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Nikita Review: I Let Her Live

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Nikita is one of the few shows that manages to keep the pace up each and every week. The battle never lets up and while Nikita and her side tend to almost always come out on top, they aren't exclusively the winners.

In "Power," we finally had a face-to-face confrontation between Nikita and Amanda; not only one, but two showdowns with both ending in unexpected ways. For all of Amanda's talk, when she had the chance to kill Nikita, she didn't take it. What was that about?

"A moment of weakness," she said. That was a huge moment and mistake that Amanda made. In that instance, she still managed to get away with the Helium-3 Replicator, but down the line it cost her everything.

Amanda v. Nikita

Nikita lived to disrupt Amanda and Ari's plan to take over Zetrov. When Amanda had a second chance to kill Nikita, she again failed to do it and this time lost the Replicator too. Without the clean energy device, Amanda and Ari had no hope to take over Zetrov. Alex completely discredited them which forced them both to retreat.

If letting herself down and losing to Nikita wasn't enough, Amanda lost her precious Division too. She placed all her faith in her plan with Ari, which left her home open for the taking and Percy was more than willing to take advantage.

While both Amanda and Percy are evil in their own ways, he took control of Division fair and square. Amanda's greed got the best of her, which allowed Percy to use it against her. The people working at Division truly believe they are patriots. Amanda's betrayal couldn't have been more clear. She was using them for her own gain and against their nation.

The question is: what will Percy do with Division now? Will he go back to doing jobs-for-hire or work for the best of the nation? Unfortunately, Percy doesn't seem to have learned his lesson. With Oversight out of the picture, what will Percy do next?

Now that Amanda and Percy have switched positions with Percy at the helm of Division and Amanda on the outside on the run. Will Amanda consider using the box to cause Percy problems even if it brings her down too? If these two continue to battle, will that give Nikita the opportunity to further disable them? Now that Alex has given up Zetrov, will she work with Nikita to bring them down?

The confrontation between Nikita and Amanda may have been a disappointment for Amanda, but it ended up empowering Nikita. Amanda couldn't pull the trigger and she saw that as a weakness. Nikita couldn't bring herself to kill Amanda, but she saw that as a sign of her humanity. Division may have damaged Nikita, but she was able to keep her moral compass even when in front of her enemy.

Nikita's restraint was a pleasant surprise. Here are a couple quotes from "Power" that epitomize the difference between Nikita and Amanda. Check out more in our Nikita quotes section.

Nikita: You want to know the difference between me and you? You see a moment of weakness and I see a moment of strength. | permalink
Michael: We won remember. They lost.
Nikita: For a second there, I didn't think I could do it. I guess I can still surprise myself. I know it surprised Amanda.
Michael: What are you talking about?
Nikita: I let her live. I let her live. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (115 Votes)

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THANK YOU PRODUCERS FOR BRINGING BACK NIKITA FOR A SEASON 3 AND HOPE TO SEE MORE OF IT .HOPING TO HAVE SEASON 4,5 6 & SO ON.IT'S A GREAT,GREAT SHOW,WHAT WITH ACTORS LIKE SHANE WEST,MAGGIE Q,LINDSY FONSECA & THE GREAT"PERCY" MR.BERKELY-IT'S A FANTASTIC SHOW!HOPE TO SEE MORE MIKITA MOMENTS PLEASE!.THEY LOOK GOOD TOGETHER.I LOVE WATCHING WHEN THEY FIGHT SIDE BY SIDE AGAINST ALL THEIR ENEMIES!WOW!

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Nikita is the best series i have ever watched, people should also learn to have some humanity from the character Nikita not be selfish like like Percy and Amanda,Birkhoff truly i like you,Alex as determined as ever,Michael a very goo actor.

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Sarah is hot and so was the red head they killed off but the show Ringer is truly crap. Nikita isn`t Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones but it is usually good fun. Percy and Amanda make the show. Nikita, Alex and Michel are dull and hypocritical. Glad to see Percy make his play. A true Alpha. Long live Percy and I hope Amanda kicks Alex`s smug arse and Nikita`s too. Sean is a bit of a whiny wuzz too. Alex as a hard arse just does not play. Next season-Percy and Nikita get it on! Michel goes for Alex.Amanda teaches Sean whose the boss.

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I love Nikita and it's the best show on the CW and the only reason to watch this Network. I really like Roan because he is so myterious and would like to learn more about him. It seems Roan is still on the outside of Division and wasn't involved when Percy took it over. Wondering what is happening with him now that Percy is in command again,will Roan go back or will Percy use him outside to get information to him.

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This was another great episode! I'm kind of bummed that another site is saying that Nikita and Ringer (along with Hart of Dixie) are facing the axe, since The CW has a bunch of new shows coming, but I really hope they keep this one going. My only fear is that the quest to shut down Division may get repetitive, especially once the black boxes are all gone, leaving the audience bored.

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OMG - this was the most amazing episode. So many epic events took place: the whole Nikita and Amanda dynamic; Percy taking over Division; the takedown of Ari and Amanda- absolutely thrilling! Nikita seems a lot more vulnerable this season. Season 1 she was almost unbeatable, especially in hand to hand but this season she barely fought and the few fights she was in, she lost them. Interesting to see..... I hope the CW renews this show. It is clearly the best show on TV, despite the ratings. If not, hopefully it will be picked up by another network!!

Sidewinder

Although Percy's getting Division seemed little forced to me, I must say it was the best episode Nikita has given to us. I really enjoyed the tension between Amanda and Nikita, it was amazing. They both have respect to each other and keep a lot of grief. Very intense & very good, I'm going to clean the CW if they don't pick up this series for season 3 ;]

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the whole Percy getting division seems like a dream to me I must say I didn't see it coming in this epsiode...atleast I thought something like this would happen in the season finale..I hope amanda can redeem herself not gonna lie I love it when she's a cold hearted, mean, bitch and I was so happy she did not die without her Nikita would just not be the same

Neejan

There is so much going on in 1 episode.. It's great and I absolutely love it.

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I agree they keep the pace frantic and every show feels like a mini-movie. I'm thrilled to have Percy back in charge of Division because I find him to be much more of a deliciously evil bad guy. While on one hand, I'm glad Nikita didn't kill Amanda since it helped her realize how strong and humane she really is. On the other hand, I was ready to say good-bye to Ari and Amanda and put the focus on finally eliminating Percy and some new bad guy emerging. Because darn it - I remain hopeful that they will get a season 3.

Nikita Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

And, if you act now, we'll throw in a second replicator free.

Birkhoff

She's sleeping with the enemy ... literally.

Percy
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