Review: Nikita – Glass Houses

Percy is losing it after being thwarted by Nikita more times than he can count. So he’s decided to re-evaluate his Black Box storage system. Michael is sent to a small town in the middle of nowhere to check up on the Guardian assigned there and report if there are any complications. Of course that means our sexy ass kicker is three steps ahead, but what she finds is far from what she expects.

And while Nikita is taking a trip to enjoy the cold, Alex decides to make a decision that will not only affect her life, but the lives of everyone around her. And before it’s all over, someone won’t be going home under their own power.

Review: Before I start with the positive allow me a moment to go through the negative… I am getting really tired of this black box story line. Throughout the season, Division has been painted as an agency being run by people who think five steps ahead. And while I can excuse their constant failing to capture Nikita despite missing a common sense solution on more than one occasion for the sake of moving the plot forward, I can’t accept that it took Percy this long to accept that he needed a new system to store his black mail.

Percy is a ruthless, calculated killing machine with the power of the CIA on his shoulders. Am I really supposed to believe that the guy’s best plan was to set up a system that put all his intel out in the open not once, but six times over? There are limits to spy-show cheesiness and the black boxes are about one episode away from hopping the fence into batshit crazy town.

And I also have a problem with the Guardian assigned to this box. How many more times can Nikita come across a Division agent who decided to break protocol and get into a romantic relationship? Again, going back to the biggest flaw with the system. How on earth did Percy never account for the human element? I know it’s a spy-show cliche, but it’s just tiring now.

Okay, now that the ranting is over let’s get to what made the episode enjoyable. And for that I have three words… Bye, bye Jaden. The character pretty much disappeared after the shows return back in January, only showing up from time to time. And while her inclusion in the last episode was enjoyable, it wasn’t necessary. So to see her finally get what’s been coming to her since September, I’m content. Maybe now we can finally give Alex some real stakes to worry about.

Speaking of which, talk about a cliff hanger. Here’s hoping that Amanda won’t be six feet under by the end of the season finale because she’s the perfect enemy for the show. Not Percy, not Jaden, Amanda is pure evil, plain and simple. Melinda Clarke has always done a good creepy in a lot of her roles (I point you to her recurring role on CSI: as Lady Heather), and this one is no different. Except for the fact that Amanda isn’t some recurring character that pops in every few seasons. She’s a constant brick wall against everything Nikita and her gang are fighting against. In fact, should this season end with the death of Percy, I would love to see Amanda step into the role as head of Division. But that’s probably wishful thinking.

On a final note, it was nice to see the concept of the “cleaner” be brought up again. It’s just one of those things that those familiar with the Nikita mythos will appreciate, and I hope there is some major play coming up involving the agents that kill other agents.

Final thoughts: Half and half, but it worked.

Episode: “Glass Houses” (Season 1, Episode 20)

Airs: The CW, Thursdays, 9pm

What’s next: After Michael learns that Percy has ordered Division to kill anyone who could decrypt the black boxes, he sends Nikita in to save the last person on the list.

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.

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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