In times when the world seems to be creeping closer and closer to a twisted dystopia, there is something cathartic about seeing the darkest possibilites for our futures played out in the media. Sometimes people thrive and sometimes they don’t and sometimes you just don’t care because it makes all the bad things happening now seem a little less terrifying. From the absurd future of Zombieland to the worryingly possible world of Mad Max, there’s something about the genre that the contemporary audience just gets. With their new trailer for Blood Drive, Syfy has offered a new addition to the dystopian ranks.
The new show is a festival of gore and hedonism, complete with the kind of bizarre costumes and wild debauchery that people embrace when the boundaries of society breakdown. What sets the new show apart from its dark ilk is the unusual premise of the engineering in the series. The idea that fuel will one day become so expensive that people will have to get creative in order to get around is definitely not a new concept, but Syfy have given it a horror twist with their flesh-eating, blood-drinking cars.
The official synopsis goes:
“Los Angeles in the near future: where water is as scarce as oil, and climate change keeps the temperature at a cool 115 in the shade. It’s a place where crime is so rampant that only the worst violence is punished, and where Arthur Bailey — the city’s last good cop — runs afoul of the dirtiest and meanest underground car rally in the world: Blood Drive. The master of ceremonies is a vaudevillian nightmare, the drivers are homicidal deviants, and the cars run on human blood. Buckle Up, Lube Up and prepare for everything you know about Cable Television to Blow up!”
If you want to take the time to get analytic, you might wonder if the idea that people will throw other human beings into their vehicles just to drive another few miles to get a party could be a stark reflection of how humanity is losing its respect for the sanctity of the lives of others.
Or, it could just be a fun, bloodthirsty series that doesn’t take itself too seriously and takes your mind off real problems. And maybe gives you a little hope that the dark future we’re destined for could at least have some wicked raves.
The new show is due to hit screens on June 14th.