Rudy: "I've never seen a police station like this before."
So we had this exciting nuke-on-a-plane plot, but it got sidetracked by a maudlin sacrifice-an-innocent-pizza-guy plot. I know it was an attempt to show an utter innocent heartlessly sacrificed for Section -- Section bad, I get it -- but it was still lame. The moral of the story was, of course, that Nikita was right; Section's brutality almost cost them the game. The twist was Operations coming around to Nikita's point of view in the end, which was unexpected. I did kind of expect Rudy to bite it.
The terrorist plot gave me the shudders, especially when Michael theorized that they might not intend to land the plane. A little 9/11 prescience there, huh? This show really was ahead of its time; it would be almost too topical today.
My favorite Michael moment, and it was brief, was Michael in evening clothes. Why didn't they give Nikita something just as gorgeous? Her dress was sort of frumpy-sexy chic; the decolletage plunged down to her navel. Her hair was World War II. And were those fifties eyeglasses she was wearing?
The best part of this episode was Nikita finally getting acquainted with Birkoff:
Nikita: "How'd you get in the Section?"
Birkoff: "I killed my entire family."
(Pause for Nikita to look completely freaked out)
Birkoff: "I'm kidding. Just my sister."
Bits and pieces:
-- Was this the first time we saw Operations out of Section? "If I'm killed, implement the chain of command." What chain of command? Would Madeline be in charge?
-- I caught a glimpse of the Torture Geek Duo for the first time during Rudy's aborted execution.
-- We got a grittier-than-usual finger-amputating torture scene. Bleah.
-- Nearly everyone in Section wore black or dark colors. Nikita wore a bright blue shirt. So did Rudy, for that matter. (Again, illustrating that they didn't belong in Section.)
Michael: "He's a class one collateral in a defcom scenario. We incubate. You know the rules."
Ummm, English, Michael?
Operations: "The most difficult decision we have to make is the incidental disposal of innocents."
Nikita: "Good euphemism for murder."
This one just didn't work for me. One out of four stars,
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