This week’s episode of “Nikita” was called “Phoenix” and it featured our favorite rogue agent running interference between a Senator and a black ops group called Gogol. There’s a new team of assassins and corrupt agents in town and their run by a guy named Ari, a slightly younger and cooler version of Percy. What happens when both their missions intersect and Nikita gets stuck in the middle? Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: David Barrett
  • Writer: James Barnes
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca Aaron Stanford, Tiffany Hines, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley, Ashton Holmes

Episode Title: “Phoenix”

A government intern named Anna is killed by Division at the request of a Senator who’s trying to cover up his infidelities with the young woman. Thom has made the leap from trainee to agent, and the intern was his first target who he successfully eliminated. Nikita discovers that Anna was really an agent working undercover for a company called Gogol. It was her job to infiltrate and seduce Senator Kerrigan and when she was about to blow the lid on his corruption before she was killed. Before coming to this conclusion Nikita runs into Russian agents from Gogol including their leader Ari, who injects her with a dangerous chemical that will liquefy the lining of her stomach in 12 hours. On Ari’s orders, she has to kidnap Senator Kerrigan and kidnap him, if she ever wants to get the antidote.

The Good:

  • Percy’s Sidekick: Does that assassin with the black rimmed glasses have a name? He’s always with Percy when he’s out in the field and even though he hasn’t defeated Nikita, he’s highly efficient. He calmly wheeled out a dead body right in front of the police and was cool as a cucumber. He’s like the male version of Amanda. He has no soul.
  • Old School Fighting: The fight scene that took place between Nikita and Anna’s “parents” was reminiscent of an old fashioned eighties action movie brawl. It was in a house where furniture got broken, someone was thrown through a table, a door, and at some point a vacuum attachment was used as a weapon. Who knew?
  • Ari/Gogol: We’ve got a new threat. There’s another company just as corrupt as Division called Gogol and they want to take their place. One of their leaders is a man named Ari who looks like a great foil to Percy. He’s charismatic, he’s overconfident, and he’s fearless. I want to see those two go head to head.

The So-So:

  • Dirty Politics: This is the second show this week that we’ve seen that centers on Congress and the need to get a bill approved. We get that the midterm elections were on Tuesday but now that they’re over stop attacking us with political motivations. The only reason Percy’s ultimatum to Kerrigan regarding The Senate didn’t bother me completely was because it made sense for the character. Percy is all about power and what works for him.

The Bad:

  • Nitpick the Pets: At the end of the episode, Yoshi, Anna’s dog ended up staying with her ex-boyfriend the bartender. The dog ran behind the counter and into his arms. I love dogs but that was gross. Isn’t it against the law to have pets moving around freely in establishments where food and beverages are constantly exposed? That’s a serious question.
  • Thom the Agent: The jury is still out on this kid. I’m happy to see him out of sweats and in a suit, but something tells me he won’t last long in the field.


Phoenix only brought one good thing to the table and that Ari and Gogol. Hopefully, we’ll see more of them because they’ve got their own undercover operation going on and I want to know more about it. If Ari’s their version of Percy, who’s his Michael and Birkhoff?

Rating: 7/10

“Nikita” airs on Thursdays on The CW at 9 PM.

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