nikita-self-destruct-tv-review

“You missed a lot” says a lot about “Self-Destruct.” This week’s Nikita brings Ryan back into the fold. After recovering from his gun shot wound, he’s shocked to see what’s happened in his absence. Also, Alex has gone AWOL in an attempt to right some past wrongs.

The Players:

  • Director: Nick Copus
  • Writer: Kristin Reidel
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Noah Bean, Lyndie Greenwood

Episode Title “Self-Destruct”:

Ryan awakens from his coma to find Division in peril. Alex, still reeling from Sean’s death, hits the streets to bust up a drug and prostitute ring. Nikita’s hot on her trail and tries to remind Alex that her life was worth saving. Meanwhile, Ryan’s ready to burn Division to the ground.

The Good:

  • Ryan’s Responsibility: After seeing the damage that’s occurred, Ryan makes a drastic decision. He believes the best way to save the remaining recruits is to destroy Division. The president is still under the impression that they’re a fully staffed agency. With Commander Danforth dead, his replacement will visit the facility. Too bad there’s nothing for him to see. Ryan acknowledges that he tried to make Division something it wasn’t. He’s willing to burn it to the ground, while everyone else escapes. He wants to take responsibility because he’d been seduced by the dark side.
  • Us Against Them: This has been the show’s theme from day one. The underdog vs. the Big Bad. There are only six people left at Division: Michael, Nikita, Alex, Ryan, Birkhoff and Sonya. They have to find a way to take down Amanda before the president catches on. The odds aren’t in their favor. Like Nikita said, “I don’t know if we’ll win but I’m ready to fight.” We say, “Go for it girl!”
  • Uncertain Future: Thus far, 308 agents are on the run, plus the additional Dirty Thirty. On one hand, that means Division is officially dead in the water. On the other, that gives the show plenty of drama moving forward. If and when they defeat Amanda, that could be their next objective. The next season (if The CW renews it) could be them tying up the loose ends.

The Bad:

  • Alex’s Plight: We understand that Alex has had it rough. But for the past few episodes she’s been nothing but a wet blanket. We knew Sean’s death would send her over the edge. Her going back to her old stomping ground wasn’t a surprise, and it wasn’t interesting. Yes, she finally dealt with her survivor’s guilt, but we would have rather seen her back at Division cleaning up her mess.

Overall:

“Self-Destruct” was an uneven episode. We were much more interested in Division than Alex. No offense, but her story was extremely distracting and took away from the big picture.

Rating: 7/10

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

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