
After reports that Jeremy Clarkson’s team wanted to set fire to their sports cars for “dramatic effect”, and complaints from the Argentinian government about the BBC’s “inadequate” decision to broadcast the episode, viewers finally saw the much-anticipated finale last night.
This top gear special has been pretty boring so far. Hope the ending is worth all the fuss.— Josh (@joshjpjp) December 28, 2014
LOVE the way the BBC is billing the Top Gear Patagonia Special as 'controversial' - good bit of crisis PR never did anyone any harm!— Paul Woodford (@PaulWoodford84) December 28, 2014
#TopGear Watched for obvious reasons and wished I hadn't bothered. Two hours of solid schoolboy crap and a childish ending making me even— phil dampier (@phildampier) December 29, 2014
Clearly just a risky joke by Top Gear, some people are far too sensitive these days. Controversial, but nothing to pursue about.— f o s s (@RichardAFoss) December 29, 2014
That double episode of Top Gear was the worst out of all the specials they have ever done! Crazy ending though! Glad all were safe #TopGear— Tristan (@mansell79) December 29, 2014
The episode saw the 31 strong Top Gear production crew chased out of Argentina by a gang of protestors angered by the number plate on Clarkson’s Porshe, H982FKL, which was seen as a deliberate reference to the 1982 Falklands War.
The footage showed the crew driving to the Argentinian border with police escorts in an attempt to get away from the gang, who followed the production team and appeared to smash the windows of their cars.
But the ending didn't disappoint for some viewers:
Without that ending #TopGear would of been pretty boring this time.— Rob Baker (@Robbaker87) December 29, 2014
Holy crap that ending to #TopGear! That must have been terrifying. Not often you can say there's somewhere worse than the Middle East!— DoctorDazza (@DoctorDazza) December 29, 2014
Finished watching both parts of the Top Gear Patagonia special and...wow. Crazy ending. Scary ending.— Mike Smith (@wpg_msmith) December 29, 2014
Can't believe the top gear ending, outrageous went from hilarious to do serious so quickly, just wanted to see car football as well!— Karl Žegarac (@BaffledBanana) December 28, 2014
Top Gear was not bad. Quite an ending! Amazing scenery. Funny bits. Stupid bits. Know nothing about Butch Cassidy so jokes lost on me #FB— Andrew Yee (@andrewyee) December 28, 2014
Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May stayed behind in their hotel as they were warned they were the key target and should not drive to the border with the crew.
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A montage of the registration plates on the Top Gear cars in Argentina
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Jeremy Clarkson, left, and Richard Hammond upset the locals in South America
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James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special
Not that the threesome seemed at all worried – in a final scene that parodied Butch Cassidy, they made a run for it as fake gun shots rang out.