She’s back! After more than a month away “Nikita” has returned from winter hiatus. The show picks up shortly after it left off with Alex becoming an agent, and getting some new digs. Unfortunately, one of the downsides to her new civilian status includes a deadly accessory that could end her life at the push of a button! Check out our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Jonathan Glassner
  • Writer: Kalinda Vasquez
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley,Tiffany Hines, Thad Luckinbill, Noah Bean

Episode Title: “Free”

After being promoted to field agent, Division inserts a tracking device into Alex’s cerebral cortex. Nikita realizes that the chip has a kill switch and can give Alex a brain aneurysm at any time. In order to remove the device, she teams up with C.I.A. analyst Ryan (the guy she saved a couple episodes back), to kidnap Birkoff and force him to give her the password to his computer so she can disarm the chip.

The Good:

  • Thad Luckinbill/Nathan: For any soap opera fans out there, Thad Luckinbill’s appearance on the show was a real treat. He and Lyndsy Fonseca both starred on the daytime drama “The Young & the Restless” together 8 years ago and they were part of a young super couple. Their characters names were J.T. and Colleen, and she was a shy high school girl and he was the older more experienced bad boy. It was great to see these two together again. The chemistry is still there just like old times.
  • Birkoff Interrogation: As usual, Birkoff provided the comedic relief this week during his pseudo-interrogation with Ryan. He was the perfect mix of sarcastic and arrogant. His one liners were priceless. I personally liked the part where he called Ryan a mini Ethan Hunt.
  • Ryan Fletcher: Speaking of Ryan, he was a pleasant surprise. When I first heard that he was returning to the show I didn’t understand why. It would make more sense for them to bring back Owen than him, but it looks like he’ll serve a purpose. After Nikita told him about “Alex,” I think he might be the one who blows her cover — inadvertingly of course.

The Bad:

  • Russian Flashbacks: I’m all for backstory but Alex’s flashbacks with her father were just weird. The accents were bad, and I kept expecting Daniel Craig to pop up at any minute because it looked like bootleg scenes from Defiance. And at the end of it all we learn that her family was actually rich and they just like to play “survival” in the woods ever so often? What were her parents up to exactly?


This week’s episode of “Nikita” was good but not great. It was just used as a filler to kick-start several new storylines including Ryan and Nathan. Two new guys. Two new conflicts.

Rating: 8/10

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

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