Nikita uses unconventional methods in her war against a human-trafficking czar.
Nikita Rough Lyndsey
Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW
S1 E4
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It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the road to Nikita’s revenge and redemption follows the same path as a twelve-step program. Last night she tackled the well-known “Make amends with those you’ve hurt in the past” step by revisiting some of her “Greatest Hits,” or rather her past missions where she killed someone (notice I typed “missions”). The first occurred six years ago, after she was “activated” by a “key card,” (because Division recruits are the equivalents of debit cards) which gave her access to the Outside World. Division gets creepier and creepier every week.

In a flashback — without a doubt, these looks to the past continue to be the most interesting aspect of the show — we saw Nikita in the home of Victor Han, an employee of Homeland Security who was important enough to keep bodyguards around his family at all times. Nikita acted as the Hans’ nanny, but soon learned that Victor was a double agent for Red Circle Triad, a slave-trafficking organization, and Division’s main target. Following orders, Nikita planted a bomb that left Victor Han dead (or so she thought), and left her with a heavy guilt trip ever since.

Once Nikita learned that — aha! — Victor Han was still alive (Division faked his death on an order from Red Circle Triad), she switched into kick-ass revenge mode, which was a relief, because I was worried things were headed for Schmaltzville. However, this whole bait-and-switch made it even more clear that Division is a smarmy group with no real backbone, moral conscience, or allegiance to anyone or anything. Michael’s decision to blindly follow Percy and the organization seems odd, so I was expecting a better answer when Nikita asked him why he always listened to the boss (is he is father? lover? accountant?). Nope, he just saved his life. Bo-ring.

Nikita hopped a plane to Hong Kong to confront Victor Han about Red Circle Triad’s use of slaves, but was intercepted at Customs by Victor’s men (even she is no match for an airport security line…or a taser. Yikes). Her pseudo-flirtatious conversation with Victor was all shades of gross:

Nikita: “I can’t believe I thought you were cute”

Victor Han: “I can’t believe I never had my way with you”

Nikita: “You couldn’t handle me, not then, not now.”

Victor Han: “Best thing about the slave business is that I can handle whatever I want.” [Cue forced, uncomfortable kiss]

NEXT: Nope, not Linus, Lucy, or Snoopy…

Before the vomit fully rose up inside my throat, Victor was backing away and having trouble breathing. Nikita had remembered a certain allergy of Mr. Han’s — Nanny knows best, after all — that would allow for the perfect, invisible way to take him down: Peanut-oil lipstick. Lure him in, and then lead him to anaphylactic shock. Advantage, Nikita.

What was your favorite beat down of the night?

  1. Nikita’s very sudden and very ruthless wrist-snapping of fashion designer Tonya Wiles.
  2. The utter destruction of the sweat shop, where Nikita knocked out every slave to fashion that came into her path (including putting an iron to the face….burn!), before lighting the entire space on fire. Of course she didn’t just gas it up and light a match, she SHOT A BULLET at the puddle of flammable liquid, because she’s that badass. (Or maybe she just has a flair for the dramatic. Take your pick).
  3. Nikita’s peanut “kiss of death” with Victor Han (Those pesky peanut allergies really can be deadly), which still allowed her time to take down his gang of thugs, and administer an EPI pen (Minus 100).

Meanwhile, Alex was stuck in scary orphan land, and spent quality time with Amanda, who will presumably be torturing a different character on a weekly basis. Alex kept having mysterious visions from her past, but for some reason lied about it to Amanda. Nikita was annoyed that her mole was M.I.A. when she needed her, but I still think it’s unrealistic for the two of them to communicate via computer. It’s not like Alex is sitting around Division drinking wine and working on her night cheese before bed. No, she’s got busy days filled with drinking Amanda’s crazy tea and wearing the crazy suit as a result.

What did you think of Nikita this week? Do you like getting more of the character’s back stories? Are you still impressed with Nikita’s fighting skills and mysterious ability not to ever break a sweat? Sound off below!

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