Cyrus: "I knew coming back here would bite me in the ass."
This felt like a bridge episode. Not that there is anything especially wrong with that. In fact. I did rather enjoy this episode. It just felt a little hollow, even though a ton of stuff happened in it.
Maybe there was this strange disconnect for me because it felt like a mission of the week. We had Nikita, Alex and Michael going out on a last ditch effort to retrieve the black box, and things go horribly awry, thanks to Amanda's manipulations. Is it just me, or have I watched this episode before?
Basically, Percy's legacy is finally over. The final black box is destroyed (assuming Amanda didn't somehow make a copy of it), Division is completely dead, and our group is finally free. That's a lot of stuff. I don't think they'll ever be able to settle down, especially when so much nastiness is spread throughout the world. Especially Nikita, who will never quit. I think she and Michael are not on the road to happiness, because he's ready to go, and she won't stop until her mission is complete.
The thing is, all these characters are in major need of some downtime. All of them are traumatized in some way, or messed with by Amanda, or seriously injured, or otherwise drained from the sheer chaos of recent events. These are not spies at the top of their game. I think Mikey and Birkoff are right, they should really make a run for it. At least now they won't have the combined forces of the United States military and clandestine operations after them, too.
Of course that would be the end of the show. It would be like saying hey, we can't possibly set everything right so we're gonna go to some tropical island and just exist for the next sixty years as a reward for all the crap we've been through. Except of course, there's Amanda, who will never let them be, who is now in league with The Shop (how utterly un-menacing that sounds) and their nasty technology.
It was very fitting for Owen/Sam to destroy the box, and it gave me some hope that maybe Owen isn't completely gone. Or perhaps he has the hots for Alex, and it was her pleading with him that got through his self-serving exterior. I hope so, because I don't like the idea of Owen/Sam as a bad guy. There were several moments where he seemed like our Owen, poor gullible Owen, wait... he did walk away with 300 million dollars. So maybe he's not so poor, but he still is gullible.
At least Alex's money is still intact, I bet she will fund the group so they can reform into whatever they are going to be.
Love Cyrus, I'm so glad he came back. I still laugh every time I see him, though. Those Old Spice commercials he did were consistently hilarious.
I did like the interview scene with the flash to the first episode, although not so much with the pay off for that scene (even though Nikita's lines were awesome).
If this wasn't Nikita, I swear this episode was trying for a deadpan version of some kind of farce, with one little conflict after another leaving Michael and Nikita in continually awkward and random situations.
I groaned when Amanda pulled the 'you can't kill me' card again, and Sam bought it. The writer's love Amanda far too much, I think. Any self-respecting spy would've killed her a long time ago (since every character has had at least one chance to end her).
There were some great character moments, like I said before, like Ryan standing off the Seal guy with the detonator to the pillars holding up Division, and Sonia hitting the gas to mask their escape, and Alex playing the Turkish intelligence guy like a harp. It's nice to see all the characters acting like themselves for once.
Ryan: "How could I not see this?"
Birkhoff: "Well, you did just wake up from a coma."
Michael: "Who is he?"
Nikita: "I don't know."
Michael: "Who's his brother?"
Nikita: "No idea, sure he deserved it."
Nikita: "If all anyone ever saw were the things I did for Division, they'd think I was a monster. If we can't believe that people change then, everything we're fighting for is meaningless."
Not a bad episode by a long shot, but not as good as I would've liked this close to the end. There were some good character moments, and the story made sense in the long term since it progressed the plot to a good and logical point launching point for the last couple of episodes. I guess I'm just slightly disappointed that the MacGuffin (the black box) we've been following for three seasons was destroyed in a semi-lackluster episode.
2 1/2 out of 4 Destroyed black boxes.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.