The second season of “Nikita” opened with a bang. It gave the phrase “don’t trust anybody” a whole new meaning. Alliances were exposed, broken and formed in the premiere episode aptly titled “Game Change.” The series picks up months after Nikita and Michael hit the road and Alex learned the truth about her parent’s death. Everyone’s out for justice, revenge and most importantly — those black boxes! No one’s safe.
Check out this week’s review…
- Director: Danny Cannon
- Writer: Craig Silverstein
- Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley
Episode Title: “Game Change”
The season begins with Nikita and Michael continuing their search for Division’s missing black boxes. They breakout a military prisoner in an effort to find more dirt on Percy but get pulled into a hostage tug of war between Division and Oversight. Alex is stuck between Division and her conscience as she barters with Amanda to find her father’s killer. As for Percy, he’s no longer a free man. He’s currently locked away in an isolated chamber plotting his revenge, while Birkhoff is living in the lap of luxury.
- Everyman for Himself: It’s clear, no one can be trusted. Several friends have become foes: Nikita vs Alex, Percy vs Amanda, Birkhoff vs Division. They all share a common goal — the black boxes. Every card is being played, every lie is being told and we honestly don’t know whose side we should be on. It’s a free for all and we love it!
- Sean Pierce: Now that Michael’s gone to the dark side (the right side depending on how you look at it), the show needs a new badass lead, enter Sean Pierce. He’s the eyes and ears of Oversight and he reminds us of an early Michael but meaner. He plays by the book which is a concept no one else on the show good or bad seems to understand.
- Birkoff is Back: After the huge power shift last season, Birkhoff’s been living the good life. When Nikita and Michael are found and almost captured by Division, Birkhoff steps in and takes them back to his place. When Division’s new tech team tries to track their coordinates Birkhoff sends an aggressive message: “You are nothing. You’re air. It takes a whole squadron of you rejects to even get close to me and I want you to die knowing that.” Burn!
- Amanda vs Percy: All last year, we preached about how Amanda was more evil than Percy. She’s an ice queen, whose lack of emotion reeked of “I’m a sociopath.” After helping Oversight capture Percy, she’s become the H.B.I.C. and she’s not taking any crap. But even while sitting in a prison cell, Percy’s still talking smack. During one of Amanda’s visits she said that he could spend the rest of his days plotting revenge and he replied, “You have no idea.” Percy’s wheels are officially turning.
- Oversight: During season one, Percy and Division were portrayed as the be all, end all. They were an untouchable underground operation that could ruin lives and crush countries with the flick of a switch. We went on to learn that Division was just one part of a huge entity. We thought they were the top dog and now it’s clear that Oversight is. Is there anyone else out there we should know about? How high does this chain of evil go?
- None this week: Things got off to a great start. Let’s see if they can keep this up!
Considering how everything ended last season, we expected a major fall out and we got it. The new dynamic between the characters in season two, is a lot more interesting than the Nikita vs the world theme. Even though she’s the show’s namesake, it’s great to see everyone else get some time in the spotlight.
“Nikita” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on The CW
What did you think of Nikita’s season premiere? What do you think of the new direction?