Simply put, they turned Nikita into a victim, and that destroyed the episode. Nikita's actions do make a sad sort of sense, but I hated the direction it suggested. Instead of letting her family help, instead of fighting, she chose go off on her own again. That's like taking three huge steps backward on her emotional character arc. That's season one Nikita. Sure she's been through hell, but she has been there before. I just don't understand why they had her run away in tears. That's the kind of defeat that Amanda has been trying to make happen all season. So in essence Amanda won, and that grates on me to no end. I don't know about you, but that's not what I want to see in my hero.
Which brings me to my other big problem with this episode, Amanda survived it. Not only that, but she was all smug and patting herself on the back for her victory over Nikita. I was momentarily happy at the end, because the team all survived, and it felt like Amanda's plans were ultimately pointless. Nikita had managed to evade the secret service, escape, and showed up in time to save the day in the fight against the dirty thirty. She even blew up Division (which was perhaps the best moment in the series).
Why couldn't the plot have been: the team quickly foiling the stupid Amanda plot, tracing Nikita's implanted listening device back the source, staging an assault on the shop, and killing Amanda dead? Seriously, why couldn't we have had that? Because that would've wiped the slate clean for the final season... God forbid.
At least Ryan showed up for the final episode, and I liked that the group figured out Nikita was compromised. For me all the character interactions were pretty good (except for Nikita's, that is), but that's never really been the show's weakness.
I did like the twist about the President being alive. It means she can be saved by our group next season, but the entire plot doesn't make sense. If the Shop had an imposter in the White House, sitting in the big chair, why on earth did the Shop have her killed? The only possible reason I can think of is they have the VP in their pocket.
I also kept waiting for Owen/Sam to show up. If this was the end, we would've been left with him as Sam, ambiguous, pointless Sam. There was absolutely no pay off for the change to the character. I was hoping maybe he might show up in the last moment and kill Amanda or something, but no. He was totally dropped.
Alex's plan to become a public figure to fight human-trafficking while using her new influence to help clear Nikita's name was really awesome, and is a logical path for the character. I love the direction, and I really hope that's what they do with her next season.
I thought Michael lying about the Nano-virus being gone was perfectly in character, very much a redemption from the last episode. Although his death and resurrection was extremely cliché.
I like Amanda's Shop liaison, he seems like a good face for the Shop.
I guess I made it sound like I hated this episode, and in truth I did hate parts of it. If they hadn't done that final moment, then maybe this would've been a good finale. Still, it wasn't all bad. I do have hope for next season.
2 1/2 out of 4 Duplicates of the President of the United States.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.