***In Lexington, the CW is channel 117 (digital cable), 384 (satellite), 914 (HD).***
Note: Spoilers will not be until late in this article, and I will warn you before I reveal anything. I promise not to spoil any big twists. It is safe to begin reading, even if you have not seen tonight’s episode.
TV Guide calls the CW’s Nikita one of the “Seven Show You Should Be Watching”. Overwhelmed with the amount of television running, and unsure if it was even worth checking out new shows, when many are so quickly canceled, I let Nikita build up on my TiVo without watching anything past the pilot until a couple of days ago. What I found is that Nikita is one of, if not the, strongest freshman series this season, though admittedly, the field is unusually weak.
When Nikita began, it reminded me a little of the first season of Alias, before the show really found its legs and took off. Similarly, Nikita began with a mission-of-the-week format, only allowing a portion of each episode to deal with the bigger arcs, and could be classified as average, at best. But it soon began improving, and by the end of November sweeps, definitely became a must-watch. February’s finale ended with a HUGE twist, when Michael (Shane West), having discovered that Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) is Nikita’s (Maggie Q) mole within Division, waits for Nikita in her lair. Jaws dropped, and fans wondered what will happen next.
Tonight, you will find out. And it will not disappoint. But I’ll get to that in a moment.
Nikita is a series that does have romance, but does not bog itself down with constant changing of partners or shocking hookups. Chemistry usually slow boils, and happens for a reason, other than just hormones (Alex’s new thing with Nathan (Thad Luckinbill) being the exception that proves the rule). The only current triangle involves Nikita and has not been fleshed out enough to be melodramatic. Instead, the show is about espionage, and the good guys taking down the bad guys. In that, they are really starting to illustrate a complex, very neat world.
This is a long review, so I broke into pieces. Pick another part to read: Nikita’s Allies / Long Term Battles / Tonight’s Episode
Nikita returns tonight, and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.
Article first published as TV Preview: Nikita – “Covenants” and Season So Far Overview on Blogcritics.
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