Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What I’m Watching: Nikita (Season Finale)

Nikita: Season 2, Episode 23 “Homecoming” (B+)

Talk about a season ender. If things were changed dramatically in last year’s finale, that’s doubly true here as the whole structure is transformed with a monumental takedown of Division and the way it operates. Michael and Nikita communicating over Division’s walkie-talkies knowing that they were listening were just the first sign that they had the upper hand, and things looked iffy when Percy told all of Division that they had been lied to, inviting them to his office to kill him and forcing Nikita to be his bodyguard. Upon their exit from the facility, I did not expect her to let go of his arm and let him fall to his death. It was a grand death for a grand villain, and easily the show’s best character. Roan getting electrocuted after breaking Alex’s arm and nearly beheading Sean was a fitting goodbye for another intimidating and formidable bad guy. Building a nuclear generator under the White House is just as stupid an idea as having tunnels for the Chinese to go into on “24,” and these fictional governments really need to rethink how they prepare themselves for attack. Rebooting Division with Ryan in command and Nikita as an ally should prove extremely interesting, and I like how the almost forgotten Amanda was immediately referenced in Estonia as she plots her way back to power. This feels very much like an “Alias” twist, and I’m hopeful that it will prove positive for the show. Alex’s reactions to Sean asking her out were hilarious, and Birkhoff was bold to plant a big kiss on Sonya, declaring “Division’s dead, baby!” This season was hardly consistent but usually exciting, and I’m hopeful that the surprise season three renewal will allow this show to really turn itself around when it returns on Friday nights at 9pm in the fall.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Xander Berkeley as Percy

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