Now that Alex is fully aware of Michael’s dedication to the ongoing mission code named “Take Down Division,” it’s time to put into motion events that will allow her to escape the stranglehold of the rogue government agency once and for all. But before she has the chance, a monkey wrench is thrown into the mix when Jaden is captured by the target.
Alex has to make a choice. Does she escape with her life and freedom intact? Or does she take a page out of the Nikita playbook and save the person who’s been out to get her since day one?
Review: Finally, after weeks and weeks of Alex being segregated to the sidelines, having needless scenes in episodes focused on Nikita, and going through a painfully generic romance, our sexy little double agent was put back into the spotlight in a big, bad way.
What struck a real chord was that the episode gave a glimpse of a new possible outcome for when the the day arrives that Nikita is able to take down Percy once and for all. A future where Division still exists. But it exists to do what it was built to do. Protect the United States (and the world) by any means necessary, without being held back by bureaucratic red tape. When the day comes that the series ends, that’s an ending I would be more than happy with.
It was enjoyable to see the series go back to the actual “spy on a mission” format which has been pushed aside for the last few weeks. For a while now it’s been about Nikita’s rogue deals with Gogol and her little side project of collecting all the black boxes to use against Percy. Enjoyable sure, but where’s the spy stuff? You know, the stuff that kind of made the series (and, frankly, the entire franchise dating back to the Luc Besson days) what it is?
As for the mission itself, it worked. It was the type of story I expect from a show like this. Agents are given an objective, are about to succeed and then things go boom.
I’ll say this though, that fire fight that ensued in the lab was some of the best action choreography of the season. I don’t think I can recall the last time Alex went all Jason Bourne and flipped a table over to use a shield while running towards it at full speed. And the fisticuffs Nikita and the terrorist outside the summit got into were very entertaining as well. The show is at its best when everyone is kicking ass and taking names.
Final thoughts: Once again, Nikita knocks it out of the park.
Episode: “Girl’s Best Friend” (Season 1, Episode 19)
Airs: The CW, Thursdays, 9pm
What’s next: Frustrated that Nikita continues to intercept his black boxes, Percy sends Michael to check on one of the boxes and the guardian attached to it.
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