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'Nikita' Season 1, Episode 18 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 15th 2011 3:50AM
Devon Sawa in Nikita['Nikita' - 'Into the Dark']

After last week's climactic Michael/Nikita reunion, 'Nikita' viewers could've been forgiven for thinking that episode 18 might have had difficulty maintaining that breakneck momentum, but 'Into the Dark' proved a worthy successor to 'Covenants,' bringing back fan-favorite Guardian Owen (Devon Sawa) for another globetrotting black box mission.

But being an international man of mystery has its downsides, and in addition to struggling with the guilt he feels for the many people he's killed, Owen was also struggling with a debilitating addiction to an ominous Division regimen -- a set of performance-enhancing drugs that apparently come with some killer side-effects that even Nikita can't charm away.

Kudos to Devon Sawa for another compelling performance -- from the restless, jittery onset of his withdrawal to his almost robotic ruthlessness in retrieving the black box, he effortlessly transitioned between sympathetic and murderous as only Division's finest can.

Speaking of Division's finest, I'm sure many fans were thrilled by the episode's opening moments: After so much build-up, it was excellent to see a little more of the Nikita/Michael payoff, and the Owen versus Michael showdown lent some delicious tension to the scene.

I always enjoy seeing Michael's territorial side when it comes to Nikita, and Owen knew exactly which buttons to push in order to rile him up, even if I'm fairly sure that the Guardian doesn't have any real designs on Nikita so soon after losing Emily. It reminded me of an all-too-apt 'Buffy' quote from back in the day; I could totally imagine Nikita snapping, "I see one more display of testosterone poisoning, and I will personally put you both in the hospital," by the end of the confrontation (and you know she could do it, too).

As a card-carrying Brit, I was amused to see snowy Toronto doubling up as London (always nice to see cars driving on the correct side of the road again!). And it was a treat to see the amazing Ray Park -- best-known as Darth Maul in 'The Phantom Menace' and Toad in 'X-Men' -- as the nameless Guardian who did an admirable job of beating the snot out of Owen and Nikita on the bridge.

Perhaps my favorite fight scene, though, came from Nikita and Michael double-teaming Owen in the church -- it was an exhilarating set-piece, made all the more tense because a part of me honestly thought that Owen was destined for the chopping block this week. So many shows are too quick to kill off their most valuable guest stars for the sake of shock value these days, so I was glad to see that the writers are savvy enough to want to keep Sawa on tap for a little while longer.


It was also excellent to see Lyndsy Fonseca given something meatier to do this week, instead of simply making doe-eyes at her hunky CW boyfriend. Because she was inside Division and given her own tense subplot, the transitions between scenes were far less jarring than last week's juxtaposition between the high-stakes mission and the slow, romantic scenes with Alex and Nathan.

The scenes were still slower during Alex's interrogation, but it's nice to have breathing room between action set-pieces and stunts, and it further served to illustrate that Amanda is probably the team's most dangerous adversary inside Division right now, since she's apparently far more observant than Percy. The way Alex covered her lies by building upon the truth was an inspired choice, but it's obvious that Amanda's not buying her ruse.

I'm wondering how long Michael will be able to cover for Alex -- and vice versa -- before Amanda and Percy start growing suspicious of their motives; still, it was heartening to see Michael stepping up to the plate to protect Nikita and her protégé, and I certainly appreciate the fact that he defers to Nikita against his better judgment, especially when it came to sparing Owen's life. Though Alex has always suspected something deeper between her two mentors, I'm still interested to see how she handles the revelation of their relationship next week.

'Nikita' airs Thursdays, 9PM ET on The CW.

What was your favorite moment from this week's episode? Are you hoping that Owen makes a return appearance soon? How do you think Alex will react to hearing that Michael and Nikita have made it official? Share your thoughts below!


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dingdong

Just a heads up, during the fight scene with Nikita, Owen and the Guardian. That was in Cambridge Ontario.
It was a great scene. Made me proud to have the scene shot in my hometown :D

October 01 2011 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Lee

I loved this episode. My favorite moment has got to be the first five or six minutes, haha actually the whole episode! I think that Alex will be okay with the mikita relationship. She always knew there was something between those two.

April 15 2011 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aliasamy00

Devon Sawa can not come back soon enough! Love love love him! I was so relieved they didn't kill him off; he's the one guest star I couldn't bear to lose!

April 15 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
londongirl

As always- excellent recap. I also loved the "London" scenes, anyone who knows the city would know that a little drop of snow brings the whole place into shutdown!

April 15 2011 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Em

Great review! Loved the episode...Watch Michael work on the same side of Nikita gave the episode another dynamic! Now let's see how long can Michael keep tbeing an "double agent" at Division! Ah, the opening of the episode, one word for Mikita: hot!! ;)

April 15 2011 at 6:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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