Nikita: Into the Dark

"It's one thing to face your sins; it's another to let them eat you alive."

After witnessing the brilliant highs of Nikita's second season, I'd forgotten just how impressive the show's debut season was as well. This was yet another solid offering from a production that's just very confident in its tone and complexities.

Episodes guest-starring Owen are always intriguing and this one was no different. He brings out a different side to Nikki and I just really love their dynamic. Plus there's the obvious romantic tension, which I doubt will ever be pursued due to the Daniel issue. Still, I'd like to see it happen eventually.

I was also impressed by Alex's storyline which was just as (if not more) exciting than Nikita's although she wasn't even in the field. Her mind games with Amanda were simply stellar and soaked with tension as our favorite villainess tried to break our little agent at every turn. I seriously can not praise these two enough as I just adore every time they're on screen together.

And finally the ending got me all teary-eyed with Owen finally apologizing to Nikita for killing Daniel. I love that her reaction was to hug him and forgive; it just made the scene all the more poetic and beautiful. They just really know how to do endings on Nikita.

Bits & Bullets:

- Owen interrupting Nikki and Michael's little romp. Genius. And I love that they made Maggie Q act out the whole scene in her underwear. I doubt she felt very comfortable on set that day.

- Chilling scene when Alex's interrogation of Jaden turns out to be Amanda's evil plot. I swear she's just terrifying. Also, the air-vent references were excellent continuity touches.

- Badass fight scene between Nikki, Owen and the Guardian. Loved how it ended with Owen dumping that relentless killing machine into the ice and shoving Nikki into a moving car. Simply brutal.

- Magnificent scene with Amanda putting Alex through the lie detector test who twists everything using half-truths. It's incredibly complex and beautifully played.

- Another awesome 3-way fight scene: Michael, Owen & Nikita. Seriously, show, stop blowing my mind.

Nikki Notables:

Owen: Make yourself at home.
Nikita: Is that what this is?

Owen: He's kinda scrawny.
Nikita: He's built where it counts.

Alex: You know what, Amanda, I'm getting really tired of your mind games. This isn't about me. It's about your frustration at not being able to solve me like a Rubik's cube.

"Into the Dark" is another solid addition to Nikita's impressive debut season.

3.5 out of 5 Guardian pills.

Previously posted at Nad's Reviews.

4 comments:

Sooze said...

Very clever and smart to use the "incomplete-truth" - and showing to the audience via the clips - in the interrogation (lie detector) scene. I appreciated that it all actually made sense, rather than the show conveniently twisting some things to let Alex get out of the situation.

Sooze said...

Oh, and I have caught up with you! However, I will fall behind again, as Netflix does not have season 2 available yet!!

ChrisB said...

I love the fact that both Shane/Michael and Maggie/Nikita have such great tattoos. Wish I were brave enough to get one...

Anonymous said...

Really awesome episode. I just love when Owen shows up and his chemistry with Nikita. Loved, loved the beginning.
The Alex storyline was also very impressive and Amanda is just golden.