Review: Nikita – Pandora

After last week’s stunning twist, things are about to be kicked into high gear on Nikita. Betrayals, revenge, harsh truths, false deaths, and that’s just the first thirty minutes. Nikita is about to take your brain and play a nice game of bouncy, bounce with it.

And before it’s all over, new allegiances will be formed, and old ones will be rebuilt. So go and grab your favorite chair, some popcorn, and about 20 cc’s of Tetrodotoxin and get ready to be blown away by the season finale of Nikita.

Review: Two words: Holy. Shit.

Before getting into the awesomeness of the episode, it should be noted that this finale did not top the amazing writing of last week’s episode. But then again, it is hard to top godly status. The finale was everything a good Nikita or, frankly, spy fan could ask for. Hot women, awesome fist fights, amazing gun play and plenty of twists to keep you head-scratching until September.

Starting with the smaller twists and working our way up the ladder of confusion, what the heck was up with the Amanda twist? Is she a bad guy now, a good guy, or someone in the middle? I’m leaning towards the third option. The most likely scenario is that Amanda wants more power, and the best way to do that is to play ball with Percy’s higher ups. And we should all be completely fine with that. Amanda is a great character, and having her act more independently is just the push she needs.

Moving on to the Alex twist. This is by far the best choice for the character. Having Alex essentially become a more prominent (and hotter) version of Owen is a wonderful idea. There’s no doubt that the series is just going to become the Nikita/Alex meet up show every week, but that also means there will now be true conflict between the two of them. There will be bickering and there will also be forced compromise which is how some the best plans end up being developed.

As for Nikita now being an enemy of not only Division, but the rest of the intelligence community? It worked. This will only make Nikita’s drive to put an end to all the corruption that much greater. The quicker she puts things right, the quicker she can have the life she wants with Michael.

And speaking of our awesome male lead, his fight with Percy was a long time coming. The only downside was that the game of fisticuffs could have lasted a bit longer and caused some more damage, maybe taking a cue out of the Fast Five playbook and just destroying the room before sending the two men through a window made out of sugar.

And while we’re on the subject of Percy for a moment, the final scene that shows him beaten and bloodied was a rare moment of awesomeness. The fire in his eyes when he sends what I can only describe as the largest tactical team in the history of tactical teams into Nikita’s loft was chilling. The moment he screams “kill them both!” into the microphone right before the commercial break, that moment was a true edge-of-the-seat-moment.

Basically, this season finale wrapped up the stories in a truly epic, but also natural way. Percy’s status of control is now anyone’s guess, Amanda is ready to make a power play, Nikita and company have a new man inside, and Alex is now on her own. This is how you keep people licking their chops in anticipation for season 2.

Final thoughts: Awesome. Purely and unequivocally awesome.

Episode: “Pandora” (Season 1, Episode 22)

Airs: The CW, Thursdays, 9pm

What’s next: You’ll have to wait till September (assuming the show gets renewed) for an answer to that one.

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