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


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I hope we get more Nikita and Amanda scenes. Maggie and Melinda are amazing actors. They brought their A-game. I simply couldn't get enough and wish there had been more scenes between them. I love the dynamic at play. It makes me want for a reconcilation between the two,(as weird as it sounds, I don't think they hate one another), even though it's probably not possible.


Best. Show. Ever.
Twists. Turns. Control shifts.
Amanda's on the run. Nikita let her live. Honestly, I almost screamed when they were gonna shoot Percy. Yes, I want him dead. But he's an awesome villian. Don't wanna see him die that way.
Birkhoff? Hilarious. Love him. *Gogol Michael sold seperately*


je suis un grand fan francais de la serie je la suis depuis le tout debut et je suis d'accord cette serie est la meilleure de la CW et elle merite d'avoir une saison 3


Percy is gonna use Sonia as a double agent I bet if he doesn't kill her. I love the differing worldviews and the speed in which one can lose/gain power on this series. I liked Alex speaking Russian.


OMG this episode was incredible!!! Both Nikita and Alex looked amazing and thank god they dressed the girls up bc I had forgotten how sexy they are. The Amanda and Alex rivalry was wicked and either one of them could kill each other. Alex is over Zetrov which is good and now Percey has division back oh lord will someone kill him already. This show is amazing and way better then vampire diaries and needs to be renewed bc its the best show on CW and on tv in general and it better get renewed for season 3. Im just wondering what they have in stores for us for the season finale since they already made each episode of this season insane!!!


Such a kickass episode.When Nikita gets all dolled up and wears dresses she looks absolutly stunning !!! . . . For me Nikita is the best show on the CW,clearly ahead of the once almighty Vampire diaries.Every episode is thrilling on many different levels and leaves you grasping your seat..THIS SHOW MUST GET RE-NEWED

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Nikita Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

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


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