This episode is notable for introducing a different of kind of antagonist – one that Nikita had helped create. Ramone is an especially intriguing character as his history with our heroine made him all the more sinister.
All of Ramone’s scenes were jam-packed with layers of vengeance and regret. He raised an excellent dilemma as he made Nikki question whether did the right thing by letting him live and undergo the hell that Percy put him through. Maggie Q was especially phenomenal in this hour as she continued to struggle with her past. In addition, her breakdown at the end as she hopelessly looked for Michael and then finally jumped into his arms sobbing was just superb. A truly moving moment
And finally, that ending was fantastic with all of the episode’s tension now released, until of course Alex defies Amanda’s orders and takes the shot. It’s a chilling, powerful beat to bookend the hour and Lyndsey Fonseca sells it all with her vengeful eyes.
Bits & Bullets
– Nikki doing Yoga was so very cool for some reason. Nice to see what our superheroine does during her downtime.
– Intriguing flashback with Nikki in the red dress subduing Ramone on a rooftop.
– Everything about the mission with the reporter was hilariously endearing. From Nikita’s reactions of Michael hitting on the reporter, to the Division reveal (and fight), to Birkhoff tricking the agent before Nikki finally knocks her out. Awesome.
– Percy breaking Ramone’s back is just so vile and disturbing.
– Loved the transition as Ramone tells NIkita she created a monster and we cut to Alex and the sniper rifle.
-That was such a Hollywood blockbuster explosion at the end.
Michael: So what happened, did you get an alert?
Birkhoff: An alert? It’s not a Twitter feed Michael.
Nikita: (To Michael) Okay Mr. Bond just complete the mission.
Ramone: You can’t beat them. You belong to them. They made you Nikita; they’re the only family you’ve ever had.
Ramone: You can’t save him you’ll die
Nikita: I’m dead without him.
Percy: Ramone will live on. Only he won’t be able to walk. On the bright side, all of our facilities are handicapped accessible.
Amanda: Things are different now. Real change has come to Division, maybe it’s because a woman’s in charge.
Tense and thought-provoking, Knightfall is a splendid hour of Nikita.