Walter: "Calm down."
Nikita: "I've been calm long enough."
This was an odd episode with a lot of separate pieces that weren't very cohesive: Nikita vs. Operations, Michael and the Collective, Quinn undercover for Mr. Jones, Adam tacked on at the end.
Operations and Nikita, celebrity death match. It's high noon, and there's no room in Section for both of them. The struggle for power between them has been one of the highlights of season five for me. I loved his shock when she shot at him in Section. I also liked the sequences with Operations on his own, staggering through the woods. He managed to look both out of place and competent at coping with the situation at the same time.
Jones believes that Nikita is the Jesus Christ of Section. Is she really? Operations said that Nikita didn't have the stuff because she showed compassion; when it came right down to it, Nikita couldn't let Operations die. Was it his experience and knowledge that made her spare him? Operations assumed it was an emotional decision, but I'm not so sure. Maybe the savior analogy isn't that far off. Treating people humanely has its advantages. Maybe, if she were in charge, Nikita would remake Section into something much better.
Jones told Nikita, "I want you to take charge personally. If you find him alive, eliminate him." Yeah, that'll happen. Hasn't Jones been monitoring Nikita's progress for the last seven years? If he hasn't noticed in all that time how Nikita feels about Michael, he hasn't been paying attention.
No Michael in this episode, but at least they were talking about him all the time. And there was exoneration for him, which wasn't a surprise. Nikita is certain Michael wants to buy his way back into Section for Adam's sake. Makes sense to me.
I'm more than ready for Michael to come back now.
Bits and pieces:
-- Quinn got her turn in the chair, but not for long. I knew she was working for Center; all the cool people do these days. Can I call it?
-- If Michael can't find Adam, how on earth will the Collective? I'm still finding the Collective to be way too pedestrian to be frightening. They don't seem either interesting or flamboyant. Villains need to be one or the other.
-- Center doesn't do much for me, either. It's way too bland and futuristic. And the Mr. Jones hologram was a little too too.
-- Jones actually showed affection for Nikita. He kissed her cheek.
-- Operations called Jones "Philip."
-- Bad graphic when Operations' plane was hit the second time.
-- "Article Three" seems to be a death match situation. "Protocol Eight" appears to involve exploding something that will sacrifice personnel along with the enemy to cover the retreat of more important personnel.
-- Operations wears a Rolex. Of course he does.
-- Roy Dupuis directed this episode. He did fine. He appears to like interesting angles and long shots, occasionally from above.
Jones: "You really have faith in your power over him, don't you? How much power does he have over you?"
Operations: "Killing you would have sabotaged the mission."
Nikita: "I think you hate me enough to pay that price."
Jones: "Congratulations. It appears you're alive again."
Operations: "She doesn't have what it takes. This proves it."
This episode wasn't perfect, but there was a lot to like about it. Two out of four stars,
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