While this hour wasn’t as atrocious as I remember, it still strayed far too much into soap-opera territory which simply does not suit a show as complex as Nikita.
I just have to get this off my chest: I detested the reveal of Michael having a son. I really don’t want to see such melodramatic twists on this show. Moreover, the fact that the episode ends with Nikita faced with the decision of telling Michael or keeping it from him is just too overdone. This isn’t The Bold & The Beautiful and there isn’t place on Nikita for moronic storylines such as this one.
On the bright side, this episode at least took the time to try and develop Sean a bit after he spent the season’s first few hours berating Alex and not doing much else. Here his loyalty was on display as he went to great lengths to save a captured Division agent. And while there was a bit too much talk about “doing the right thing”, I at least sort of enjoyed his dynamic with Alex in this one.
Bits & Bullets
– Nikki’s reaction to Michael whoring himself out back in his Division days.
– Amanda threatening Evenchkin to get her agent killed just as Sean and Alex arrive was pretty darn disturbing (and brilliant). Pure delicious evil.
– I was quite amused by Amanda bribing Percy with his suit.
– I liked the fact that we had Sean & Alex infiltrating the party to do one thing, while Nikki & Michael were there for a whole other goal (and interestingly enough the two couples never crossed paths).
– Max’s nanny wielding a gun; didn’t expect that. And I loved Nikki knocking her out with Max’s toy train.
– The actor who plays Max has to be the most irritating child on Earth
– Cassandra’s speech to her speech at the end was also quite painful to watch. Heavy-handed much?
Birkhoff: Jet’s ready. Bring your own peanuts.
Alex: (To Sean) Can’t remember the last time someone spoke to Amanda like that. Yes I can, it was me.
Amanda: Sometimes you have to sacrifice a pawn to motivate your knights.
Percy: Amazing how easily the chess metaphors come to mind when you’re running Division isn’t it?
Birkhoff: You guys really need to learn to turn off your comms. And if this week’s General Hospital is over, you might be interested to know that the party has started.
Soapy and forced, this is Nikita‘s weakest episode in quite a long time.