Nikita Season 3 Review “‘Til Death Do Us Part”

We’re just six episodes away from the final, final episode of Nikta and perennial arch-nemesis Amanda still hasn’t been defeated even a little. On the bright side, ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ doesn’t actually contain the death of a central character, as was assumed, and, despite leaving Nikita and her allies in a decidedly sticky situation, we can still hope for a happy ending when the show returns for a shortened season four.

The tease from last week was that, watched closely by Amanda, Nikita was being forced to assassinate the US President in exchange for Michael’s life. Via some helpful deception from Alex and Michael, who told her at the last second that they had found the magic antidote to their problem, she didn’t actually have to go through with it – but that doesn’t mean that Amanda didn’t have a contingency plan. The president shot herself once Nikita refused to carry out her mission, and it was one of the best twists this show has ever pulled off.

This episode was full of what the show does best, with the relationships at the forefront, Nikita in an impossible situation, the whole team helping out and top-notch action sequences to boot. This was more a mission statement for season four than it was a wrap-up for season three since I think, with Amanda still at large, we’re better off viewing the miniseries as a last hurrah instead of a proper season in itself. That said, ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ did a great job of maneuvering everyone into their respective positions, without it feeling contrived or rushed.

It a lot of ways, we’re back where we started with Nikita on the run from a large organization – this time the government and the world’s media. Everyone in the world knows her face as belonging to the President’s killer and, if Michael and the rest of Division can’t clear her name, it’s unlikely she’ll make it very far without being caught. Was it frustrating to see her run even with all her friends behind her? Yes it was, but I’ll forgive the questionable character move because it means Nikita is on her own again, relying on her own wits instead of the infinite resources Division afforded her this last season.

The episode itself had so many stand out sequences, from Michael’s death and resurrection to the Dirty Thirty attack that almost succeeded. The final, lengthy montage of Division’s destruction was the best thing about the hour for me, however, and really held the weight destruction of long-standing sets should. A shortened run of episodes will benefit from a new location, but I’m sad to see the base go nonetheless. This was, overall, a fantastic finale and tied as many things together as it left questions hanging.

Why is Amanda keeping the president alive? What is her and The Shop’s master plan? Will Nikita and Michael ever make it down the aisle? Where the heck is Owen?

What did you think of the episode? What are your hopes for season four? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.