It’s been a while, but after her recent take down of the “mole” within Division, Alex has been promoted to full time agent status. But things aren’t so easy as she has trouble adapting to her new life of “freedom” courtesy of Division. And things become even more complicated thanks to the new neighbor from across the hall.

Nikita will also mount a new mission to help in her quest to take down the rogue agency. Enlisting the help of her CIA partner Ryan, the two set out to stop Division from utilizing their brand new kill chips that that they’ve begun implanting within their agents.

Review: The title of this episode may have been “Free,” but it should of been “Power,” because that’s what this episode was all about. Alex’s personal power to adjust to her new life, Nikita’s power grab at Division with her malware hack, and Ryan’s attempt at putting the power of his relationship with Nikita in his hands.

Starting with Alex, I’m glad that we’re finally moving out of Division HQ. I’m fine with visiting there for a scene or two an episode for exposition sake, but by moving Alex out of Division and putting her in the real world, her range is now drastically increased for the type of missions she can go on, which will lead to more action packed episodes. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.

But beyond allowing her a broader range of geographical location, giving Alex a “normal” life will open her up to a plethora of new relationships, like the one we saw begin tonight with her new neighbor Nathan. I don’t know if Nathan will be sticking around for future episodes, but if he is, then I have full faith that writers will find a way to make it as compelling as some of Nikita’s flings from the first half of the season.

As for Nikita’s bold move of using Birkhoff to help her embed a huge moral blow to Division, I must say that I found it unexpected. Personally I thought she was just implanting some new back door for her to use to access Division’s system again (which I guess technically she did). But I think that video was a great way to show how much power Nikita really has over Division at the moment.

As for the relationship between Nikita and Ryan, I’m hoping that Ryan becomes the new Owen. Someone who can help Nikita on mission when Alex is pre-occupied with some Division mission. The upside is that Ryan can do a lot more from inside the government when it comes to covering Nikita’s tracks, which will probably lead to more risky missions for the both of them.

Final thoughts: A great return for Nikita.

Episode: “Free” (Season 1, Episode 12)

Airs: The CW, Thursdays, 9pm

What’s next: Alex alerts Nikita to her first assignment; to assassinate the prince of Georgia. They both plan to foil the attempt, but Nikita trusts the wrong person, resulting in a stand-off and alerting Division to her presence.

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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