Monday, April 11, 2011

What I’m Watching: Nikita

Nikita: Season 1, Episode 17 “Covenants” (C-)

This episode doesn’t do anything for me, utilizing something which should have been incredibly intriguing and abusing it entirely for at least this entire episode. What comes next may prove to be much more interesting, but for the moment, this episode was a waste of time. We were treated to shots of Nikita wowing us with her incredible abilities in the first episode of the series, and to spend so much time emphasizing just how impressive a force to be reckoned with she is unnecessary. I’m also rather surprised to learn that one person on his or her own is single-handedly capable sabotaging up a shipment for al-Qaeda, and by that I mean that I don’t buy the incorporation of the real-life terrorist group into the plot for one second. The revelation that the big bad guy is actually a Division agent who has been working for Percy all along is a bit of a whopper, and I’d love for Michael to pick up the pace and actually do something about it. Maybe it’s because this show has been off the air for over a month, but it feels like things are stalling. That’s definitely true for Alex, who was told to break off ties with her boyfriend but instead can’t resist his allure and decides that running off with him might be a smart idea based on the size of his hotel room. She seems to be setting herself up for obvious heartbreak, mostly because her beau adds nothing to the show, and this series is setting itself up for major predictability.

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