It’s evaluation day at Division and Alex is tasked with interrogating a terrorist who has recently been brought in by the higher ups.
But things take an unexpected turn when the prisoner gives Alex the scare of her life. But that’s only the beginning of the worst day of her spy career when the convoy she’s in is attacked and she’s taken hostage. Now she’s all alone, or so she thinks.
At the same time, Nikita is trying to convince Owen that she’s on his side. But the waters will only become rippled with waves of emotion when Owen drops a bomb shell on Nikita of the worst kind.
We also get to see more of the history that led to Alex’s ultimate infiltration of Division.
What worked: This was by far the best episode of the the series. In what began as a slow burn 6/10 episode with some pretty cool scenes, turned into a 10/10 ass kicking, amazing acting, bitchin writing, all around awesome fest.
Surprise, surprise, the best stuff came from Alex of course. From the very beginning during her “interrogation” test, I knew something was fishy, but then when she was “abducted,” I was on the edge of my seat from that moment on. Let me say this, Lyndsy Fonseca plays an awesome electrocuted spy.
But on a serious note, I was on board with everything going on with Alex. Her emotions during the electro-torture felt real and really served to help suck me into the world of Nikita. This is the kind of thriller acting I expect in a Bond or Bourne move, not on a weekly spy/action series on The CW. As far as I’m concerned, Lyndsy Fonseca is one of the top actresses working today.
Then the show took a turn for some amazing action when Alex took out the “guard” point blank. The little touches like her yelp when she shot the guard just made the scene feel that much more real. And despite having crappy audio while watching the episode through my computer speakers in my dorm room on my 15″ HDTV, her emotions and pain came through loud and clear.
As for the title character, I liked what happened with Nikita. Like Alex, her emotions were tense a truthful. Especially when she finds out that the man she saved, is also the man that killed the one she loved. I feel like the difference between Nikita and Alex is that Alex is a very much in your face character, where as Nikita is a slow burn mystery. While I don’t think her story line is nearly as compelling as Alex’s, Nikita still has some tricks up her sleeve.
I did like the flashbacks between Alex and Nikita. While I still stand by statement that Nikita is pseudo-brainwashing Alex so she can use her as a mole to infiltrate Division, I felt that the flashbacks helped provide an even higher level of depth to the relationship of the two characters.
But perhaps the biggest development came from neither Nikita or Alex. It actually came from Owen. Originally I was all for Nikita having a partner she’ll get to work with on the outside, but now she’s going to have someone working with/against her to achieve the same goal. As long as the writers haven’t written themselves into a corner, I’m all for it.
On the writing as a whole, I was kept guessing the whole time. And just when I thought I had it all figured out, BANG! Everything changed. Here’s the thing, I’ve seen The Recruit, I knew as soon as Alex was “captured” that it was all a fake out. But that’s where my suspicion ended. When that “guard” got shot, I really thought he was dead. It takes a special kind of writer to pull one over on my like that.
On a technical front, this episode was top notch. The action scenes between Alex and the “guard” were supreme and of the highest quality. This episode in particular I think served as the final nail in the mansion of complexity that is Nikita’s “look.” In its most simplistic definition, grim with a hint of badassery is the way I would put it.
What didn’t: Nothing, this episode was the medium at its finest. I don’t expect any future episode of Nikita to top this one any time soon.
Final thoughts: The best episode of the series thus far.
Episode: “Resistance” (Season 1, Episode 6)
Airs: CW, Thursdays, 9pm
What’s next: Unknown
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