I’m happy to report, and more than a little surprised to learn, that Nikita is still alive and kicking … kicking ass that is. The finale aired this passed Friday and Nikita (Maggie Q) survived her date with Division. While that was no small feat, it was only marginally more impressive than the fact that Nikita also beat the odds and will return next year to the CW line-up.
On a network over-run with teenage angst (but surprisingly little acne), Nikita skews a bit older than the standard CW fair (as in Gossip Girl, 90120, and even Supernatural). Based upon the remarkably conclusive finale, I suspect the show runners for Nikita also feared their time was about up. Watching last night’s episode, I could almost pinpoint the exact point where the script made a nice little jump to allow for the possibility that the show might continue. It’s the moment when a now major character steps off the elevator … in case you want to take a look for yourself. There is an equally pivotal moment when another member of the cast could easily have easily been killed instead of popping up alive and well before the end credits roll.
All’s well that ends well, right? Especially if you also survive the up-fronts.
This was a very satisfying season for this show. In fact, I liked this finale much more than the latest season-ender for Supernatural (which follows Nikita on Friday nights). I enjoy Supernatural and, honestly, will put more effort into watching it than I will Nikita. But the last few seasons, the writers appear to be in a disappointing rut. It goes like this: Paint the Winchester boys into an impossible corner, have them barely survive–but at what cost?–then leave everyone with the clear impression that all that hard work and sacrifice probably only made everything worse. Stay tuned for next season when the shit really hits the fan!
And they fucked up the Impala … again.
Both shows had a very solid run this season, better than I expected. But of the two, Nikita left me filling more satisfied. Both shows have been renewed for next season, with the Winchesters moving to Wednesday night to hang out with Oliver Queen (aka Green Arrow) and Nikita shifting to a later time on Friday’s. Initially, Nikita will get the dubious honor of following America’s Next Top Model but eventually our super-spy gets teamed up with something a little meatier as Cult is slotted as a mid-season replacement.