Nikita Review: Because You Say It Is?

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"The Life We've Chosen" were appropriately Ari's last words and summed up the episode well. Though, it could just as easily have been titled for what Alex said, "Because you say it is?" The mission to get Alex back was full of difficult choices and conflict, which likely will stick with the team members.

In the new Division, the management structure is complicated with Ryan running the joint, but both Nikita and Michael are in leadership roles too. Alex's question could have been poised by and to several members of the team throughout the hour. While this new organization is supposed to be better, one area that it lacks is in command and obedience. Perhaps, the lack of blind obedience is a good thing though.

Amanda Is Shocked

Ryan and Nikita often have discussed how they want to do things differently and better this time, but Ryan failed horribly when he decided to put a kill chip in Ari's head. His decision to keep that from everyone but Owen proved that it was wrong. If it was the right thing to do, he would have let the mission team leader and his supposed partner in running Division in on his plan. His arrogance that he knew best jeopardized Nikita and the team. 

First, the kill chip interfered with the mission communications. At least Birkoff was able to overcome this nuisance and it didn't cause any major problems. Second, Nikita figured it out on her own and that caused a conflict that nearly killed them all. The team wasn't at the ready for the ambush and didn't hear Sean warn them while arguing. Both were problematic. 

Even though Ari had the kill chip in his head, he acted to save the whole team and mission. He claimed it was because he didn't want Amanda to win, but I think Nikita standing up for him mattered. They may have been at odds over the years, but he saw Nikita was honorable and willing to risk herself and the team to try and save him.

While the rescue mission was underway, Alex didn't waste any time in trying to escape. She used the medic to distract the guards and they made a run for it. Alex and Nikita aren't that different. They both have a solid moral code and desire to help others. During the escape, the medic was shot protecting Alex. That only heightened the sense of responsibility Alex felt for her.

During Amanda and Nikita's reunion, Amanda warned Nikita that Alex would turn on her. Now, that Alex was under Amanda's control, she took advantage of the opportunity to plant doubts into the young spy's head. Amanda's psychological warfare is how she is able to hurt people the most. And, it may be how she is able to cause Nikita the most pain.

After the Alex and Ari exchange, I was disappointed in what happened next. It came across as too contrived and easy. Alex isn't simpleminded such that she would fall for Amanda's mind games like that. Plus, with Sean there, he should have stopped Alex rather than let down the team. Time was a crucial consideration though and Nikita and Alex took off separately before a real conversation ever took place. 

The decision to split up caused both teams to fail in their mission. Ari escaped from Amanda with the black box only to be shot in the back before Nikita could cover him. If the full team had been there, Ari would have lived. And, Alex was not able to fend off the soldiers greater force to save the medic. The only victory was that all the Division assets came back alive and with the black box.

That victory was all that Ryan saw when he complimented Nikita and Alex on a job well done. He didn't take time to notice the fractures that his decisions and the mission caused within the team. Michael and Nikita had it out over the kill switch. And, the current relationship between Nikita and Alex is unknown.

I worry for what will happen to Alex next. She doesn't trust Nikita right now and Sean is in the perfect situation to push the two women even further apart. It would be a shame if Amanda's words get inside Alex's head and then if that is compounded with Sean's negativity surrounding Nikita and Division. Will Sean use this situation to isolate Alex, so he can have her all to himself? 

I hope that my worries are unfounded and that Alex will recognize Amanda's manipulation and work things out with Nikita. When it comes down to it, someone has to be the team leader and if the leader's directions aren't followed lives are lost. That was shown both through disobeying Ryan regarding the kill chip and then when the four person team split up. Though, there is a key distinction between the two situations.

Nikita was kept out of the loop on the kill chip, which was an even bigger mistake. Out in the field, trust is probably the most important thing. Ryan betrayed not only Nikita's trust, but the vision they set for the new Division. 

Will the Division team be able to overcome the fractures that developed through this mission? Or, will the fractures become full breaks? I really hope it's the former because it would be too much to handle otherwise.

Odds and Ends

  • Finally, Amanda fixed her horrid hair. It looked so gorgeous in this episode.
  • It's a slippery slope and Ryan has slid down it. Will Ryan learn from his mistake? Or, will the kill chip be just one more step to him becoming Percy II?
  • Glad to see that Owen's conversation with Alex in the car wasn't entirely forgotten. Sean doesn't like Owen, but that's okay. Their tension is fun to watch.
  • Ari: If you die, Amanda wins and to quote your eloquence, "Screw Amanda." | permalink
  • Ari was a foe for so long that is was a shock to me that I teared up when he died. He didn't make up for all his wrongs, but it was an honorable death. And, he did get the black box.
  • Ryan: Activating that kill chip is the only smart course of action.
    Nikita: I can't do that. We don't make that choice. We aren't that kind of Division. | permalink
  • Birkhoff: Scan's all clear. No hidden bombs or gas pouches. I guess Amanda knew better than to turn you into a party pinata. | permalink
  • While Amanda didn't plant anything physical in Alex, she definitely planted doubt about Nikita.


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NOOO. NOT ARI. Are all the good "bad" characters going to die? They only had so many evil charismatic characters on the show, and after they killed Percy, and now Ari, there's only Amanda left. The ALEX VS NIKITA thing has been done before. It's such a boring storyline. Please don't go there. Anyways, RIP ARI. You will be missed.


Sean has tried to help Alex all along. Salex all the way. No Olex




I am not disappointed in Sean going with Alex. He kept her from being killed, and probably couldn't stop her.


I Loved this episode and this show is AMAZING.
I do think that the review was too harsh on Sean in this episode saying that he should have stopped Alex, and I really believe that Alex made the right decision, in this entire episode the only innocent that we saw was Larissa.
Did Nikita just forget all that Ari has done and that he made is own bed, and that the only decent thing in the entire series was protect his son, Larissa was only in the series for one episode and did more good then Ari ever has when she took that bullet for Alex.
Beside that Ari was "responsible for a couple massacres" in that area as well.
LARISSA should have been the priority not ARI and Nikita should have seen that or at least given Alex a moment to try to explain before she just announced that Ari was the priority.
RANT now over oh and WTF is going on with Ryan


Sick of Amanda? How? SHE is the most complex character in the show. Nikita basically revolves around her. It is the writers that should have made her more interesting, if that is possible. Melinda Clarke is a beautiful actress, but this season she looked like shit because of the hair. The first 2 season, Melinda looked AMAZING in EVERY episode she was in. In Reunion, the best episode of the season, Amanda and Nikita made one of the strongest connections they have ever had in all 3 seasons. Melinda Clarke makes the show and Amanda is portrayed amazingly. But, they should have kept her long hair. The only thing I didn't get, was in the first fight, between Amanda and Nikita, Amanda put up an amazing fight, she kicked ass and won. This match, was pathetic, she barely got a hit in. The writers need to make Amanda more dangerous, stronger, faster, etc. Give her a victory every now and then, like they did with Percy. I don't get what makes Amanda so dangerous, the writers always give the victory to Nikita at the end of the episode. Amanda was so much more "Amanda" in the first 2 seasons, mainly, because, she always had the upper hand in every situation. The writers need to bring THAT Amanda back. All I know, is that if Amanda(Melinda Clarke) is killed off, I am done with the show.


Love this show and I generally like the clever writing but count me as one of those who is ready for the Amanda story line to come to an end. I would have preferred that Ari live and Amanda be the one to finally meet her demise (or be captured). They need a new story arc and not another trip down Alex vs. Nikita lane.


Nobody finds annoying that the kill chip disrupted the team's communications? I mean, every division agent used to have one and it never was a problem in the past. And now, conveniently, is enough of a nuisance to make Birkhoff check the communications. As far as plot devices go, it's pretty poor.


RIP Ari. Slippery slope is slippery!


did anyone noticed the scene when alex went back to save larissa, she first stared at a chair inside another room? that has to mean something. comments anyone?

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Nikita Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

If you die, Amanda wins and to quote your eloquence, "Screw Amanda."


Amanda was right. Compassion will be your downfall.

Ari [to Nikita]