Nikita: Guardians

"Nikita, we don't have many friends left. "

I knew this would be sort of disappointing after last week's brilliance, so at least there weren't any high expectations for this one. It's a shame, though, because the same thing happened in the first season after "All The Way". Oh well, such is the wonderfully uneven world of television, I guess.

First off, I didn't really enjoy Owen in this one. I usually really enjoy the character, but he seemed much too jealous of Michael and Nikita in this one. While I would like to see the two together (as creepy as that may be), his behavior and various sneaky looks seemed forced.

Moreover, I did NOT enjoy Amanda being an idiot. Are we seriously expected to believe that the woman who has a bug and wire tap on every single person's phone didn't bother keeping an eye on Percy and allowed him to carry out his devious plans under her nose? Totally unacceptable and lazy writing.

Finally, I totally saw the reveal with Alex's mom coming. And honestly, I'm sick of such twists. Sure it was brilliant when Alias did it, but can't spy writers today come up with something more original? On the plus side, I remember finding Percy's narration pretty on-the-nose the first time, but I actually sort of enjoyed it on rewatch.

Bits & Bullets:

- Alex beating up thugs with a pool stick: pure awesomeness.

- Owen cooking breakfast for Nikita; adorable. I really do want them together (as creepy as that would be).

- So were Percy and Amanda ever in an (S&M) relationship? It sure sounds like it.

- Touching and beautifully played scene by Maggie Q as she confesses to Owen how people keep getting hurt around her.

- Enough with the flashbacks of Alex's dad. The whole hitting her head thing I could have done without. She's not supposed to be this inept and clumsy.

- Roan is Percy's mole. I think everybody saw that coming.

- Nikki and the Guardian's conversation in the prison bus was pretty intriguing, that is, until it was interrupted by a rocket launcher and Michael's return.

- If I hear "it's the right thing to do" one more time, I just might hang myself.

Nikki Notables:

Owen: (To Nikita) Speaking of which, where is your scruffier half?

Owen: (To Nikita) Division gave you a gift: when they gave you the ability to kill, they also gave you the ability to protect.

Ari: (To Owen) Single-celled organism. It's no wonder Percy assigned you to watch a box.

- Somewhat disappointing following last week's masterpiece, but still an entertaining hour.

3 out of 5 tofu scrambles.

Previously posted at Nad's Reviews.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nikki and Owen and the breakfast was a good moment. I liked it.

I don´t remember but what gave you the clue of Amanda and Percy and the S&M relationshio, Nadim? It has been a while I saw this epiosode.

I didn´t like the mother twist. Too much suddenly appearing family members to me and this was one was far to obvious. Again I hate how they handle the switch of languages in this show.

Anonymous said...

I liked this better than you, I guess.
I actually felt it was a very good episode with the return of Owen and the reveal of Alex´s mom.

Highlights:

- Owen cooking breakfast for Nikita
- Nikita telling Owen how she is tired and how everyone around her keeps getting hurt.