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Nikita “Wanted” Live Blog/Review (4×01)

22 Nov

WantedHere we go! It’s the final season of Nikita, and I’m excited to cover these final six episodes for you guys. This is a very under the radar, surprisingly fantastic show that, while I’ll be sad to see leave us, should go out with a bang. Check back in at 9/8 Central. All times for this live blog are central.

8:03-So this is a pretty creepy opening. It’s a nice reflection of what Nikita’s deepest fears are and what keeps her away from her friends.

8:06-I must say, this is an incredibly well-paced opening five minutes. It’s great seeing all the characters again, and one of the virtues of a short season is absolutely no filler at all. The show sets the context for all their situations and even provides a pretty cool action scene; we should be in for a ride.

8:15-Hey, it’s Birkoff and Ryan! I really like Birkoff’s “She had five allies and she left” line. As much as they love Nikita, it’s understandable that they’d harbor a bit of resentment over her leaving them. Nikita’s always been a solitary presence that grows to become attached to those she needs to survive, and she’d much rather sacrifice herself than allow those she cares about to perish.

8:21-Melinda Clarke’s doing some fantastic work with this character; at first, it seemed as if she would pale in comparison to Percy, but she’s really come into her own and transcended the cliche her character could easily fall into.

8:28-Nice to see the team working together again, as well as another one of Nikita’s “nerd”s.

8:31-“I’m on a rooftop, you idiot. What do you think I want?”

8:33-“Turn off the spinning wheels of decapitation.”

8:35-This Birkoff-Nikita conversation is very telling; it really conveys how attached these people are and how dependent they are on each other. It’s an inherently beneficial, yet dangerous, situation, but ultimately, it’s necessary. Nikita trapped in front of a fan is a pretty nice metaphor for the situation; she’s alone, but only her friends can help her avoid death.

8:37-Ugh, Aimee Teegarden deserves better than that show.

8:39-I enjoyed Birkoff’s line about Nikita deciding to shoot her way out of the building.

8:41-Pretty cool action scene, yet again. Although I feel like Alex was saddled with some meandering storylines earlier, I’m glad she’s becoming more integrated with Nikita’s storyline again.

8:44-There’s some great acting from Q and West here; the strained, yet loving, looks in their faces are expertly played by both, and I’m looking forward to see where this goes next.

8:51-Now Q does some great work with her looks of regret during this car scene. In fact, those thoughts running through her mind distracts her from the guy sneaking the gun out and leads to her getting shot. She barely gets out here; she may not be so lucky next time.

8:55-It’s Owen! No, Sam!

8:58-And now an explosion. How much better can this get?

GRADE: A-

FINAL THOUGHTS: What a fantastic premiere. If the rest of the series is this good, I’ll be ecstatic. This episode does a nice job of setting the scene and throwing us into the fray, moving the pieces at the speed of light while still staying true to the characters. We get some perfect action sequences and Alex’s storyline is surprisingly good; it nicely complements the awesomeness going on in the forefront. We’re definitely in for a ride.

Credit to The CW and Nikita for all pictures. I own nothing.

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