Blood Drive (TV series)

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Blood Drive
Also known asMidnight Grindhouse Presents Blood Drive
Genre
Created byJames Roland
Starring
Composer(s)Michael Gatt
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • John Hlavin
  • David Straiton
Producer(s)
Production location(s)Cape Town, South Africa
CinematographyYaron Levy
Editor(s)Kristina Hamilton-Grobler
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)Strong & Dobbs Productions
Universal Cable Productions
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkSyfy
Picture format16:9
Original releaseJune 14 (2017-06-14) – September 6, 2017 (2017-09-06)
External links
Website

Blood Drive is an American science fiction action television series that aired on Syfy from June 14, 2017 to September 6, 2017. On the same day that the finale aired, series creator James Roland announced that Syfy had decided to cancel the series after one season.[1]

Plot[edit]

Blood Drive is set in the dystopian "distant future" of alternate 1999, after the "Great Fracking Quakes" have literally split the United States apart, with a giant ravine called "the Scar" being formed roughly along the route of the Mississippi River. A megacorporation, Heart Enterprises, exploits strange discoveries from the bottom of the Scar to become ubiquitous across American politics, society, and the economy. Meanwhile, as a result of environmental decline, water has become scarce and gasoline prohibitively expensive.

The series features Los Angeles Police Department officer Arthur Bailey (Alan Ritchson), a.k.a. "Barbie", who is forced to partner up with Grace D'Argento (Christina Ochoa), a dangerous femme fatale who has an agenda of her own, as they take part in a death race in which the cars run on human blood – the titular Blood Drive, whose master of ceremonies, Julian Slink (Colin Cunningham), is secretly a Heart employee. As they make their way through the Blood Drive, Arthur and Grace realize that Heart has been involved in their own pasts as well.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Andrew Hall as the Gentleman
  • Darren Kent as the Scholar
  • Sean Cameron Michael as Old Man Heart
  • Carel Nel as Rasher
  • Aidan Whytock as Garrett Kemble
  • Brandon Auret as Rib Bone
  • Craig Jackson as Cliff
  • Jenny Stead as Domi
  • Alex McGregor as Karma

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1"The F...ing Cop"David StraitonJames RolandJune 14, 2017 (2017-06-14)0.834[5]
A cop is forced to partner with a homicidal bombshell in a bloodthirsty road race across America.
2"Welcome to Pixie Swallow"David StraitonMarc HalseyJune 21, 2017 (2017-06-21)0.627[6]
Grace and Arthur battle to stay off the menu at the first pit stop, Pixie Swallow Motel & Diner.
3"Steel City Nightfall"James RodayJames RolandJune 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)0.444[7]
Arthur and Grace race through a mysterious city only to fall prey to its nocturnal inhabitants.
4"In the Crimson Halls of Kane Hill"James RodayNina Fiore & John HerreraJuly 5, 2017 (2017-07-05)0.490[8]
Arthur and Grace take a dangerous detour to a mental asylum to search for Grace's missing sister.
5"The F...ing Dead"Roel ReinéHarrison Weinfeld & Daniel ZuckerJuly 12, 2017 (2017-07-12)0.454[9]
Arthur and Grace must find a cure to a deadly sex plague that is unleashed on the Mayhem Party.
6"Booby Traps"Roel ReinéBen WolfJuly 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)0.436[10]
Amazons ambush Arthur and Grace in the Savage Lands, but they hold a clue about the Karma's location.
7"The Gentleman's Agreement"Lin OedingJames RolandJuly 26, 2017 (2017-07-26)0.380[11]
Slink unleashes a demon from the belly of Heart Enterprises to exact his revenge and take control.
8"A Fistful of Blood"Lin OedingJames Roland & John HlavinAugust 2, 2017 (2017-08-02)0.498[12]
Arthur helps a wasteland sheriff free his town, but the line between good and evil is not easily drawn.
9"The Chopsocky Special"Meera MenonNina Fiore & John HerreraAugust 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)0.334[13]
Grace tests her kung fu against a mystic restaurateur; a dying Arthur embarks on a vision quest.
10"Scar Tissue"Meera MenonAlex EbelAugust 16, 2017 (2017-08-16)0.343[14]
A wounded Arthur stumbles into Cronenburgh, a wasteland oasis that may be too good to be true.
11"Episode XI: Rise of the Primo"Gregg SimonBen WolfAugust 23, 2017 (2017-08-23)0.377[15]
Arthur resists bloodlust; Grace confronts a shocking revelation in a deadly battle-dome fight.
12"Faces of Blood Drive"David StraitonHarrison Weinfeld & Daniel ZuckerAugust 30, 2017 (2017-08-30)0.364[16]
Slink throws the ultimate mayhem party; Grace and a mysterious newcomer fight for Arthur's soul.
13"Finish Line"David StraitonJames RolandSeptember 6, 2017 (2017-09-06)0.364[17]
Arthur, Grace and Slink attack Heart Enterprises, but their deepest fears await them.

Production[edit]

The show received a 13 episode direct-to-series order from Syfy on July 28, 2015. Each episode is based on a different genre of 1970s/80s exploitation film, such as cannibals, nymphomaniacs, or insane asylums.[18] Filming took place in Cape Town, South Africa.[19][20]

Reception[edit]

Blood Drive received generally favorable reviews from critics, with a Metacritic rating of 65 out of 100 based on 13 reviews.[21] Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter gave the show a positive review, noting that the show "kept me entertained and curious for longer than I expected."[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (September 6, 2017). "'Blood Drive' Canceled After One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 6, 2016). "Alan Ritchson To Star In Syfy Grindhouse Series 'Blood Drive'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 15, 2016). "'Blood Drive': Christina Ochoa To Star In Syfy Grindhouse Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (July 7, 2016). "'Blood Drive': Colin Cunningham Joins Syfy's Grindhouse Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (June 15, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.14.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
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  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (July 13, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.12.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 10, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.9.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 17, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.16.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  15. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 24, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.23.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  16. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 31, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.30.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 7, 2017). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.6.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 28, 2015). "Syfy Orders Grindhouse Series 'Blood Drive' From John Hlavin & David Straiton". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  19. ^ a b Fienberg, Daniel (June 14, 2017). "'Blood Drive': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  20. ^ Koza, Neo (March 30, 2017). "Latest international series and movies filming in Cape Town". Cape Talk. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  21. ^ "Blood Drive: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved June 13, 2017.

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