Although the Cassandra character was handled horribly in the past, I’m pleased to say that her arc here was handled reasonably well and given the appropriate amount of closure. The writers could have easily resorted to love triangle antics and I’m so glad they didn’t because realistically, Nikita and Michael have much more important things to worry about. All three character dealt with the situation like adults which was a refreshing change to how most shows would handle it.
Speaking of Michael, he had a touching farewell with Cassandra and Max. I would be fine if we never saw them again as they unnecessarily complicate things. I’m still not sure it was a good idea to even have them enter the picture earlier in the season but this episode at least salvaged that misstep.
Alex’s storyline wasn’t the greatest because I find her mother severely miscast. Moreover, I can’t really get behind their relationship as Katia wasn’t the most genuine or likeable of characters. Thankfully, I doubt we’ll be seeing her again anytime soon either.
And finally, Semak’s death was completely anticlimactic (particularly in that it wasn’t Alex who did the killing) but at least we’re through with that lifeless void of a character.
Bits & Bullets
– Sean calling Cassandra “Belarus Barbie”. Ha!
– Nikita saying she’s not mother material was heartbreaking.
– Excellent alley fight scene. I particularly loved Nikita giving the thug a hurricanrana (an awesome wresting move).
– Loved Nikki and Michael saving Cassandra.
– Badass moment as Nikki jumps out of the moving car.
– I enjoyed Amanda’s brief appearance with the forced contract. Still too little screen-time for her though.
– Brilliant plan by Nikita to board the plane and fake Cassandra’s death.
– Sad scene as Michael bids goodbye to Max and Nikita assures him that he did the right thing.
Nikita: I’m not mother material Michael.
Michael: Why not?
Nikita: Because…. it’s FRIDAY and my life is insane!
Nikita: When I was growing up, I thought that any parent that gave heir child up was unforgivable. That there would never be a reason or an excuse for it. And now I’m standing here, what you did, was an act of grace. You’re a good father Michael.
Not the most explosive hour of Nikita, but it at least dealt with many of the season’s annoying loose ends.