Sean Pierce can’t catch a break. When it comes to Nikita, he’s the only person living on the straight and narrow. Yes, he’s helped out on missions but he never officially joined Division. All of that changes in “Black Badge,” when Sean’s name and freedom is compromised.

The Players:

  • Director: David Grossman
  • Writer: Mary Trahan
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Dillon Casey, Devon Sawa, Melinda Clarke, Amanda Schull, Brian Howe

Episode Title “Brave New World”:

Amanda’s back. After weeks away, the villain’s returned and set her sights on Sean Pierce (Dillon Casey). Amanda uses a young CIA Analyst (Amanda Schull) to leak files connecting Senator Madeleine Pierce to multiple assassinations. When Division attempts to intercept the info from Director Kendrick (Brian Howe), he’s killed. Sean takes the fall for his death and the team has to break him out of FBI custody.

The Good:

  • The Set-up: We have to give credit to where credit’s due. Amanda’s plan was flawless. She was always one step ahead of Division. She set-up Sean for the death of Director Kendrick, by placing him (via altered video footage) at the scene of the crime. She also backtracked and produced several recordings from a psychiatrist who claimed Sean was suffering from paranoia and latent PTSD. It was everything she needed to frame him, which backed him into a corner.
  • Death and Rebirth: Early in the episode, Sean revealed he was returning to the SEALs. He dedicated his life to them and he wanted to continue doing so. We should have seen the foreshadowing a mile away. Sean was never Division and never wanted to be. But because of extenuating circumstances, he was forced to fake his death and live off the grid with the rest of the gang. It was a smart way to bring him into the fold permanently.
  • Analyst and Agent: Naomi Ceaver is more than meets the eye. In the beginning, she was portrayed as a plucky CIA analyst, who took a page from the Book of Ryan. We sympathized with her, because we’ve seen this story play out before. Yet everything went out the window when she was exposed as Amanda’s assailant and a Gogol agent! Sneaky. Sneaky.

The So-So:

  • Ryan: Is it just us, or over the past few weeks has Ryan been on edge? We’ve seen glimpses of how far he’ll go to keep Division intact. He’s gone back on most of the promises he made to the team. Now with Director Kendrick gone the CIA can’t keep Commander Danforth and Washington off his back. They’ll be forced to resort to their old practices. Yes, their termination policy’s changed, but something’s still off. At the end, when Ryan joked that he was “pure evil” we cringed. Was that a sign of things to come? After all, no one ever thinks they’re the bad guy. Even Percy and Amanda felt they were fighting for the greater good.

Overall:

“Black Badge” was a great episode. It brought Sean into the group in a major way. The walls are falling around Division and they’re getting closer to the dark side. The question is how bad will they let things get?

Rating: 9/10

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

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