While most shows are on hiatus, The CW continues to roll out new episodes of “Nikita” with the latest being “The Recruit.” Two new Division trainees appeared on the scene, one of whom will serve a larger purpose on the show later on. Once again, Nikita makes it her business to interrupt another one of Percy’s missions, and as usual he was pissed. What else happened this week? Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Eagle Egilsson
  • Writer: Amanda Segel
  • Cast: : Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca Aaron Stanford, Tiffany Hines, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley, Aaron Stanford, Bug Hall

Episode Title: “The Recruit”

A young, naive, and too sweet for Division recruit named Sara gets sent out on a suicide mission. Alex catches wind of this and passes on the info to Nikita who luckily keeps Sara from becoming burnt toast after she discovers that the Division strapped a bomb to her clothes. There’s another recruit by the name of Robbie, who’s overeager desire to please lands him a job as a security guard as opposed to a field agent. The rejection and demeaning nature of his new position causes him to snap and he goes on a murderess rampage.

The Good:

  • Birkhoff: Once again, Birkhoff delivered the line of the week with his clever and comedic timing. When talking to Michael about Nikita’s death he said,  “She was one in a million. A force of nature like a one-woman Michael Bay movie only with good acting.”
  • How is Amanda so Heartless?: Are we sure that Percy should be the head of Division because each week Amanda proves how heartless and manipulative she can be. There’s no human element present in her body. The way that she was willing strap a vest laced with explosives to Sara without a second thought was terrifying.
  • Sara has a Son: In the beginning Sara was played up as a naive and sweet girl, who knew she was also a mother?! I didn’t see that coming. But then again, she was recruited by Division and none of the kids in that program have squeaky clean backgrounds.
  • Robbie’s the Next Owen aka Cleaner: Robbie’s going to be back. Instead of being canceled due to his meltdown, Division actually promoted him to a “Cleaner.” If you remember from the other week, Owen told Nikita that before he was a Guardian, that was his job. He went though the agency and killed people and their loved ones. Since Robbie’s gone coo-coo for cocoa puffs this is the perfect position for him.

The Bad:

  • Where did Sara and Robbie Come From?: I’m all for adding new stories and characters, but didn’t it seem like Sara and Robbie came out of nowhere? We’re supposed to assume that they’ve been at Division this entire time and that Alex cares about Sara so much even though this is the first time we’ve ever seen them talk to each other. It reminded me of that season of “Lost” where they just inserted Nikki and Paolo and pretended like they’d been on the island the whole time.
  • No Alex and Michael: We didn’t get any sweet interaction between Alex and Michael this week. They were both in their own worlds thinking about other people. Michael had his mind on Nikita, and Alex was trying to save Sara. It was a step back from the connection they made in the previous episode.


This week’s episode wasn’t as exciting as the last few. It focused on two characters who we don’t know or really care about. The only good thing to come out of their appearance was seeing a grown up Bug Hall, who played Robbie. Interesting side note: he starred as Alfalfa in the nineties remake of The Little Rascals.

Rating: 7/10

“Nikita” airs on The CW Thursdays at 9 PM

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