Nikita Review: Beware the Slippery Slope

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As the Nikita episode began, it appeared that "Brave New World" referred to Michael and the quest to get him a new hand. By the end of the hour, that couldn't have been further from the truth. It's always about Division, isn't it?

It's the organization that won't die.  Was Nikita naive to think that they could bring in the Dirty Thirty and then Division would be closed down? It was an honorable goal and ambitious mission from the beginning, especially with the President's threat of death if their existence was revealed. It was no mistake that Division was pulled back into active missions after Ryan pulled a "Percy" move of "controlling the narrative."

Nikita In Kosovo

This turn down a dark path was started by Nikita going rogue. She's not one to blindly follow orders. If she can help someone she cares about, no matter the risk or cost, she'll do it. Her decision to go after Heidecker for Michael was not up for question, though her decision to go alone should have been. She's an experienced agent and should have known better. And, Birkhoff should have done more to convince her to take back up. 

Those decisions led to Nikita's capture, an international incident, and ultimately to Division's mission ramp up. Back when Carla was around, Nikita warned of the danger of the organization. It's a statement that they should remember again.

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Ryan is not Percy, but his decision to use the dead man's method signaled again the slippery slope that he must prevent. The original Division started by Carla was designed as a benevolent organization to help people and the government, but somewhere along the way it turned into a nefarious organization that thrived on power and manipulation. Going forward, it will be a balancing act for the team. 

They were given four missions from the President, but why were those specific cases referred to Division? Are they honorable and in the best interest of the country? Or, were they assigned to Division because they are black ops that have a questionable basis for action? The threat of extermination has already been made, will they become the nefarious arm of the government? It's a scary thought.

Nikita's trip to Kosovo ended up being a failure. She wasn't able to get the help necessary for Michael. Though, it wasn't a complete loss. Michael is reinvigorated to find a better option to replace his hand, plus his fragile ego got a boost from participating in a successful mission in the field. That should make the transition to running ops easier for him to take and lets him know he could be in the field.

Michael now has hope again. Hope for a new hand and for a return to action. And, that should provide hope to Nikita that they can resume their happy and loving personal life too. Well ... as long as Michael doesn't become obsessed and block her out. They are such a good couple that it would be a shame if that happened.

Is Division heading to the dark side again? Is history destined to repeat itself? Can the current Division leadership team guide the organization in the right direction?


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While I love Nikita. I have to say she really f*ed up in this episode. Poor Nikita, she wants to look out for everyone. Keep everyone safe. Make amends etc but in the end she really just screwed everything up because this episode pretty much brought on a huge game changer for all of them.


Yes I agree that the Nikita and Alex dynamic should be amped up. their relationship throughout the first 2 seasons was brilliant, and I miss that dynamic.


Great episode.


Interesting turn. I wonder what 3x15 will be? 1x15 and 2x15 were big Alex episodes.


Alternate title for this episode could have been, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions".
I didn't think they'd be able to pull off Ryan slowly morphing into Percy, but they did. He may not be the power-hungry sociopath Percy was, but he's starting to get sucked into the Division way of doing things. And then Michael's storyline - it was downright chilling to see Nikita commiserating with Heidecker and him almost portrayed as good guy who can help Michael, only to discover he experiments on children. And doesn't even have a hint of any moral qualms about it.
They're all trying to do the right thing, but they may have to sell their souls to get there.


Loved this episode, how everyone was involved, except Owen! aww! can't we have owen and ryan interactions? or owen and nerd? agreed with Aykme about ryan evolution. seems like we are seeing a darker side to his character as well. michael's light of hope in the end scares me a bit because he looks possessed by the whole idea of having a real hand back. i almost didn't recognize him as the Michael we know. it will be interesting to see how far they will take these two. love nerd and niki's moment of bond villain. can always count on him to bring the epic one liners. nikita doesn't need saving every week, only sometimes. and this time, she's in a CAGE in another country. i loved episodes like these where everyone played a part in the main arc and not scattered around. looks like we will see more of alex next week. i wish there was more moments between Nikita and her girl Alex. those moments shine brightly than others. :D WHEN IS FRIDAY AGAIN?


Nikita can't be a The Lone Ranger she once was anymore... she is in division and has a whole team now, she can't just go into the field alone anymore.... so obviously she has to change tactics when out doing a mission. but this was yet another great episode... I wish this show was on everyday, I absolutely love it !!


I loved and I hated it. For one, the Nikita of the past used to have well planned missions and ingenius improvisations. Nikita never needed a back up team her ability to anticipate and improvise on demand was what made the show. This was the woman who went up against Percy, Amanda and Michael everyday and came out the winner. So the question must be asked, What the hell is going on, that Nikita needs to be saved by Michael every week? The Nikita of old would not have run into a building filled with armed men but found a way to bring them out. What I loved was the evolution of Ryan, I almost forgot he was a genius at game theory until this episode.


Good episode. Knew right away that michaels hand wouldn't get fixed because its to soon right now if there really going to do it they should wait till about the season finale or in the next season. Ryan making a Percy decision made me think that this is the first step to him becoming another Percy. The president giving them for more files of people there supposed to deal with made me wonder what division was becoming now is it really changing or is it going back to the way things use to be. Can't wait till the next episode it looks good.

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