Nikita Review: Protecting the Innocent

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After over 20 years of spying, conspiring and sleeping with each other, Amanda turned on Ari over a single failed mission. 

Now, she only has one thing left to live for and that's to cause Nikita as much pain as possible. Amanda's days on earth are finally coming to an end. Nikita may have spared her former teacher's life before, but Amanda destroyed any hope for a long life after she decided to kill innocents.

"With Fire" presented Division with one of the greatest acts of terror the country could face with random acts of violence: a grenade in an elevator, a mass shooting at a farmer's stand, and the shooting of a family outside their home. With no pattern and no geographical restraints, the Crimson Resistance spread terror across the nation and all with weapons Amanda procured through Division contacts.

Ari's Demands

Even though Amanda was behind the violence, it wasn't a matter of Nikita versus Amanda. It was about Division saving innocent lives, which is why it wasn't surprising that Nikita would resort to violence to get Ari to talk. What was surprising was how long Ari held out without giving over the information; that was until his true motivation came out.

Ari sought out Division, held strong to his demand for money, withstood the painful beating all for the love of his son. Even though Nikita has no children of her own, the motivation of love was something that she understood. Ari never expected to get out. He wanted the money to keep his son safe and once he realized that there was no money, he gave up the information trusting Nikita to protect his son.

Ari's intel ended up not being all that helpful, since Alex's idea of tracking the mobile phone encryption worked. Birkhoff was able to hack the signal and Alex prevent the third attack before it started. Amanda proved that she was resourceful at setting up elaborate plans when she framed Sean for killing Kendrick and this time she wanted to frame Division for the terrorist attacks. With the terrorist's face and execution shown on the video transmission, there was no one to refute the evidence that she left implicating Division.

Wow. Imagine what Amanda could have done with her brilliant mind if she used it to better the world, rather than break people's minds, kill, and destroy. Amanda's resources and contacts have to be withering as word gets out about her nefarious ways. It shouldn't be long before Nikita and Division catch up with her. Will they take her dead or alive? Nikita seems ready to put a bullet in her head, but will Owen's lost memories alter that plan? 

As much as, Owen deserves to know the truth, bringing Amanda in isn't the answer. She would use the opportunity to further her own agenda and perhaps hurt Owen even more. For the greater good, Amanda needs to be removed either with a bullet or put in a cell and forgotten. It looks like the final showdown will be over Ari's son. 

Division won this round against Amanda, but it wasn't without the loss of lives.

This new Division has at its core a strong group of operatives, analysts, and computer geniuses, but really they are a family. Recently, they brought in some new family members, including Owen and Sean which has created a disturbance. Sean never wanted to be part of Division and tried unsuccessfully to get Alex to leave. Due to Amanda's actions, Sean was forced to give up his own family, friends and to live forever a new secret life. 

At least he has Alex. Or, does he? Ever since Alex and Owen have been partnered together, they have bonded. They both lived through the horrors of Division and understand each other in a way that few others could. Sean would press Alex for answers, while Owen just talked with her. It had to be excruciatingly painful for Sean to hear Alex share the story of her butterfly tattoo with Owen, especially since he is unaware of Alex's previous conversations with Owen.

Sean's isolated and if he feels like he is losing Alex too, he'll be unpredictable which could be problematic for Division. Though, you have to wonder if Owen pushed the conversation with Alex because he knew Sean was still on the line. Either way, trouble is coming for this potential love triangle.

On a happier note, Michael asked Nikita to set and keep a date for them to be married and she agreed. Yay! Though, the blood left on the map probably means that the wedding will be delayed, if not, indefinitely postponed.

How will Amanda's story end? Will Nikita kill her? Will she be taken dead or alive? Should Alex be in a relationship with Sean or Owen? Did Owen purposefully have the butterfly conversation because he knew it would upset Sean?

With Fire Review

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Nikita Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

I was out of moves.


I'm here to protect the innocent. I'm not going to lose myself in the process because if I do, Amanda wins. I'm not going to let that happen.