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After four eventful seasons, Nikita is officially “Canceled.” It’s such an apt title for the series finale, which shows the heroine in her rawest form. Following Ryan’s death (Noah Bean), Nikita (Maggie Q) and Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) take matters into their own hands. They decide to take down The Shop and Amanda (Melinda Clarke) once and for all.

The Players:

  • Director: Eagle Egilsson
  • Writers: Albert Kim and Carlos Coto
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, Noah Bean, Lyndie Greenwood, David S. Lee, John Getz, Vincent Ventresca, Joshua Peace

Episode Title: “Canceled”

Nikita and Alex pick off members of The Shop in their search for the doubles’ identities. Meanwhile, Michael (Shane West) becomes unnerved by her erratic behavior and attempts to reel her in. Unfortunately, he, Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) and Sam (Devon Sawa) are babysat by the overzealous Colonel Slocum (Joshua Peace) who turns out to be a double.

The Good:

  • Brute Force vs. Deception: The student has officially become the teacher. Nikita outsmarted Amanda at her own game. When Amanda first encountered Nikita at Division she tried to domesticate her. At the time, Nikita was unhinged and primal. Amanda told her “Brute force will never be as effective as deception.” Boy was she right. Years later, Nikita used that very principal to her advantage. She made Amanda think Ryan’s death drove her over the edge. In actuality, it was all part of her master plan of deception.
  • Final Face-Off: After Nikita supposedly kills every member of The Shop, she’s placed in a supermax prison. Under Amanda’s orders, Slocum has her entire cellblock isolated so no one can get to her. After Nikita’s put in steel leg, arm and neck restraints, Amanda comes to gloat. But it’s short-lived as Nikita turns the tables, breaks free and secures Amanda in her place. Alex and Birkhoff come out of hiding and explain how they faked the deaths of The Shop, who already gave up their list of doubles. Before leaving Amanda alone in the cell, Nikita delivers the best line of the night: “Welcome back to the basement, Helen.”
  • “Owen” Returns… Sort of: We finally got a meaningful exchange between Nikita and Sam that gave us Owen flashbacks. When Nikita was in “kill mode” Sam tried to talk her down by bringing up “What Would Owen Do?” He said Owen would want her to follow her heart not her mind in this situation. We got a little misty-eyed. For a brief moment, we were reminded of their wonderful connection.
  • Happy Endings: After Amanda’s locked up, everyone is given full pardons. Ryan is memorialized as a national hero, Alex continues her work as an advocate for women with Sam as her bodyguard, whom she happens to date. Birkhoff is heading to London to shack-up with Sonya, but first he wants to spread the code. In other words, he decides to do an interview and expose Shadownet to the masses. He calls it, “open source anarchy.” Meanwhile, Nikita and Michael elope and head to Ecuador for their honeymoon. But the newlyweds can’t stay out of trouble for long. They spot a young boy being recruited as a child soldier and decide to help. Even though she’s free, Nikita’s still a fighter at heart. She declares, “I don’t know about you. But I could never just sit on a beach anyway.”

The So-So:

  • Loose Ends: Throughout the episode they kept mentioning Sonya but she never appeared onscreen. She supposedly helped with Shadownet but didn’t physically get in on the action. At this point in the shoot, we assume Lyndie Greenwood was too busy playing Abbie’s sister on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Now that everyone has a clean slate, is there a reason Michael couldn’t have reunited with his son? Just saying. The reason he cut ties was because he lived off the grid. That’s no longer the case. We understand wanting to get married and chase adventure, but shouldn’t your first instinct be,” Now I can make up for all those years I missed!”

Overall:

For “Canceled,” the writers did the best they could with the short time they had. We think it turned out great. It was a solid finale that didn’t leave us with any major issues. Yes, there are things we can nitpick (see above) but nothing that will keep us up at night. We really enjoyed reviewing this show. Nikita gave us a strong female character, who was more than just a pretty face. She led with her strength and intellect. She had a good heart and was always mindful of others. Kudos to The CW for revamping this series. And thanks to Maggie Q for giving women of all colors someone they could identify with and be proud of.

Rating:  9.5/10

That’s all folks! It’s a wrap on four seasons of Nikita!

What did you think of the series finale? Were you satisfied with the ending?