NIKITA “Alexandra” Review

Nikita (CW) - Alexandra

NIKITA “Alexandra” Season 1 Episode 15 – Tonight on NIKITA: Alex steals a cell phone for her mission; attempts to help her compatriot Irina who double-crosses her; is captured and drugged by another compatriot Vlad; comes out of a haze long enough to channel her royal Russian alter ego; and is handed into Amanda’s lab of torture.

We finally get to see Nikita and Michael working together again in “Alexandra”. That was an exciting tag team action sequence in the sauna, despite all the sweaty men. Then Nikita and Michael pull their guns on each other, breaking the polite chitchat. How can two people save the other one’s life without thinking, but still not trust each other one iota? I guess their short confrontation about the mission at Uzbekistan was meant to resolve Michael’s huge resentment at missing the chance to kill his family’s murderer. No big deal. Nikita did it out of…keeping him safe. Ugh, get a clue, Michael! The show certainly gives short shrift to this issue if they just leave the situation as it is.

Alex still can’t live a lie and can’t forget she’s lying. She has a storied past, living as Alexandra, Sasha, and Alex. But it all seems too much for her to handle at times. Her inexperience as an agent and troublesome propensity to empathize with others gets her into a tough spot, when she returns to the bar to convince Irina to get away from Vlad. Her warning radar should have gone off. The underground drug scenes seemed excessive and overdone to me. In terms of writing and story line, “Alex on drugs” is an easy way out; it’s an easy transition to being manipulated by Amanda in the next episode (and perhaps for us to really learn more about Alex). In contrast to the bluster and exaggerated dialogue between a Russian drug dealer and a drugged noble heir, Vlad’s line that he would like to “do something worthwhile like narcotics” was a refreshing break. I would have preferred more of this and less bombast in the episode.

I like learning background information about the characters, because it adds complexity to both story and character; but I’m unclear how tonight’s Nikita will affect future plot. Did we learn much more than what we already knew from past episodes? Alex goes from daddy’s little princess to the Russian sex trade to being saved by Nikita for a future as Division agent. Besides the fact that her dad is apparently a ruthless leader, making her Alexandra Udinov, heir of the next czar (said in a low booming voice), we knew the other information already. Though now it seems Alex has taken her father’s words to heart and inherited some of his cold-blooded qualities. Will this make her a better Division agent?

Final thoughts, I promise. What is the importance of the cell phone Oculus? Do you believe Michael when he says that it’s not important to national security, especially when Percy wanted it? Do you believe Amanda when she tells Michael that Percy doesn’t need to know everything that goes on around Division? Most importantly, did anyone think that Michael sounded like an elf on helium when he was speaking Russian? His voice seemed to go up two octaves!

Tell me what you thought about episode 15 “Alexandra” of Nikita.