Talk about filler.
Let’s hope this is the weakest episode we’ll get this season. With three episodes left, the show can’t afford to have episodes like this one.
I honestly did not enjoy Birkhoff’s daddy storyline this week. We’re way too close to the end to spend so much time on a superfluous character we’ve never met before. In addition, I didn’t feel like Peller’s introduction provided any compelling insight into Birkhoff’s backstory. I’m not sure if other Nikita fans were satisfied with the tidbits that were revealed, but I was left feeling completely underwhelmed. Aaron Stanford certainly tried his best, but I had zero investment in the proceedings — a real pity.
Alex was undoubtedly the highlight of Set-Up. While the interrogation itself wasn’t especially thrilling (and the agent was terribly one-note), the subplot still gave Lyndsey Fonseca some good material to work with. I adored Alex’s survivor speech (found below), as it perfectly showcased just how far the character had come in her journey. Her stuff with Sam on the other hand? It still feels like it came too much out of left field for me. Is it too late to hope for Owen’s return?
On the bright side, this episode had one hell of an ending. I absolutely adored Amanda slinking around Daddy Birkhoff, referencing Percy and ready to start her torture games again. And that moment where she ominously leaned with that final declaration (“Guess what, I’m my own boss now”) was chillingly perfect.
I do hope Nikita can still manage to tie up all its loose ends, but I’m starting to get worried. Nevertheless, I know the show’s writing team is up for the challenge, so I’m going to stay hopeful and reserve judgment until the very end. In the meantime, let’s pray this incredible little show can move past this misstep and end with the bang it rightfully deserves.
Bits & Bullets
– There’s a wonderful reference to the original TV series as one of the newscasters in the teaser mentions “La Femme Nikita.”
– Nikita doing pullups reminded me of Stephen Amell’s exercise routines on Arrow. If only we could have a crossover between the two asskickers.
– Sam sure has no qualms about murdering people in broad daylight huh?
– So I guess we’re to assume Alex was water-boarded before being forced to listen to that rock music? That’s not okay. But at least we didn’t see her suffer.
– Even the action was cheap this week; Nikki’s “fight scene” with Ronald Peller was embarrassing.
– With Alex all chained up, I really wanted her to have her Rambo moment and pull down the chains like Nikita once did in All The Way, one of the series’ most iconic moments.
– So Amanda’s double is going to be inserted into Pakistani intelligence? Hmmm.
– The magic chat between Birkhoff and Daddy was really lame.
– So Shop guy Mr. Jones is not happy with Amanda. Why doesn’t he do something about that already?
– Poignant little moment: Nikki resting her head on Birkhoff.
Ryan: I’m telling you he’s off.
Nikita: That’s just nerd being nerd.
Agent: I am going to ask you one more time. Who are you?
Alex: My father was gunned down in front of me when I was 13 years old. I was sold into slavery but I lived. I came out a drug addict but I got clean. I’ve killed dangerous men and I’ve watched people I love die in my arms. You wanna know what I am? I’m a survivor. So you do me a favor and you turn up the music on your way out.
Birkhoff: Promise you’ll take your own advice and stop running. What you run from, you run into.
Nikita: You never cease to amaze me Nerd.
A sadly disappointing and poorly-executed hour of Nikita.