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This week’s Nikita was less of a “Set-Up” and more of a family affair. We discover what’s really eating Seymour Birkhoff and how it’s connected to Ronald Peller. We see guest star Judd Nelson as a computer hacker, who’s been compromised by Amanda and The Shop.

The Players:

  • Director: Marc David Talpert
  • Writer:  Carlos Coto
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, Noah Bean, Lyndie Greenwood, David S. Lee, Judd Nelson, Rose Rollins

Episode Title: “Set-Up”

Birkhoff hasn’t been acting himself lately. After uncovering the identity of the NSA spy, he deliberately kept it hidden from the rest of the team. That’s until resident conspiracy theorist Ryan, posits the idea that Birkhoff may be a double. While Nikita distracts Birkhoff, Ryan grabs his computer and finds the files on Ronald Peller. The gang confronts him only to find out that Ronald is Birkhoff’s father. Amanda had him switched out with a double and is holding him captive. Meanwhile, Alex is being held prisoner by an overzealous forensic accountant who believes she’s funding Nikita’s “terrorist acts.” Michael and Sam join forces to break her out.

The Good:

  • Hello Lionel. Hello Dad.: Birkhoff, or should we say Lionel, reunited with his father via the internet. They were both hacking into the same system at the same time and communicated through code. Birkhoff reluctantly reached out to his father and shared a sweet cyber moment. Apparently, he faked his death at 15-years-old and Ronald was surprised to learn that his youngest child was alive. Too bad the reunion was ruined by Amanda and her attentive ears.

The So-So:

  • Super Secret Plane: This has been bothering us since the beginning of the season. Nikita and Co. are hiding out on a plane that supposedly runs on autopilot whenever they have serious discussions? How much do they spend on gas? Can they let the engine rest for a while? Who’s dealing with the maintenance?
  • Cracked the Code: Amanda learned of Ronald and Birkhoff’s connection almost immediately. Wow. That has to be some kind of record. Granted, this is a set-up for more drama but we’re not interested in seeing Ronald tortured for another week. The clock is ticking and we need to move the plot along.

The Bad:

  • Sam’s Return: We never thought we’d say this, but they need to get rid of Sam. They took someone as likable and funny as Owen and turned him into this flat con artist. The writers seem to ignore the connection he and Nikita had, which is evident with their brief conversation this week. What makes matters worse is the blatant attempt to push Sam into Alex’s orbit. We’re not interested in that relationship, but it appears to be their endgame.

Overall:

We weren’t impressed by “Set-Up.” If it wasn’t for Birkhoff and Daddy Dearest it would have been a failure. Alex’s predicament was underwhelming, and turned out to be another vehicle for her and Sam to connect. The series is almost over and we’re not feeling their urgency to wrap it up in a satisfying way.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

What did you think of this week’s episode?