Nikita: Shadow Walker

"Bullet, I can handle. Suit and the blouse, we're gonna have to talk about later."

The second half of the show's second season has been firing on all cylinders, and this episode was no exception. It was utterly superb in addition to being the single funniest episode Nikita's ever done.

There was just a real sense of fun throughout, particularly with Alex, who was a hilarious member of the spy family this week. It's a true accomplishment, really, that a show as frequently intense as Nikita can produce such as an endearing and amusing hour. And yet that's exactly what the show has done. Color me impressed.

While this was undoubtedly Birkhoff's episode, Alex got some wonderful material to work with as well in "Shadow Walker". I especially loved her scene with Michael in the car as she professed how dedicated she is to their "fight" and her worries over finding love. It's been a while since these two got together and talked, and I really adored it. There's a wonderful sibling dynamic between them and I really applaud the writers for not making it any more than that.

As for Birkoff, I really can't believe just how far the character has come since the show's inception. He started out as an irritating cardboard character behind a desktop in Division, and slowly evolved into a multifaceted and integral member of the cast. The writers have crafted a subtle and nuanced relationship between him and Nikita which was further exemplified during this episode. It was great to see her express just how much he means to her, as their dynamic has brought a lighter side to the Nikki character in the process.

Speaking of Nikita, my god what a beautifully perfect ending to the episode. It was so simple yet spoke volumes as to how loving and protective of each other our awesome Spy Family have become. In fact, if this was the final scene in the show's series finale, I wouldn't be more pleased. Sure, there's a lot of plot stuff that hasn't been resolved yet, but on an emotional level, I adored Alex giving Birkoff the cheque as they got ready for dinner and Nikita watched on. Simply perfect.

Bits & Bullets: 

- Alex sure looked beautiful during that opening bank heist.

- Loved the little touch of comedy as Birkhoff snatched the briefcase from Nikki.

- Shane West has really grown as an actor. I used to find him useless. Truly impressive.

- Epic action scene as Birkhoff gets Nikita shot and Alex brings out the shotgun.

- Nikita & Birkhoff's verbal knockdown was unexpected yet very well done.

- Alex saying "Roan drives like a little old lady" was pretty damn priceless. Actually, Alex was priceless the entire hour as the Spy Family's new tech-geek.

- Brilliantly brutal fight scene in the police station as Nikita breaks the guy's hand and then gets smashed around like a rag doll.

- 2 episodes without Amanda: unacceptable. But unlike last week, I didn't even notice until the episode had ended.

Nikki Notables:

Nikita: You know if this whole "saving the world from evil masterminds" thing doesn't work out, I think we have a real future in armed robbery.
Michael: Does that mean we can rob a bank with actual money next time?
Nikita: You can be Robin Hood. I'll take the money and give it to the poor.
Michael: Okay, for the record, I'm never wearing tights.
Nikita: Then I'm not doing it.
Michael: Fine. I'll wear tights.

Nikita: Birkhoff, come on, haven't you always wanted to bankroll the revolution?

Alex: Three trucks? Did Percy convert his millions to ones and fives?

Alex: See, I told you it was a thing!
Michael: I guess Birkoff saw the same movie.

- Frequently witty and across-the-board exciting, this was one of Nikita's most memorable episodes.

4 out of 5 briefcases.

Previously posted at Nad's Reviews.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a great episode although it was so light compared to others.

Cute "family" moments and great interaction between our beloved characters. I agree with everything you wrote, Nadim.

ChrisB said...

I loved the character beats in this one. Our four main characters have truly formed a family and we got to see all the various incarnations of that this week, not just the sisters or the romance.

I really enjoyed the moments with Michael and Alex. As you say, they were very fraternal but sweet. And, the relationship between Nikita and Birkhoff went to a whole other level, as so often happens after a big fight.

Anonymous said...

There was a wonderfully small cameo by a LFN actor in this episode. It was nice to see Mr. Roto again, even if it was only for a few minutes. He played Ian in this episode.

Anonymous said...

Loved the episode. The action was very well-done but in here, the characters won me over. The talk between Alex and Michael and the relationship between Nikki and Birkoff just became stronger and I love the family they created.