NIKITA “Resistance” Review

Nikita (CW) - Resistance

NIKITA “Resistance” Season 1 Episode 6 – Tonight’s NIKITA is a quick moving and drama-filled episode. “Resistance” provides good insight to the characters and the practices of Division. Percy and Amanda reveal their unemotional and calculating nature. There is palpable tension between Michael and Percy. We see the extremes that Percy will go through to mercilessly run Division and evaluate its occupants. In contrast, Michael shows a more humane side toward Alex. And Thom is clearly smitten with Alex, despite his by the book attitude and his insistence that “it was just a kiss”. We also learn more details into Alex and Nikita’s past and their bond.

Division recruits undergo evaluation. While being transported to a test site, their bus is attacked by terrorists who kidnap Alex and Thom, both of whom are unaware that this is a setup by Division to test their reactions under pressure. Percy, Michael and Amanda watch as Alex is tortured. She breaks free and contacts Nikita for help. Meanwhile, Nikita gains Owen’s trust; but he reveals that he is a “reaper”, Division’s in-house cleaner, meaning he killed Nikita’s fiance. Owen gets away with the black box.

I leave this episode of Nikita with three main thoughts. First, I really enjoy the addition of Devon Sawa on the show. He breaks the monotony to the prison/boot camp atmosphere of Division and the usual expressionless faces there. Hopefully, he will return to help Nikita find the other six black boxes. Second, Birkhoff continues to annoy me to pieces. He is that smart aleck kid in class who knows every answer and is always making wisecracks, but has no real friends at the end of the day. And as for Amanda, I would have thought that she has the means to get secrets out of the recruits without frying it out of them. Third, I get the feeling that there is some bigger significance in Michael’s line, “Truth is what we choose to believe”, that will apply to future episodes. Everything and everybody should be taken with a grain of salt. This uncertainty leads me to these questions.

What truly was Michael’s past relationship with Nikita?
Is his concern for Alex real?
Is Percy at ease with Michael now; does he really think that Michael passed his loyalty test?
Alex is frazzled after this test ordeal. How will she be now that she knows how ruthless and deceptive Division can be (perhaps even Michael)?

What are your thoughts on episode 6 “Resistance” of Nikita?