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Nikita “Bubble” Live Blog/Review (4×05)

20 Dec

Bubble

All times central.

8:01-Well, Maggie Q. looks as good as ever.

8:04-So, how fitting that Nikita would both feel like a military town is entrapping and that it seems representative of her future. The government has always cloaked these characters in a false sense of security; even Division, especially Division, seemed to be both liberating and corrupt with power. Of course, this is all yet again another facade, another fleeting moment of happiness.

8:06-Oh, okay, so now we’re going to rescue Sam/Owen.

8:09-I like how resourceful and deductive Ryan still is amidst his descent into conspiracy-board-craziness; he works better as a team member for me than an agency head.

8:13-Please tie this into Nikita’s storyline; we’re way too close to the end to be spending time on Sam/Owen, who is keeping Alex apart from the rest of the cast. Like I said last week, Nikita-Alex is the fundamental relationship behind the show, and we need to return to that dynamic.

8:16-“I need a hero. I need you.” Getting a little cliche there, bud.

8:20-Okay, Alex, that was pretty badass.

8:24-I do think Nikita should face some consequences, though; it’s a little much to believe that the government and the public would suddenly see Nikita for who she really is based on her telling her side of the story.

8:25-Nikita’s main fear seems to be venturing out of her comfort zone, her so-called “bubble” enveloping her in a protective barrier that allows her to hide her identity from others. At its simplest idea, Nikita’s an extremely self-conscious person who is afraid of trust. She wants to give herself over, but she’s so used to looking over her shoulder that she can’t.

8:28-Nice cutaway there: Nikita talking about Amanda to Amanda with a sharp object. Melinda Clarke can be very chilling.

8:32-Here’s a nice moment between Alex and Nikita. Some of Michael’s reassuring “you’re amazing” comments feel a bit heavy-handed and contrived, but man, do I feel the emotional connection between Alex and Nikita here.

8:34-And here we have our Alex-Sam/Owen kiss.

8:35-Ryan, when you think about it, is the moral center of the show; yet, the show here illustrates the sad fact of his reliance on respect and order. He may be a morally sound person, but that kind of attitude may not get him anywhere in the Nikita world. So, he walks right into a trap of his own making.

8:38-An approval poll? Okay, I feel an undercurrent of dread here; something’s going to happen soon.

8:40-Yeah, Sam/Owen has no right to expect the world from Alex. I’m glad she doesn’t pursue more here; she’s right in saying that she needs to really find out who he is.

8:47-Very nice action sequence there, culminating in Ryan jumping to his eventual death; it’s all the more heartbreaking knowing he’s actually trying to die.

8:49-Nikita breaking down outside the glass is very well-acted by Maggie Q; although I wouldn’t consider Ryan a main character, he definitely is one of the ones you can sympathize with. In addition, it’s a nice motivation for Nikita, too.

8:56-Birkhoff just kicked a TV.

8:57-“Ryan was after the truth.” That’s why his death is so affecting; he’s the only one here who just wants everything to be right in the world, no matter the consequences on himself.

8:58-“I can’t win like this.” Here’s a fundamental aspect behind Nikita: she may not feel like she deserves that Medal of Honor, the accolades and respect bestowed upon her; she always has one more responsibility, one more mission to carry out.

9:00-That final monologue is a bit cheesy, but jeez, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t pump me up for next week. Seeing Alex toss the gun to Nikita is absolutely exhilarating; it’s about DAMN TIME.

GRADE: A-

FINAL THOUGHTS: Well, that was great. The episode does a nice job of conveying a sense of a bubble around these characters; it may protect them for now, but it can pop at any time. Everyone here may have thought it was all finished, but they’re people who, let’s face it, will be running and fighting in the future.

Now, Ryan Fletcher didn’t have a bubble around him. For him, his downfall is brought about by curiosity and an underlying sense of righteousness, and it’s heartbreaking to see how this world rewards those who manipulate and kill more so than they do for the good, honest men like Ryan. His death is truly emotionally affecting, and it’s a perfect segue into next week’s (sure to be) explosive finale.

The actors all do magnificent work here, and although there are things I’m not as fond of–Alex and Sam/Owen is one–Fonseca and Sawa are still great together. It’s nice to see everyone back together at the end, and I am so, so looking forward to the finale. One more left. I’ll miss this show.

Photo credit: The CW, Nikita

 

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