Nikita Premiere Round Table: "3.0"

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Last season, TV Fanatic readers asked week after week for a Nikita Round Table. Well... ask and you shall receive! 

Join Carla Day, Carissa Pavilica and Tiffany Vogt (from TV Addict) for the inaugural edition of the Nikita Round Table below, as there was much for to discuss from the premiere with the "new" Division, "The Dirty Thirty" and Michael and Nikita's impressive engagement. Hope you'll chime in each week.


First impressions of the "new" Division.
Tiffany: I'm very wary of the "new" Division under Ryan. It feels like it hasn't figured out how to function as a legitimate organization and actually doesn't work well within the constraints of obeying laws. It was set up to be a covert organization that operated outside of the laws, and that's how it works best. So Ryan's rigid approach may not work with its structure or its operatives, who weren't trained that way.

Carissa: It does seem a bit...rugged. Like a game of tug o' war, the operatives and Ryan aren't really sure what their roles are. They could all use a little weekend getaway. You know, rent a condo in the mountains, fall into each other's arms from high trees, that sort of thing. Ops into office arms and vice versa. I imagine lots of charts and graphs and perhaps learning how to work together by cooking a meal. Yes, I come from the business end of things.  

Carla: It's a slicker looking headquarters. Have to love that sweet ride, too. I have to agree with Tiffany that Division was meant to be an unsanctioned, covert operation. It was under the purview of Oversight before, but that also was an under-the-radar organization. If the President tries to micro-manage Division, it will be a disaster.

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Has Ryan gotten in over his head with running Division? He has no leadership experience, has never been in the field, and the President is already all over his case.
Tiffany: Ryan definitely seems to be overwhelmed and has not learned to trust his operatives yet. Plus, he seems prone to sliding down the slippery slope of too much power corrupts. That would be a shame, but it seems like he is showing signs of being too interested in his own political career at this point. Then, it also seems odd than an analyst is now running field operations. It's not a good match.

Carissa:They're all in over their heads with running Division. Thus my oh-so-exciting desire of chopping veggies and cooking meat on a weekend getaway. They really need to understand each others' strengths and weaknesses for these operations to go smoothly. He can't learn on the job. He'll get people killed. 

Carla: At the end of last season, I was ecstatic that Ryan was going to be leading Division because I love the character and he is the antithesis of Percy and Amanda. Now, that he is in charge, I'm not so sure. He has no field experience and I'm afraid he could be easily manipulated by good or bad forces due to his inexperience. 

What do you think about "The Dirty Thirty" mission being the backbone of the season?
Tiffany: "The Dirty Thirty" makes an excellent over-arching mission for this season.  Can't wait to see them take down more of the rogue operatives that think they have escape the government's notice. They make for some fun villains to track and capture as well.

Carissa: It should be a lot of fun, and they've had rogues come back before, so we might get some great new talent who were just really mislead about the new direction come on board. 

Carla:As long as the take-downs are kept original and fresh, I love the idea. I'm not too concerned about that though, as Nikita has always been a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat show. I'm very intrigued by Amanda's role with "The Dirty Thirty." How many decided to team up with her? And, what is her end game now? Exciting stuff coming, I can feel it!

How fitting was Michael and Nikita's engagement? 
Tiffany: I loved Michael and Nikita's engagement! It felt perfect given who they are and how they are as a couple. It ended up being so romantic and funny.  Very nicely done!

Carissa:If it had happened in any other way, it wouldn't have been Nikita! For a second, I thought he was going to rob the store to get a new ring. I was glad to see someone was oddly carrying the ring in their pocket. I guess stranger things have happened! 

Carla: Loved it! The look on Nikita's face when he demanded her Glock and said why. Amazing! Because I can't watch or read the exchanges enough, here they are:

Michael: Give me the damn Glock!
Nikita: Where are you going?
Michael: To get your damn engagement ring. | permalink

Nikita: You had me at "Give me the damn Glock." | permalink

What are you looking forward to this season? Or, hope will happen?
Tiffany: Since Sonya seems to be giving Birkhoff the cold-shoulder, it would be nice to see him get another lady-love in his life. Plus, sending Birkhoff out in the field is always hilarious, so more of those aspects would be fun. It would also be great to see Alex and Sean get a chance to pursue their relationship.

Carissa: I can't wait for Owen to be back on a regular basis. He's my crush and I've missed him. Also, watching Alex in action is always a pleasure. The story is so open right now I can't think of anything I'm not looking forward to seeing!

Carla: I'm looking forward to Nikita struggling to adjust to this Division and having to answer to someone above her. While the action is what brings me to the show, it's the relationships that I just adore. I want to see more Michael-Nikita, Alex-Sean, some love for Birkhoff, and maybe even Ryan. And, like Carissa, can't wait for Owen to return.

Carla Day is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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