Things are about to go haywire at Division. Because the worst recruit of the bunch has just been activated for her first mission ahead of the rest of her much more capable class. But things seem all too well for Nikita and Alex who think there’s much more to this mission than meets the eye.
At the same time, another recruit will be graduating from trainee status, but his new position is far from what he envisioned. This will send the recruit on a rampage with only one foreseeable outcome for the survival of Division, and Alex is the one who’ll have to make an impossible choice. But things are not as they seem at the secret HQ.
What worked: Perhaps the most interesting thing about this episode is that it took the main focus off both Nikita and Alex, and instead put it on two Division recruits we’ve never met before. Yet the episode still managed to work and work well.
Starting with Sarah, I get the sense the writers put focus on her to show what would’ve happened to Alex without Nikita’s guidance. This is something they’ve done a lot through the seven episodes the show has currently been on the air. Use a surrogate character to show various scenarios that the main characters could of gone through had they made different choices in life. Just as Alex is a surrogate to show what Nikita went through in training, Sarah is a surrogate to show what Alex would be going through without Nikita.
But that doesn’t mean the character of Sarah doesn’t stand on her own. I found her long lost child storyline to be rather compelling. It’s not as sad as the Alex being a former sex slave storyline, but it still tugs at the heart strings. I’ll also be interested to see if she returns later at the call of Nikita. Nikita is slowly growing an army of defunct Division assets and I really want there to be some big battle between them and Division come season’s end.
But for me personally, the better story came from within Division and Robbie’s complete take-down of the security sector. This was another one of things where the writers did such an amazing job at making me care for a character that we have never seen before this episode.
He also delivered one of the best action scenes of the series. It was tense yet subtle at just the right moments. The beginning of the rampage for example when he just shoots the guard without any hesitation what so ever was perfectly executed. And with the introduction of him becoming a cleaner at the end of the episode, I was all sorts of giddy inside.
But just because the main focus was off Nikita and Alex in this episode, that doesn’t mean they didn’t still bring their A game. On Alex’s side of the episode, she really brought the emotional rock that she always delivers in the show, this time dealing with the issue of getting too close to her fellow recruits. It just felt so fitting.
Nikita also delivered on some great action moments. One involving her hand-to-hand brawl with Sarah, followed by a great shootout between her and Michael. Each one of her scenes delivered and delivered quick and clean.
What didn’t: Like Flashpoint over the summer, Nikita just consistently delivers hit after hit with no signs of slowing down. So no, nothing didn’t work in this episode.
Final thoughts: Another masterful episode of Nikita.
Episode: “The Recruit” (Season 1, Episode 7)
Airs: CW, Thursdays, 9pm
What’s next: Nikita intervenes when Division plots to murder the mistress of a U.S. Senator, in exchange for continued funding.
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