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In “High-Value Target,” Nikita and company have to work under the gun–literally. Madame President has had enough of Division’s antics and is ready to shut it down. Meanwhile, Sam is still trying to make a buck off the black box.

The Players:

  • Director: Dan Sackheim
  • Writer: Michael Brandon Guercio
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Devon Sawa, Melinda Clarke, Noah Bean, Isaiah Mustafa

Episode Title “High-Value Target”:

The president sends the Navy SEALs to clear out Division. They arrive in the middle of an op, where Nikita, Michael and Alex are trying to buy the black box. They convince the president to let them continue with their plan. Sam sets up an auction with various countries to sell the box. He’s also holding Amanda prisoner with an intent to kill.

The Good:

  • Black Box is Dunzo: The black box is no more. It’s about time because we were sick of hearing about it. After Sam realizes Amanda betrayed him, he finds her, kills her men and destroys the box. When did he grow a conscience? Who knows. Maybe that conversation with Alex had a profound effect.
  • Ryan’s No Low-level Analyst: The leader of the SEALs made the mistake of calling Ryan a low-level analyst. He had no idea what Ryan’s been through over the past year. Luckily, Ryan clarified that for him. He’s been “dead” tortured, shot, and has executed kill-orders on leaders from all over the world. So yeah, his file is in desperate need of an update.
  • Hello Sam: We loved how Nikita continued to call Sam Owen. She’s still connected to that persona and believes Owen is somewhere in Sam’s brain. When he shot the black box it gave her even more hope that her friend wasn’t gone for good.

The So-So:

  • Cyrus: Don’t get us wrong, we love Isaiah Mustafa, but didn’t his return seem off? It felt strange and completely out of left field. Was he literally going to roll up, drop off some info and leave? That’s so random. They chalked up his personal visit to Division’s phones being down. For a hot minute, we thought he was in on the SEAL invasion.
  • Amanda’s Escape: Sam’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. Did he really think Amanda would stay locked up waiting for him to kill her. She found a way to get her message out to the Germans aka The Shop, and it worked. That woman’s backup plans have backup plans.

Overall:

“High-Value Target” had some good moments. They weren’t great but they were good. The episode was saved by Sam’s semi-turnaround and Ryan’s power play.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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