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.
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).