NIKITA Season 2 Premiere Advance Review

Season 2 of NIKITA is upon us and thanks to the people at The CW, a few journalists and I got a chance to take a sneak peek at the season 2 premiere episode “Game Change” and get the scoop right from the source (you can watch the Q&A with actor Shane West and EP Craig Silverstein here).

But let’s talk about the season 2 premiere.

I have to be honest here, I didn’t watch the entire first season of Nikita. I watched a few episodes at the beginning and then I watched the last couple of episodes, but missed everything in between. That said, I knew enough to enjoy the premiere and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to add Nikita to my list of shows this season (not sure how my DVR is going to cope with that but that’s Future Sandie’s problem).

So let’s get to it. When we last left Nikita, things were kind of turned on their head. In the premiere episode we find Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) continuing on their quest to take down Division. And of course they get into all kinds of trouble so expect lots of explosions, fights and even drones!

Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) is now a sort of free agent but gets back to working with Division when Amanda asks for her help in return for helping her find the man who killed her father. There are quite a few interesting scenes involving Alex in the premiere, including one very powerful one between her and Nikita. If you were wondering where things were at between her and Nikita, I think you will be getting your answer in the premiere.

As for Amanda (Melinda Clarke), well she is now head of Division, but Oversight is keeping an eye on her. They have assigned a new agent named Sean (Dillon Casey), to keep an eye on her, and let’s just say he is quite the pain in her butt.

But my two favorite parts from the premiere had to be:

1) Percy in the box – When we see Percy (Xander Berkeley) again he will be in a box Magneto-style (this is an X-Men reference for those who don’t know), and it’s pretty brilliant. Plus I have a new found love for actor Xander Berkeley ever since I saw him in the fantastic The Booth At The End web series. I cannot wait to see what Percy will be able to do from his box, I’m guessing four glass walls will not keep him contained for long.

2) Birkhoff returns – I won’t tell you under what circumstances (don’t want to spoil too much), but Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) will return in this episode, and it’s genius. I loved every single scene he was in and I hope we see lots more of him this season. He’s brilliant!

Overall, this is a great way to start a new season and if you enjoyed Nikita so far, you’re going to love this new episode. And if you haven’t seen the show yet, I would suggest you give this episode a shot because it might be the one that convinces you to watch the show. It’s a lot of fun.

So don’t forget to watch the Season 2 premiere of Nikita tonight at 8pm on The CW.