Another day, another mission and another counter mission for Alex. But things take an unexpected and horrifying turn for the worst while Alex is in the field when an individual from her dark and twisted past shows up out of the blue leading our favorite Division double agent into a fight for her life. Now it’s up to not only Nikita, but also Michael to get her out of this ultimate test of survival. But that plan may just go up in smoke along with Alex before all is said and done.
Review: “I know you… actress, model…” “Assassin.”
Am I a fan of hard hitting, fast paced, guns blazing, fist flying action scenes? Of course I am, but that doesn’t mean I’m against that good ol’e thing known as character development. And boy did we get a lot of that tonight.
I’m just gonna start with the main plot line of the episode, all the background we got for Alex tonight was not only appreciated, it was also necessary. We need to know as much as we can about Alex’s upbringing because she’s the real story of the series. She’s the one doing all the leg work to destroy Division from the inside out. She’s the one who’s sacrificing the most to achieve the ultimate goal. So to finally be able to get inside her head is a great move from a writing standpoint.
As for what we actually learned, I think the most compelling part is the exchange between child Alex and her father. While at first I assumed she came from a business background it’s at that moment when the bomb is dropped that this spy stuff actually runs in the family. That changes everything we know about the character. Alex, at that moment goes from a former drug addicted sex slave to a girl with a history of violence if you will. Someone who has not had a life of her own since the day she was born. A girl, who in the moment of having the option of brutally destroying the last remnants of her past or letting it lie bleeding on the floor, she chooses to destroy it with two well aimed bullets to the head.
As for Nikita and Michael, well… beyond the absolutely ludicrous ways the writers are coming up with to make them work together, it’s always a welcomed change. At the end of the day, Shane West and Maggie Q make one heck of a bad ass, ass kicking team of destruction. That statement is no further proven than at the tail end of the steam room fight when Nikita runs down the hallways and steals the pistol from the guard while Michael follows that up by punching him in the face and knocking him out cold.
But I think the coolest moment of this episode came when we learn that the majority of Division, despite being absolute bad guys, still have a sense of duty for a wounded comrade. Percy could of very easily thrown Alex to the dogs, but instead he made sure she got all the care she needed… looks like the cold soul has a heart after all.
Final thoughts: An excellent episode of one of the best spy shows on television.
Episode: “Alexandra” (Season 1, Episode 15)
Airs: The CW, Thursdays, 9pm
What’s next: Unknown
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