I love Nikita. I really, really do. But I have to be honest: I did not love this finale.
I wanted it to be epic. I wanted it to blow my mind. Last year’s closer was a masterful hour of television that was equal parts emotional and thrilling. This finale however, felt like it was missing something big, and I can’t seem to get a handle on what exactly that was.
The first half of the hour was definitely clunky with the gang trying to piece together Nikita’s actions, as our heroine gained (much too easy) access into the The White House. Things improved considerably when the President freakin’ killed herself and Amanda set the Dirty 30 loose on Division. Those are just the kind of epic curve-balls you’d want in a finale. But then the writers messed everything up again with two horrid developments: The President was indeed alive (clone/imposter twists are severely overused by now) and Nikita decided to head off on her own and leave her family behind.
Honestly, I didn’t think the final scene was very convincing. Hasn’t Nikita already learned that she can’t do it all on her own? I get that it might make sense character-wise since she’s always been so stubborn and single-minded, but something about the ending just didn’t work with me. It felt too much like unconvincing set-up and not enough payoff to a season-long journey. Nevertheless, Maggie Q was as exceptional as always, and I loved Michael finding the engagement ring by the window. Shane West has come a long way and I have absolutely no complaints about the character anymore (as opposed to when he first started out).
Thankfully, I don’t have a doubt in my mind that Nikita‘s final six-episode season next year is going to be one hell of a breathtaking event. We’ve got the world’s largest manhunt, and Alex with an intriguing plan of action: become a diplomat for trafficked kids while using the resources at her disposal to help take down The Shop. Brilliant.
Bits & Bullets
– Loved the teaser with Nikita in the Oval office and a dead President Spencer. For the first time this season, a show employed an in-media-res opening effectively. And beautiful cinematography too.
– Dr. Kang dying so soon really surprised me. But I’m glad he did, as his antidote would have been too easy a solution.
– The plan to kill and revive Michael to get rid of the nanotoxin was a bit too convenient for my taste. Plus there was no suspense as we knew he’d survive it.
– It’s always satisfying when Birkhoff snaps and starts kicking ass.
– Standout sequence: the trio fighting off The Dirty 30 and getting their asses kicked (in slow motion) until the doors blew open and Nikki made her entrance. Although the fight could have been better, it still sort of reminded me of All The Way in season one when Nikita beat up the roomful of recruits.
– Maggie Q KILLED her touching plea to Michael. I also loved the reference to the snow scene and Kassim.
– The Division explosion was a joy to behold. It looked like a million-dollar set piece and it was superbly executed on every level. From the iconic hallway to Amanda’s zen room, it felt like a true milestone moment.
– While I didn’t like the President imposter twist, I have to admit that it was a genius move to have had her kidnapped back in the G20 summit. It gives the season an epic scope.
– I honestly didn’t recognize Sonya at first with her hair down.
– I loved Team Nikita vowing to clear our heroine’s name together. If only she felt the same way.
– So the writers completely ditched Sam/Owen these last few episodes. Not cool.
– Seriously Maggie Q in that final scene? The way she conveyed haunting pain as she sobbed and threw the phone with Michael’s call out the window, only to completely shift and turn cold in the final seconds. It genuinely felt like Q’s warmth dissipated and she became season-one Nikita again. Magnificent performance.
Michael: You know it’s funny, I’m the only one who hasn’t gone through this. All of you have done this resurrection thing.
Alex: Well it’s about time you joined the club.
Mr. Jones: And remember… we are the invisible hand.
Amanda: Well Nikita has a habit of chopping those off.
Must Download Tunes
All I Need by Mat Kearney
Hanging On by Ellie Goulding
While Til Death Do Us Part was great in theory, I was left quite disappointed by Nikita‘s third season finale.