End of the Road
"Drive follows the lives of a group of Americans racing each other in a sinister and possibly mortal cross-country race" (Tv.com)
No, it doesn't sound very interesting does it? That was my first thought on the premise of Tim Minear's newest input to the television world, in fact the idea sounded rather idiotic... and perhaps there is the show's downfall.
But I've gotta say using a billing like that, the show is only going to appeal to a certain type of people, without even giving the show a chance to spread via word of mouth Fox cancelled it after it being premiered 10 days earlier! Isn't that a tad premature.
Don't get me wrong, if the show was crap, I wouldn't be ranting about this... it is basically a little bit of Lost, but on wheels, considering the idea behind the show it's really good, and rather suspenseful (a quality not seen too often in television) and marketed like crazy.
So it was then to my utter surprise that after only grabbing 6 million viewers (large to the UK's standards) that it was deemed cancelled after only four episodes!
So, alright, perhaps the show isn't really my cup on tea.. what exactly is so spectacular about watching perhaps a third of a show of people driving around... but the character's have been written well, and the all important dialogue is there also.
After all, this is Tim Minear; the guy that wrote perhaps my most favourite episode of Angel ever (on par with Wating in the Wings and some of Whedon's others) 'Are you Now, or Have you Ever Been' not to mention Firefly's fabulous 'Out of Gas' and 'The Message', and this does show in Drive; with the script Minear worked on being the most interesting and more character driven. (if ya ask me)
Not to mention a few actors/resses from the Whedon-verse, namely Nathan Fillion (Alex Tully, whose as awesome as always), Amy Acker (Tully's missing wife Kathryn) along with a surprise appearance by Richard Brooks' whose voice is amazing, and I had recognised him from the second he began talking.
Then there's Melanie Lynskey who's Wendy Patrakas is such an endering character, you cannot help but love her... reminds me of Fred from Pylea so innocent looking.
The show also had some amazing lines and some funny goings on (not to mention Fillion's character Alex being beaten up with a laptop!); but I suppose, the way I see it, if a show is fairly good (like the start of Drive has shown me) it must be cancelled quickly or else it run for many many seasons and go crap. But they could have at least given Drive it's run of twelve episodes.
And the best til last
Watch this space for my rant on the Wonderful Wonderfalls which hope to watch soon.
Until next time true believers!
Hehe I love Nathan's expressions when acting, he's great :D
Goes really well, the writing and pictures that is, I shall have to watch it :D
WEIRDO: hehe yeah, cept sometimes his expression can look a little caveman-ish or 'i-lost-my-brains'
me dunno what you saying with the last part.. but you made me remember I missed a pic out ^_^
Seems like Tim and Nathan just can't catch a break right now.
Favourite moment: When Alex and Corrina leave the "minion" tied up in the Gas station and steal his car, go to pull away and . . .
The look on their faces is just fantastic. Apparently Tim Minear called this the "Millennium Falcon jumping to light speed" moment.
WEIRDO: Suppose any of the guy's work is better than none at all, that's what I tell myself anyways :P
Ahaha that was priceless ^_^ cute 'millennium falcon moment'
Damnit its cancelled?!
I didnt think it sounded that interesting either but then i watched E1-3 and it was totally watchable. The latino bad guy was horrible though -_- but overall it was good. I have E04 on my computer but now it feels pretty useless.
WEIRDO: Heheh really? ^_^ It was getting pretty good yeah... the latino bad guy was a bit eurgh, they are doing another two episodes possibly drawing the whole show to a close :P