After a lengthy summer hiatus Nikita has returned to The CW. The Division you know and hate is gone. Now there’s a different chain of command but Nikita still has a problem with it. In the season opener, “3.0,” she bumps heads with her new boss and gets the surprise of a lifetime.

The Players:

  • Director: Eagle Egilsson
  • Writer: Craig Silverstein
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, Noah Bean, Dillon Casey, Lyndie Greenwood

Episode Title “3.0:”

Ryan’s taken over as Division’s director and is trying to keep it on the straight and narrow. Their first major mission entails finding The Dirty Thirty. They’re rogue agents who failed to respond to the Division recall. Ryan taps Nikita and Michael to find an assassin called Martin, who’s on a killing spree. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned when Michael’s arrested by Hong Kong officials for murder.

The Good:

  • You had me at give me the damn glock“: Michael and Nikita are taking the next step in their relationship. The whole episode led up to a romantic proposal that almost didn’t happen. When Nikita broke him out of jail and he ran back to get her ring it was sweet and hilarious. Nikita’s face was priceless when he shouted, “I’m going to get your engagement ring!” Way to break the ice.
  • Alex Udinov: Alex is no longer a street kid living under the radar. She’s officially Alexandra Udinov, a celebutante and heiress. She may not be able to go on missions like she used to, but she can still pull a trigger when necessary. Who else cheered when she popped Martin in the skull?
  • Amanda’s Lurking: Amanda’s in hiding but she’s still in the game. We learned from Martin that she contacted him following Division’s fall. You can’t keep a good ice queen down. We can’t wait to see her triumphant return. Poor Ryan is no match for her.
  • The Dirty Thirty: We’ve got a new target and it’s not Division, Oversight or Gogol. The Dirty Thirty will be an interesting foe for Nikita and company. Since they’re digging through the agency’s missing operatives, you know who’s going to pop up? Owen!

The So-So:

  • Birkhoff and Sonya: What happened between these computer geniuses? At the end of last season, it was clear Birkhoff was into Sonya. He even planted a huge kiss on her. Now, there’s some serious discord between the two and we don’t know why. It’s great that Birkhoff has gotten a love interest, but why are they glazing over it? Something happened during the break and we’re not privy to it. Hopefully, they’ll reveal it in due time. But at the moment, they’re hanging it over our noses like a carrot — whatever “it” is.
  • Martin/Jefferey Pierce: For those who watched Fox’s defunct drama Alcatraz, you may have remembered Jeffrey Pierce. He was one of the main prisoners on the show. Nothing against the guy, but he has no charisma or on screen presence. He’s one of the reasons we opted to drop Alcatraz from our DVRs. He brought that same lackluster style to Nikita and it was a chore to watch.

The Bad:

  • Ryan: What have they done to Ryan? Now that he’s running Division he’s become a real stick in the mud. We understand him wanting to play by the rules but he’s turned into an overbearing father figure. He’s worked with Nikita on missions. He knows how she operates. Why would he doubt her instincts when she’s in the middle of an op? He said it himself, she’s saved his life multiple times. Considering Nikita’s history, he can’t expect her to share his blind allegiance to the government.

Overall:

Nikita “3.0″ is off to a good start but we see a bumpy road ahead. We’re don’t like how they’ve ruined Ryan and Nikita’s friendship. But it seems like a necessary evil. We love the cohesiveness of the group and are looking forward to the gang adapting to their new digs.

Rating: 8/10

Nikita airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on The CW

What did you think of Nikita’s premiere? Did it come back with a bang or a whimper?