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The countdown is officially on. Last night, The CW kicked off the fourth and final season of Nikita. The last time we saw the heroine she’d left the group and hit the road. She’s a wanted woman accused of killing the President of the United States. Can her abandoned friends keep her off the government’s radar?

The Players:

  • Director: Eagle Egilsson
  • Writer: Kristen Reidel
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Noah Bean, Lyndie Greenwood, Todd Grinnell, David S. Lee

Episode Title: “Wanted”

After months on the run, Nikita makes a big step in clearing her name. She reaches out to a reporter called Dale Gordon (guest star Todd Grinnell), who’s investigating President Spencer’s murder. Unfortunately, sneaking into his office proves to be a bad idea as the FBI and local authorities are notified thanks to Amanda. Meanwhile, Alex and Sonya try to stop a government official involved in human trafficking, which like all things, is also connected to Amanda.

The Good:

  • No More Hiding: Nikita is finally making the right moves. She contacts one of the most influential investigative reporters in hopes that he’ll help her. Their meeting doesn’t go according to plan, but at least she’s putting in the effort. We’re not interested in seeing her spend the season moping around the woods like a bag lady.
  • Reluctant Support: Whether she wants it or not, Michael, Birkhoff and Ryan are here to help. They tracked her down at the news headquarters and helped her escape FBI custody. Nikita and Michael briefly reunited, but it didn’t last long as she quickly exited. We enjoyed how the group put their foot down about taking orders. Plus, Birkhoff still has some resentment issues and we don’t blame him for that.
  • Owen/Sam’s Back: After seeing Devon Sawa’s name in the credits, we knew he’d be back. But he’s still a very bad man. After Alex neutralized the trafficking site, Sam approached her with a gun in tow. He wants the high-tech scanner the culprits were using on their “cargo.”

The So-So:

  • Alex/Sonya: We love both of these characters, but didn’t they feel isolated? They were off on a side mission that eventually led to Amanda, but they seemed out of the loop. When Sonya asked Birkhoff for help he couldn’t oblige because he was too busy saving Michael and Nikita’s skin. He might as well said, “You’re on your own sister!”
  • Who Can We Trust?: Does Amanda have to have her hand in everything? There are only six episodes in this season, which means the story has to be wrapped up quick, fast and in a hurry. We thought Nikita’s meeting with Gordon would be a good start, but no, that didn’t happen. He was killed in a tent explosion caused by the FBI chief, who’s on Amanda’s payroll. He’s dirty. Surprise!

Overall:

“Wanted” threw us right back into the action. It was a fast-paced episode that only suffered when it steered away from the main story. With the exception of Owen/Sam’s return, we were a little disappointed with the ending. They have five more episodes left. They need to make them count.

Rating:  8/10

Nikita airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on The CW.

What did you think of the season premiere?