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"Drive" debuted tonight; continues tomorrow

Posted on April 15, 2007 | Comments (15)

DRIVE made its debut on Fox tonight, at 8/7 Central. The third episode, "Let the Games Begin" (Warning: Spoilers at link location) airs tomorrow, on Fox, in Drive's regular time slot, at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 Central.

What did you think of the premiere?


Way to go!!! Quite honestly I was expecting NOT to like the show thinking the basic plot to me didn't sound very interesting. I couldn't picture where it was going to be able to go. But, characters and action always bring me back to Minear's work and there was no way I was going to miss his premiere.

Tim, you hit the mark on this one! Bullseye on the character development, pacing with the introduction of characters, placing of flashbacks and intrigue. While to some extent, there seems to be a 'formula' developing in popular TV show lately, it works and I feel you were part of creating that 'formula' in the first place. Please don't run into the LOST problem though where we become frustrated to the point of not caring because we're fed clues with an eye dropper. Heroes seems to be doing a pretty good job with that right now - just enough info at the right time to keep me coming back. I am rooting for Drive and I can't wait to watch the show unfold. Keep it up!!!

Posted by: Heidi at April 15, 2007 07:41 PM

I loved it.

If the mystery continues to build, I think this show will be really damn good.

The way the cars were shot and the transitions between groups was pretty exciting.

Posted by: Chris Pops at April 15, 2007 07:49 PM

Enjoyed the premiere. I think I was hoping for a tenser, grittier feel to it. Sometimes the brightness made it feel too clean to me. Hope that made sense.
But I'm definitely interested to see how this goes. Especially based on Tim's previous work.

To echo Heidi, please don't go the Lost route. Please.

Posted by: RadioSilence at April 15, 2007 08:06 PM

Timmah!! DRIVE! That was all kinds of awesome. And I kept getting all giddy at all the Mutant Enemy hattrick actors that kept coming out of the woodwork. I'm loving it entirely. Keep it up! So, when do I get my call to join the race?

Posted by: TheStormCellar at April 16, 2007 07:00 AM

I thought it was great. It gave us enough info to keep us interested, but a lot of unanswered questions left, such as does anyone really win, or is it rigged that no one does. I get that feeling from what happened to Corinna's parents. Anyway, I'm ready for tonight, but I wonder if we'll only get the first half, will there be enough of an outcry to get the rest? Let's hope so

Posted by: David Mello at April 16, 2007 09:39 AM

I hate to be the crap in the pool, but I HATED the show. And I've been REALLY hoping I'd love it. I don't think I've ever not liked anything Tim touched and I'm a huge Nate Fillion fan. I'd probably watch Nate Fillion do his taxes if Tim was behind the camera. But Drive felt soul-less and formulaic and spelled of Fox screwing with things. I don't care about anybody. I HATE the crazy lady with the plastic baby. The little man is "Big Bad's Cronie Template #04". The blonde is "Hooker {Replace with other unsavory character trait as needed) with a heart of gold template #07". I never met Nate's character's wife so I certainly don't care about her.

I don't know. I don't see this thing surviving.

Posted by: NE Browncoat at April 16, 2007 04:08 PM

Holy crap, Tim... I'm one happy camper. Melanie Lynskey's Wendy (and her plastic baby) is my favourite character to ever grace the small screen. In fact... There isn't a lady in the cast I didn't absolutely fall head over heels for. I LOVE your cast. The hot brothers, the father and his (Jaye Tyler-esque... Yeah, Tim... I'm on to you.) daughter, good ole Nate and his (equally hot) partner... ...and all of the countless character actors I've loved. Beth Grant? Thank you, Tim. Cindy Williams? You're getting a nice cake. The writing was fun, quizzical, and broad enough to open up a world of possibilities and only hint at the strings attached to the race. I'm already developing theories and it's only been 2 episodes! Oh, and the day that Katie Finneran shows up on my tv screen i'd suggest you check your mail. You'll find hugs and kisses and cookies and... Dammit Tim. The show is great. You got me again. We're not worthy.

Posted by: Randall Johnson at April 16, 2007 06:20 PM

good show, crappy ratings. i'm sad.

Posted by: jl1978 at April 17, 2007 03:28 AM

Tim, Drive is great, to hell with all of the naysayers that can't just enjoy a good fun show, and have to pick everything apart to the point that if you aren't watching the TV equivalent of "Citizen Kane" (which I think SUCKS btw) that it is a waste of time. The casting.... WONDERFUL! I find myself giddy even just typing this thinking of all the old faces I have been missing for so long, and getting to meet new ones I am not as familiar with. Where do I need to write in order to make sure that Fox continues to let you tell your story? I need an address, I've already got the box of envelopes and stamps. Let's get an old fashioned letter writing campaign going people let's not let a good thing be destroyed by souless execs! Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Jason Dye at April 17, 2007 01:09 PM

Huh, I can't say I'm unambiguously on board with the series, but I'm not sure it really matters. Ratings aren't doing so well. Not for the Sunday showing, and neither for the Monday slot. Who's the damn genius who decided once more to schedule Tim's show against Dancing with the Stars? I miss the Inside.

Posted by: subtitles at April 17, 2007 02:06 PM

Premiere was OK, 2nd episode was better, 3rd episode blew me away. I am now officially hooked.

Posted by: Vaughn at April 18, 2007 12:35 AM

Plastic babies switched for the real thing...
Creepy authority figures...
"You wanna meet the real me?"

I take this as permission to use it all in my own writing. Kisses!

Posted by: LiliaF at April 18, 2007 01:26 PM

Heh, subtitles, I'd forgotten that The Inside was up against DWTS. Someone at FOX really enjoys yanking Tim's chain... ;D

I really enjoyed the first three episodes. The show moves at a good pace, and the majority of characters are serviced well despite the amount of characters (my only gripe is that Susan and Leigh didn't really get much time to make an impression). The "shadowy conspiracy" thing hopefully won't end up being too complex - I can barely understand what's happening on Prison Break!

The acting's solid, Nathan's a great leading man and Kristin Lehman holds her own against his awesome acting skillz :D Here's hoping, despite the ratings, Fox at least airs the remaining 10 episodes!

Posted by: Patrick at April 19, 2007 06:33 AM

I hope Fox gives this time to gain its audience. I gave the premiere to 4 people this week after I burned it from my TiVo and they are all in for the ride. Three of them watched episode 3 online after they watched the premiere too. These people are not Browncoats either, so keep talking up the show folks - especially to any 18-40 year old males you know!

Posted by: Wendy at April 20, 2007 06:42 PM

After watching the first three episodes, I am definitely loving Drive. There are a few characters I would cheerfully kick out the airlock or into the engine, but since nothing is really exactly what it seems in this show, am prepared to wait and see what happens. I particularly like Alex and Wendy, who are far more complicated than they seemed at first. And I have my fingers crossed that this show gets the same treatment "24" did....Fox, for some inexplicable reason, held on with that one and let it gather a good solid base of fans, and ended up with an award-winning show. "Drive" has the potential to do the same thing, and I'm hoping that happens.

Posted by: sandyg at April 21, 2007 05:47 AM

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