Review: Nikita – The Next Seduction

Things are about to take an interesting turn for Nikita when her latest mission doesn’t put her on a war path against Division, but rather one that will save American lives. A terrorist group is days away from smuggling a dirty bomb into the US, and it’s up to Nikita to bring them down with the help of her trusted CIA side kick, Ryan.

Alex will also deal with some issues of her own when she tries to get closer to her neighbor, but a wedge is thrown into that plan when Michael shows up to snap her back into the reality of her cover.

Review: “The enemy of my enemy…Is just another man standing in my way.”

Before I get into my review I just want to pose a quick question, did anyone else find Nikita’s looks for her cover eerily similar to the look of Anne Parillaud from Luc Besson’s original film? Probably just a coincidence, but still cool. OK, now on to the review.

First off, I really liked the twists and turns of the episode. Granted, I was hoping we were finally going to get an episode where Division wasn’t the main bad guy focus, but it was nice to see that Nikita was doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. The idea that Nikita does believe in right and wrong beyond the concept of Division really helps push the idea that she is motivated by more than just revenge for her late fiancé.

I’m also quite happy that we’re getting into much deeper and richer stories involving the conflicts with Goggle. As some of you may recall, back when I reviewed the pilot of the series, I drew a lot of caparisons between Nikita and ALIAS. And I’m seeing those comparisons seep through again, except this time both agencies are SD-6. If the writers continue down this path, then I bet we’ll eventually get to an episode where Nikita will have to choose to side with one agency to destroy the other.

As far as Ryan goes, it was nice to see him in an active role for once, as opposed to taking orders like a dog from Nikita. From what I can see, Ryan is a character that is slowly going to evolve to a point where he’ll become more a hindrance for Nikita than a side kick. And that’s when some real friction, and hopefully character, will show through. But I do think that kiss at the end was a bit much.

OK, OK I’ll say it, the Alex stuff was a bit angsty. Now, I’m willing to let it go for two reasons. One, the show is on The CW and a CW show would not be complete without some sappy romance in the story. Two, Alex, at the end of the day is still a twenty something who wants to live a normal life. And part of that normal life involves developing romantic relationships. So while I do agree that it does feel a bit forced, I can understand the reasoning for it, and I trust the writers to improve the relationship between her and her neighbor as it progresses.

“Live the lie, till the lie becomes your life.”

Final thoughts: A very well crafted episode of Nikita.

Episode: “The Next Seduction” (Season 1, Episode 14)

Airs: The CW, Thursdays, 9pm

What’s next: Unknown.

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