It doesnt take much calculus to quickly deduce the parts amounting to Netflixs thrilling Hyperdrive, which include 10% straightforward reality show, 10% game show, 40% , and 40%.


RELEASE DATE: 8/21/2019

PRODUCERS: Aaron Catling, Charlize Theron


Lacking all pretense and pose, its 10 episodes of entertaining nonsense.

The show is executive-produced by actress Charlize Theron and the makers of which explains the breathtaking engineering. Producers built out a ridiculous obstacle course, then swept the globe in search of 28 drivers of various driving disciplines and experience. They were put onto this vehicle death trap to race for the best time. Fox Sports 1s Mike Hill and Lindsay Czarniak add polish, former UFC champion Michael Bisping adds an international/tough-guy factor, and car expert Rutledge Wood brings credibility. Everyones micd up for sound, and the action camera angles are perfect. No detail is spared.

Hyperdrivestarts with qualifying rounds and reality-TV vignettes mixed in for humanity. Initially racing for the best times, drivers can be penalized if they miss targets, or hit barriers, or go off-course. Each can prove costly, as the worst times are progressively eliminated. In the duration, youre entertained by the donuts, water-hazard strategies, and hairpin turns at ridiculous speeds.


The shows most entertaining giant gadget is called the Leveler, a cross-bridge that drivers must first climb, and then eventually, balance by negotiating the cars weight differential. Target Zone contains diamond-shaped targets that participants whip the vehicles tail-end to smash.

Diversity is big and central to this shows appeal. There are Japanese and German drift drivers, a rally-car racer actually named Fielding Shredder, a Brazilian racing prodigy, and even a millionaire in a Lamborghini, not necessarily built for sweeping turns. Most importantly, Hyperdrive is an egalitarian event, at least on the surface. (It would be interesting to learn why and how drivers were selected, and how much practice time was given.) Everyone is there, men and women from different corners of the globe, competing for the same prize.


Hyperdrive evolves into knockout rounds, where last-place is eliminated, but the next-to-last drivers battle head-to-head on a shorter, but challenging course. In the final, six survivors compete against each other and against the the Monster, a deranged racecourse apparently designed by a wildly imaginative child.

All of this makes Hyperdrive roaring fun to watch, especially once you can get past the first few, monotonous time-trial episodes. Lacking all pretense and pose, its 10 episodes of entertaining nonsense and doesnt pretend to be anything else.

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