Nikita Review: Saying Goodbye

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Last Friday, Nikita, Amanda and Percy were double crossing each other all over the place. That theme remained in "Arising," as the story moved to the battlefield in Russia involving Alex, Ari and Cassandra.

Ari has proved to be as manipulative as both Amanda and Percy. With his plot to take over Zetrov with Amanda and Percy's unrelenting desire for power, they have become the evil triumvirate. On the other side is Nikita, Michael, and Birkhoff with their many assets. And, Alex, well, her partnership with Amanda and Ari came to an abrupt end when they overplayed their hand for Zetrov.

Return of Helena Mattsson as Cassandra

Ari feigned ignorance regarding what happened to Alex's mother when he knew that she was under the "protection" of Division agents.  Alex believed that Katya had been moved by Semak to keep them away from each other. But, that wasn't the case.

With everything that Semak did to Alex and her family, it was surprising to see a softer side of him. He truly loved Katya and showed Alex his vulnerable side. Unfortunately for Semak, his right hand man outwitted and killed him.

While Alex wanted Semak to pay for killing her father and the ambush of the family home, she didn't find satisfaction in his death. His visit showed her a different side of him, but it was probably because his death didn't provide her closure. It came at the hand of Ari, rather than from her.

Alex's reunion with her mother was mixed. In many ways, Katya is to Alex what Carla was to Nikita. Both Katya and Carla just didn't get the big picture. They were easily manipulated into believing the wrong people. Since Katya was witness to Ari and Amanda's ploy to use her as a pawn against Alex, she was able to see the light when Carla never did.

With Katya and Sean on their way into hiding, how long will it be before they are found? Ari and Amanda are not going to give up their quest for Zetrov. Alex may have denied them her shares, but they will find another way to take control.

The other main story was the return of Cassandra. When I first heard she was coming back and that she was working for Gogol, I wasn't happy. She was first introduced as the wife of the Belorussian president, then it was revealed she was an undercover MI6 agent, and now she's also a double agent for Gogol? It's not that I didn't like Cassandra, it was just too convenient to have her working for Ari. The writers at Nikita rarely make a wrong move and fortunately the Cassandra storyline was no exception.

The return of Cassandra worked because it provided closure for Michael. She may have been a double agent, but the back story about how she got involved with Gogol made her sympathetic. It helped that she also didn't realize the end game of her mission for Ari.

In this world, loyalties shift constantly. With both MI-6 and Gogol after Cassandra, it was no longer safe for her or Max. When Ari found out that Cassandra booked a private plane with her credit card, I was confused. She's not stupid. Why would she use a credit card that could be traced?  I should have realized it was a ruse right away, but I was so caught up in the story that I didn't.

Though, why didn't MI6 and Ari wonder that same thing? Perhaps, they thought she was too desperate. It wasn't until the plane blew up that I realized the plan. MI6 and Ari were both easily convinced that Cassandra died in that plane.

With that, Michael had to say goodbye to his son. Their last words and hug was heartbreaking. Michael made a huge sacrifice for the good of his son. As much as I love little Max, I hope we don't see them again. Cassandra and Max are safe, which allows Michael and Nikita to fight another day.

Alex gave up her mother and Michael gave up his son. Will their decision to protect them over their desire to have them close end up being the right one? Is Katya or Cassandra and Max at a greater risk?

Odds and Ends

  • Michael and Nikita love each other, but sometimes that isn't enough. Will Nikita ever be emotionally ready to settle down with Michael without being on the chase or the run?
  • Alex and Sean work as a team. I'd love for them to get together. Unfortunately with Sean off protecting Katya, I don't see that happening any time soon, if at all.
  • How awesome was the playground scene? Max's face when he watched Nikita kick ass was precious. No way he is going to forget that, sorry, Nikita.
  • I didn't miss Birkhoff during the episode, because there was so much else going on. But, when he isn't around, the fun, lighthearted banter and humor is almost non-existent. That gives the episode, a harsher tone.


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xmeg816x - It's complicated. Cassandra was the wife of Ovechkin, president of Belarus. Years ago Michael was assigned to romance her and then involve her in a scheme to switch her real husband with an impostor. Max is Michael's son but Michael only found out about him recently. Before he was in Division Michael was an intelligence officer in the Navy. His wife & daughter were killed by a car bomb and Percy recruited Michael into Division (S1 ep 9 One Way)


Missed Birkhoff, but it was after I was done watching the episode. Me want to see more of Ryan too! Where's the cutie pie at? I'm still unhappy about Owen's department. That was it eons ago? BRING HIM BACK WRITER! He's so cute and handsome. Love him with Nikita, a good foil for Michael. Him and Birkhoff are fun to watch too. Cassandra's plot worked smoothly in this episode. A closure was what they needed. Little max is so cute, I was hoping he would give Nikita a hug too. That awesome fight scene that was displayed should be carved deep inside his brain. hehehehe


Cassandra was an agent who married the Belorussian president. When they killed the real president and put a double of him in his place. Michael was sent in on a mission where he and Cassandra ending up hooking up, and that is how she got pregnant. Michael wouldn't know he was the father of max until years later. The replacement president turned out to be another bad guy, who kept kassandra and max under lock and key. Michael and Nikita had to rescue them, and this is when Nikita figures out max is michael's son, but doesn't tell Michael right away. Eventually Michael finds out and actually went to stay with max and kassandra in London for awhile, but under the cover of kassandra's friend. Max still doesn't know Michael is his father. But Nikita gets into trouble and Michael comes back to protect her. At this point Michael still has no idea Cassandra is working for both ari and mi-6.


Can someone explain to me the max cassandra michael situation for me. i started watching nikita on netflix after season 2 had already started so i missed the first half of the season and they didn't show enough reruns for me to be able to catch up so i am kind of confused about who the hell cassandra is, and max isn't the son michael thought died is he?


Oh. Forgot to mention Nikita. Risking her life to save Cassandra. But that's what she does. Saves lives. So doesn't really need to be mentioned.... but it should. She's like a superhero!! Lol.


Missed Birkhoff. But they were on the ground in Russia so he wouldn't need to be there. But he could have been in the first few minutes.
For the first time ever, I actually liked Sean and Alex together. Her mom seems a little naive.
Micheal is a great father. The end scenes had me nearly crying. His sacrifice? Really really awesome guy. And the times when he professed his love for Nikita? Priceless.
Max is too cute!! Referring to Nikita as Gun Lady. His face when she was kicking ass. His goodbye to Micheal.
And Cassandra? I honestly hate her. She's too... perfect? Hair, make-up, stuck up attitude. She looks more like a model or doll or something than a DOUBLE spy. Glad she's officially out.
Ok. Can't wait. :) What's gonna be the endgame of this season? And is there gonna be a 3rd?


Agreed. I miss Birkhoff, as well as Percy. Cassandra, Katya and Max don't really interest me. I just find it hard to bond to their characters.
I do like Nikita and Michael, but in the long run, I don't really see much. He may have a kid, but he will want one (or more) with Nikita and she doesn't really seem like she wants kids at all.
Alex was kind of boring this episode. I don't know if it's because of her mother and the lack of action on her part, but I couldn't handle watching any scenes with her. I really do look forward to her going up against Amanda and Ari though.

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Nikita Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

What I did, I did to win her. I will always want her by my side.


Women make the best double agents. Trust me.