Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What I'm Watching: Nikita

Nikita: Season 1, Episode 6 “Resistance” (C)

I'm increasingly less impressed with the operating procedures of Division as Percy and Michael continue to chew students (and each other) out in front of the rest of the group, paying no mind to keeping their strategies secret. While observing Alex's interrogation, Michael couldn't be any trumore obvious about his liberal leanings and his objections to the way that Division operates. How Percy could be so blind to his blatant expressions of compassion and conscience is appalling to me. That staged interrogation was ridiculous enough itself, and having the bigwigs watch it was simply silly. Melinda Clarke and Xander Berkeley specialize in chewing scenery, which is all good and fine, but sometimes it's way too much to bear (and an unfortunate reminder that this show hasn't yet been able to outperform its expectations based on the network on which it airs). Percy's saying “Shhh... I want to watch this” was one of the episode's more preposterous moments. I also did not comprehend Nikita's obsession with veggie shakes in this episode. The first time, the metaphor worked well when she was noting that she didn't have a piece of meat to throw at her captive, but from there, it just went downhill and quickly became incredibly annoying. Speaking of Nikita's potential ally (and I'd rather they didn't speak, since the dialogue is truly horrendous), this additional complication of him being the cleaner who killed her beloved is an unnecessary twist, especially since they're now both working for the same thing without aiding each other, which should prove frustrating, if nothing else.

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