It’s graduation day for one recruit at Division, his final assignment? Kill an intern who is a “threat to national security.” But things take an unexpected turn when Nikita is too little to late to stop the hit. But that is only the beginning of the problems for Division and Nikita.

Things become even more complicated when it’s revealed that the intern was not who everyone thought she was. And just when Nikita thinks she has it all figured out, she’s put into a situation that even she couldn’t have predicted.

Alex will also make a move on the one agent she has feelings for and doesn’t want to see fall for Divison’s mind games.

What worked: Last week took the focus off Nikita and Alex. This week the focus was returned. But for the first time in a while the spotlight is actually on the title character. And I didn’t mind it.

Even though I’m 100% Alex all the way, I haven’t forgotten what the show is about, Nikita and her journey to take down Division for good. So watching Nikita do her thing, which is of course look extremely hot while kicking some major ass, I was completely down.

At first I thought this episode was going to end up being the shows first poor display (for the record it was the worst one of the season), but it became a very character driven mystery/thriller with many twists and turns. It’s not often that a show is able to pull one over on me, and Nikita has done it twice now.

First there was the Alex fake out a few episodes back, and in this episode, the reveal that the intern was actually a Russian spy and her parent’s were her handler’s completely came out of left field for me, and afterwords I had a massive grin on my face.

I also liked seeing Division actually do a real op for once. Up till now it’s been black-op, not at all legit missions. However in this episode we got to see them on a protection detail. It really helped establish that Division, though evil, has its roots in the real spy game. The scene where Michael shoots the man in the SUV is all the proof you need.

What didn’t: As I said a while back, it’s too early for the Alex angst. It’s not like the writers were trying to hide the fact that, that kiss was more than just a way for Alex to get the pill in Thom’s pocket. This season needs to have one goal, follow Alex and Nikita on their journey to take down Division… That should be their ONE goal.

Final thoughts: The worst episode of the season, but still good.

Episode: “Phoenix” (Season 1, Episode 08)

Airs: CW, Thursdays, 9pm

What’s next: Nikita and Michael work together for revenge on a terrorist that killed Michael’s family.

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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