"The next time you're cut off by crazed drivers on your way to work,
give them a little slack. They could be racing for their lives." (Or so
says the official DRIVE text on the www.fox.com/drive/
microsite. I spent four hours watching the season premiere of DRIVE
tonight... once live, and then again on video tape because I suffered
so many interruptions the first time, it was impossible to follow it.)
DRIVE is an action-fueled drama following a diverse group of Americans competing for their lives (or the lives of their loved ones) in an illegal, underground cross-country road race. Some of them have been coerced into joining "The Race"; others have sought out The Race themselves, hearing rumors of the $32-million prize. Each has a reason to compete. And each must win. (Again, so says the official schpiel.)
Tonight's two-hour premiere introduced us to each of the characters and provided a small amount of information into their backgrounds and reasons for joining the race. It appears the show will focus on one segment of the race each week, as we watch the racers face the challenges of the road as well as their life. Its regular timeslot will be Monday nights at 8pm on Fox... so now I'll be watching my local Fox affiliate for TWO hours every Monday night since DRIVE leads into my favorite show "24" -- and then I'll be sharing my comments on the show so you can read them on Tuesday morning.
The show also has a cool microsite that allows us to peek into the "reason2drive" database for more information on each of the characters and their reasons for racing. It also offers an opportunity to put yourself in to the show thanks to an online driving game.