Immediately following her arrival back to Division thanks to Michael, Amanda puts Alex under an “enhanced interrogation” using what amounts to truth serum. But Amanda hits a road block when she realizes that Alex’s mind has built defense mechanisms to protect her from such intrusions. Now it’s up to Alex, and Alex alone to save herself from what could lead to a “cancellation” of her services to Division.

Nikita also tracks down a counterfeiter to try to help Alex and hopefully save her from herself while Michael begins an investigation of his own into Alex’s mysterious behavior.

Review: “Ask me how I got here.”

I actually wanna start there first because while that final shot may have been short, boy was it sweet. There are so many ways you could of set up that cliff hanger, but the writers and episode director Nick Copus really made Shane West into one heck of a bad ass in that moment. And to be honest, that could of only happened at this point in the season. Michael is all sorts of pissed off by now, and you can just see in his eyes that he is sick and tired of Nikita’s games.

And unless I completely misread the episode, he’s figured out everything and is now just sitting on the key part of the intel. It’s going to be a long wait until April.

But onto the real story. I must say that this, combined with last week’s episode we’re really going deep into Alex’s head, and this week I mean that literally.

First of all, it was nice to see Melinda Clarke back rocking a main part in a story line again. Pretty much since the show returned in January, she’s been relegated to the side lines along with Percy, not to say that, that is a bad thing. But this episode really showed how many levels of creepy Amanda truly is.

And I really enjoyed getting into Alex’s head. I’m not gonna play the broken  record with my thoughts on her character again, but I will say that everything appears to be happening for a reason. Even though the events are relegated to her own thoughts and not reality I believe they foreshadow events that the writers are planning as the series moves forwards… especially now that a pick up for future seasons is becoming more and more likely according to The CW.

As for the possible outcomes that are being foreshadowed for Alex, I really liked that we got to see Alex’s fantasy of her perfect life. A husband and a child. It’s not even just freedom she wants, she essentially wants the American dream. Which is funny considering she’s Russian. But of course, the possibility of her taking over her father’s empire is much more compelling.

But on a negative note, the kiss between Michael and Nikita during Alex’s dream was pushing it in my opinion. If Alex at that point in the dream doesn’t know she’s in a dream then there is no reason she should expect Nikita and Michael to make out. Instead, there should of been exactly was was implied, a butt kicking showdown that ended with Nikita killing Michael, now that’s foreshadowing.

Final thoughts: A great episode if you love character examination.

Episode: “Echoes” (Season 1, Episode 16)

Airs: CW, Thursdays, 9pm

What’s next: Next episode doesn’t air until April 7th.

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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