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'Nikita' Recap: 'Wrath' Claims A Significant Character

April 21st, 2012 12:10am EDT
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This week's Nikita takes us to Norway, where Percy and Roan are visiting a CIA "black site" in order to visit one nasty prisoner: Nicholas Brandt (Rick Ravanello). After having Nikita capture Brandt five years earlier, Percy is ready to set him free and sic him on her now. Yes, it's another case of history coming back into the present - the theme that's run through the entire second season.

After the last revelatory episode, everyone thinks it's going to be smooth sailing, but if it was, that would be a terribly uninteresting show. "It's like you guys need some kind of life and d...
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'Nikita' Recap: Amanda and Ari Make A Play For 'Power'

March 31st, 2012 12:04am EDT
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Last week, Nikita finally bumped off the much-maligned Sergei Semak, so it's no surprise that this week, Amanda and Ari (Peter Outerbridge) move to fill the void.

Action begins outside a DARPA research facility, where an unfortunate staffer ends up shot dead after swiping a nasty-looking device for an enigmatic woman. Michael explains to Birkhoff (and the audience) that the device synthesizes a rare isotope and allegedly "represents the future of clean energy." Nikita recognizes the shooter as a Division agent. It's up to the team to find her and retrieve the device.

Michael and N...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Arising' Brings A Death And Two Departures

March 24th, 2012 12:05am EDT
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This week's Nikita marks the third appearance of my least favorite character: foreign dignitary/Michael's baby mama/MI6 agent/Gogol mole Cassandra (Helena Mattsson). Unlike the first two, though, this one's pretty good.

The episode opens in London, where Cassandra is meeting Ari (Peter Outerbridge). He's handing her a new assignment that seems to momentarily throw her. Alex clues Michael and Nikita into the fact that Cassandra is a mole, causing Michael to blow a gasket. He breaks stuff and then decides to get his son back. (Wouldn't Shane West be awesome if he was in a movie like...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Doublecross' (2.16)

March 17th, 2012 12:05am EDT
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After a month of reruns, we finally get three new episodes of Nikita. This one's packed full of action, if not necessarily big surprises, although there is one unpleasant one in the final minutes.

Division has seen four agents killed in three days, which has made Amanda very unhappy, and the lower-level agents disgruntled. Michael and Birkhoff bring this information to Nikita, with Michael insistent that the targeted agents were members of a task force Percy had him assemble to deal with Gogol. "Not again with the rescuing and the saving of the enemy!" Birkhoff protests, but Nikita ...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Origin' (2.15)

February 18th, 2012 12:12am EST
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Picking up where last week's episode left off, we further probe Nikita's backstory and that of Division in this week's Nikita. There's a lot going on in both past and present...

We start in 1998, when Division is just an old missile silo with Percy giving Carla (Erica Gimpel) a tour of the place like a bad realtor. Yet we're only there for about thirty seconds before we go back to the present day, where Nikita tells Carla "I only survived because of my memories of you. And now all of my memories are a lie." Ouch. Carla says that Division was a good idea until Amanda "corrupted" it.
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'Nikita' Recap: 'London Calling' (2.08)

November 12th, 2011 12:12am EST
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In this week's Nikita, Michael heads to London to see Cassandra and Max - and unsurprisingly, the trip ends up being anything but a pleasant father and child reunion. It's painful for everyone, including the audience.

In the most awkward and yet least dramatic teaser in the history of this series, Cassandra (Helena Mattsson)'s got a new man in her life, which makes Michael wonder who's hanging around his kid, and she has to be pleaded with to let him see Max at all. Surprisingly, Michael isn't angry with her, but he's certainly ticked off with the two guys that have been following ...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Looking Glass' (2.05)

October 22nd, 2011 4:30pm EDT
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This week's Nikita is a high and a low. Shane West can still turn in a performance like nobody's business - even if it's in another formulaic episode filled with plot concerns.

Apparently Michael shares my affinity for pina coladas. I approve. But wait, who's this blonde woman he's with? That's Cassandra Ovechkin (Helena Mattsson). Relax, kids - this was six years ago. And she's the First Lady of Belarus, and up until two seconds ago she thought that he was a cultural attache named Jonathan she was bedding, not an agent there to kill her husband.

While Michael's operation succee...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Partners' (2.04)

October 15th, 2011 12:09am EDT
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This week's Nikita continues to dig up the past - but this week it has a specific name and a face, and a whole lot of festering anger.

We're in Turkey this week, and Kelly (Katheryn Winnick) is trying to make a quick escape. When that doesn't go as planned, she starts shooting and steals a getaway van. Yay for generic white vans.

This big, loud escape brings her to the attention of Amanda at Division, who decides to send a cleaning team - and Alex, because Kelly happens to be Nikita's former partner, presumed killed in action on the operation during which Nikita escaped Division. ...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Knightfall' (2.03)

October 8th, 2011 12:03am EDT
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As a disabled person, I was pretty happy that we were represented in this week's Nikita. Unfortunately, the handicapped dude's a villain. Tough break - but regardless, "Knightfall" is still a pretty good episode.

In Quebec City, a mysterious figure on a motorcycle assassinates the Energy Minister. He's not mysterious for long: his name is Ramon (Simon Kassianides from the last James Bond film, Quantum of Solace), and his face is familiar to Michael and Nikita. She captured him six years ago, and now they find out that Division's decided to keep him on the payroll instead. Needless t...
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'Nikita' 2.01 'Game Change' Recap and Review

September 24th, 2011 12:11am EDT
Nikita
Nikita is back, and I've got a boatload of questions. What does the show's future look like after those drastic changes in the first season finale? Will it continue to break the stereotype we expect when we hear the phrase "The CW"? Can I make a Standoff reference somewhere in here?

Maybe, possibly, and I just did.

Ominous music swells as Nikita walks into a dimly lit store and asks for haggis, which turns out to be the password that gets her into an underground casino. Looking fabulous as ever, she throws a lucky seven for a guy who flirts with her. She tells him that she and her b...
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