Nikita Review: Can't Save Everyone

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Ever since Nikita season 3 left the Dirty Thirty behind and shifted the focus to Amanda's mission, it has been a non-stop, unpredictable emotional ride.

On "Broken Home," Division imploded from the mutiny, while the captive Nikita learned about Amanda's past through mind manipulation. Both were intense situations that ended in shocking and unexpected ways. While one happened in the past and the other in the present, both have far-reaching consequences.

Stopping Amanda

Amanda's mission to get Nikita this season has been confusing at times, but that fits with her character. What is it that Amanda really wants? She says that she wants to teach both Nikita and Alex lessons, but it's becoming more clear that Amanda doesn't necessarily know her end game. At this point of her plan, she wanted Nikita to learn the truth about her past and a tragic one it was.

"You can't save everyone." was the theme of the hour and Nikita's lesson of the day. While re-living Amanda's past, Nikita was determined save Helen from her father's torture and experiments. Amanda also continually promised to save Helen, but year after year never followed through on the promise. She couldn't overcome her father's control. It all came to a tragic end when Helen killed her father and her sister. After years of torture, Helen could only save herself and with that the new Amanda was born.

Amanda (Helen) suffered at the hands of her father and ended up following in his footsteps by using the same techniques on Division recruits. As her father made her, she made Nikita, who made Alex. Amanda's understanding of how the three of them are connected finally makes sense, while perhaps deluded. Now that Nikita knows the truth, will that alter her opinion of Amanda? Will she want to save her or kill her?

Nikita believes and Amanda implied that something else was done to Nikita's brain while she was unconscious. Did Amanda plant other thoughts in her head? For Nikita's sake, I hope it's not nearly has harmful as what Amanda did to Owen and Alex.

While Nikita took a trip down Amanda's memory lane, Alex was learning the same lesson that "You can't save everyone" at Division. Alex's self-destruction due to the implanted emotions over the loss of Larissa and the brothel girls has been difficult to watch. Not even Sean could get through to her. Rachel may have taken over leadership of the mutiny, it was Alex that spurred the actions that lead to a loss of life.

Alex's intentions to free everyone ended up including the destruction of Shadow Walker making her friend, Birkhoff, a target. Unlike the first time Birkhoff had to kill someone, he had no hesitation here. He had to protect himself, Division, and do whatever he could to save the mutineers from themselves.

While most of the Division agents were able to escape, others died and in the end, Alex lost the person who meant the most to her. Sean's death was tragic and happened so quickly. One moment he seemed fine and the next moment he was dead from internal bleeding. In the end, will Alex finally realize that Amanda did mess with her head? After everything Alex has been through in her life and her quest to save everyone, the loss of Sean may be more than she can take.

Alex may have lost Sean, but she's not responsible for his death. The blame belongs entirely to Amanda. The evil mind manipulator has taken too much from them all. She has caused unbelievable pain on all of the those remaining at Division. Nikita, Michael, Alex, Birkhoff, and Ryan should shift their focus to finally taking her out, so she can't torment anyone else. 


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@JJ... you deleted your Tivo listing is your choice. in Broken Home.. now we know who is Amanda. Again Sean died twice... this time internal possible he will be back some time later. .. with Cyrus come back in G-20 summit .. to help Nikita ... can't wait... for the rest episode..


First of all, the show needs Nikita and Amanda... the two make the show on going. If the show kill Amanda then Alex will replace Amanda... just like Amanda replaced Percie. Sean.. has been killed twice.. this time he got shot but he had internal bleeding.. so it is possible the show bring him back sometime.


JJ you are a lost cause This episode was out of this World amazing


★★★★☆TV @JJ Agree with an exception. "Give Nikita a proper send off with a series finale already and be done with it>" No! Need 88 eps for syndication. The producers got this season wrong but the series deserves one more season. Cast and crew are still excellent and I'll keep watching. Amanda is tiring as THE villain. More arcs please.. Our minds can handle it._. //\\


This was definitely one of Nikita's most intense episodes. I loved how emotional and surprising it all was. It made me sit at the edge of my seat. Loved this episode. I have absolutely no idea what the next episode or this season turns out to be and I can't wait for it!


Goodbye JJ lol...... In all seriousness at this point I just want Amanda shot right in her face !!. this episode was truly awesome.


I never cared about Sean. Next episode: "You've messed with my mind for the last time!" Headshot. Fade to dark.


never mind, i found it.
"Apparat - Goodbye"


WHY DID SEAN HAVE TO DIE?!? i liked him
btw what was the name of the last song


end of Alex's mind story. In the next episode Ryan's back which will be good. Alex is out for revenge and Nikita and Michael have to stop her and think that will be interesting to see I also think it will be interesting to see what happens with Amanda, Owen and the black box. I really hope Nikita, Michael, Alex, and birkoff don't die at all this season or in the next season because that season will be the last and it will really suck to end the show without all the main and best characters. Can't wait till the next episode it looks good and sounds good.

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