In this week’s episode of “Nikita” entitled “Rough Trade,” we finally got a peek into Nikita’s past. They don’t show her cracked out in an alley anywhere but she’s younger and not as sharp as she is today. Michael learned that Percy’s been keeping secrets from him, while Amanda figured out that Alex has one of her own.

Check out the review…

The Players:

  • Director: Nick Copus
  • Writer: Carlos Coto
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca Aaron Stanford, Tiffany Hines, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley, Aaron Stanford, Sebastien Roberts

Episode Title: ” Rough Trade”

Nikita delves into her past when she posed as a nanny for an influential government official and decides to right the wrong of his death. During the mission, Michael comes to Nikita’s rescue and begins to doubt Percy’s motives. Back at Division, while undergoing basic training, Alex suffers from a panic attack which prompts Amanda to break her of claustrophobia.

The Good:

  • Nikita’s Backstory: Finally, the show decided to delve into Nikita’s past and show her in her early days. I liked seeing her train and work on her first mission. We got to see her unsure of herself and rough around the edges. She was relatable and not yet a spy legend.
  • Alex is a Good Liar: Her parents were shot and killed but she gave Amanda some fake story about how they died in a car accident, while managing to lower her heart rate, and free herself from a electronic straight jacket. ‘Nuff said.
  • Birkhoff has the line of the Week: Aaron Stanford is great in his role and he always delivers some clever lines. My favorite this week was, “Man, Nikki’s all hardcore about this, huh? It’s kind of crazy how she’s going back to her greatest hits — no pun.”
  • Victor’s Alive: The murder that’s haunted Nikita all these years turned out to be a sham. She’s been living with unnecessary guilt all because Percy and Victor came up with a scheme to fake his death, so he could delve deeper into the Triad.
  • Russell Wong: Speaking of Victor, can we give props to Russell Wong? Where has he been for the past decade. He was an up and coming action star in the early nineties with his Vanishing Son series. I loved that guy. It was so good to see him in something again. He’s still got it!

The So-So:

  • Amanda is a Cold, Hearted Snake: Melinda Clarke’s portrayal of Amanda is pitch perfect but the character is creepy. The way she can see into people’s souls and talk so calmly about the most trivial things is unnerving. She has a “I’ve seen it all” type of attitude,” which makes me wonder what can actually push her buttons?

The Bad:

  • Michael Doesn’t Know Squat: Even though Michael has a certain level of access with his job, they’re starting to show that he’s not in the loop as much as we thought. He doesn’t ask questions because of some unwavering loyalty to Percy, who apparently saved his life years ago. He had to find out from Nikita that Victor faked his death with Percy’s help, which explains why Michael came back to save her at the end.
  • Still Not Buying Xander Berkeley as Percy: Still not a fan of Xander Berkeley as the all evil, all knowing Percy. This man is not intimidating at all and doesn’t have the presence to strike fear into viewers the way the character should. If they cast someone like Michael Emerson from “Lost” I’d be shaking in my boots but that’s not the case.

Overall:

Last night’s episode was pretty good. They actually focused on the title character and made Alex’s involvement less prominent. There was some character development showcased for several people including Michael, who we don’t know much about. Now, if only they’d give Jaden some type of backstory.

Rating: 9/10

“Nikita” airs Thursdays at 9PM on The CW

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