Amanda: "Oh, I fired my shot weeks ago. It's just reaching you now."
Well, this was a frustrating episode. I must've rolled my eyes at least half a dozen times.
So Division goes under, and suddenly our group of super spies becomes inept and whiny?
The scene at the beginning with the car trap made absolutely no sense. Why on earth would Nikita willingly put herself in a situation where she had no viable escape? Car-bombs are kind of the bread and butter of spy shows, the fact that it was remote controlled was kind of irrelevant. Sure, she might have trusted the man she was contacting, but wasn't it just a touch suspicious that he asked to met remotely instead of in person? Even if it wasn't odd to do a remote meet, they could've used cell-phones. They are spies, after all. They have to have pretty insane encryption.
So Amanda's big plan was to have Nikita kill the president? That's shockingly unoriginal. Sure, Amanda said she doesn't care about the President, hat she just wants to give Nikita one final lesson, yada yada yada. Honestly, I'm tired of Amanda's prattling on about Nikita's need to atone for her sins. The mutual obsession thing has become way overplayed. Although I do like the hero's dilemma Amanda's forced on Nikita. Which is the lesser of two evils, kill the President or let Michael die? Kind of horrible either way. The thing is, I hope the writers don't actually go that far. I want the team to foil Amanda's plan. I want them to kill Amanda seven or eight times so that her nine lives are fully exhausted.
The thing that really bugs me about the situation is, why didn't Nikita tell the group? There are about a hundred non-verbal ways of communicating, especially once she got back to Division. Also, why didn't they all immediately test their own blood when they found out about the nano-toxin? My first reaction to it was; well Amanda's been in physical contact range with all of us at one point or another, has she dosed me? Sure, I'm the paranoid type, but wouldn't they be, too?
Which leads me to Michael and his kind of against character complaints about Nikita's motivations and intentions. He knows her, he loves her, he understands her better than anyone else. It is just poor writing to have him behave like this. Sure, I can see him wanting to get away, to be done. I just don't believe that he would be so selfish about it. Arguing about semantics, bitching about how it's always one more mission when he's just as bad. That's why they work as a couple, they are always fighting the good fight, together. This false crack in the foundation of their relationship feels forced.
That being said, I didn't entirely hate this episode. I loved that Nikita and Alex are on good terms again. I loved the Sonja and Birkoff moment, and the Sonja and Alex conversation. Giving Alex a new sense of purpose was really awesome. I thought Maggie Q did a really nice job conveying the emotional breakdown when faced with the impossible choice she was given. Still that was it, that's all I liked in this one.
Finally, we have the Shop, which seems to be this super evil, but super secretive global organization that does boogeyman-like experiments. Of course, Amanda fits right in. They seem like a decent villain for next season, they're big and nasty and their motives and goals are obscured very well. I'm just kind of ambivalent towards them right now, especially with Amanda as their face woman.
A biological nanobot killchip... ick. Red means bad, blue means good. Why do villains always dye their evil liquids in red and blue? Also, why was the ratio between bad stuff and the anti-bad stuff 3:1? Shouldn't it have been evenly spaced? Two red doses and two blue doses? Of course if there was a second dose we wouldn't have a heartbreaking dilemma. Damn those plot-convenient villains, always thinking fifteen steps ahead; "We'll create just one antidote so the heroes will have to make a fateful choice!"
I liked the Nobel prize winner. She seemed like a good role-model for Alex. It gave us a glimpse at the life Alex should be leading. Alex could be such a powerful force for good, and she's finally starting to see that potential in herself.
No Ryan or Owen (Sam). This close to the end, that's surprising.
So why would an assassin wear a pair of very distinctive glasses? First rule of blending in, don't wear something that draws attention.
Okay, I'll give Amanda some credit, the hand thing was a nice pay off for that rather bizarre subplot. Putting Michael in the cross-hairs puts our heroine front and center for the finale.
So I didn't like this one, eh, doesn't mean the show is slipping. Sure, I think Amanda has lived just a few episodes too long, but I can understand wanting to end her in a finale, though. That is, if they do end her in the next episode. Three seasons is too long for one big bad, no matter how good they are. It was better with Ari around, it was much better with Percy around. Now that Division is gone, she should be, too.
2 out of 4 Really ugly glasses that make you stand out in a crowd.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.