Blood Drive Review: A Fistful Of Blood (Season 1 Episode 8)

Blood Drive Season 1 Episode 8, “A Fistful Of Blood” shut down the power and took to portraying the western cowboy type of movies this week. In Red River, the law is about as corrupt as you can get and the only way to stay alive is to keep your nose to the grindstone and just focus on nothing else your job. What was thought to be a simple mission turned out to be something a whole lot worse by the time our two main protagonists drove off into the sunset.

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize, Grace

Even though I completely understand Grace grieving the death of her sister, I didn’t like her for the majority of this episode. She just kept falling deeper and deeper into Slink’s trap, and I kept hoping that it was all a part of some plan. By the end of it, she just drunk some whiskey, punched him a few times, and got tossed around about the same number of times. 

I don’t want this to drag on. I don’t want her character to be watered down with her sister’s death and making dumb decisions because of her ‘grief.’ There’s only so much of that I’m willing to take and Grace’s easily one of my favorite characters.

Be Good And Smart, Not Good And Dumb

This is another time where Arthur’s good intentions almost end up getting himself killed. I understand that the plot has to keep moving, but I would’ve enjoyed this episode a whole lot more if the writing for Arthur made him smarter. This writing device is getting more and more irritating with each passing episode.

After everything, he’s seen from the first episode, and after all the connections and revelations he’s made, he should be way smarter in my eyes. Just because you have a badge doesn’t automatically mean you’re a good guy. After all, Heart Enterprises bought out his own police force.

This episode, hopefully, marked the end of using that to move the plot along. I don’t want Arthur to go completely dark, but I do want him to adapt more to his surroundings, not think everything’s the way it used to be. 

Christopher And Aki Sitting In A Tree

This is the kind of storyline that, even though I can predict it a mile away, I still enjoy seeing it play out. Aki is developing feelings for Chris and, after a rather impromptu sex session, he ended up blowing out a certain circuit in her systems. She can now experience ‘love’ for the first time….or at the very least, she can experience what it’s like to feel shame.

I hope they become the badass kind of team I know they can be. I want them to track down Arthur and Grace and help them take down Heart. With the bombs out of their heads and Slink trying his best to get rid of them, they’re going to need as much help as they can get to survive.

Other Thoughts

  • Why does Heart Enterprises care so much about Karma and Grace? Are there some familial connections somehow?
  • Is what feeling real or is this just another long con like the initial manipulation?
  • Something tells me the ‘next town over’ is gonna be just as corrupt as Red River, if not more so.

Overall Grade: C+ (Arthur means well and gets messed up because of it. Grace is too caught up in revenge to see the forest for the trees. Slink is getting more and more annoying by the episode. The only real saving grace was the storyline with Christopher and Aki. Hopefully, things get back a better form next episode.)

What did you think about this episode of Blood Drive? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Blood Drive airs on Wednesdays at 10/9c on Syfy.




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