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Nikita Series Finale Review: Freedom

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Goodbye, Nikita

It was much too soon for Nikita to end, but at least the series had a proper and fitting conclusion. With Ryan's death in the penultimate episode, the series was able to finish with a hopeful and happy ending.

Division and the United States created Nikita the Assassin and that Nikita returned to avenge Ryan's death ... at least that's what appeared to be happening. I totally and completely bought into the narrative that Nikita and Alex partnered up to take out the Group in Nikita Season 4 Episode 6.

Nikita as a Prisoner

I never saw the twist coming, did you? Team Nikita was able to pull off an amazing ruse in order to beat Amanda at her own game. Before Ryan's death, I'm not sure I would have believed that Nikita would turn so dark or that Alex would go along with it. 

After all that Amanda had done over the years, I found it plausible that Nikita would turn against those that were responsible for both Ryan's death and the plot to start a devastating war. As believable as it was, I was beyond thrilled to find out that Nikita hadn't lost herself and instead took extreme measures to take out her foes.

As the flashbacks to Nikita's induction at Division unfolded, it seemed oddly placed to tell that story in the series finale. By the end of the hour, it all made sense. Amanda believed that Nikita reverted to her former self and hadn't changed at all. Nikita's troubled start at Division, Amanda's ego led her to believe what she was witnessing.

Amanda's words came back to haunt her, "Deception is more important than brute force."

The faked death at the retreat was outstanding. It fooled everyone and that was the moment that Nikita's plan moved into high gear. While Nikita and Alex played their parts on the inside, the guys worked it from the outside.

The shifting allegiances within Team Nikita was amazing to watch unravel. It moved so quickly that it was difficult to know which side was right and which was wrong. It appeared the series was going to end with a fractured team. 

The fight between Nikita and Alex was epic! It was awesome and they sold it. What a ruse! Out of all the twists on television, this was by far one of the best orchestrated this year. It was effective because it wasn't done solely to trick the audience, it was all about capturing Amanda.

Hook. Line. Sinker. Amanda's arrogance brought her down. She never saw her demise coming. When Ryan didn't shoot her in Nikita season 4 episode 5, I was disappointed, though it wasn't in his character to kill an unconscious person ... even Amanda.

Death would have been too good a punishment for her. She will live out the rest of her days locked up and alone, "No one will ever find you. Welcome back to the basement, Helen." That's a much more fitting end for her. Perfect in fact. Her ending was as miserable as Team Nikita's was satisfying.

Amanda was captured, the doubles were taken out of play and the real doppelgangers were freed. Their plan was a success. And that wasn't the best part of it. Nikita's family finally found their freedom. Alex embraced her true identity as Alexandra Udinov. Sam found a fitting job protecting Alex. And Birkhoff revealed himself to the world. 

It was nice to see Ryan again, even if only as a vision. Nikita came to terms with his death and it wasn't in vain. Ryan provided the key intelligence the team needed to successfully pull of their plan. 

Even Michael and Nikita found their happily ever after. They were married, headed to the beach, and used their honeymoon to help those in need. Perfect!

"The real gift isn't freedom. It's what we get to do with it."

Were you satisfied with the series finale? Did you get fooled by Team Nikita's ruse? Will Nikita and Michael live happily ever after?


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Finally! The most poorly written TV show comes to an end! Bad story line, wooden acting, little continuity. Where was Sonya? Why did Nikita marry that overbearing, selfish, self absorbed, domineering S.O.B. Michael? I thought Nikita was supposed to be intelligent, but I always wondered about her mental health.

@ Peter

Your crazy this show was great and this last season should have had more episodes!!!

@ Peter

I replied to you and replied in the wrong place but don't feel to re-write it. Besides you're not worth the re-write.


Great show, great ending. I hope it continues somehow in another form. Maybe a movie after a few years with the original cast.


The best series I ever followed but I hate that it finally came to an end.


Honeymoon to help Michael and Nikita found their happily.


I was beyond thrilled at the ending. I loved how Mikita ended up. I loved that it seems Sam and Alex will be together, and I loved how happy Birkoff was. I wished though that Sonya was shown, and I don't believe for one minute that Sleepy Hollow was a conflict. Couldn't she have been spared for a minute shot? She's not in every ep in SH. Amanda sure got her comeuppance. I was sad about Ryan, but he made the ultimate sacrifice. I still love the original Division as opposed to The Shop, but great ending to a great series.


Sonya wasn't in this because of a scheduling conflict while filming Sleepy Hollow. Nikita,I am going to miss my favorite show so fucking much. it was an amazing ride and everybody brought their A game all four seasons. although I do wish Nikita would have at least punched Amanda in the face or some kind of physical alteration. 5 star show that I can proudly say I have stuck with since season 1 episode 1.


Sonya wasn't in this because of a scheduling conflict while filming Sleepy Hollow. Nikita,I am going to miss my favorite show so fucking much. it was an amazing ride and everybody brought their A game all four seasons. although I do wish Nikita would have at least punched Amanda in the face or some kind of physical alteration. 5 star show that I can proudly say I have stuck with since season 1 episode 1.


I can't complain about the writing on this episode. It was a great ending to a really good series. I am curious though, all of the prisons that the 'writers' on this show dream up (the Plexiglas enclosure Percy was in and others) never seem to taking into account people having to use the toilet and in Amanda's case eating and drinking. Unless they plan on feeding Amanda through a tube and giving her some water she'll be dead from lack of water in 3-4 days max and if not given any food; anywhere from 10-60 days.


Loved the episode. I was definitely fooled by the plan I didn't the twist coming which is surprising because I usually see these types of things coming. I really thought Nikita was gone but was happy to find out it was all just an act. Until I read this review I thought they should of killed Amanda but I agree death would of been way to pleasant and what she got is so much better. I loved the ending Alex and Sam were working together and having dinner, Birkhoff told the world who he is, and Nikita and Michael finally got married and they are still helping people because lets face it Nikita would never be able to stop with some sort of mission it's who she is and it would be weird if she stopped. I will miss the show so much, it is my favorite show but the series finale was perfect and I couldn't be happier of how it ended.


One question: where was Sonya?