Driving Force: Season One

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In the world of drag racing, no name is as famous as John Force. Force is a legend on the track, with more wins than any other driver and a reputation of excellence. While Force has slowed down somewhat, his life is more hectic than ever, with a fast paced life at home. Force might be a legend, but he is still a father and like any other father, he faces a lot of tough situations. In Force’s case, he has to deal with his three beautiful daughters, all of whom seem to want to follow in dad’s tire treads. So he watches as they try to get their own careers started, in a field dominated by men. The track is covered in obstacles of all kinds and at times, John even throws in a few of his own. But the Force clan has a lot going on off the track also, from the perils of teen dating to the ins & out of married life, with all manner of issues in between. They might be a famous family, but they still have to handle all the family concerns, so they’re not that different. In Driving Force, you’re taken inside the Force household, so you’ll see it all, on the track and off.

I have never been and probably never will be a fan of the racing world, I find the prospect of laps or heats with cars to be dull. So in regard to the race elements found here, I am not the target audience, as I found those scenes to be quite boring indeed. This is not just about the race world however, as it is a reality show that follows the Force clan around. As it turns out, the racing was better than the rest of the show, as no one in this family is worth watching. I thought the Hogan crew were bad, but the Force family take the cake, a group of spoiled, pretentious people. I can understand that fame and wealth change people, but these folks have no personality and no grasp of life outside the lap of luxury. If they were charismatic, it would work and be hilarious, but instead, they’re dull and lifeless. I failed to find even a handful of entertainment in these fourteen episodes, just pure boredom and hope that a second season wouldn’t be produced. I’ve seen some bad reality shows, but this is one of the worst, so I simply cannot recommend Driving Force, in any shape or form.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The show lacks the refinement of a feature film, but is more than solid by reality show standards. The image here is clean and pretty sharp, with no real problems to mention. The race footage is well handled, as expected, while the interviews and material from outside the track looks just as good. The colors have a natural hue, as they should, while contrast remains accurate, with only minor fluctuations at times. So given the nature of the show, these episodes look quite good and I don’t think we could ask for much more.

Audio: How does it sound?

The soundtrack here is a basic one, so the shows sound like they would when broadcast. The race scenes have more potential, but are restrained here, given the limits of the soundtrack. Even so, they don’t need power or presence within this kind of material. The rest of the footage is basically real life as it happens, which means subtle, natural sound. The dialogue is a touch soft at times, but that is due to the live nature of the show, not flaws with the soundtrack. The taped interviews also sound fine, no problems in the least. So while unremarkable, the episodes sound as good as possible.

Supplements: What are the extras?

If you can suffer through more of this miserable content, you can check out assorted interviews with the vapid Force clan.

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