This week, Nikita’s desperately trying to right her wrong. In “Brave New World” she goes on a secret mission in search of a mad scientist. If successful, he could be the key to restoring Michael’s hand. But an international extraction isn’t an easy feat.

The Players:

  • Director: Marc David Alpert
  • Writer: Kristen Reidel
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Dillon Casey, Devon Sawa, John Billingsley

Episode Title “Brave New World”:

Nikita believes she’s found a way to replace Michael’s hand. She seeks out a man called Heidecker, who’s had success in regenerating limbs. All it takes is a trip to Kosovo and the manipulation of one of Heidecker’s patients. Unfortunately, the plan goes awry and Division’s forced to send backup. Meanwhile, Ryan accepts a sanctioned kill order to cover their tracks.

The Good:

  • Ryan Goes to the Dark Side: Finally, Ryan’s getting a story. When he was hired as the head of Division, we knew he’d change. In order to get agents into Kosovo (with closed borders), he channeled his inner Percy and lied to Commander Danforth about a threat. This led to the president sanctioning the death of one of their officials. It went against everything the new Division stands for and Nikita and company weren’t happy. They’ve opened Pandora’s box, because now the president has more dirty work for them to do.
  • Alex’s Kill Shot: Alex hasn’t been in the field for a while, but she came back with a vengeance. She was the one to put a bullet in the head of Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minster. And she did it without batting an eye.

The So-So:

  • There’s Still Hope: Despite Heidecker’s death, Michael’s not giving up. He snagged everything he could from Heidecker’s plane and plans to track down his partners. We still don’t agree with them getting rid of his hand, just to give it back. It makes the initial act pointless.

The Bad:

  • Overarching Story: What’s the through-line for this season? Are we the only ones who feel the Amanda story comes and goes? Granted she’s always on the move, but so was Percy in season two. They seem to be juggling multiple small stories instead of one or two major ones. This episode has some great moments, particularly the Ryan stuff, but other than that it’s all about Michael’s hand. And that’s a crisis that was caused by Nikita herself.

Overall:

“Brave New World” isn’t a bad episode. It’s self-contained and is a small part of the bigger picture. We would have loved to see Owen and Sean on screen this week, but as usual, they were M.I.A.

Rating: 7/10

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

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