Hey, Nikita....Niiiiiiiice

Apparently I missed the latest ep of Nikita, so I got caught up last night on Hulu. Nice job, writers!!!

I'm still a huge fan of Amanda.  Even though she took over Division, I felt as though we weren't seeing nearly enough of her.  She's always been a bit of a mystery to me.  We know who she is and what she does, but we're not entirely sure how and why.  For all the Nikita fans here at the bar...have any of you ever really wondered about how Amanda got this way and if anyone's ever truly mattered to her?

For example, I don't think she was as close to Percy as the writers would have us believe.  For heavens' sake, she was all for killing the man, and without hesitation.  And I think as soon as Ari Tasarov ceases being useful to her, his body is going to turn up in a river or dumpster somewhere.  So  whatever she affectionately said to or about these men, I wasn't inclined to believe it.

But when she huskily confessed to Nikita, "You broke my heart", I bought it hook, line, and sinker.

First, she let Nikita live.  She could've put a bullet in Nikita's face and yet she hesitated.  Amanda even looked like she was about to cry, which made my eyebrow go up.  So when she later stated that Nikita broke her heart when she left Division, I thought, Finally.  We're getting down to the meat and bones.

Nikita responded by tearfully stating Amanda also broke her heart (which I saw coming) but I was glad we finally got here (and enjoyed the flashbacks along the way).  Because when I think about the two characters whose interaction fascinates me most, it's these two ladies.  To hell with the menfolk on this show; this is not their show.  Percy may have retaken Division, but this is not his show.  Michael may be screwing Nikita, but this is not his show.  This is Nikita's show, and the only villain who was ever truly worthy of her was Amanda.

I say Amanda is Nikita's most worthy opponent because very little ever slipped by her.  From day one, she knew something was up with Alex.  While Michael and Percy were buying into every lie passing Alex's lips, Amanda's eyebrow remained raised Vulcan-style.  Every time she spoke to or about Alex, she had this facial expression which said, I don't trust this bitch.  To which I always nodded and replied, That's why you're "The Inquistor".

This show better not get canceled now that Amanda is on the run with Ari, in essence becoming the "other" Nikita/Michael pair of the show.  I want to see more of Amanda and Nikita now that they've confessed how they really feel (I'm assuming it's platonic, mind you), and shown that they're not quite ready to kill each other yet.  Amanda is Nikita's true creator; Nikita is her magnum opus.  Michael may have taught Nikita how to shoot a gun or bust some skulls, but the overall awesomeness that is Nikita took some tweaking by Amanda.

We're finally getting back to where we needed to be on this show, focusing on two very strong and determined women, rather than the fairly malleable men they're supposedly in love with.  It's like the writers finally woke up and got their ish together.  I don't know what the future holds for Alex; no one's hunting her or her family anymore and she has more money than she knows what to do with.  I wouldn't mind if she faded into recurring character status and went on to enjoy her life for a few years without the bullets, bombs, and being in constant danger.


My hopes for Sonia tanked as quickly as they rose; Amanda left her in charge of Division, giving her a chance to take over and stand out but alas...no.  Percy waltzed right in, took it over, and Sonia faded back into the quiet confines of glorified receptionist.  Her hopes now rest in the steadily growing attraction of fellow nerd Birkhoff, and while I'm all for some nerd love...come on now.  Can't there be more to her than just a British accent, an insecure demeanor, and all that light brown skin?  What's her history?  How'd she wind up at Division?  She doesn't strike me as an ex-druggie or criminal of any sort.  Come on now. Tiffany Hines's "Jaden" is dead, and I mourn her to this day.  Erica Gimpel's "Carla" is dead, and her appearance was as weak as it was brief.  Christina Moses's "Dana Winters" is gone off to be with husband and stepson, and not likely to return, despite her being a bad-ass Guardian.  So actress Lyndie Greenwood, the last remaining Black woman still appearing regularly on the show, is left holding down the fort.

Come on now.

If we're getting back to being gynocentric on this show, the writers need to go ham or go home.  Elevate and elaborate on all these women, please (except Alex...we already know all about her).

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  1. Girl, once you told me how Nikita went all emo-in love with Michael, I was done with this show.

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    1. This ep was a redeemer, HOWEVER...it has to maintain its newfound focus. It can't segue back into emo territory now that it's regained my attention.

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  2. I was wondering why you hadn't commented on this episode.

    And yes, I'm co-signing on your analysis as usual.

    "Amanda is Nikita's true creator; Nikita is her magnum opus. Michael may have taught Nikita how to shoot a gun or bust some skulls, but the overall awesomeness that is Nikita took some tweaking by Amanda."

    So much this. Which is also why I think it's interesting that Amanda and Nikita really didn't clash during season one. I think Amanda, more than Percy, is Nikita's biggest threat.

    "This is Nikita's show, and the only villain who was ever truly worthy of her was Amanda."

    YES! THIS!!!! And that's why I was looking forward to season 2 because we were going to finally see the two most powerful women on the show go head to head.

    Percy has the brains and the muscle and the ruthlessness, Amanda is like a surgeon or a sniper. She knows exactly where to hit. I thought it was beautiful when Nikita allowed herself to get captured and rather than physically torture her, Amanda went for what would hurt the most, videos of Daniel. And when Nikita broke free, I thought it was interesting that Amanda ran when she can clearly take Nikita or at least give her a run for her money. Because that fight could've gone either way and Amanda doesn't want to be forced to kill (at least directly) her finest creation.

    "Every time she spoke to or about Alex, she had this facial expression which said, I don't trust this bitch. To which I always nodded and replied, That's why you're "The Inquistor"."

    OKAY? THANK YOU!!!!!

    Amanda truly achieved the HBIC Lifetime Achievement award when she pulled out the watch of Alex's father and busted her ass. And when Alex took a swing, Amanda sidestepped that attack and flawlessly knocked her on her ass and planted that $6,000 high heel pump on Alex's chest. BOSS CHICK!!!!!

    I'm actually okay with not finding out too much about Amanda's past. I think the mystique is what makes her such a flawless character.

    Sadly Sonia aka the Anti-Jade being the silent wallflower has paid off. Notice she has probably gotten more TV time than any other black female (with the exception of maybe Jade) and is still alive. If that ain't fucked up then I don't know what is.


    "And I think as soon as Ari Tasarov ceases being useful to her, his body is going to turn up in a river or dumpster somewhere."

    No she's gonna hand his fine ass over to me so I can have some fun with him. Just like she was SUPPOSED to do with Ryan Fletcher but handed him back to Nikita before I could take Ex- CIA nerd boy for a ride.

    *grumble, grumble*

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    1. Sadly Sonia aka the Anti-Jade being the silent wallflower has paid off. Notice she has probably gotten more TV time than any other black female (with the exception of maybe Jade) and is still alive. If that ain't fucked up then I don't know what is.

      "The Anti-Jade" - *dead*

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