Nikita Review: Return of Team Nikita

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Ryan woke up from his coma to an entirely differently reality on Nikita.

In "Self Destruct," Alex set out to complete her mission of saving people in response to Sean's death. Meanwhile, at Division, Ryan came up with a plan to protect everyone, while sacrificing himself and destroying the institution. Even though, they always planned on shutting down Division, this definitely was not an ideal situation for them to be in.

Hiding the Devastation

Alex's journey post-South Ossetia has been tragic. Amanda really messed up Alex's mind and was responsible for the devastation at Division and ultimately Sean's death. Even though he tried to get through to Alex with his dying words, Alex was still under her Larissa-induced mind frame. 

With nothing left at Division for her, she took off and tried to save more people. She was risking her life and everything to make a difference and fulfill the destiny that Amanda gave her. It only made sense that it would be Nikita that would bring the old Alex back. Even through their fights and differences, they have a bond unlike any other. Alex trusted Nikita enough to see through to the truth.

Despite Amanda's role in Alex's actions, it will take time for Alex to come to terms with what she was manipulated into doing. She made a strong start by agreeing to return to Division even though it meant facing Ryan again. His hesitation to trust her was understandable, but as Nikita said they needed all of them to succeed.

Ryan's decision to destroy Division and take the fall was noble, but unnecessary. It's something that Nikita would never allow her friend to do, as long as, there was any other option available. Ryan finally realized how close he came to falling into the Division trap. He grew to like the power of the institution and his role, but he didn't cross the line in any way that justified the sacrifice he was willing to make.

Nikita made a good point that their small group took out Percy without Division resources, while actually having to defeat them. Amanda doesn't have nearly the backing of Division and not even the decimated Division. They should be able to use the Black Box to track and destroy her. It will be sad to see the evil one taken out, but it's necessary for their protection and the security of the country.

The idea of the New Division was a good one, but it was built upon taken lives. Some of the ex-Division agents will certainly acclimate themselves back into the real world without problems, but others are bad people who will definitely go rogue. It's unfortunate, but true and they will need to be handled by someone.

Even though the New Division was a bust, Team Nikita remains strong. Perhaps a small knit group of black operatives is better suited to bringing in the Dirty Thirty and any other new rogue agents. Though, it's still unclear what, if anything, Amanda planted into Nikita's mind. Was Nikita's reflection on her suicide mission quest after Daniel's death prompted by something Amanda did to her? Or, just memories brought to the forefront by Alex's actions.

Either way, it's sure to be a wild ride to the end of Nikita season 3. They not only have to protect the secret of Division's implosion, but track down Amanda, Owen and the black box. 


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We still don't know what Amanda did to Nikita--I am thinking that she 'programmed' Nikita to kill herself, especially after the flashback we saw. Of course, that won't succeed--maybe Alex dies in an attempt to stop Nikita, though.


I liked this episode but I hope they wrap-up some of the loose ends in these last three episodes. Unlike other shows, "Nikita" thinks nothing of killing off lead characters. I was shocked when Percy was killed but even more so when Sean died at the end of the previous episode. I would rather see some sort of resolution where Amanda is concerned. It might be time for her to join Percy as she continues to live on forever depsite being a solo operative with limited financial resources. Somehow she manages to escape multiple face-to-face encounters with her Division enemies while capturing them whenever she wants. Still love the show but I am ready for some changes.


Its not been confirmed yet there is a season 4 right? Then I hoped they will at least wrap up the story and let Nikita and Michael lived happily after if there really isn't a season 4. I hate series without a proper ending.


It's weird, but I liked this episode for once. One part of me was hoping they were going to level Division. I never liked that name anyway. The other part of me would like to see it develop into something cooler.


This was a 'meh' episode: nothing special. I am really looking forward to the finale, but with last week's episode much of the tension has been broken already. The only dilemma remaining is Division and the Black Box, just like the previous season. Someone needs to get a good grip...


@fortyseven, i thought that was weird too!! LOL! It's like they have to push in something other than Michael's sweet little hug! Am i the only one who thinks Amanda didn't do anything to Nikita? she merely wants her to think that way and be suspicious of herself? A leader with doubts is hardly a capable leader! Right? What a ride to season finale!!


Man they're not even halfway done with the dirty 30 lol. I almost forgot about them haha. When Michael said there was 20 something left i gasped. They really have a lot to do still, with only 3 episodes left I surmise that the season finale will leave us on one hell of a cliffhanger.


continue: it looks great these last 3 episodes should be amazing.


I loved this episode. Alex wasn't able to save all the division agents and she wasn't able to save Sean but tonight she saved all the girls and that deffinetely counts for something. At first I thought Alex was going on a suicide mission and I think even though she was trying to save the girls it was kind of a suicide mission because it didn't seem like she planned on getting out of there alive. I was so ready for division to blow up tonight I like that we have the normal team back just there small little group is the best and I think they can do better than they could ever have done with all those division agents. Ok Alex is starting to get back to her old self I don't Amanda did anything else to her so I think she will be fine well atleast as fine as you can be all thing considering. Nikita on the other hand thinks that Amanda did something to her but doesn't know what I think we will find out what she did to her probably in like the season finale. I can't wait till the next episode it looks great these last 3 episodes should be amazing.


Yes, blow up Division! Alex saves the girls and they thank Nikita!? I'm not saying Nikita didn't help but come on!

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