Blood Drive Review: The Chopsocky Special (Season 1 Episode 9)

Blood Drive Season 1 Episode 9, “The Chopsocky Special,” dove into Arthur’s mind to allow us a better perspective of how our main protagonist came to be how he is today. This was definitely the most unique episode of the season so far. We didn’t see what Chris and Aki were up to, only the projected versions of them in Arthur’s mind. The whole episode mainly consisted of callbacks from the previous episodes, only twisted to fit his subconscious.

Arthur’s Self-Reflections

Even though it was supposed to feel like Arthur was finally coming around and developing into a better version of who he is, I don’t get that feeling too much, if at all. The fact that he kept getting distracted and going off the path didn’t convince me all that much that he was learning what he was supposed to be learning.

Come to think of it, I don’t really understand what point he was supposed to get to in the first place? I thought the big revelation was going to be him letting go of the guilt he felt by killing the cop that, essentially, saved his life. He would let go of his past and drop the whole ‘hero complex’ he’s been plagued with from the beginning of the season.

Instead, he chooses to shoot himself. We know that the restaurant owner said that death in the dream meant death in the real world. Unless that was a lie, or there’s something else going on, Arthur should be dead.

This whole episode was about symbolism, and the sheriff from ‘A Fistful Of Blood’ shooting and killing Slink showed that he was giving up on the mission of figuring out what was going on with Heart Enterprises and exposing them. He resigned himself to his pity/guilt and chose to end it all as opposed to fighting through it.

In The Real World

While Arthur was figuring himself out, Grace returned more to form in this episode. She wasn’t about to just sit back and let her friend die. She was gonna do anything and everything to get him back to himself. She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, and she even gave some of her blood to him, even though it apparently wasn’t enough to do much of anything.

By the end of it all, she’s left with nothing but herself, her car, and the restaurant had disappeared like it was never there in the first place. I can only assume that next week’s episode will venture more into The Scar. It’s literally the only thing for miles, and Arthur doesn’t seem to be coming back anytime soon. 

Other Thoughts

  • Given that we now know Aki is the daughter of the restaurant owner, we need to spend some time exploring her backstory before getting turned robotic.
  • How will 1301 tie into this since both Arthur and Grace know about it?
  • I think it would’ve been more significant and meaningful if Chris had been the dream guide, as opposed to Aki.
  • What was the key for? Arthur got it off Chris but never got to do anything with it.

Overall Grade: C (Unless I’m missing something or simply not understanding, I don’t really understand what the purpose of this episode was. Instead of getting better, in my opinion, Arthur got worse, and now he’s disappeared to who knows where. I always want episodes to push forward a little bit each week. After this week, I feel we’re at more of a standstill than anything else.)

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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