What a showstopping performance by Lyndsy Fonseca. She's certainly proved herself as one of the most talented young stars around today and she was particularly mesmerizing in this one.
The Alex role is an especially complex one. Troubled and damaged, yet powerful and determined, there are just so many layers and dimensions to the character than Lyndsy taps into quite capably. Here, she more than cemented herself as a marvelous actress by epitomizing everything that makes the character so fascinating, all from inside a small dog-cage. It's truly an achievement.
However, that's not to say that the episode is perfect. While Vlad is certainly an adequate enough villain, his constantly gloating over a fallen Alex got a bit tiring and repetitive. Moreover, the character of Irina was much too annoying and cliche for my taste. I get everything that they were going for, I just think it could have been done in a more exciting manner.
I did, however, enjoy seeing Nikita and Michael working together, although he's still not as compelling as I'd like to him to be. And that ending was pretty darn epic (Nikita really knows how to do endings) with Amanda ready to help a high Alex with her withdrawal symptoms, but only if she answers her questions. It's just so deliciously haunting and exciting with Alex shivering in fear. Loved it.
Bits & Bullets:
- Lyndsy Fonseca looks beyond gorgeous in that purple dress.
- Alex in a cage is not a pretty sight.
- Vlad telling the story of Anastasia intercut with Alexandra's flashbacks was a nice touch.
- Insanely creative fight scene with Michael and Nikki in the sauna room with one of her hands on the explosive trigger. I swear, this show's awesomeness kills me sometimes.
- I enjoyed the eye-opening chat between Michael and Nikita over the Kassim issue.
- Loved Alex announcing herself all badass and shooting Vlad dead.
Bouncer: Let me guess. Model? Actress?
Amanda: Michael, please. With all the recruits who are drug addicts, I'm practically running a rehab clinic.
A solid hour of Nikita that succeeded in making a standout character even more compelling.
3.5 out of 5 purple dresses.
Previously posted at Nad's Reviews.