Blood Drive (TV Series)

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Television series
German title Blood Drive
Original title Blood Drive
Country of production United States
original language English
year 2017
length approx. 42–45 minutes
Episodes 13 in 1 season
genre Action, horror, grindhouse
idea James Roland
production Fredrik Malmberg,
Mark Wheeler
music Michael Gatt
First broadcast June 14, 2017 (USA) on Syfy
first broadcast
February 7, 2018 on Syfy

Blood Drive is an American action - television series with elements of the genre horror and grindhouse . It was produced by Universal Cable Productions and aired on Syfy from June 14th to September 6th, 2017 . Due to bad ratings, the broadcaster did not order another season.


The series takes place in a fictional "future" in the United States in 1999. A fracture caused by fracking literally divides the country through a canyon that runs parallel to the Mississippi River . Due to the lack of raw materials, drinking water is rationed and is only available for payment at filling stations that are similar to ATMs. Gasoline prices have also skyrocketed, peaking at $ 2,000 a gallon .

In Los Angeles , Arthur Bailey, known as "Saint Arthur" by his colleagues and superiors because of his good-naturedness, is hired as an officer of the Contra Crime . After he and his partner Christopher Carpenter want to arrest a man who tried to steal water with a forged credit card, the two noticed strange punctures on the arm of the delinquent . Since drugs like heroin have not been available for a long time, the origin of these scars should be explored. In exchange for the captured water and his freedom, the thief reveals that the police would find answers in a certain warehouse in the industrial area. There the young Grace d'Argento is just registering for a very special race with her first-generation Chevrolet Camaro . Together with illustrious figures like Clown Dick , Caligula and the Gentleman , she wants to take part in a multi-day competition from LA to Phoenix , Arizona , to use the $ 10,000,000 prize money to trigger her sister Karma from the psychiatric institution in Kane Hill. The two police officers are discovered during their observation and while Christopher escapes again, Arthur is forced to take part in the race as Grace's partner; there are several special features. On the one hand, the respective team partners are bound to one another by means of injected electrodes . If one of the two strays too far from the other or if both deviate from the planned route, the inclined race director Julian Slink receives a signal and can henceforth use a remote control to bring both drivers to their knees using individually timed power surges and bring them to reason . Furthermore, the team that last crossed the finish line at the end of a stage will be liquidated in the neck by a detonator . In addition, all participating vehicles are equipped with a special engine that runs on human blood instead of conventional fuel. In the event of a fuel shortage on the desert route, it is important to throw suitable donors in the form of cheerleaders on vacation or a couple on their honeymoon into the throat of the engine block.

In the course of the tour, the participants get to do with bloodthirsty cannibals , additive- dependent mutants or a defensive group of office workers. Meanwhile, Christopher is being dragged deeper and deeper into the maw of the seemingly ubiquitous Heart Enterprises organization . This seems to control everything from the addictive Smax chocolate bar to the water filling machines to the police equipment. In addition, their top management seems to have a special interest in taking over the Blood Drive race.


main actor

actor role Episodes
Alan Ritchson Arthur "Barbie" Bailey 1.01-1.13
Christina Ochoa Grace d'Argento 1.01-1.13
Colin Cunningham Julian Slink 1.01-1.13
Thomas Dominique Christopher Carpenter 1.01-1.13
Marama Corlett Aki 1.01-1.13

supporting cast

actor role
Andrew Hall "The Gentleman"
Darren Kent "The Scholar"
Sean Cameron Michael "Old Man Heart"
Craig Jackson cliff
Aidan Whytock Garrett Kemble
Brandon Auret "Rib Bone"
Jenny Stead Domi
Alex McGregor karma


season 1

Each episode sees itself as an homage to a certain sub-genre of the exploitation film, such as chopsocky ( Asian martial arts ), splatter or cannibal films .

( total )
( St. )
German title Original title First broadcast in the USA German language first broadcast (D) Director script Odds
1 1 On your marks - ready - fuck The Fucking Cop June 14, 2017 February 7, 2018 David Straiton James Roland 0.834 million
2 2 Welcome to Pixie Swallow Welcome to Pixie Swallow June 21, 2017 February 14, 2018 David Straiton Marc Halsey 0.627 million
3 3 Twilight in Steel City Steel City Nightfall June 28, 2017 February 21, 2018 James Roday James Roland 0.444 million
4th 4th The madness of Kane Hill In the Crimson Halls of Kane Hill 5th July 2017 February 28, 2018 James Roday Nina Fiore & John Herrera 0.490 million
5 5 The sex plague The Fucking Dead July 12, 2017 March 7, 2018 Roel Reiné Harrison Weinfeld & Daniel Zucker 0.454 million
6th 6th Brakes are for losers! Booby traps 19th July 2017 March 14, 2018 Roel Reiné James Roland & Ben Wolf 0.436 million
7th 7th The gentleman agreement The gentleman's agreement July 26, 2017 March 21, 2018 Lin Oeding James Roland 0.380 million
8th 8th For a handful of blood A Fistful of Blood 2nd August 2017 March 28, 2018 Lin Oeding James Roland & John Hlavin 0.498 million
9 9 The Chopsocky special The Chopsocky Special August 9, 2017 4th April 2018 Meera Menon Nina Fiore & John Herrera 0.334 million
10 10 The mirage Scar tissue 16th August 2017 April 11, 2018 Meera Menon Alex Ebel 0.343 million
11 11 The new Primo Episode XI 23rd August 2017 April 18, 2018 Gregg Simon Ben Wolf 0.377 million
12 12 The Primo Tribute Ceremony Faces of Blood Drive August 30, 2017 April 25, 2018 David Straiton Harrison Weinfeld & Daniel Zucker 0.364 million
13 13 The final Finish line 6th September 2017 2nd May 2018 David Straiton James Roland 0.364 million


Strong & Dobbs Productions and Universal Cable Productions produced the series and was shot in and around Cape Town , South Africa .


North America

It was first broadcast on June 14, 2017 on the US cable broadcaster Syfy and in Canada on Space .


The German premiere took place on February 7, 2018 on Syfy (via Sky Deutschland ).



The first season of Blood Drive received mostly positive reviews, for example a Metascore of 64/100 on Metacritic , based on 12 evaluated reviews. Daniel Fienberg ( The Hollywood Reporter ) was "well entertained" and was "tied up for an unexpectedly long time".

Blood Drive is a (sic!) Explicit roller coaster ride that is wonderfully exaggerated and crazy at times. [...] After the good opening sequence, I am now curious whether the series has enough feed to function over several episodes or whether a lean, 90-minute film would have done it here. 'Blood Drive' is definitely not reinventing the wheel, but it is a whimsical genre offshoot to make friends with. "

- Felix Böhme :

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Blood Drive Ratings. Retrieved August 19, 2017 .
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  4. Nellie Andreeva: Syfy Orders Grindhouse Series 'Blood Drive' From John Hlavin & David Straiton. In: July 28, 2015, accessed July 26, 2017 .
  5. ^ Syfy Blood Drive Episodes. In: Retrieved February 22, 2018 .
  6. Blood Drive: Season 1. In: Retrieved July 26, 2017 .
  7. ^ Daniel Fienberg: 'Blood Drive': TV Review. In: June 14, 2017, accessed July 26, 2017 .
  8. ^ Felix Böhme: Blood Drive: Review of the pilot episode. In: June 16, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017 .