Season premieres are almost always risky propositions and I think Nikita did a very good job with its second year opener. While there was a bit too much exposition (as expected), the hour arranged this season’s chess pieces in a nonetheless exciting and intriguing manner.
First off, it’s fun to see Nikita and Michael on the run. I’m a fan of seasons where our protagonists are never in one place for too long (the second season of Prison Break comes to mind) as it infuses the proceedings with an unpredictable and unstable element. In addition, I love seeing Amanda in power and Percy imprisoned. I mentioned this a lot last year but Amanda is a much better fit for the show as its primary antagonist as she’s infinitely more complex than Percy (not to mention creepier).
This was also a good episode for Alex as it conveyed just how determined yet undeniably lost she’s become with different forces tugging at her from all sides. Her confrontation with Nikita at the end was phenomenal, and especially heartbreaking as our heroine broke her former protege’s arm (to incapacitate her) and then proceeded to shoot her in the leg. Lyndsey Fonseca’s screams of agony literally sent chills down my spine.
And finally I’m not totally convinced by the introduction of Sean Peirce. Much like Nathan, he feels like a CW mandate for Alex as a potential love interest. Still, it’s too early to judge.
Bits & Bullets
– Fantastic opening with Nikki robbing the underground casino. And the explosion revealing Michael on his motorcycle was badass too.
– Way too much exposition in the Nikki-Michael motel room scene. I get that we’re trying to get new viewers up to speed but overkill much?
– Alex beating up the casino thugs was quite satisfying.
– I still can not get enough of any scenes featuring Amanda and Alex in the room together.
– The fighter drones that saved Nikki & Michael were much too CGI for the show.
– I enjoyed Birkhoff for the first time ever in this episode. He had some nice moments with Nikki and Michael. I especially enjoyed him taunting Amanda and the Division crew via webcam.
Michael: (To Nikita) Would you like to buy ammo or groceries this month because we can’t buy both.
Michael: (To Nikita) You’re right you never said you were perfect. I did.
Nikita: (To Birkhoff) Aw nerd you’re lonely. And you have no friends and you missed us so you saved us.
Amanda: (To Michael) By the way where’s Nikita? Shouldn’t I be speaking to the man in charge?
Game Change is an effective season opener that does a pretty good job of setting the show’s new status quo.