This week’s episode of “Nikita” was called “Alexandra” and yes, it was all about Alex. I don’t have a problem with the character getting so much of the limelight but I do think the attention should be spread across the cast. The latest episode gave us a questionable retelling of Russian history that places Alex among the ranks of the great Anastasia. Check out our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Ken Fink
  • Writer: Andrew Colville
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca Aaron Stanford, Tiffany Hines, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley

Episode Title: “Alexandra”

This week’s episode was all about Alex, or should I saw Alexandra Udinov? She gets kidnapped by her former pimp, and is set up by one of her old buddies from the sex trade, Irina. Ironically, both Nikita and Division work together to bring Alex to safety.

The Good:

  • Division/Nikita Working Together: I liked the idea of Michael, Amanda, Birkhoff, and Nikita using their respective talents to find out what happened to Alex. Despite their differences, they all seem to genuinely care about her, except for Amanda. She’s just a psycho.
  • Percy Shows Slight Concern: What world are we living in where Percy shows concern for someone other than himself? When Michael carried Alex back to Division headquarters, Percy inquired about what happened to her and Michael said, “She took one for the team.” Percy replied, “Whatever she needs. You let me know.” Gasp!!
  • Amanda is a Psycho: Just when you think she’s going to be a team player and help Alex through her withdrawal Amanda decides to torture her with questions instead. How did she get this way? We have somewhat of a backstory on all the major characters on this show except for Amanda. What’s she hiding? She’s truly insane.

The Bad:

  • Alexandra vs Anastasia: The whole royalty in disguise storyline was a bit overkill. It was kind of corny and the big reveal at the end when Alex kills Vlad was definitely cliche. She actually said, “I am Alexandra Udinov, daughter of Nikolai Udinov, and this is your reward.”
  • No Resistance: Did anyone else find it odd that Alex didn’t fight back in the alley when she was initially caught? Haven’t we seen her in situations more dangerous and dire where she’s defended herself?


“Alexandra” was a decent episode but once again it delved too much into the psyche of the sidekick and not the protagonist. If we’re going to get a history lesson on any character, I’d prefer it was Amanda.

Rating: /10

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

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