Nikita Season Premiere Recap: Into the Woods

NikitaSeason4PremiereNikita‘s final season kicks off with a visual so haunting, we’re not sure any other in the series’ gritty history can rival it: Our leading lady, all alone and on the run, makes her way through the woods and encounters a bloody handprint on a tree.

Upon realizing it’s not hers, Michael appears — only to be fatally shot in front of her eyes. As the camera pans around, viewers are forced to set their sights on the dead bodies of Ryan, then Birkhoff, then Alex… And then she wakes up.

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It was all a nightmare, but one that pretty succinctly sums up the episode’s forthcoming events: Nikita is still looking to clear her name in the “assassination” of the President, but without anyone’s help. In turn, her crimefighting family has conducted a minor manhunt to locate and save their friend.

Having successfully evaded their search for months, Nikita resurfaces when reporter Dale Gordon begins to dig into the events of that fateful day in the White House. She offers to fill him in on the real story, her story, but she realizes that they have both been set up by Amanda and The Shop when the FBI arrives on the scene. Taking the journalist “hostage,” the fugitive escapes immediate danger, thanks to the help of Michael, Birkhoff and Ryan, who have been tracking (and finally located) her thanks to this fiasco… And so begins an uncomfortable back-and-forth between she and the team, as they offer assistance — but also voice their grievances concerning — their long-MIA friend.

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Nikita eventually gets out of harm’s way altogether after Michael blackmails an FBI bigwig named Matthew Graham — who, we soon learn, is working with The Shop — into driving his ex (?) off the scene. Once there, Graham vows to continue hunting her down, which she welcomes as she drives off — that is until he fires off a few rounds into car, leaving her badly wounded and with no one to turn to. (Just as Birkhoff predicted earlier, when he pleaded: “We didn’t ask for you to leave, but you did that anyway. You’re going to wind up in an alley somewhere, alone and dying… Unless you stop running and let us help you.”) Though Michael, thankfully, appears to be back on her track by episode’s end.

Elsewhere in the hour, Alex is off doing her UN duties with Sonya by her side. But after she crashes one of The Shop’s transactions, she finds what looks to be a tracking device on those she’s taken down — and then Owen Sam arrives and demands she hand said objects over.

Oh, and about Dale Gordon, who had the means and opportunity to help clear Nikita’s name? He is no longer around, as Graham plants an explosive that takes out the innocent reporter.

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  1. Sara says:

    It was a great opener. I forget how much I missed this show. Really looking forward to the rest of the episodes now

  2. DreamRose311 says:

    Welcome back Niki. Great opener, it’s a shame this series has to end, but thank goodness it’ll get the complete ending it deserves

  3. H says:

    Most underrated show. I’m going to be so sad when it ends.

  4. Mike says:

    Brilliant. This show is going to go out with a bang. The tears will roll

  5. Ram510 says:

    Good episode! But did anybody else feel it was a little bit rushed?

    • Pia says:

      I found the pacing very uneven. All that exposition with Alex and sitting around waiting for stuff to happen.

    • Andrew says:

      The 6 episodes are supposed to be extremely fast paced and the producers have said it’s as if the show is on steroids!

    • Fido says:

      I didn’t find it rushed, rather it was (just like 99% of their eps are) crammed full of plot stuff, absent of any faffing about doing not much that a lot of other series are wont(?) to do.

      • Fido says:

        btw: I really thought Amanda had semtexed the reporters phone and activated it when she heard him passing on Nikita’s info to the FBI guy. Never even occurred to me that FBI could be a baddie – love this show. :)

    • Julie says:

      I actually love the fast pace of the episode. While it’s a little bit of a bummer that the final season is so short, I love that it’s likely going to be so action-packed with little filler.

  6. M says:

    Awesome episode. Agents of shield should take note or better yet hire some of Nikita’s writers.

  7. Jessica says:

    This season premiere was amazing . I really loved it . Underrated much ?