Alex’s graduation day has arrived and her mission is simple, kill a drug king pin for Division. But Nikita senses trouble because Alex has never killed anyone before. But that’s only the beginning of her problems. Division has found the shell program that’s allowed Nikita and her mole to communicate. Now it’s a race against the clock between Nikita and Division to find the mole, and Alex is caught in the cross-fire of it all. It all comes down to a final, heart pounding showdown that one person will not be returning from.
What worked: Now this is what I’m talking about. This episode is grade A story telling. What starts as a standard caper, turns into a bate and switch for the audience and leads to a stunning conclusion.
What shocked me was the death of Thom. I really liked him, a lot. While I do think that it was way to early in the series for him and Alex to be getting it on, that creative choice now makes a lot more sense. Let’s be honest for a moment, if Alex didn’t have an attraction to Thom and shared a kiss with him, would we have cared about his death in any way? Absolutely not.
Perhaps the more shocking thing is how quickly Alex decides to make Thom a patsy for her error, rather than saving his life and just escaping Division with Nikita. Yes, I understand that for the preservation of the series Alex has to stay within Division as Nikita’s mole, but now I will no longer look at her with the somber thought of innocence. Now she has truly become Nikita’s replacement. A cold, calculating agent that will do anything to get the job done.
I also think that Maggie Q going super bad ass on Division was something the series has been lacking. When she got to have her hero moment after the bombs go off and she pulls the chains down from the cement ceiling and begins to use them as whips, I couldn’t help but get my action nerd on. It’s reasons like this, that make Maggie Q the perfect choice for the voluptuous super spy.
And as far as Percy, Michael, Birkhoff and the rest of the Division baddies, I was completely sold on their performances. Xander Berkeley has been consistently hitting it out of the park in the scumbag department. He just gets more and more reprehensible every week while still managing to keep his cool.
Some of the best stuff in this episode came from his performance. Like when he didn’t duck with everyone else when Nikita shot at the glass. Or when he just says to Nikita “I’m not going to hurt you.” (Amanda walks in) “Her I can’t speak for.” It’s moments like that, that got my blood pumping.
What didn’t: Not a single damn thing. This was the perfect way to send the show out for the rest of the year.
Final thoughts: As far as this episode is concerned, Nikita>Sydney Bristow.
Episode: “All the Way” (Season 1, Episode 11)
Airs: CW, Thursdays, 9pm
What’s next: This is the last episode of 2010. New episodes return January 27th.
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