By: Owen Fugit
Media Production Editor
Released on Feb. 10, Clarkson’s Farm Two is one of Amazon’s most popular shows, scoring a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9.0 average on IMDb. This much-welcome follow-up to the equally popular first season follows car show host Jeremy Clarkson as he tries to navigate the perils of running a farm. This new second season brings audiences back to another year on the farm, Diddly Squat, but this time with a more experienced host.
Season two chronicles Clarkson’s uphill battle to turn a disused Lambing shed on his farm into a restaurant where his and local farmers’ produce can be turned into food and served to the general populace. Unfortunately for Clarkson, this seemingly-simple plan to build a restaurant sparked major controversy among residents of the nearby town of Chipping Norton and the authority of the West Oxfordshire district council. Clarkson’s Farm Two is a real “engine that could” story. After numerous setbacks from legal entities in Oxfordshire, Clarkson, along with his crew of farmers, accountants, and friends, fights on and eventually sets up a restaurant on his farm.
The series also sees familiar favorites return to the screen, such as Kaleb Cooper, an Oxfordshire native who has been farming his whole life. Other characters who return for the second season include Clarkson’s girlfriend Lisa Hogan, Clarkson’s land agent and finance guy Charlie Ireland, and the lovable but strange Gerald Cooper, the head of security on the farm.
This cast and setting all create a perfect storm for Clarkson, who is always rushing across the farm to do different, random tasks to keep his farm running smoothly. For Jeremy Clarkson, there is never a dull moment. That translates to a hilarious documentary of farm living and hardships, always keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat. Like so many other viewers, I even found myself taking sides in the heated debate over the farm restaurant.
For new and old fans, Clarkson’s Farm Two is a hilarious journey through the life of a farmer who still might not know what he is doing, but still tries. The show is a little bit of an emotional ride, where viewers are happy when the restaurant opens and sad when Clarkson has to take some of his cows to slaughter. Clarkson’s Farm Two constantly keeps its momentum despite dull council meetings and community events that other shows would simply omit from the final product. This show is undoubtedly deserving of its 100 percent rotten tomato score, and the season gives viewers closure even though farm life goes on.
(Sources: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon Prime Video)