Nikita "Bubble" Review: No More Secrets

Nikita S04E05: "Bubble"


That was a tough one. Last week's episode of Nikita presented us with a temporary conclusion, one that suggested a possible ending to the decade-long struggle between the show's titular character and her number-one foe Amanda. And even though I already knew that Amanda wasn't dead, and that whatever "happy" time "Bubble" was going to show us would be short-lived, this episode managed to cover a lot of ground quite successfully, all culminating in Ryan's honorable suicide and Nikita and Alex revving up for one final vengeance spree. This has been a really solid run of episodes for Nikita, but this? This was definitely a peak, and at the best time.

What made this episoe work so well is that it never really let the team settle into their "new lives," or whatever you want to call it. Nikita, Michael, Ryan, Birkhoff, and Sonya were transplanted to a base, interrogated about really the entire history of the show, and Nikita was ultimately trotted out front and center so that America could have a hero in what had to've been one of the most surreal experiences in United States history. But along the way, Nikita was struggling to find herself between everything she's done and everything Senator Chappell wanted her to be in public. Meanwhile, Ryan did his Ryan thing, refusing to believe that last week's discovery of Jones and MDK could have been that easy. The show could've easily presented us with some kind of temporary happy ending, with characters settling into their post-Division and post-Amanda lives, but this approach not only added depth to the season's frankly limited character arcs (to be fair, it's six episodes of an action show; there's not a lot you can do), it also made sure to reinforce that the entire show's events actually had a real impact. 


Of course it's ridiculous that Nikita would go from Public Enemy #1 to Real American Hero in a matter of days, but given the story that the show has wanted to tell, forcing the characters (especially Nikki) to go through that experience was worthwhile. It also helped that Senator Chappell wasn't a Shop-produced double and instead just a dude who really wanted to figure out the truth, and then cover enough of it up and put a pretty face on it like the good politician he clearly is. 

Ryan's almost immediate return to the research, complete with another makeshift wacko conspiracy board, hammered home that A.) these characters aren't idiots who are just going to move on with their lives in an instant, and B.) that there are long-lasting consequences of doing a job—or really, living a lifestyle—like the one these characters have experienced over the last decade or whatever. Ryan can't turn it off. He's never been able to, and unfortunately, that led to his death in this episode. But damn did he go out on a high note, right? Not only did he escape Amanda's chair and bust up her face, but then he took out at least three henchman and could have handled a few more if he hadn't run out of ammo. That's kind of silly given the fact that he's spent most of his time writing on cool see-through whiteboards, but as the scene progressed, it was very clear that this was the end. No one was going to save him, and it was either the chair or the window. I'd say that was the best scene the show's done in a while, and probably the most affecting death for sure (I never cared for Sean, so you might fight me on that, but). 


The fact of the matter is that it was unlikely everyone survived and Ryan always seemed like the odd man out amid the seven members of the team. Everyone else had a romantic entanglement after all. Nevertheless, I think Nikita and Noah Bean really did Ryan justice over the years, so much so that when Nikita watched him die, it was legitimately moving. The strength of shows like this that use the "Us vs. the World" team mentality is that when someone dies, it's pretty easy to feel the impact of their death on everyone else. Nikita is this massive force of a person who always draws people toward her, but she cares for those people in a way that's always felt real to me. Maggie Q was great in that death scene, just as she's almost always great. 

And perhaps most importantly, Ryan's death actually means something to the show's narrative, too. As if Nikita needed another reason to come after Amanda one final time. But what was so great about that final sequence is that it smartly brought things full-circle. Suddenly, it's Nikita and Alex going rogue, trying to take down a powerful group top-lined by Amanda, with Michael and company figuring out how to help, or even stop them. And Nikita will have to decide whether she's willing to let her emotions and rage get the best of her, bringing that stone-cold killer out again. We've been here many times before, but it seems pretty fitting to finish up there as well. With only one episode to go, there's not a whole lot of room for error, but if "Bubble" is any indication, Nikita and its title character have at least a few more tricks up their sleeve. Until next week. 



NOTES FROM THE BLACKBOX

– The whole sequence with Ryan and Amanda was pretty gruesome. Nikita has done a very nice job of ratcheting up the intensity and physicality in some of these action-y sequences in the final season.

– Michael is just so over this whole thing, and apparently so desperate to just kick back and read the newspaper. That was randomly funny to me.

– As awful as Amanda is, I can't help but want her to take out all of the douchey male members of The Group. The more powerful women on television, however evil, the better. 

– BTW, Sam and Alex got it on mid-flight on the world's busiest private jet. That thing has the best auto-pilot around. I also appreciated that the show built up Sam's gambling problems just to have Alex stroll in and take out most of the guys holding Sam hostage. Again, kick-ass women!

– Kinda missed Birkhoff's dad this week. I know the show gave them their moment at the end of last week's episode, but it would have been nice to spend a little more time with them together.


What'd you folks think of "Bubble" and Ryan's death? What do you think is going to happen in the series finale?


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Dec 24, 2013
Given the information we have now (7 more groups), this season could've easily been 22 episodes aswelll, and it would've been awesome. How they will end the series after this episode in just one episode is mighty ambitious and hard to imagine! Hope they pull it off! Can't wait!
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Dec 24, 2013
So sad for Ryan...he was so close....the sacrifice he made just to prove to Nikita that Amanda is still alive, what a hero....! Can't wait for the final of this series...is Amanda going down or what?????
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Dec 24, 2013
RIP Fletcher and can't believe there's only 1 episode left!!!!!
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Dec 24, 2013
Make a Nikita doll and make the whole crew and please make all the spy gear for them and action cars, I'll buy them! Please!!!!! ;)

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Dec 24, 2013
Make them Barbie size for my doll houses. Also I told you I don't ask for much. LOL
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Dec 24, 2013
what am I going to do on Friday nights now? It was the only show I watched on Friday nights. I have a secret. I'm building a Nikita barbie style house , only fit for a Hero spy like herself and then I'm going out to buy a doll that looks like her. Now I just need a grandkid to play Nikita with. lol Yes I bulid dollhouses in my spare time. I guess that's what I'll be doing on Friday nights from now on. Sigh...miss Nikita already.
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Dec 24, 2013
Had a feeling Ryan wasnt going to last, but at least he got to smash Amandas face in and get a final word to Nikita. Cant believe its all coming to an end. The CW are fools for letting this show go.
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Dec 23, 2013
NO, NIKITA DONT GO!!!!! I can't face Friday nights without you!!! Shout out ot Nikita- your acting in the hospital before, during and after Ryan died was the best of you yet. please please keep Nikita on. Pretty please?
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Dec 23, 2013
Has anyone notice that this episode is named "bubble" and the next one in "cancelled"? Just like when tv.com is disscusing wheather a show is going to get cancelled and is "on the bubble"? Is it a coincidence or not?
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Dec 23, 2013
I was kinda hoping they are tricking us and really the show will live on . I sure hope they're just tricking us . I can't believe my show is going away. I'm in denial. lol
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Dec 23, 2013
Amazing season so far, and it looks like we're setting up for a great ending!! (I hope). My only nitpick is that Amanda reprogrammed those not-clones pretty quick, huh? I've had dentist appts that have lasted longer! ...Still, Love the show, and can't wait to see how it all plays out...
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Dec 23, 2013
when i saw an episode begin with nikita in her underwear, i knew this is going to be a great episode :)

it's sad, that there is only one episode left, but i'm also glad the writers have been given a chance to end things on their own terms. can't wait to see how it all ends:) hopefully amanda's death will be very cruel and bloody, heheheh
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Dec 22, 2013
I am very happy that the show was willing to let Nikita come out into the open and tell the truth. Nikita was no longer a fugitive but a hero.

It was short-lived but I am still happy. Most shows would not have come to this point at all.

The writers have done justice to this show with this final 6 episodes and is ending the show with a bang.

One last thing, I am not complaining but they could not miss the chance to ask Maggie Q to be in her underwear one last time. I am glad though:-)
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Dec 22, 2013
Yup, Michael lounging on the couch reading the newspaper was funny to me as well.
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Dec 22, 2013
Great episode especially regarding Ryan and how he wouldn't let go but accepted The Group as too powerful to keep digging on his own.

As for Amanda, her character always annoyed me, they really dragged her out. They should have killed her instead of Percy at the end of season 2.
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Dec 22, 2013
Somehow they were too lazy to get recent footage of Dubai! In the 3rd to 4th minute we see that the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa hasn't been finished yet even though it was completed a few years ago. Still love the show though!
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Dec 22, 2013
It was a great episode .
It was kinda of a begging of a new season , a new life of our hero and our team then when Ryan's death comes , the end begins .
The action is Awesome as always but the performance is kinda is above average , especially from Maggie Q in the death scene , it was a solid performance !
Amanda being Amanda and still the most badass villain , Nikita teaming up with Alex at the end . I guess every player is in the right position right now and i can't imagine better season than this one to get us at this point .
Guys!!! Am very freaking SAD that this UNDERRATED show is going to end !
But really , really , NIKITA IS FREAKING AWESOME!!
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Dec 22, 2013
Great episode. I knew that Ryan was going to end up dead when he went to see Jones but it was a brilliant way to go out, Ryan was going to do everything and anything to make sure Amanda wouldn't succeed with her plan and let Nikita know that it wasn't over.

I am both looking forward to and dreading the final episode. Nikita and Alex arepairing up again, going to kick some ass and finally take down Amanda, but it is also the last EVER episode 😞.
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Dec 22, 2013
Adorable community of tv.com, would any of you be so kind to tell me how to display a .gif in the comments section? Already tried several times and just won't work :(
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Dec 22, 2013

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Dec 22, 2013
Ryan, Ryan, Ryan.... I am disappointed.

You go through all that to get free, you slam Amanda's head on to the table/chair and yet you don't sink the boot in 2 or 3 more times while she is lying there on the ground just for the hell of it? Even after getting the gun off that henchman, spin around shoot her in the head, then run away.

;)
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Dec 24, 2013
It was not about killing Amanda for him, it was about finding the truth. He died saying "No more secrets" - The Secret of the Shop, secret about his brother's death. He knew when he dies, it would raise questions to which Nikita would try find the answers.
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Dec 23, 2013
Not so silly or stupid IMO given the character and the situation. Desperate, scared, only split seconds to make decisions, Ryan's primary priority and singular goal was to get his information to Nikita. Killing Amanda satisfies our audience appetite, but I don't think it would have entered Ryan's mind in the desperation of the moment.
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Dec 23, 2013
Hehe, I wondered the same thing. I had to brush it off by assuming he just isn't comfortable with cold-blooded murder, even though it's Amanda... but that was slightly stupid.
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Dec 22, 2013
Exactly...!!!! Ryan why you didn't shoot five holes to that b*?
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Dec 22, 2013
Use the photo upload icon!


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Dec 22, 2013
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! :D
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Dec 22, 2013
http://gifti.me/i/EskTFmQpUe.gif The .gif in question. Thanks!!!!!!!
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Dec 21, 2013
Standing ovation to the writers , directors, actors and just everyone who worked on this shows episode. Bravo, just bravo!
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Dec 21, 2013
I quite enjoyed this episode. Ryan's death was tragic, but necessary. Great ending.
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Dec 21, 2013
I wonder if Ryans up in Heaven with his "wall of crazy". I'll never forget the "wall of crazy". I laughed so hard. lol
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Dec 21, 2013
Noooooo not Ryan:(
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Dec 21, 2013
I know , I wanted Ryan and Nikita together in the beginning, then I wanted Ryan and Alex together , after Alex's boyfriend died. Now Ryan, clean cut , decent man with a knack for unscrewing the screwballs, is gone. :(
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Dec 27, 2013
Well...if it makes you feel better Lyndsy and Noah are together in real life so Ryan and Alex happened XD
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Dec 29, 2013
Seriously? Oh that's great! Thanks. :)
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Dec 21, 2013
This episode started off slow for Nikita. It was good to see the character finally come out into the light and tell the world of the black hole that was Division. Finally, Nikita getting the recognition she deserved even though she still thought of herself as a cop killer and assassin, Michael reminded her that it was who she was and today she was the hero and she deserved it. While everyone else was taking a breath, Alex was saving Sam and Ryan kept studying his conspiracy board.

Ryan couldn't let it go, he knew there were others still pulling strings and he got to close and Amanda caught him. He escaped but Amanda caught up with him again and chose to jump out the window in hopes of exposing Amanda. It was heartbreaking to see Nikita have to lose one of her family, but Ryan's heroic death was necessary to let Nikita know that Amanda was still alive and give Nikita and company new resolve to jump back into the fire and go after Amanda to cancel her once and for all.

How will Nikita end? I really don't know it would be nice to see everybody find their soul mates and settle down as Michael did on the couch just reading a paper and watching t.v. and living a normal life.

There will always be bad guys out there, and I just can't see Nikita settling down pretending they aren't out there. Nikita will always be my hero.




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Dec 23, 2013
Yeah, I could see Nikita having an 'open-ended' closing sequence. Meaning, Nikita defeats Amanda, but then her & the crew decide to go after the other arms of the conspiracy...
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Dec 21, 2013
You could be a writer. Your comments were very well written. Good Job.
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Dec 22, 2013
Thank you
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Dec 22, 2013
Yeah Amy, great job! :)
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Dec 21, 2013
I can't wait for the final showdown between Nikita and Amanda.
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Dec 22, 2013
& also Alex.
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Dec 21, 2013
So sad there's only one episode left. This was a great episode. Ryan's death carried real weight and they brought it full circle having Nikita & Alex coming together to take down the big bad. Next week should be pretty badass.

The only things I had a little trouble with were Sam & Alex's rushed romance- but hey they only have six episodes so not a whole lot of options there if they're determined to give her a happy ending- and Ryan not killing Amanda when he had the chance. Doubles or not, it seemed silly not to when it would've literally only taken one second. But it serves the larger story and of course we all want Nikita to be the one to get Amanda so whatever, I can live with these things. Otherwise I thought it was great and am excited and sad for the last episode!
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Dec 23, 2013
I'd argue, it wasn't a rushed romance...it was plane sex after some joint ass-kicking! Their adrenaline was up... can you blame them? Alex nipped the romance in the bud....

Maybe the show will do a "Five Years Later' scene at the end, and Nikita will have started her own club that goes after corruption ( the remaining 7 "arms").. and Alex and Owen, err. Sam will be together then...
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Dec 22, 2013
I agree, Ryan should have double-tapped Amanda. That was the only "duh!!" Otherwise, great episode...
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Dec 21, 2013
This was the best episode or atleast in the top three..... they got bvack to the root of the show with this one.......
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Dec 21, 2013
"When you said the roots of the show"-you said what I was thinking Although the words had escaped me.Thank you.
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Dec 21, 2013
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Dec 21, 2013
At this point, I've resigned myself that "Nikita" will end next week with a lot of action--with a lot of issues haphazardly resolved. The writers wasted most of the final six episode arc on false-leads and slow-moving plotting.

That said, I enjoyed "Bubble" for several reasons. Noah, who is probably the best actor on the show (Full Disclosure: Noah and I went to the same school in Boston), not only got to dominate an episode--but his character (like Dillon Casey's "Sean") got a heroic death. Also, Alex and Sam/Owen finally did the deed (and are now Members of the Mile High Club), and unless he dies next week, it sets up the final "pairings" in the after-series life: Nikita & Michael; Birkhoff & Sonya; and Alex & a re-born Sam. Plus, it's always good to see former sex-slave Alex use her sexuality for good...helping Sam bring out his inner-Owen. Oh, and let's not forget, Birkhoff losing it, when he finds out Amanda is alive, and kicking in the TV screen. Priceless!

Bottom line: even though I doubt I'll be satisfied with next week's finale, I hope the writers leave the door open for a few Nikita TV movies. And that the CW uses this opportunity to fill-in their schedule a couple of times per season; like NBC did in the past with "Perry Mason" TV movies.

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Dec 21, 2013
I think this episode defined the series from Ryan's necessary death to motivate Nikita to go bada**. The call to Alex saying "we started this together" I think the finale will be amazing we all know what is going to happen and who will die and Amanda will be one of those deaths. But if it were a finale just for me I would love Amanda to kill Nikita and the team. Every show has the bad person get it in the end and the good ones live happily ever after that not life. I want that Psycho B**ch Amanda to win her twisted game.
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Dec 24, 2013
I often feel like you but not in this case. In this case the characters are to black and white whereas in shows like Breaking Bad they are more grey. This is more like a superhero style show so the good guys so win. Whereas shows from the antihero point of view...well it would be nice if the anti-hero had an happy ending imo.
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Dec 21, 2013
what is wrong with you hulutvp3???
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Dec 21, 2013
I just want the show to shock me. I just don't want another show to end the same way they all do change it let the bad girl win. Who doesn't love Amanda as the best female villain. To answer your question there is nothing wrong with me. I love that villains can be played by females so often now and I love when it is played so well like the way Melinda Clarke plays Amanda so I back the character.
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Dec 21, 2013
Watching these final shows, I am just (insert adjective here) that they are cancelling this show. Next weeks show title is very appropriate. I am really hoping for a relatively happy ending for the rest of the team but somehow I think this is going to be one of those shows where everybody dies.
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Dec 21, 2013
Loved the episode!

The only thing that made my skin crawl is Ryan not putting a bullet in Amanda after overpowering her. If you have a chance to put a bullet in nemesis number one, you do it. It's just the most logical thing to do.

I know, I know, Nikita is totally going to kill her next week. Still.....
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Dec 24, 2013
I thought the same thing but I still loved the episode like you
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Dec 24, 2013
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Dec 22, 2013
Yeah that was really weak writing. There is no reason He shouldn't have taken 2 seconds to turn and make sure she was dead.
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Dec 21, 2013
I always liked Ryan. Sad to see him go. But they gave him a fitting end. Nikita and Alex one last time!
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Dec 21, 2013
Yup, one last time. Sad.
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Dec 21, 2013
Cory mentioned a possible feud between Maggie and Lyndsy last week being a possible reason behind why these 2 haven't been together all season and now I'm wondering too. The need for duplicate stories to wrap things up in 6 episodes could explain it up until now, but why did they film their meeting at the end of this episode separately? Maybe it was just meant for dramatic effect but it seemed to me like they filmed it like they would if they had the same actor playing both roles.

Of course it could just be a scheduling conflict thing, or maybe I'm just completely wrong, but that final scene came off as unnatural.
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Dec 21, 2013
I wouldn't put a look of stock in the Maggie/Lyndsy feud rumor. The storyline for the six-episode finale was written way before last July's Comic-Con in San Diego and Maggie & Lyndsy got along great as usual--at the Panel and in the interview room with numerous journalists. (This is the third year I've seen them at Comic-Con)

Maggie has always been like a Big Sister to Lyndsy, since the beginning of the series, and as Lyndsy has matured (from a girl with weight issues to a very attractive young woman) that relationship has evolved. Plus Lyndsy has, for the past year or so, been dating Noah--which means she & Maggie spend less off-camera time together. So, beyond the usual "Should you date a co-worker" issue, it's unlikely that there's a rift between Maggie & Lyndsy.

The more likely reason for the separation all year of Nikita and Alex is for the dramatic build-up of having them re-unite in the Last Episode, that was set-up in the last minute of "Bubble"--and is prominent in the preview for the Finale. IMO, it's not the best plotting of the finale story arc...but, it's what we're getting.
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Dec 21, 2013
Well, one more episode to go, and given how great this one was, I'm very much looking forward to how this show ends. Ryan's death was very tragic, given his "beautiful mind" for plotting out conspiracies, and the fact that at one point, he was one of Nikita's only allies. It hurt to watch him die like that, but he knew what he was doing. Kudos to him for not letting Amanda get away with faking her death like that.

This show has no fears when it comes to offing characters, even major ones, which is something I've always respected about it. Nikita could meet her end, Amanda could, or they really could just end up killing each other. At this point, or practically any point in the series, everyone is knocking on death's door.
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Dec 21, 2013
you said-"This show has no fears when it comes to offing characters, even major ones, which is something I've always respected about it."

exactly what i was thinking. :) It get my respect too.
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Dec 21, 2013
Assuming the final episode will be an hour long as well, i hope they are able to tie up the series without it feeling rushed. Sometimes even great shows try to fit so much into their limited time, that their finales seems to lose what made the shows great to begin with.
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Dec 21, 2013
The fighting sequence with Ryan and Amanda: PURE GOLD
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Dec 21, 2013
The acting on Ryans part was excellent. Just riveting. I will miss him and the way he went out -wow. "No ,more secrets ". Stand up man and I absolutely loved his "wall of crazy". Brilliant and I want Nikita to stay on the air and bring Ryan back to life . lol I dont ask for much eh? lol
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Dec 22, 2013
I'll start my own wall of crazy in his memory :P
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Dec 21, 2013
Sometimes a show lingers too long. Sometimes they end too soon. It was so nice Fringe was given room to tie things up, but a full season would have been better - they had a lot more to explore to tie up the whole mythology. I feel the same about Nikita - at least a 13 episode final season would have been better to really do this right. Don't get me wrong - networks just cancel shit unceremoniously most of the time - so I am grateful for this ( and what Fox did for Fringe) ...but why do they seem to grind the worst possible shite out season after season until folks BEG it to end - yet stuff this good gets shortchanged? One episode left. I hope Nikita gets to kick Amanda right in the vagina. ;P -me lightening the mood with a joke...feminists, please don't come after me and my dog!
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Dec 21, 2013
I am speechless. This show is hitting every single right note. It is leaving me muttering "that is fucking awesome" as it goes to credits. Loved Ryan. He died, but he also is saving the day by sacrificing himself. He brought a bright light on the shadows and as Alex tossed that shotgun to Nikita I actually shouted - "Go get those Motherfuckers!"

How often does a show pull that off?
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Dec 21, 2013
When Alex tossed the gun to Nikita, I could almost hear the song" Hair of the dog" By Nazereth. The whole show rocked !
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Dec 22, 2013
When Alex threw Nikita the gun I did a fist pump! Go kick her ass girls and make sure she's dead.
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Dec 23, 2013
I was like, "hell yeah!!"
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Dec 21, 2013
Just wow, mind blowing stuff this......I am so sad this show is coming to an end.....
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Dec 21, 2013
Maggie Q is so pron star beautiful - I think it is amazing how she shocks so many (including me at times) with how great an actor she is. She is fantastic and although she has some action movie credits, I can't help but see her pwning something like a Lara Croft remake or something like that with a captivating female lead. Help me here. What would she just bring to life? Could actually really have bought in to her as Wonder Woman.
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Dec 21, 2013
Can't think right now. Too many feels about the show being over in 1 episode...
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Dec 21, 2013
Having feels about the feels that caused your feels.
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