This was undoubtedly Nikita's weakest hour so far. I'm just really not a fan of standalone episodes in general (serialized television is where I get my fix), and this episode sidelined our core cast far too much for my liking.
I really wasn't invested in Sara's journey at all. While I appreciated the added dimension with her having a baby, I still wasn't affected by her ordeal. The same also applies to Robbie although he was a tad more interesting. It felt very much like the Nicci & Paulo episode from Lost with the writers introducing characters that we'd never seen before and expecting us to believe they were there the whole time.
Bits & Bullets:
- It's a small point but I'm consistently impressed by the fact that the show's previously voiceover changes with every episode (and with a new Maggie Q narration no less). That's quite the amazing commitment to detail.
- Another stunning attention to detail: Nikita making Alex read poetry in her flashback so she later use her voice in their secret chat-room. A weaker show would have never explained this satisfying detail.
- Superb action with Nikki making short work of Sara and the guards and then blowing up the van with the explosive vest.
- Sara is really annoying. Really enjoyed the various scenes of Nikita knocking her on her ass.
- I wish I cared more about Robbie because his snapping and turning on Division was pretty cool.
- Loved Alex saving the day and subduing Robbie.
- Awesome ending with Amanda walking out of the shadows and the reveal of Robbie still alive. Chilling bookend to an otherwise average hour.
Alex: It hurt. Getting close.
Nikita: I know. But if you felt nothing, you'd be one of them.
Amanda: I told you before Robbie, there are many different paths one can take in service of Division. Allow me to tell you about our Cleaner program.
- All in all, a sub-par hour that really faltered by diverging from Nikita's main story arc. It's an unfortunate blip in an otherwise stellar season.
2 out of 5 explosive vests.
Previously posted at Nad's Reviews.