When a Russian exile is released from prison, Division offers him protection and power that he could only dream of in exchange for the weapons grade Uranium he stashed before he was locked away. But the first thing on his mind is a girl. So to avoid a security breach, Division sends Alex in on her first mission, with Nikita not too far behind. But things take an unexpected turn when the Russian is kidnapped. Now it’s up to the combined efforts of Nikita and Division to find the Russian before the location of the Uranium is revealed… and Nikita’s plans for Alex are brought to light.

What worked: As I said last week, the real compelling drama of the show has nothing to do with Nikita. It’s all about Alex. Alex is the character we are going to want to hold every week and just say ” everything’s going to be OK.” That couldn’t have been more clear than in tonight’s episode.

Watching Alex go through drug withdrawal was very sad. Don’t get me wrong, it was cliche. We’ve seen this play out many time before, on many other shows. But regardless, I felt very bad for Alex. And I also feel that Nikita is taking advantage of her. She’s just using Alex for her own means. “But Merrill, she clearly implies someone in Division killed her family,” true, but so what? None of this gives Nikita any right to manipulate Alex the way she is, and it’s things like that, that make the characters in this show more than just one dimensional.

Michael is also growing on me. At first he just seems like the typical government prick, but there is clearly much more to him than is let on. He too wants Division to go down in flames, he just doesn’t know how to make it happen. I’m really looking forward to see how it all plays out this season.

On an action front, I’m very impressed. Between the hotel shootout, the subway platform shootout and the Alex/Jaden computer lab beat down, I’m very pleased the see the show living up to its promise of a spy/action thriller. It’s good to see The CW grow the way it has, and the fact that they have the creative power to put on a show like this, a show that at first glance feels like something you would see on ABC or FOX, makes me very happy.

What didn’t: The show is occasionally throwing in gags that are typical of The CW. I get it, they’re going for the tween/teen crowd. And since the show has such dynamic characters I am willing to let the gags slide. But if the quality level of the characters ever drops, I’m going to start bitching.

Oh, and “Jane Bond?” Seriously? She couldn’t think of a better code name. The same goes for “Shadow Net.”

Final thoughts: A very well done second episode for the freshman series.

Episode: “2.0” (Season 1, Episode 2)

Airs: CW, Thursday, 9pm

What’s next: Nikita rescues a journalist; Michael receives help from Jaden, Alex, and Thom.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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