When we last left our resident ass kicker a month ago, Alex was informing her that she wanted out of the spy game and Michael was holding a shotgun to Nikita’s face.

Well luckily we pick up right where we left off and Michael gives Nikita an ultimatum… find the man that killed his wife and daughter for him or he’ll expose Alex to Division. Clearly there is no choice.

Now Nikita must team up with an old enemy in order to gain the trust of a new ally, while saving the one she already has.

Review: This episode is yet another example of why I consider Nikita to not only be the best new show of season, but also the one with the best plot of any show this season. Every time I think I have things all figured out, the writers throw a new curve ball at my head that changes my perspective of everything.

Take the twist of the episode for example. Now, I have always viewed Percy as a bad guy. But I always felt like at the end of the day even he has a line that one shouldn’t cross. And I thought the death of an innocent mother and child was that line. Then I find out he orchestrated the whole thing and my disdain for the character increases ten fold.

And now, my entire view of Michael is completely different because originally he was just a soldier on a revenge mission using Division as his tool. But as it turns out, he’s been one move behind in this long ass chess game since the get go. It’s writing like this that allows the spy genre to thrive on television, and that’s why the show ultimately works. Every episode allows a chance for the characters to evolve, whether it be by a micro or macro amount, as we saw in this episode.

It was almost like you could feel Michael’s pain when he realizes the truth. And not just the truth of Divison, but the truth that Nikita was right all along. A part of Michael that has laid dormant for over five years was able to rise to the surface and now the sky’s the limit. Michael is on board and will stop and nothing to take down Percy once and for all.

I do take some issue with the very forced romance that sparked at the end of the episode though. But given all the new information I received, I’m willing to accept that a cheesy romance is the price I have to pay in order for the writers to keep the quality of the show this high.

And speaking of cheesy romances, why were any of Alex’s scenes necessary in this episode? I know I always say that the real story of the show is in Alex’s arc, but since the writers clearly went in a full-on Nikita route for this one why needlessly stick in Alex to kick up the angst factor? Save a few bucks and keep Lyndsy Fonseca out for an episode, and then throw her doomed romance in a more appropriate place.

Final thoughts: Fine, fine writing as we get closer to the season finale.

Episode: “Covenant” (Season 1, Episode 17)

Airs: The CW, Thursdays, 9pm

What’s next: Nikita and Owen go to London to retrieve one of Division’s black boxes, but when he tells Nikita that he wants to release the contents of the black box to the public, Nikita disagrees, and he turns on her.

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.

@JeremyKKirk Isn’t that basically the finale scene of The Punisher?

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