They’re baaack! Nikita and company have returned from their holiday hiatus. The last time we saw the group, Nikita was going after Ari, while Michael and Owen were tackling the Guardians. Meanwhile, Alex went rogue in Russia and discovered a long lost relative — her mother!

There’s so much drama in the air, so let’s get to it…

The Players

  • Director: Deran Sarafian
  • Writer: Kristen Reidel
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley, Devon Sawa

Episode Title: “Pale Fire”

Nikita travels to Russia to get Ari’s black box but ends up running into Alex. The former partners join forces in an attempt to rescue Alex’s mom Katya. Michael and Owen are busy tracking the Guardians and eager to uncover Percy’s plan. Speaking of Percy, Amanda throws Ryan into his cell hoping he’ll obtain information she can use to topple Oversight.

The Good:

  • Team Players: This week’s episode was all about team work. Nikita and Alex were together again, Michael and Owen were hitting the streets, and even Percy and Ryan had some couple time.
  • Katya’s Out of It: Alex’s mom isn’t as innocent as she looks. Semak isn’t her captor, he’s her lover and they’ve been together for years. If that wasn’t gross enough, she’s been brainwashed to believe that Alex is “sick” and has been turned by the Americans. She’s also hopped up on prescription drugs, which Semak encourages her to take.
  • Shoot’em Up: Once Nikita realized that Katya was a lost cause, she still tried to break her to out. Unfortunately, Katya called for help and Nikita was surrounded by soldiers. Luckily, Alex showed up and they managed to escaped in a blaze of glory.
  • Ryan’s Alive: Ryan didn’t do much this week, but we were happy to see his face. Him and Owen are valuable assets to Nikita’s team. Even though he spent most of the episode holed up with Percy, his still in the loop.

The Bad:

  • Group Behind the Group: How many rogue agencies are there? First Division, then Oversight, and now there’s someone else? Percy told Ryan that Oversight was irrelevant and there’s always a group behind the group. It’s getting hard to keep up.


“Pale Fire” was an episode filled with revelations and reunions. And judging from next week’s promo, the old band’s getting back together. Nikita, Michael, Birkhoff, and Alex are about to kick ass and take names. We can’t wait!

Rating: 9/10

“Nikita” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

What did you think of Nikita’s big return episode?