Fly to Jupiter and catch the red eye.   

Happy Monday, all. Can I tell you how happy I’ll be once I’m completely moved? There are actually a bunch of things that have kept me from posting lately but that is the biggest factor. I won’t sit down at the computer for long at home because I know I should be packing. Not to mention my breaks at work are spent arranging stuff for the move so that means no time to write or catch up on posts. I suppose this is just a round about way of letting everyone know that I’ll probably continue to be mostly absent until after next Sunday. Once all my stuff is actually in the new place, I can be lazy about unpacking it all I want!

I don’t have time to catch up on the shows I didn’t talk about last week but I wanted to take a moment and share my thoughts on Drive. Luckily, I have enough to say about it that it warrants having its own post.

Drive
Nathan!! Sorry, had to get that out. It’s sad, in a way, but it’s been a long time since there’s been a show where I’ve really had a crush on one of the actors. That’s not to say there aren’t actors I enjoy but I love Nathan. So, yeah, I’m happy to have him back on my TV each week. And, yes, that does make me predisposed to liking this show. Not to mention that it’s a Tim Minear project and all of the lovely people who are throwbacks to the past. But, mostly, I was watching for Nathan.

But how did I like the actual show? Well, as I told [info]cadhla this morning, I’m not ready to call it great TV but it’s definitely a fun and entertaining ride. The other caveat I’ve got is that I’m an action junkie and this show promises just the type of action I like. That said, the actual race seems a little flimsy so far and I’m hoping that changes soon since it appears to be the sole plot driving the show. Of course, it doesn’t help that these first two episodes had a lot of set up in them and set up that was largely revealed in all the PR surrounding the show. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’m eager to see where they go from here.

I’ve got to get some nitpicks out of the way… and I apologize for these because I know the show isn’t filmed on location which means I should know better than to be bothered by these kind of details. And, yet, I can’t help it! I promise I won’t keep bitching about this stuff, mostly because the racers are now on their way to Georgia so I won’t have a reason to note these things.

See, I’m a Florida girl and I’ve driven that stretch of I-95 from Jupiter to the Kennedy Space Center exit so many times in the past 15 years that I couldn’t help but notice that it was not that stretch of I-95. I could ignore the fact that roads in FL are not paved the same as the roads in CA. (Though, seriously, you’d be blinded on the road they were driving if it was in Florida and we got one of our sunny rainstorms.) I could even ignore the fact that there’s only two sections of 95 during that drive that are three lanes wide and the location of the racers vs. there being three lanes didn’t track. I can not, however, ignore the fact that there are NO HILLS in Florida. Not even fake hills built up as embankments on the side of the road. Just the opposite, in fact, there are ditches to outright canals along the side of the road. So, yeah, seeing the hills of grass was distracting me. (Well, that and the place where Sully pulled over also made no sense landscape-wise but I’m ignoring that one.)

I was going to make fun of the Florida Highway Patrol uniforms until I realized it was probably just the lighting on the show that was making them look wrong. Well, that and they didn’t have one officer wearing boots which is how most of them in the Orlando area roll. Even the ones who aren’t riding motorcycles like to wear the boots with their pant legs tucked in. Don’t ask. I don’t understand it either.

But enough noting all the things about Florida that they got wrong or didn’t make sense! Let’s move on to the characters, people’s whose names I don’t remember save Alex Tully. (Shaddup! I told you he was the reason I was watching.)

I find that I don’t care much about the dad and his daughter. Kind of disappointing really because I was hoping to like them but I kinda don’t. I don’t really care about his illness or what it is. I care more that his desire to do this race and the fact that he doesn’t have anything to lose overshadowed the fact thathis daughter does have things to lose. You know, her life and all. So, yeah, not crazy about those two.

I do like Alex and, naturally, wish we had seen more of his wife. Although, I’d prefer not to see her in the lack-of-sleep inspired hallucination way again. I loved that the implication is that he could have had her if he had taken the truck driver up on his offer. Probably because I was thinking the trucker driver was offering him a new vehicle. It never occured to me (or Alex, obviously) that he could have meant anything else.

I also like Corinna and I love her backstory. I have so many questions about her! And, since I’m supposed to, I think it’s a good thing I like her. I love that her backstory does directly tie her to Alex and that’s why she chose him. He’s the only one who truly does understand why she wants to get to the people behind the race. Plus, it gives him even more reason to buy into the idea that these people have his wife and he’s got to work with them to get her back. Also, she knocked out Sully and, dude, I gotta give her points for that.

Wendy had the potential for getting on my nerves but I find that I like her. I’m a little confused about where she left her son. I assume it’s probably at a woman’s shelter but I didn’t think they’d take him without her so I wasn’t too sure about that part. I say that but I’m also glad that she doesn’t actually have a baby with her. That’d be a bit much to buy. I did laugh out loud when she told Ivy, “I think maybe I should have shot you.” Mostly because it’s exactly what I was thinking at that moment. I suspect we’ll all be wishing she had shot Ivy by the time this race is over.

I’m kind of so-so on Winston and his brother. Their story was a little too hokey for me and one of the weaker points in the pilot. I think it’s the “thug” thing… it’s a bit overdone. Maybe it was the damn car and the bouncing up and down. I hate that shit. It’s so South Florida though. Guess I should compliment them on getting that one right, eh? That said, Kevin Alejandro has some fucking pretty eyes.

I don’t have an opinion about Rob and Ellie as of yet. I’m sure that’ll change eventually. The same is true of Susan and Leigh. Although I was amused by their reaction to Ivy wanting to sabotage the other cars and later her switching to Wendy’s van. That was pretty funny. I sense that I’ll grow to love to hate Ivy.

As for Mr. Bright, well he suffered from being in all the parts that were about the race and, therefore, not as good as I wanted them to be. However, I do like the actor playing him so I suspect I’ll grow to like his performance as I learn more.

I was a little disappointed that they all could pick each other out so easily. I guess that’s because I got the feeling they’d all start out not realizing any of the others participating and slowly pick each other out on the road. Like I think Wendy’s dilema would have been more interesting had she not already known that Ivy was also in the race when she was handed the photo. But, I suppose they need them to interact pretty quickly so it does make sense that they know about each other but they don’t know nabout everyone else who is in the race. Plus, it leaves the show room to bring in guest stars who are racers even though we may not see them each week.

Like I said, overall, I’m having fun watching and I’m interested in what’s going on and I’m loving Nathan but I’m not wowed by the show just yet. Here’s hoping Fox keeps the show around long enough for it to do just that. Don’t forget, there’s another episode tonight in the show’s regular timeslot: 8/9c!

On my schedule for tonight: Drive and The Riches

12 Responses to “Fly to Jupiter and catch the red eye.”

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    tiggz says:

    the whole “cars on the interstate” thing is completely greenscreened. so i’m kind of disappointed that they don’t have someone going to the actual locations and shooting footage that they can use that’s the actual landscape the drivers are supposed to be in.

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    cara_leigh9 says:

    Drive was just okay for me. I’m going to keep watching it though, because I know sometimes it takes shows a few eps to hit their stride. I think I’ve been spoiled by show many shows knocking my socks off from the first episode this season.

    Of course, I loved NF and I had no idea that Amy Acker was going to be in it, too. I thought that was awesome. I did laugh out loud at your subject line; it made me laugh last night, too. I like Wendy and next to Nathan’s character, she’s my favorite.

    I’ll be watching again tonight.

    *smooches you*

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    tibicina says:

    On Wendy. See… I thought the race organizers had taken her baby. I’m not sure why she got a phone with someone to talk to about him, but I definitely got the impression that they’d taken him. (And, presumably, that the place she called was where they were keeping all the kids they’d taken at least.)

    I could be wrong about that, though.

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    athenacqd says:

    Hey, I know this is may be oversensitive, but you may want to change the title of this post in light of the Tech shootings today.

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    westcoastlovin says:

    Oh! I meant to email you… but I was wondering if you had sent out that DVD set yet. I’m moving in two weeks, so should I give you a new address?

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    raelee says:

    Good point. Thanks, I changed it.

  7. 7
    raelee says:

    Hey there… I actually just forgot to go to the post office on my way home. I’m going back out in a few to mail it so it should get to you by the end of the week. Will that be enough time? Sorry for the delay, I seem to be behind on everything these days!

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    westcoastlovin says:

    By the end of the week is totally fine

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    raelee says:

    You think? I didn’t really get that at all but I suppose it could be true. Seems odd that they’d be kidnapping so many though. I could see them offering to help her get away from her husband… if she wins the race. I just didn’t get the feeling that she felt the same worry about her son that someone whose child had been kidnapped would feel. Like compare her behavior to Alex’s behavior. She doesn’t feel that desperate at all. I need to rewatch and watch it with what you think in mind to see if it matches.

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    raelee says:

    Yeah, I feel the same way. I guess I can see why it’d be a pain to make sure they have exact shooting footage for every place they are going to be driving but it’s a little distracting when you actually know the landscape they’re supposed to be in.

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    raelee says:

    Yeah this is a hard season to compare it with which could be why they held off on airing it for so long. I still think the concept is great and can’t wait to see more of it but I wasn’t as wowed by it as everyone else seems to be. And, ya know, I was prepared to be in awe because it’s Nathan.

    I can’t believe you didn’t know about Amy! I think I must read too many of the Whedon sites that report on these things because I knew it as soon as it was announced.

    I’ll definitely be watching tonight too. :)

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    harper47 says:

    Do you get a TAR feel from the race? I kind of do, esp. when they are at the start and all running for their cars. And the clues. Hee! But, as I said in my lj, I guess being able to actually kill off competitors does make it a little different.

    Word on all the things wrong about Florida. As one Floridian to another, I agree.

    I don’t have much of a feel for anyone yet. I did like the I should have just shot you line too. And I liked the hinky truck driver. Other than that – I don’t have enough of a feel for the characters to decide who I like and don’t like.