This week’s Nikita is all about children, and how deadly they can be. In “Innocence” Division’s past comes back to haunt it. A disgruntled former employee uses a young girl to pull off an assassination. It’s up to Nikita, Michael and Alex to break up this deadly duo before it’s too late.

The Players:

  • Director: David Grossman
  • Writer: Mary Trahan
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, Noah Bean, Dillon Casey, Lyndie Greenwood, Annalise Basso, Chance Kelly

Episode Title: “Innocence”

Wade is a former Division recruiter who went off the deep end. He was replaced by Michael after he killed one of his trainees following a failed op. Ryan learns that he’s kidnapped a 12-year-old named Liza, and is using her to make up for his past mistakes. Michael tries to takeout Wade, while Nikita attempts to reason with the brainwashed girl.

The Good:

  • Liza/Sarah/Jessica: Kudos to the casting department for snagging Annalise Basso. She played this multi-layered character with ease. One minute she was vulnerable and conflicted and the other, a juvenile killing machine. The role was definitely reminiscent of Saoirse Ronan’s Hanna.
  • Nikita Pays it Forward: Alex was at the center on the episode’s most emotional moments. She interacted with Liza’s family, and inadvertently learned her return as Alexandra Udinov gave them hope. It was only fitting that she was the one to reunite Liza and her family. It was a moment Nikita wanted her to have. She knew the gratification saving a lost soul could bring.
  • Cast Makeovers: Is it just us, or has everyone (except Birkhoff) gotten a new wardrobe? Michael’s always been a suit and tie guy, but Nikita and Alex have stepped it up. It’s a sign that they’re involvement with Division is legit. They’ve got real jobs y’all.
  • Birkhoff/Sonya: We still don’t know why Sonya’s mad at Birkhoff, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying their drama. The amount of sarcasm and shade she throws his way is hilarious. When she corrected him in regards to the blueprints, he looked genuinely appalled. Later on, when he overrode a servo-gun and shouted, “Exterminate! Exterminate!” Sonya was taken aback by his behavior. These two are pure comedy.

The So-So:

  • Action: We got a lot of gun-play this week, but where’s the hand-to-hand combat? One of the main reasons we love this show is because of its fight scenes. Maggie Q is extremely athletic and has the training to pull off some physical feats. Yet, she hasn’t really gotten her hands dirty. What’s the hold-up?

The Bad:

  • Missing Persons: Where are Sean and Owen? They’re shown in the opening credits, but are nowhere to be found. At least Sean was in the premiere, Owen’s still out there — somewhere. Rumor has it he won’t show up until Episode 4. We hope they’re planning something great, because it’s been too long.

Overall:

“Innocence” had a great emotional center. There were some tearjerker moments that really got to us. It was refreshing to see a young actress play such a complex role. There were solid character moments all around. The episode was good but it wasn’t great. They needed to balance the drama with attention grabbing action. What we got was pedestrian at best.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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