Although I didn’t love this hour, it contained some great character work for Michael which ultimately makes it a necessary step in the show’s mythology this year.
I’ve often harped on Shane West in the past but he was superb here, perfectly embodying Michael’s pain and torment after losing his hand. While I wasn’t pleased that the episode began three weeks after the accident, I was glad that they didn’t gloss over Michael’s suffering and we still got to experience his trauma. In addition, his relationship with Nikita has undoubtedly been affected and I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve going forward.
I wish I could praise the episode’s standalone plot, but the psycho cleaner wasn’t particularly compelling. I know that Melinda Clarke hasn’t signed on for the whole season but Amanda’s absence was definitely felt with this week’s disposable villain. After her imposing presence in the previous weeks, I do hope she returns soon because we can’t have our Big Bad disappear for episodes at a time.
One aspect I quite liked about this hour was Owen’s involvement as it kind of seems like the writers are hinting at the love triangle once again. They never really went there with Owen and Nikki but he was a bit too protective of her in this one, and it gave off a romantic vibe instead of a sibling one. Devon Sawa did some good work and I’m glad he’ll be more active in the proceedings in the future.
And can someone please tell me where Sean is? Seriously, it’s laughable that one of the core members of Team Nikita has been such a non-presence this year, particularly as Alex is going through such a difficult time. At least mention his whereabouts with a line or two because it’s getting quite frustrating.
Bits & Bullets
– Michael’s robot hand is admittedly cool.
– The heated conversation at the gun-range between Nikki and Michael was a good one. Less appreciated was Owen overhearing them, soap-opera style.
– Excellent Owen and Michael scene. Particularly with the latter jealously exclaiming “she’s with me” before getting punched in the stomach.
– Nikki-Alex bonding at the end was way too short. And what is Alex’s reason for medicating? They really seem to be setting it up as some sort of big revelation.
– The episode’s closing scene was undoubtedly effective, with Michael blaming Nikki, and banging the wall in a haunting moment as she cries outside.
Michael: Take a good look everyone. If you’re nice to me, I’ll even let you touch it. But no high-fives.
Liam: Owen? What are you doing here?
Owen: Cleaner class reunion.
Ryan: The day I met Nikita, Michael shot a rocket-propelled grenade at her so it’s not like I don’t expect some fireworks.
Owen: It’s not right, what happened to you. It sucks.
Michael: You always had a gift for poetry.
Michael: She’s with me. Stay out.
Owen: You get her a ring and what? You own her? You’re the only one that can care about her?
Birkhoff: I got eyes like Beyonce got thighs.
Great character work but an average plot made this one a so-so episode of Nikita.