Nikita 1×21 – Betrayals

"Operation Sparrow - honestly where does he come up with these names?"


This was undoubtedly Percy’s episode, and it did an impressive job of elevating our Big Bad to a whole other level. While I still think Amanda suits the show better as its primary antagonist, this hour cemented Percy as a brilliant and surprisingly perceptive psychopath.

Percy revealed quite a few things in this one (and it did border on extreme exposition-dump for a while there). The twists include: Semak ordering the Division hit on Alex’s dad, the existence of the kill chip which Nikita had tried to hide, and of course the fact that Nikita was the one who shot Alex’s father. He played a good game – manipulating Alex and making her question why she was even in Division. While Alex turning on Nikita still seems far-fetched to me because the latter did so much to help her out, Percy planting the seeds of doubt was definitely realistic.

On top of everything, Percy showed how intelligent he was by divulging that he’d known for quite a while that Michael, Alex and Nikki had been working together. I was really amazed by this development as the writers touched on specific instances and moments throughout the season that we as an audience could have let slide. It just made Percy seem all the more majestic and horrifying. While I still prefer Amanda as a whole, Percy was undeniably at his best in this episode.

Bits & Bullets

– While amusing, Amanda slapping Alex like a child seemed much too soapy for Division.

– The look on Amanda’s face when Percy asked her to leave the room will haunt me for many years to come.

– Loved the analyst blaring rock music as Nikki kicked ass, with a computer screen no less.

– Heartbreaking scene as Alex relives the original attack on her home.

– Amazing twist with Percy knocking Michael out with an electric shock after the latter turns on him with the gun.

– Loved Percy’s chess analogy and trying to turn Alex into his “Queen.”

– Ryan served his purpose in this episode and he got a nice moment commending Alex on her bravery.

– Nikita screaming “I should have said no” about her past missions was especially touching and powerful.

– The ending with Alex shooting Nikita was an excellent one although it wasn’t particularly suspenseful.

Nikki Notables

Alex: (To Percy) Amanda’s very proud of this. And hopes you’ll give her a big kiss.

Analyst: (About Michael) Who does this guy work for?
Nikita: We just sleep together.

Percy: So innocent. How did you get from there to here?
Alex: It started the night you burned my house down.

Ryan: What am I supposed to do?
Nikita: Duck.

Ryan: (To Nikita) Tom Cruise on a harness couldn’t get in there.

An excellent penultimate episode that does a splendid job of setting up the season finale.

Nad Rating

1 comment

  1. I LOVED THIS ONE! Percy was really incredible here, often reminding me of Lydecker on Dark Angel. I can't remember the last time a show gives its villains THAT much screen-time. Unlike The Flash (ugh, sorry) we actually spend a lot of time with the Big Bads here (Percy, Amanda) and it makes them much more intimidating. I agree, I want Amanda to be the big bad in the end, but maaaan Percy really scared the hell out of me in this one.

    So many twists here!! I don't know how I feel about Nikita killing Alex's dad (I still think it might be a lie), but watching Alex be a double agent (triple?) was really suspenseful. Poor girl, having to turn on her mentor!

    And how epic was Percy revealing how he started letting Nikita, Michael and Alex win so it would be a confidence boost for them? WOWWWW, how clever. The fact that this episode brought back several standalone cases into the main arc was just brilliant.

    And that ending! Ahhh perfect way to set up the finale! Can't. Freakin. Wait.

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