June 14th, 2017
S01E01 ” The F…king Cop”
Blood Drive caught my eye when I was trawling the Internet for a new series to binge on. I found out that the network Syfy was behind it, which was a major drawcard for me, being a fan of some of their other shows. My curiosity was piqued even more after I watched its first episode, a grindhouse-inspired funfair filled with blood and crazy.
Blood Drive is set in a dystopian United States where petrol prices have skyrocketed. As a result, some Americans have developed an alternative fuel source; human blood! Not much else was revealed yet about the post-apocalyptic setting, other than the fact that corporations also control the police force.
Arthur “Barbie” Bailey (Alan Ritchson) and Grace D’Argento (Christina Ochoa) are the two main characters. Bailey is a straight-laced cop, while D’Argento is willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure that she and her family can be financially secure.
The two are forced to become partners in a car race spanning the country. They each have their own reasons for participating in the competition. Arthur hopes to expose whoever is responsible for organising the race. Grace appears to be only interested in the prize money.
The rules of the race include driving a vehicle that runs on human blood, and there seem to be few rules regarding how the competitors obtain the blood. Another rule states that the participants are not allowed to drop out of the race for any reason. Also, the penalty for coming in last at the end of each leg of the race is… death, of course.
I am interested to see if Arthur will be able to retain his moral compass throughout the series. Out of the two, Grace interests me more because she acts cold-hearted, but this may be a facade. So it will be interesting to find out more about her and her background. Their fellow racers seem to be quite interesting as well. Some of them appear normal in appearance but are most likely hiding their depravity.
I am quite eager to find out who is funding the death race behind the scenes. If you’re into films such as Death Race, Blood Drive might just fit the bill.