Review: Nikita – One Way

Things are about to get insane for Nikita because she’s about to help the man that’s been chasing her since she went rouge. No not Percy, the other guy.

It’s time for Nikita and Michael to team up when Michael gets wind of a man he has been hunting for a very long time.

Back at Division HQ, Alex is in a big pickle when human error causes her to take some drastic steps to ensure her cover. But those drastic steps may just backfire in the worst way possible.

And before the episode is over, Michael’s true reason for joining Division will be revealed. And his place of loyalty will finally be decided.

What worked: This marks yet another episode that featured very little Alex. But the lack of my favorite character was made up in the depth given to Michael in this episode.

I always suspected something was askew about him, but I didn’t expect that at one time he had a wife and daughter. I’ve seen this story line played out before on other shows (NCIS), but regardless of its unoriginality I like that the writers took the time to provide some back story to his character. Because now he comes off the way 007 does at the end of Casino Royale, a cold blooded killer that lost everything he ever loved.

I also like that the bad guy got away in the episode. It means that this story line will be revisited and I can’t wait for the episode where Michael puts a bullet between Kasim’s eyes.

As for Nikita, I liked how much play she got in this episode. And the best part was that it felt natural. I wasn’t getting the sense that the writers were doing a nearly 100% Nikita centered episode because it’s really been 50/50 between her and Alex lately, it just felt like they did the episode because it was the natural progression in the story for her and Michael.

All that said, I still liked the play that Alex got in her mini-story. I also like the possibilities that are now set up. It’s now known that Alex has a way out of Division at any time if things get dicey. I’ll be interested to see if this element is ever played on again this season, or throughout the run of the series.

And as a whole, this episode delivered on some great action sequences.

What didn’t: This will be another one of those, nothing was bad episodes. Everything worked, all the beats were on key, the episode looks spectacular and we got some more great character development for someone that really needed it. I’m happy on all possible counts.

Final thoughts: An excellent episode of the freshman spy series.

Episode: “One Way” (Season 1, Episode 9)

Airs: CW, Thursdays, 9pm

What’s next: Unknown.

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