Friday, Nikita airs on the CW during the second hour of prime time. The latest episode is "Innocence" and it is up at the CW for streaming.
This was a really great episode. Wade used to be a trainer for Division before Michael came on. A recruit of Wade's failed an assignment (killing a Pakistani official) and Wade lost it.
Now that (post-Percy's death) Nikita, Michael, Alex, Sean and the others are running Division they are under presidential orders to clean up the mess which means offering presidential pardons to those willing to lay down arms and arresting or killing those who won't. (I'm saying 'arrest,' kill may be the only option -- it's the only options that's been used so far.)
Wade's kidnapped Liza two years ago. She's a young girl who looks to be about 12 or 13. He gives her different names and trains her to finish the mission that failed -- Ryan figures that out.
Nikita bonds with Liza when they discover her in the basement of Wade's home. Liza's trained to escape with a trigger word ("Sara") and does. Alex talks to Liza's mother who think Alex looks like that Russian heiress that was thought dead all those years but was alive and found (that is Alex if you don't know the show's history) and she thinks about that story and believes/hopes her daughter will come back someday.
Realizing that the Pakistani official, now an ambassador to the US, is the target, they hurry to a youth meet-up he's overseeing. Nikita tries to talk Liza down and get her to drop the bomb trigger she's holding it works in the end because Nikita's not just mouthing words about Liza's family, she's holding the necklace that Liza's mother has (the mother and daughter have matching necklaces). As that happens, Liza tosses down her ear piece and Wade gets a buzzing in his ear from the feedback just as Michael shoots him dead.
That's the basic story.
I wanted to offer a few comments about the episode and the series.
1) Nikita and Michael are planning their wedding. I was told by two e-mailers that I didn't give that enough space last time. In the first episode, Michael gave Nikita a ring at the end and asked her to marry him. She said yes. This episode she and Alex went to a jewelry store to get it resized. The woman helping them told Nikita that she would get it resized over the years -- like when she was pregnant and her finger got bigger. This led to Alex and Nikita briefly talking about pregnancy (Nikita doesn't see having kids but isn't sure what Michael has hopes for) but may have been a tip off to the fact that Michael and Nikita haven't given much thought to what happens after I-do.
2) Sean. Not enough Sean. My daughter has a friend who comes over for playdates and brings her own Barbies. I meant to do a cell phone snap of this action figure she has. It's Max Steel. The little girl calls him Henry and has no idea who Max Steel is but the action figure looks just like Sean. I thought that was funny because my daughter said, "It's Sean" and her friend was saying "Henry" so I walked over to see if there was a problem and it does look just like Sean. But there's not enough Sean on the show. This may be because Alex and Sean's romance is developing and it might be hard for the show to juggle that and Nikita and Michael. I get that. But they can give Sean more scenes.
3) They especially need to do that because Ryan's getting on my last nerve. I'm sure many people are going to be wishing he'd died when we thought Percy killed him -- feeling that way before the season's over. I don't understand why he was put in charge to begin with. Division isn't analyzing info, they're doing missions. Nikita, Michael or Sean would have been the better choice.
But Ryan's turning bad. There was a look between Michael and Nikita where they seemed to be a little uncomfortable by him (he was wanting to kill Liza, the little girl). He's becoming Percy. He's shutting people out of the decision process, he's doing questionable things arguing that it's the only way, it's probably exactly how Percy started. By season's end, I bet you anything, his embrace of the dark side will be obvious.
4) It's past time for the return of Amanda. After Percy was eased out of control, Amanda took over Division. She was long a double agent for Russia. We haven't seen her since the last episode of last season but she's still out there and still mentioned.
5) Regardless of whether Amanda comes on next episode or later, the 'let's track down a rogue agent' each week is going to get old real quick. They're laying the ground work for the season right now, I know. And I believe it's Ryan goes to the dark side. But they need a larger storyline right now. If the next two episodes are both the same basic plot as the first two, I fear people are going to lose interest. I could be wrong. But that's what I think.
6) Nikita supposedly has lousy ratings this year. That talk was based on the only episode that aired. I can't believe it. (5) is probably an issue to me because I was reading about the supposed ratings yesterday. Maybe it wasn't a good idea to start the show so late in October? Maybe there needs to be more publicity for it? I'll try to find some sort of Nikita illustration to run on Thursdays in my post to note that the show airs Friday. And I'll keep blogging day after. I love the show. It's my favorite show on TV. And I'll do my part to get the word out. (I'm saying Supposed because the talk is largely coming from Entertainment Weekly and I saw various discussions online about how their rankings were wrong.)
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