How can a series like Nikita offer up such outstanding material so close to the end of the season and still not have confirmation of a renewal?! This series has turned into one of the best TV shows going at the moment, and it really does rank up there with Alias in terms of espionage entertainment. ''Betrayals'' is an absolute corker!
Only a few episodes after having the rug pulled out from under me, I thought Nikita would allow me a bit of time to recover and dust myself off, until the finale. I couldn't have been more wrong as this stunning episode, focusing on Percy's twisted power plays, plants me firmly on my ass once again. I was dumbfounded.
This season has built up such a strong foundation between Alex and Nikita; their relationship essentially the backbone of the series. So you can colour me shocked that by the time the credits roll, Alex had shot Nikita point-blank.
This turn around on Alex's part all happens within one episode, however it all makes perfect sense and feels natural within the show's time-frame and meticulous storytelling. Percy strikes with a vengeance here, holding Alex captive and warping some of Nikita's murkier decisions to his advantage. Oh, and, ya know, revealing that Nikita was the one who killed Alex's father!! Armed with such devastating information, Alex was easily manipulated to Percy's way of thinking.
And yet, there's a huge part of me that knows, or at least remains hopeful, that Alex somehow tipped Nikita off about her forced betrayal. Their exchange at Nikita's safe-house felt a little too calculated, and we've seen Nikita and Alex converse in code before in several episodes. Alex also takes something from a box at Nikita's hideout that could have been blanks. With Nikita presumed dead, it would easily throw Percy off her scent and put Alex, however brief, in his good graces.
This shocking turn of events is only the tip of the ice-berg. In fact, it doesn't really matter to Percy right now whether she's dead or alive since his plan has already gone in to effect. Little did Nikita know that Percy knew of her infiltrations, her allies, Michael and Alex, and was actually using her and purposely sabotaging his own missions just to give Nikita a false sense of victory. He wanted Nikita to hand over the black box to Ryan and the CIA. He's making his move from within the CIA HQ.
It was literally shock after shock tonight, wasn't it? Particularly in Michael's case: when given the opportunity to save Alex and pull a gun on Percy, Michael falls for Percy's fail-safe, electrocuted by a replica gun with a few jolting adjustments.
Percy owns this episode. Xander Berkeley excels as the puppet master, really animating Percy on a whole new, terrifying level. It was somewhat of a relief to discover that he had planned for Nikita to win a few rounds, as it peeled back a whole new layer of Division, making an already seedy operation truly fearful. It also makes perfect sense that someone in Percy's position would have the aptitude, resources and cunning to outsmart Nikita in such a jaw dropping way. He certainly didn't get to where he is now based on personality and good looks.
This is finale-worthy stuff here. How are they gonna top this off? I have every faith that they will, of course, but I honestly have no idea as to how. This is why I love this show. It keeps you on your toes when it's not ripping the rug directly from under you.
CW, please renew this show!