Just when you think you have a show figured out, it goes on and introduces yet another enigma that more than flips the show over on its head in some utterly fascinating ways.
One thing I'm loving about Nikita the past few episodes is the captivating web of shifting allegiances between the cast. It seems like every episode the chess board gets scrambled and different characters start mixing together. As a viewer, you seriously need a scoreboard to keep track of who's loyal to who and who's double-crossing who. But of course, that's part of the fun.
But on to the episode's biggest twist: who would have guessed that the hobo that began this episode would end up being the centerpiece of the show's vast mythology? The introduction of Carla Bennett is much more compelling than I remember, and I loved the fantastic reveal that she was the one who created Division. She's a real enigma, and I'm really looking forward to discovering more about her past. Moreover, Erica Gimpel is such an engaging presence and I loved her various flashbacks with Nikita. Maggie Q was, of course, superb as always, particularly during the sequence that showed us the original cop shooting in the halfway house.
Bits & Bullets:
- Percy calling 911 just before murdering the detective was so wonderfully sinister.
- Michael got a haircut! Hallelujah!
- Loved the opening sparring scene between Nikita and Michael.
- Percy's phone call to Nikki was utterly haunting. He's more hell-bent than ever before on hurting her.
- Awesome twist with Amanda wanting Carla dead (even more-so than Percy).
- Carla touching Roan's face was so very creepy. But it definitely has me curious.
- Amanda telling Alex she'll always be with her was wonderfully creepy and motherly.
Percy: (To Nikita) I'm seeing the appeal of being on the rogue, on the run. It's exciting.
Nikita: (To Percy) Bring it on. All the people I love carry guns.
Percy: (To Nikita) You wanted Daddy's attention, you got it.
Michael: If it's one thing I know, the truth can set you free.
Nikita: Or put you in a whole new prison.
- Compelling and full or surprises, "Rogue" is another impressive hour of Nikita.
3.5 out of 5 standing kill-orders.
Previously posted at Nad's Reviews.