The first of ‘Nikita’s’ last six episodes set the stage for an appropriately heart-pounding farewell run.
Nikita returned for its final season Nov. 22, and The CW’s under-appreciated action saga has never been bigger, badder — or more bittersweet. Easily the most stressful hour of television in recent memory, the premiere picked up 100 days after the President’s ‘assassination,’ with Nikita (Maggie Q) referred to as “the most wanted woman in the world.” But did she take that as a cue to lay low, avoiding a federal shootout and a media frenzy? Please, you know Nikita better than that.
No, she went straight to Equinox News Network reporter Dale Gordon, the best-known journalist covering her story, and gave him a hell of an exclusive. Dressed as an inconspicuous (yet still oddly sexy) delivery man, Nikki actually managed to tell Dale most of the truth — something about blood, because Nikita is also apparently a scientist — before a tip from Amanda (Melinda Clarke) had ENN surrounded.
(Side note about Amanda: I forgot how much I love this character. After Amanda placed that “anonymous” phone call to the FBI, the camera cut to her filing her damn nails. You rarely see such a flawless combination of simple elegance and pure evil these days, and it’s impossible not to cherish her for that.)
Anyway, footage of Nikita holding up the entire ENN newsroom at gunpoint landed her all over the Twitters and the Facebooks, which seemed to suck at first — until it revealed a direct entry point for the cavalry! Michael (Shane West), Ryan (Noah Bean) and the sweetest of nerds (Aaron Stanford) were able to use the ENN employees’ smart phones to tap into the building and get Nikita to the roof.
And despite a few hiccups along the way — like Nikita being shot in the shoulder, crashing her SUV into a parked car and still managing to dodge the authorities — our girl made it through the premiere just fine. I mean, she’s back on the streets and looking more like her crack-head mugshot than ever, but compared to how this episode could have ended for her, I’m sticking with “fine.”
Slightly less fine? Nikita’s new buddy, Dale Gordon, who was blown up on live television. And guess which “wanted woman” they think planted it!
How Alexandra Udinov Got Her Groove Back
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) was stuck in traffic — human trafficking, that is. With Sonya (Lyndie Greenwood) providing a little remote assistance, Miz Udinov was shutting down operations left and right, but it wasn’t long before she fell a little too far down the rabbit hole.
While staking out a trade orchestrated by a corrupt American official, Alex was spotted, triggering (pun intended) a loud, bloody free-for-all. I’m actually not sure if I’ve ever seen such an intensely violent sequence on Nikita before. And I have to hand it to Alex; even after killing a handful of strangers, then examining the chips in their bodies while still covered in their blood, she still looked so pretty.
Owen (Devon Sawa) probably agrees that she looked pretty, but he was too busy holding up a gun to her head to really express such feelings. And yes, I called him Owen, because that is his name. He keeps telling everybody to call him Sam, but it’s just like, stop trying to make “Sam” happen. It’s not going to happen.
The ‘Mikita’ Of It All
I’d also like to take a moment to enjoy Michael and Nikita’s short-yet-sweet reunion during her escape. She may have left the engagement ring at the end of the finale, but come on, we all knew she didn’t stop loving him. As Nerd described during the premiere, when Nikita decided to bolt, she was “just being Nikki,” which is kind of like “just being Miley,” only you end up putting a lot more bullets in a lot more heads.
And he looked so crushed when she didn’t show up at the rendezvous point! I know the whole world wants Nikita dead right now, but I really would love for her to factor in some date time with her fiancé. She doesn’t think she can have it all — the big career and the perfect relationship — but she can!
HollywoodLifers, was Nikita‘s final premiere as stressful for you as it was for me? Drop a comment with your review of the episode below!
— Andy Swift