Nikita Review: Freedom or Death?

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At first, "Tipping Point" appeared to be a Nikita episode about Michael getting a fully operational arm again. But turned into so much more. Wow. 

What a freaking twist! I didn't see it coming at all, did you? Even on my second viewing of the episode, I didn't find any glaring clues the Alex was behind the mutiny. It was obvious that Amanda did something to her, but the extent of Alex's shift in mind frame was utterly shocking. Kudos to the writers and to Lyndsy Fonseca for her outstanding performance.

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In "Inevitability," Ryan and Nikita took back total control of Division and re-committed to bringing in the Dirty Thirty, shutting down Division, and getting everyone their freedom. They completely shut down Division's role in black operations for the US government. While the search for the Dirty Thirty may have been happening in the background, Michael set out on his own to find a better solution to replace his artificial arm.

Heidecker may have been trafficking in children, but his organization named "The Shop" by Birkhoff had the capability to replace Michael's arm and he wasn't going to ignore that option. He headed out on his own to get the data to find them. What started out as a simple mission for Michael and Nikita turned into something much more dangerous for them and unexpectedly for the safety of Division.

While it makes sense that Michael would want to get a working arm back, was the cost worth it? Jason died after he volunteered to help infiltrate the Chinese company and steal the prion in exchange for a new arm. He gave his life for Michael's arm. That alone was an enormous cost, but it had even farther reaching consequences.

After Alex revealed that the US government was willing to exterminate everyone at Division, a mutiny was formed. Rachel and others were working on a plan to escape from Division. Their initial plan to blow up the tracker data on the Division servers failed, but they were determined to come up with another way. After Jason died on a side mission for Nikita and Michael, the mutiny's recruitment expanded.

At first, I couldn't understand why they wouldn't trust Ryan and Nikita after they revealed everything. Though, after considering what I would do if I was in Rachel's position, it made more sense. Percy, Amanda, and even Ryan and Nikita lied to them. Why would they believe them now? After everything they have been through, why wouldn't they take matters into their own hands now that they can?

Only they don't understand the greater consequences of their actions. A mutiny could force the government to take final and complete action to get rid of Division. The mutineers are unwittingly putting them all in danger. In order to shut it down and protect everyone, Sean set up a trap and it caught Rachel. She was the one that hacked the computer system to allow access to the server room.

She may have claimed to be the leader, but she messed up. IT WAS ALEX! What?!?! That was such a shock. Even though it was clear that Alex hadn't been herself since South Ossetia, it never crossed anyone's mind that she was involved with the mutiny. Amanda manipulated Alex's memories about her time in the brothel and transferred her regrets over not saving the girls there to the operatives at Division.

Alex was determined to rewrite her history by being the savior of the souls at Division. And, she went as far as shooting Ryan and then convincing Rachel to take the fall. Alex may be somewhat delusional, but she still has her training. Going forward, will Alex be able to keep her true intentions a secret from those around her? Especially from Sean? 

It was disappointment to see Alex go through with the mutiny plans, shoot Ryan, and use Rachel to cover it up even after hearing Nikita's plan for dealing with the mutineers. Nikita gave Alex an out, but she wasn't able to overcome Amanda's programming to see the right path to take.

Nikita: We're going to march them out in front of everyone ... and we're going to forgive them. This isn't the old Division anymore. | permalink

There is some hope that Alex will reveal herself though. After Rachel was captured, Alex and Nikita had a discussion about her plan and the ultimate outcome. It provided insight into Alex's beliefs on the matter and if she continues to be that open, Nikita will see through her.

Nikita: So she wants us all dead.
Alex: She wants everyone to be free. | permalink

Or, perhaps, Nikita will get through to Alex that if the mutiny succeeds that it won't end in freedom, but in death for them all. Either way, it's a dangerous road that's ahead for everybody at Division. Plus, now there is a potential additional threat from "The Shop." And, of course, Amanda is still out there and determined to make Nikita pay.

Were you shocked when Alex was revealed as the leader of the mutiny? Should Michael have made the deal to get a new arm? Who is the biggest threat to Division right now? Mutiny? Amanda? The Shop?


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Okay so did you see the look on Michael's face as Alex was talking about Rachel wanting freedom? I think he suspects something is off..


I wasn't surprised it was Alex. Her bitterness has been pretty evident since the last episode. What intrigues me though is "The Shop"'s gift to Michael. I think that hand has something in it - think it's a Trojan horse. "It's a trap!!" ;)


Finding out alex was the leader of the mutiny was a shocker I didn't think anything was wrong with her...and I am so tired of people mentioning what nikita did for her some years ago yes nikita saved her and got her cleaned and whatever but that doesn't mean that alex can't stand up to her or say what she has to say.


holy shit this episode fucking ruled.... I'm surprised Nikita will be airing next Friday, as pretty much all the other CW shows have gone on to Hiatus. please let there be a season 4 this is my favorite show


I hate Alex. She was ok for a little while but I seriously hate her. After all Nikita did for her. She is ungrateful and idiotic. I don't care if he is delusional or if Amanda did something to her. Nikita fought Amanda's brain washing so why couldn't she?
Ryan has to wake up and out that russian wench asap. They need to lock her up in percy's cage.
Nikita is doing her best to save everyone. She never wanted division to exist after Percy but they had to do it that way.
In fact I don't understand how any agent could think that Nikita would be like Percy. They should be ashamed!


Larissa never existed. Alex experienced a virtual reality. Amanda blew up the base to hide this. It ties in with The Shop arc but I'd prefer Alex with free agency. The Shop is really creepy.


Great episode. I can usually see the big shockers coming but I was completely suprized when Alex turned out to be the leader of the mutiny. I honestly thought Amanda did nothing to Alex just after that incident she opened up her eyes but nows it's very clear that she did do something to her mind and it was probably around the same thing she did to Owen since Sean said there was a chair like Amanda used on Owen in the next room. After Alex shot Ryan she remembered Amanda with a drill or something about to do something to her and that wasn't in the episode when she was taken so Amanda deffinetely did something to her but she's obviously having trouble remembering what because before she was pretty certain Amanda did nothing to her but now it seems like she's not so sure. I think Nikita will find out Alex was the one behind the mutiny and the one who shot Ryan and I also think they will figure out Amanda did something to her and they'll figure out what she did to her exactly. Can't wait for the next episode it looks real good.

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Nikita Season 3 Episode 16 Quotes

My vote goes for Operation Dissolve the Laptop in Acid.


If I knew "Shmoopies" was going to be part of this op, I definitely would have said no.