After watching about two hours of the new show Drive I have determined that it... sucks. The basic idea is that there's a secret, illegal cross-country road race. The kicker is that some people are being forced to play by the nefarious group running the race via kidnapping, threats, and so on.
- No car chases.
- No wacky antics.
- Unlikable contestants.
- Stupid situations.
- Pointlessly complicated subplots.
- Not Cannonball Run.
It's simply uninteresting (even with Mal from Firefly as a lead).
It takes itself much too seriously. Using some kind of evil alchemical transmutation, it has taken the idea of a secret, illegal road race (intrinsically exciting, fun, intense, etc) and made it feel labored, slow, and forced.
Note for screenwriters: a twist isn't when you just take the plot and do something random. A twist is when the groundwork has been laid all along and everything changes due to a sudden shift of perspective.