Short Television Review: Drive

Fox’s Drive is a mystery show—I think of it kind of like Lost meets Cannonball Run, with a dash of A History of Violence. The show centers on a secret, illegal cross-country road race, into which the participants are often coerced or threatened. Our hero is Alex Tully, a gardener with a colored past whose wife has disappeared. The race seems to have something to do with her disappearance. It’s hard to judge from the first four episodes, but the show has potential. That’s little surprise when you consider the quality of talent both on- and off-camera: Nathan Fillion (Mal Reynolds of Firefly) lends both dramatic weight and wry humor as Tully and executive producer Tim Minear is the king of awesome cult TV shows that are cancelled before their time (Angel, Firefly, Wonderfalls—astute fans of the latter two will notice other familiar faces in Drive). I’m sure he’d prefer a better—or at least more succinct—title, but it looks like his rotten luck is continuing. Four episodes have aired, and the official Fox site says that the “final two” are airing “this summer.” Meanwhile, Variety reports that the show is cancelled. Fuck you very much, Fox.

This is the first I’ve heard of the cancellation. I’m angry to say the least. This week’s episode solidified my addiction to Drive.

Thanks, Fox.

[…] Drive was cancelled back in April after four episodes but FOX had promised to show the last two produced episodes back to back on July 4th. While I was on vacation this past week, I saw that my cousin’s DVR had recorded the last two, but when I tried to watch them, I discovered that they had been replaced by the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson movie Anger Management. Which is kind of like discovering that Santa Claus is actually your dad and he has a drinking problem, all wrapped up into one tidy package. I checked the Drive website, and it said that the episodes would be aired on Friday the 13th (terribly auspicious). Barely a day later, that message disappeared, and FOX slotted in other shows in their place. […]

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