Nikita Season 3 Episode 5 Review “The Sword’s Edge”

Nikita has been away for a couple of weeks, but that doesn’t make ‘The Sword’s Edge’ any less exciting, with the episode feeling like a season premiere in more ways than one. This year has been a great run for the show so far, but there’s a sense that they’re now just getting started.

The ‘Dirty Thirty’ member occupying Division’s time this week, Markov, has managed to wrangle himself a place as the President of Uzbekistan in his absence, and its all part of an elaborate plot to get himself an audience with the American President. Obviously, with her mission having not gone too well so far, Nikita is adamant that she and the rest of Division will capture and eliminate Markov before he can do any lasting damage. What they don’t know, however, is that Ryan has been keeping some of the details of their arrangement to himself, and it’s a secret that could put them all in grave danger.

If Division make too much noise, or don’t do enough good deeds to justify their existence, then the president has the right to neutralize everyone involved. Like Nikita says, that’s mass murder, but the US government has no problem carrying out such a harsh measure. These people were criminals, after all, and they’ve done more crime and murder since getting released than they ever did before. Nikita herself was on death row when she was recruited, and we’ve seen firsthand how far off the path Alex has tread over the years. It’s an intriguing development for an organization already hanging by a thread, and I can’t wait to see where this thread leads.

A sub-plot involving Alex, Owen and a mole within the organization is a bit of a distraction, and doesn’t seem to fit into this episode. There’s so much going on in ‘The Sword’s Edge’ that the attack of Owen might have been better placed in a quieter adventure, but it does serve to prove how fragile some of the agents still working for Division are. Owen’s presence is causing some friction, largely due to the fact he killed a lot of their family and friends, and there are plenty of people who would want him dead. We still haven’t found the mole, however, and I assume Alex will discover their identity in a future episode.

The stakes are huge here, and you really do feel the danger of the President’s threat. Could we see Nikita, Ryan and co. turn into the ‘bad guys’ by the season’s end? I can’t see this grudge going away, and we might just have to wait until the finale to see how Division’s annual performance report works out for them. Overall, ‘The Sword’s Edge’ was a fantastic episode of Nikita, and really set things up for the rest of the season.

What did you think of the episode? Will Ryan’s deal with the government come back to bite them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.