I’m not one to usually do recaps because I’ve read enough of them to know that there’s a fine line between a play-by-play of an episode and a summation that includes some analyzing of what happened in the episode with a little personality. A professional journalist/critic/writer I am not. However, I wanted to stretch myself a little and try my best at doing my own version of a recap for the final season of Nikita. Anyone knows who knows me or has read this blog, knows that I am a huge Nikita fan and I am just so incredibly sad to see it go. I’m still mad that we only get six episodes for this final season, but I’m just happy knowing that we will get closure. That being said, I also kind of wanted to do these write-ups as a way to cope with the finality of it all. So let’s just dig in, shall we?
We start off with Nikita running through the woods, escaping the FBI, when she comes across blood that she realizes is not hers. Michael appears behind her, telling her that they took the hit for her, and subsequently gets shot. Nikita then notices that Ryan, Birkhoff, Sonya, and Alex have all been shot dead as well. But it was all a nightmare, and hopefully not a twisted sense of foreshadowing.
It’s three months after the events that transpired in the season 3 finale, Nikita’s been on the run, hiding in Canada (how convenient!), until she makes the fateful decision to cross back onto American soil. As always, Nikita is a woman with a plan and sets her sight on Dale Gordon, a news anchor/conspiracy theorist for the Equinox News Network, who’s doing really well in instilling fear in the general public by proclaiming Nikita to be the most dangerous woman in the world. He’s not entirely wrong – nobody messes with Nikita or her team/family because she can and will kick your ass. Nikita corners Gordon in his office and tells him her story – that she didn’t kill the President, that she’s found some evidence that questions why some powerful people (the President included) weren’t acting like themselves. This was something we as the audience were given a little knowledge of at the end of last season, when we saw that the President was actually alive and held captive somewhere. It all leads to the question of: what are we dealing with here? Dopplegangers? (Too supernatural for this show.) Clones?! (I may be obsessed with this idea since, ya know, Orphan Black.) Your standard body doubles? (More logical.)
As Nikita does all this, little does she know that the team has been trying to track her and help her along the way, trying to clear her name. It’s not what Nikita wanted at all when she left, but they have become such a unit and like family, that there was no way the team wasn’t going to help. Now, had the show received a bigger episode order (I was personally hoping for 13 or hell, even 10), we probably could’ve expected to see Nikita on the run being a lone wolf for a few more episodes. With only 6 episodes to tell the rest of the story, plans had to change, so it wasn’t long before we have Nikita come into contact with and gets direct help from Michael, Birkhoff, and Ryan. Michael has reverted back to his season 1 ways and tries his best to stay detached from Nikita, even while helping her. Ryan also goes back to his season 1 self, as we see him be as analytical as ever, and also the one who truly understands Nikita’s reasoning for leaving. It’s the interaction between Nikita and Birkhoff that serves as a great reminder of their strong relationship. Birkhoff acts like the little brother, hurt that Niki left, but knows why she had to do it because she’s a “first degree martyr. Act first, think later.”
Anyways, the FBI tracks Nikita to ENN and ever the multi-taskers, the boys try to find a way out for Nikita and dig up dirt on Deputy Director Matthew Graham so he can help them get her out. A quick Photoshop picture of the deputy director’s wife, plus a gun to his head by Michael, Graham folds and agrees to let Nikita go free this time. Away at a distance, Nikita takes possession of Graham’s car to meet Michael at the rendezvous point, only to end up shot and terribly wounded. Once Graham makes his way back to ENN, he has a short conversation with Gordon about Nikita and the evidence she gave him, before planting an explosive and killing Gordon in the process. Turns out, Graham’s corrupt, playing double agent for Amanda and The Shop.
Where was Alex during all this? Mumbai, India using her public persona of Alexandra Udinov to shut down The Shop’s human trafficking centres. By day an heiress, by night (or mid-afternoon by the look of things) a super-spy. Or as Birkhoff put it, she’s playing Batman, making Sonya her Robin. I like that Alex and Sonya are apart from the boys, trying to do their part in taking down The Shop (though I still prefer when the entire team is together), but the parts with Alex hiding on the site of where a transaction was to occur dealt us more questions as to what The Shop does. Oh, and Owen/Sam reappeared, having followed Alex for some time. I’m guessing we’ll get more intel next week on what Owen/Sam’s been doing.
- Amanda and Mr. Jones are being as cryptic as ever with whatever their plans are.
- Ryan’s doing his best Carrie Mathison with his own “wall of crazy”
- Being a super-spy, you’d think Nikita might’ve changed up her appearances more so she wasn’t so recognizable. The only major difference is the hair’s much more wavy/curly than straight. Not great story-wise, but she still looks good! And that’s just me being nitpicky from watching too many spy shows (including having just watched the season finale of Covert Affairs)
- When Nikita has been recognized by the entire ENN staff, I find it just a little bit funny/ridiculous that all of them immediately whipped out their smartphones to record what was going on, instead of the usual “drop to the ground and hide in fear”
- And the new headquarters is a plane! Or the “l’air” – lair in the air, as Maggie Q called it at SDCC. Already knew that coming in, but still cool to see.
In previous seasons, the show was never known to have “filler” episodes; each episode mattered in telling the story. With only 6 episodes, it felt like they got an extra kick of adrenaline and fired away from the word go. If it didn’t feel like it before, each episode this season will definitely feel like a mini-movie, and I am perfectly happy with that. Also, it must be said, shout-out to the wonderful Kristen Reidel for writing this episode.
So Nikita fans, thoughts on the final season premiere?And how are my recapping skills (you can be honest – serviceable at best?)