Let’s start off with some breaking news: Nikita has been renewed for a (shortened) fourth season.
While I’m undoubtedly ecstatic that the show will get to end on its own terms, I’m somewhat wary of where they’ll be taking things next year. Amanda is the ultimate Big Bad of the story, and while The Shop seem like an intriguing antagonistic presence, their inclusion kind of feels like the writers stretching out the show’s premise past its due date. Nevertheless, I’ll give Nikita the benefit of the doubt as the show has rarely disappointed me.
Our heroine’s journey feels like it’s coming to its natural end. She took down Division, and she’s bound to take out her nemesis next week after what FEELS like the final battle: assassinate the President of the United States in order to save her soulmate. It’s a riveting culmination of Amanda and Nikita’s cult-like obsession with one another. The former prides herself in her monstrous creation, while the latter continuously strives to atone for her sins. The fact that Amanda’s plan goes back to Michael’s hand which contained a dose of the Shop’s nanotoxin is just the cherry on top. Nice to see our villainess was thinking ahead.
How phenomenal was Maggie Q during that breakdown? The way she slowly sunk to her knees as Amanda gloated beside her was simply incredible. You could literally feel our Nikita’s pain as everything crumbled around her. I particularly loved how effectively Nikki put on a happy face (with just the right hint of sadness) as she returned to Division and faced the gang. It’s hard to watch her keep secrets from Team Nikita because we’ve seen them grow into such a loving family. And her telling Michael they should get married? A tragic and immensely heartbreaking moment.
Hassana offering Alex a potential new career path as an ambassador for trafficked children is a fascinating one. Now that the option is on the table, I think it would be the perfect bookend to her story by the time the show ends next year. The girl has suffered a great deal and it feels like an appropriate resolution to her story. Here’s hoping it comes to pass.
Bits & Bullets
– What a brilliant teaser with The Shop shooting Nikita’s contact and trapping her in a psycho car. Of course, she escapes at the last second before the car implodes.
– Awesome bit of continuity: Nikita and Michael flashing back to the plane-full of kids, and a reference to Amanda’s cochlear implants which once exposed Alex.
– Referring to Division as a “proving ground” for The Shop is an admittedly intelligent way of linking this new evil with the old one. The nanotoxin is basically an upgraded kill-chip. Oh, and the organization is quite prevalent on a global scale. Shocking.
– Fantastic fight scene between Nikita and Smith in the alley. It’s been a while since we’ve had one in broad daylight.
– I really enjoyed the quiet moment between Alex and Sonya in the Division dorm room. I wish they developed the friendship between these two more.
– Ryan wasn’t in this episode. Neither was Owen. Could the show not afford the whole cast this week? Both were jarring omissions so close to the finale.
– So apparently, Amanda didn’t play around with Nikki’s head. That was just “theater”.
– Alex hugging Nikki and calling her strong like Myriam was a beautiful (yet much too short) moment between the two. I’ll take what I can get.
– The episode’s final shot is quite powerful, with Nikki sitting alone with her silencer and her mission. It feels like she’s become the old Nikita again and it’s harrowing to watch.
Birkhoff: Follow my lead.
Nikita: That’s not terrifying.
Amanda: Nikita, my target is and always has been you.
Amanda: Oh I fired my shot weeks ago. It’s just reaching you now.
Nikita: Why kill The President?
Amanda: I don’t care really, I’m A-political but the groups needs her dead, publicly. I just need the perfect girl for the job. The perfect killer. My most perfect creation.
Amanda: The world is about to see you for what you really are Nikita, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Invisible Hand is a brilliant penultimate episode of Nikita.