Nikita Review: Everyone Has a Price

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Everyone has a price.  Everyone.

Whether it's money, a new arm, the ability to walk, a loved one's life, or something else ... everyone has a price at which they can be manipulated or bought. Nikita ended up in the Oval Office with a gun to save Michael. And Ramon worked with the Shop for the ability to walk again.

What would it take for Nikita to give up the hunt? New identities? No. She wanted the Shop guy and Amanda to turn themselves in. She drives a hard bargain. Amanda thought it was ridiculous, but he saw it as her price.

Not Going As Planned

Nikita Season 4 Episode 4 brought an end to part of the story. With only six episodes to close out the series, the story has moved from plot point to plot point with very little if any depth. The writers wasted no time to get to the "Pay-Off" . They uncovered the new imposter with Ramon, stopped the missile theft, were contacted by the Shop, unmasked MDK and Phillip Jones, found them in Dubai, blew up the building, and regrouped to recover.

It made sense for the Shop to have the MDK arm given their technological advances. What didn't make sense is that Jones would be willing to give it all up so easily. He placed imposters, "killed" the President, the FBI Deputy director and more in order to start a war. He gave that all up in order to stop Nikita from chasing them?

That didn't make much sense. Unless, his plan to start a war was only one tiny part of his plan. With Jones supposedly arrested and Amanda dead, he believes Nikita will retire and he will be free to continue his work. Was she that big a threat? Now her name's been cleared and the existence of imposters is out there.

On the surface Nikita season 4 has been a blast to watch, but it loses some of its plausibility when examined. With two episodes left, just about anything could happen. Jones and Amanda will move on to a new phase of their plan. Will Nikita fall for Jones' manipulation? I doubt it. Jones was wrong about Nikita wanting to give up the life.

She doesn't know anything different. She'll know that the Shop is more than one man and Amanda. She won't give up until she figures out their secrets and that puts Jones and Amanda at continued risk. Nikita's not done. Not yet. It's possible that she will settle down at some point, but it's not yet.

One disappointment this season is the separation of Nikita and Alex. They were always a formidable team and have a special bond. I'm looking forward to their reunion and I hope it comes next week rather than in the finale. The whole team needs to come together to finish this out. It's too bad that it doesn't look like Owen will be part of that team.

Sam's on a dangerous path. When he tries to pay off his debt with glass, it's not going to end well. Perhaps, Team Nikita will bail him out. I don't expect Owen to return, but if Sam can't embrace his Owen side, I hope he dies for his betrayal. He's disloyal and not a good guy.

While Nikita will probably not have an entirely happy ending, I hope it's not a tragedy. They saved the President's life, so perhaps they can go work for her as a special team. Not  Division! A small, intimate, talented special ops team to protect the country. If not, retiring on a beach or in a cabin somewhere works.

How do you want the series to end? Happy? Tragic? In between? Could Nikita and her team give up the life entirely?

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

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