Nikita is making some serious changes. In “Survival Instincts,” Owen is forced to step outside his comfort zone. The former Cleaner must become a legit agent, which is easier said than done. Meanwhile, a former ally returns to the fold. One couple gets romantic, while another drifts further apart.

The Players:

  • Director: John Showalter
  • Writer: Albert Kim
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Dillon Casey, Devon Sawa, Matt Bushell, Anna Hopkins

Episode Title “Survival Insticts”:

The gangs takes on another Dirty Thirty member — Ray (Matt Bushell). He’s a survival expert, who kidnaps his ex-wife after shooting her boyfriend. Nikita and Owen track him down with the help of Sean, who returns after a month away. Alex is still working on her recovery, while Michael grooms Owen to take his place.

The Good:

  • Sean’s alive!: Last week, we complained about Sean’s absence. But he’s finally returned. He realizes Alex isn’t a normal girl whom he can have a normal relationship with. He then aided Owen and Nikita in the field as they tracked down Ray. We loved the interaction between him and Owen. We totally forgot that they never met! Sean: “From what I heard I thought you’d be bigger.” Owen: “Really? I didn’t know what you’d look like because nobody ever talks about you.” Burn!
  • Let’s Get it On: It’s been over a year since Alex and Sean met, so this was a long time coming. They finally did the do. After hashing out their problems they shared a passionate kiss, and moved it to the bedroom. Hopefully, Sean will keep her out of Owen’s orbit. We don’t want those two anywhere near each other.  
  • Owen the Awkward: Owen may be great at “cleaning” but he has terrible interpersonal skills. He’s not a smooth talker, as proved by his time in the field. It was good to see him fumble in an unknown area. We forget that he’s human and not an expert in everything. And unlike Nikita, we completely agreed with Michael staying on his back. Owen needs to adapt and fast.

The So-So:

  • There’s Something Better: We knew Michael’s Terminator hand wasn’t permanent. At the end of the episode, Birkhoff told Nikita that there was something better they could use. Unfortunately, tapping it would be like opening Pandora’s Box. At this point, Nikita’s so desperate for things to get back to normal, she’ll take it. If Michael gets a magically re-animated hand, wouldn’t that lower the stakes of show? Having Nikita cut it off was a bold move, and they should stick to it. We feel like they’re backtracking because they’ve written themselves into a corner.

The Bad:

  • Support Team: We’ve noted this is previous posts, but Division has the dumbest soldiers. We understand that there have to be red shirts in each episode, but come on. They don’t even try to look like professionals. When they were scoping out the forest for Ray’s hidden fortress, they were notified of booby traps. Yet no one, with the exception of Nikita, Owen and Sean, looked at the ground. The one team member who was killed by a mine had it coming. That tripwire he crossed was staring him in the face. Plus, Sean was yelling for him to stop. What was he? Deaf and blind?

Overall:

To be honest, we weren’t impressed by this week’s Dirty Thirty subplot. Ray wasn’t an impressive villain. We were more entertained by the Division drama. We’ve adapted to Michael’s new job as field director, but wonder where that leaves Ryan?

Rating: 8/10

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

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