NIKITA “Looking Glass” Review

NIKITA “Looking Glass” Season 2 Episode 5 – I’m not going to lie: I was worried when I saw the promos for this episode of Nikita and turned on the show with a sense of dread. I know a lot of people love the Michael/Nikita dynamic and consider it the core relationship of the show, but I’m not one of those people. It’s not that I dislike their relationship – on the contrary I’m happy they’re together and not doing the same old “will they/won’t they” crap which has tarnished some really good shows for me. I just don’t think Maggie Q and Shane West have the greatest chemistry. They work well together and the writers give them their moments, but chemistry is a case of either you have it or you don’t and for me, personally, I’m not feeling it.

That being said, this episode, while not as gripping as last week’s season peak, was far better than I’d imagined it would be, thanks to some clever writing filled with a myriad of twists and turns and tongue-in-cheek humor that gave the episode a great momentum whilst also developing the characters.

Now, usually I would have found Nikita’s jealous looks at Michael unbearable (I mean, he’s with her, can’t she get over the fact that he was with another woman before he hooked up with her?) but in this show that trope worked simply because it is who Nikita is: she can love Michael with all her heart and he can love her more than anyone else in the world, but at the end of the day her motto is trust no one. It’s sad and a little depraved but it’s an effective personality flaw which works so well with the show’s construct.

Alex spent some time with Pierce and I cannot decide whether his outrage at leaving an agent in the hands of enemies was an authentic reaction or a front put up to bring Alex closer into his trust. Because this show is Nikita, I’m inclined to go with the latter option.

Now, the penultimate scene of the episode was the very dramatic reintroduction to Percy in a suit. My reaction, on the scale of “Meh” to “Magnificent!” was somewhere around the “eh”. The problem with Percy returning as the main villain of the show is that Amanda is far scarier. If I had a choice to spend two minutes with Amanda or two years with Percy, I’d take Percy any day. Look at the way Amanda manipulated the situation in Belarus so her puppet would kill off her own Division agent! This woman is seriously crazy and Melinda Clarke plays evil with a macabre sort of delight which would send Lady Macbeth away quivering. And they think Percy is scary? Please. You need a full orchestra to illustrate Percy’s evil nature. With Amanda, all you need is the clip clop of her heels.

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