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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

 

Nikita “Pay-Off” Live Blog/Review (4×04)

13 Dec

MV5BMTk3MTE2Njg0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDY3NDc2MDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_All times central.

8:05-Yeah Alex, reject Owen/Sam, please. I like the sassiness; you don’t need him.

8:06-The Amanda-Nikita relationship is paving the way for tensions in both teams: The Shop doesn’t want Amanda’s personal connections harming their plans, and Nikita’s team has been pulled to the brink many times before, all due to Nikita’s rash decisions.

8:08-Yeah, that’s not going to work. Nikita’s not someone who can be bought off; in fact, I’d say she craves the thrills of her current life to an extent. She may lament the detrimental effects of her actions on both her and her team, but that doesn’t stop her. A tropical island free from danger may be a temporary escape, but she’s always going to be drawn back into a life as a spy.

8:11-I’m liking all the Percy references; next up, a Xander Berkeley cameo needs to happen.

8:12-It’s Ramon! To be honest with you, I barely remember who he is.

8:14-“He’s an idealist who lost his way.” Sound like someone we know?

8:17-So we have missiles and everything. I don’t know how to feel about this; should we have more of a personal story or a big conspiracy?

8:22-Although it’s a bit out of nowhere, I do like the conversation about Alex and OwenSam’s former lovers. I’m not as invested in OS as I am for most other characters, but there’s no denying that these two crazy kids have a reasonable emotional connection to explore. Again, though, I stress: no romance!

8:25-In fact, with the reintroduction of Ramon, this episode seems to be exploring the concepts of the past, regret, and lost opportunities.

8:28-It’s always nice to see Nikita dispatching some baddies.

8:30-“You’re better at following orders.” Yup, spot on. Still, I do think Michael’s starting to move past that phase; we saw it earlier when he permanently ended his relationship with Nikita; he seems surprised here, though, with the fact that Ramon reads him this well.

8:35-Oh, okay, so OS is up to something.

8:44-This is probably the 5,674th time Sam’s emphasized his name change.

8:45-So, is Ramon’s purpose just to get Michael to reaffirm his love for Nikita? I get the sentiments, but that kind of cheapens the recent progression of his character. Ramon makes good points when he scolds Michael, but Nikita has hurt this relationship just as much as Michael has.

8:46-“Where are you not allowed to go?”

8:48-Well, Amanda’s gone off the deep end. I’m not surprised, considering she’s had to play second fiddle to Jones all this time; she may use others for personal gain, but at the end of the day, it has to be all about her.

8:50-“Did you really think either of us was going to win?” Man, am I glad to see Maggie Q and Melinda Clarke back together. Anyway, this is a fundamental truth behind this dynamic; when two similar people clash, that conflict may be in a perpetual static state. Nikita still tries to reason with her here, but this time, it won’t work.

8:53-That’s a pretty terrible looking CGI explosion.

8:58-“She so desperately wants it to.” Right on again, Jones. Well, I knew I shouldn’t have underestimated Amanda. At the end of the day, she knows Nikita best, and she know how to manipulate her. What makes Jones, on the other hand, so dangerous is the detachment from those around him, something that’s been both helpful and detrimental to Nikita. Still, I feel like Jones and Amanda are a bit too confident, and I feel like Nikita’s a bit too naive here, so much so that this feels too much like a complete reset.

9:00-Well, Mikita is back. I guess I’m not too surprised.

9:01-Preview for next week looks awesome. Thank God, Nikita and Alex are going to be in the same place.

GRADE: B+

FINAL THOUGHTS: The episode explores ideas of responsibility and the prices we pay for our actions, whether it be through our past catching up on us or the desire to escape, to be bought off. Some of the ideas here don’t quite work–Ramon returns, but doesn’t do much–but the episode ultimately ends nicely. It’s an exciting final 15 minutes that sees the return of Nikita-Amanda, and I’m so glad to see us focusing on the personal relationships now rather than a global conspiracy. As much as I like Alex, she needs to return soon–it looks like she will–because we’re at the final endgame. Only 2 left. I’m excited.

-The Birkhoff/Peller reunion is well handled, as well as the President rescue.

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

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