True love conquers all: lies, theft, even amputation. Nikita returned with the aptly titled “Aftermath,” which shined a light on Michael (Shane West). After last week’s shocking events, he wants everything to go back to normal. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

The Players:

  • Director: Brad Turner
  • Writer: Carlos Coto
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, Noah Bean, Lyndie Greenwood, Pedro Pascal

Episode Title: “Aftermath”

Another rogue agent is on the move. This time it’s Liam, a former cleaner, who’s working with a Mexican drug cartel. Nikita and Owen join forces, while Michael adjusts to his robotic hand. Elsewhere, Alex is trying to speed through her rehab.

The Good:

  • The Stages of Grief: Michael is on an emotional rollercoaster. It’s been three weeks since the “incident,” and he’s not doing well. He’s bottling up his feelings and distancing himself from Nikita. One minute he’s in denial of the situation, pretending as if he can carry on like normal. Then, he blows up at Nikita when she tries to help. This is the beginning of a long healing process. Shane West did a great job conveying Michael’s frustration and anger. We can’t wait to see more.
  • “Now That Was Some Choreography”: Michael may have found his calling back at Division Headquarters. When Nikita and Owen were closing in on Liam, he led them through a blind operation. What was Ryan going to do? Michael may have messed up earlier, but he made up for it here. His surveillance could come in handy for future missions.
  • Nikita and Owen: The kids are together again. Were we the only ones excited to see them kicking ass and taking names? No offense to Michael, but we’ve always enjoyed Nikita and Owen’s chemistry. He’s a bit of a smartass, who can lighten the mood when needed.
  • Liam the Cleaner: Liam (Pedro Pascal) was beyond creepy, and in this case, that’s a good thing. Usually, the villains of the week are pretty forgettable. But Liam was terrifying. He was a little too good at his job. Within his first few scenes he killed three men, got stabbed, set on fire, dodged bullets and drove off to safety? Who does that?!

The Bad:

  • Sean Who?: We’re confused about Dillon Casey’s status. He’s still in the opening credits. Last season, he was hired on as a series regular. This season, he’s been missing in action. Sean threw Alex the deuces and left Division ages ago. With Michael and Alex out of commission they could use the extra help. Nikita and Owen can’t do everything.

Overall:

“Aftermath” was exactly what we thought it would be. It was a character study of Michael in his new reality. We liked him being the center of attention and West carried the material well. As he stepped aside, Owen was the natural replacement. Once again the Division dynamic’s taken another hit.

Rating: 9/10

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

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