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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This episode wa amazing and very emotional. I understand why Amanda's so psychotic now and the whole messing with people's minds makes since but it doesn't change how I feel about her I still think they should kill her. Alex kept trying to keep the mutiny under control but couldn't. Michaels plan to get out and save Nikita worked which was good. In the end at the division agents died after a shoot out and the others all ran off. When Sean was laying there on the floor with Alex dying was so sad and sweet with what there last words were Sean asked her to promise to get help and fix her mind and he promised him so I think in the next episode she'll be trying to keep that promise or that's what might stop her from what she's doing in the next episode which is going out for revenge. Alex could handle the deaths the mutiny caused because she stayed at division and was going to wait for Nikita and Michael to get back but then Sean died and she can't deal with that because she left and in the next episode she goes out for revenge obviously for that reason. When Sean died I cried and I watched that part 3 times and everytime it just got harder to watch it was to soon to happen I hated that he died but he was the most expendable and I think it had to happen to set the 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.


After watching this episode of Nikita (Broken Home) I deleted it off my Tivo listing. I feel the show has lost it's focus this season. Amanda's given too much power/too much credit - mind manipulation to the extent portrayed in the last few episodes, seriously??? Sean is killed off at the end of the episode because...? Well, the producers decided they needed to kill off a major character and they ran out of fake blood so they stuck a bullet with no exit wound, said he bled out and called it a day, lame. Give Nikita a proper send off with a series finale already and be done with it.

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