Nikita Season 4 – Renewed for Final Season

Nikita was renewed for a fourth and final season per Eric Goldman at IGN. However, it won’t be a full season.

Craig Silverstein tweeted: #Nikita will return but not for a full season.We can promise an incredible finish though!

Here’s hoping it is a better finish than La Femme Nikita got.

Perhaps that incredible finish will launch a movie! Bruce Willis can play a bad guy to Maggie Q’s good girl Smilie: :-)

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Nikita Season 3 Episode 21 – Invisible Hand

Title: Invisible Hand

Air Date: May 10, 2013

Synopsis: Nikita wants to go after Amanda and her new partners, The Shop, while Alex considers a different offer. The rest of the team is reluctant but backs up Nikita.

Flashback to last episode. Amanda reiterates that she needs both Michael and Nikita alive for her plan to work.

Night in a mostly empty parking lot. Nikita picks up the keys to a black sedan and gets inside. She opens a satellite communication with a colleague who is looking into Amanda’s new hit-man wearing the shooting glasses. Her colleague, Henry, can’t give her any information then he apologizes right before the the hit-man, Smith, shoots him and steps in front of the camera. The car locks her in and starts accelerating toward another parked car. Nikita knocks out the sunroof and rolls to safety before the fiery crash.

Division. Nikita returns and tells Michael what happened. Nikita wants to go after Amanda but Michael wants to leave; Ryan is in Washington getting the President to sign off on the pardons. Nikita insists, “Amanda will keep coming unless I stop her.” Birkhoff walks in to let Nikita know he’s ready to start taking the car apart to look for a lead on The Shop. Michael doesn’t look pleased.

Cobalt River Facility, Michigan. Amanda is with The Shop where a doctor is working on something. A mystery man from The Shop has a target for Amanda to eliminate. He cautions Amanda that they are invisible for a reason and isn’t thrilled with her arrangement for Nikita.

Division. Birkhoff is tearing apart the car from Nikita’s crash. Sonya is helping him. Birkhoff jokes about wishing he could reach inside Nikita’s head and yank out the chip that makes her like this. They find a small computer chip. Birkhoff quotes Boromir from Lord of the Rings, “It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing.” Sonya drops it into a server and Birkhoff is able to use the chip to hack into one of The Shop’s satellites. A satellite that doesn’t exist in any registry.

They are able to listen in on a phone call of Smith, the shooter, mention the Cobalt facility and a target, Hasan, in New York. Sonya is familiar with Hasan’s work as a human rights activist. Birkhoff wonders why The Shop would care about her. Michael and Nikita recall their visit with Heidecker and the children he was transporting. Michael wants to warn the authorities but Nikita insists on protecting Hasan. Nikita insists this is the last mission.

New York. Hasan is holding a small press conference on the steps to a building. Nikita and Michael are nearby. Alexandra Udinov made a sizable donation and gets close to Hasan. Apparently, Hasan has been trying to get in touch with Alex feeling that her story makes her a hero. And makes her an offer to become a special envoy to the UN. Nikita spots Smith too late and he is able to cut Hasan though not badly. Nikita gives chase while Alex stays with Hasan. She finds Smith in a nearby alley. During their fight one of Hasan’s security men arrives and Nikita has to knock him aside. Then she takes out Smith cutting his throat and stabbing him with his own knife. Nikita picks up his cell phone and sends a text stating “Hasan wounded. Nikita on site. Laying low.” The reply is “Use caution. You don’t know her like I do.” Nikita knows it is Amanda on the other end.

Division. Birkhoff traces the text to Cobalt River in northern Michigan. Nothing shows up on normal satellites but using The Shop’s black bird he can see the facility. Nikita is ready to charge back out the door after Amanda but Michael stops her. “I thought this was the last one.” Nikita replies, “It is. But it’s not over yet. When I get her, then it’s over.” Michael questions whether Amanda did something to Nikita to make her this obsessed with the mission. Nikita asks Michael to come with her, “In case I stop being myself.” Birkhoff assures Michael he’ll be looking out for Nikita as well.

Elsewhere in Division. Alex is telling Sonya about the offer Hasan made. Sonya encourages Alex, as she is the only one that has a real life to go back to. (While the rest of Division was criminals given a second chance. Alexandra was a princess sold into slavery and rescued by Nikita.)

That night. Birkhoff is stressing about the mission when Sonya comes back from reconfiguring some servers. Sonya assures him that she will be with him after Division is over.

Michael and Nikita reach the perimeter of the Cobalt facility. Birkhoff guides them past some pressure sensors under the ground. Sonya assists Birkhoff hacking The Shop’s security. Birkhoff warns them of automated counter measures. Nikita sees the doctor experimenting on a patient and naturally charges right ahead. The doctor sees her coming and activates an automated gun turret that begins blasting away. Birkhoff and Sonya are able to disable the gun allowing Nikita and Michael to get into the room with the doctor. He pulls out a small transmitter and the patient appears to explode blood from his nose, mouth, and eyes. Nikita tries to ask the doctor where Amanda is but they run out of time. Nikita takes the doctor and Michael grabs the cases of serum the doctor was working with. The gun turrets start again pinning Michael and Nikita down. Michael is hit in the shoulder. Birkhoff manages to get the doors unlocked again.

Division. Medical. Sonya removes the bullet from Michael’s shoulder and bandages him. Nikita is questioning the doctor who denies knowing Amanda. And resists telling them anything other than he’s working with some kind of nano-particles and the blue vial is the antidote. Nikita injects the doctor and he immediately pleads for the antidote. Nikita asks what Amanda was doing at the facility. Now the doctor is cooperative and quickly tells her that Amanda was their to inspect the facility and wants to use the toxin on a high profile target. Then the doctor explains that the toxin is an upgrade to Division’s kill chip. It lives in the blood stream and can be triggered from anywhere via microwave frequency. Before Nikita can give him the antidote the satellite sends a signal killing the doctor.

Birkhoff and Sonya are suited up performing an autopsy on the doctor as Nikita and Michael stand by. Birkhoff confirms the nano-toxin in the doctor’s blood. Then Nikita and Michael realize Amanda must have known somehow that the doctor was injected. Nikita asks Birkhoff to look for a cochlear implant on the doctor. They find a more advanced version that would have allowed Amanda to hear everything. Michael questions who the high profile target is. They realize it must be Hasan who was wounded by Smith.

New York. Alex goes to see Hasan.

Sonya tells the others that Hasan is giving a speech tonight and that must be when Amanda plans to strike. Birkhoff traces the satellite signal to an old aqueduct in Philadelphia. Nikita tells Birkhoff to prep for dual operations. Michael doesn’t like the idea of spreading themselves that thin. Nikita insists that she can’t go to New York because Hasan’s bodyguards would recognize her from the alley. So Michael will take the antidote to Alex in New York while Nikita goes after Amanda. And she promises that she will stand down once Hasan gets the antidote and wait for Michael to back her up. Nikita kisses Michael and walks away leaving him standing there with a concerned look on his face.

Night. New York. Alex and Hasan are in an auditorium where Hasan is planning her speech. Michael is in a SUV minutes away from Alex. Nikita is in Philadelphia entering the old aqueduct when communication is cut off. Nikita continues ahead.

Philadelphia. Amanda steps out from the shadows. Amanda reveals that he target has always been Nikita. Hasan was just part of the plan. Nikita just stares down the barrel of her gun at Amanda. She tells Nikita it is just the two of them. Nikita asks, “Unarmed?” Amanda replies, “Oh, I fired my shot weeks ago. It’s just reaching you now.” Nikita suspects Amanda did something to her brain. Amanda replies, “No. That was just theater.” And explains the rest of the ruse from the car crash to the satellite chip and scripted phone call that led her to Hasan. Amanda does admit that Nikita got ahead of Smith as he was supposed to drop his phone in the alley and not get killed. Amanda wanted Nikita to see the doctor die so she could carry out her final mission with clarity. “Final mission? You think you can control me with fear? Like I haven’t been injected with poisons before.” Amanda states, “It doesn’t have to be injected. It can just as easily be embedded in carbon fiber bone.” Nikita starts to lower her gun as Amanda reveals that Michael’s hand from The Shop came with a price; that was the shot Amanda fired weeks ago.

Amanda warns Nikita, “Touch me and Michael dies. Of course you could have given Michael the antidote, but he’s probably using your only one right now.”

New York. Michael arrives, hands Alex the antidote, and causes a distraction allowing her to discretely inject Hasan with the antidote. Michael tells Birkhoff it’s done but Birkhoff is still out of communication with Nikita.

Philadelphia. “You can save Michael. All you have to do is carry out one final assassination for me.” “Who?” “Your target is Kathleen Spencer, President of the United States.” Nikita asks, “Why kill the President?” Amanda doesn’t know and doesn’t care, The Shop wants it done. Amanda informs Nikita she has 24 hours until Michael dies and she can’t tell anyone or warn anyone or Michael dies. “You can’t even tell the man you love. He would rather sacrifice himself than watch his beloved commit such a horrible act. Telling him would be sentencing him to death and that is something even you can’t live with.” The gun slides from Nikita’s hand and clatters on the stone floor. Nikita is distraught and gasps, “Even if Michael lives, we’ll never be together again.” Nikita slips to her knees. “My life is over.” Amanda says, “No silly. The President’s life is over. Your life will go back to what it should be. You are what I made you, now and forever.” Amanda injects Nikita with the tracking and listening device that the doctor had implanted. Nikita slowly walks into the shadows.

Division. Birkhoff has a schematic on the screen showing The Shop has facilities all over the world; they’re not just an American think tank. The Shop cuts their connection. Nikita walks slowly into Division. Birkhoff is happy to see her. Nikita tries to keep up a facade and makes up a story about Amanda not being at the location.

Ok. I know the viewers need some help sometimes but Nikita’s entire body language and attitude is different. If her best friends can’t tell something is deeply wrong after an encounter with Amanda then they’re being dumb. I think this was over-played. Nikita should be much better at hiding secrets and acting more normal. Just a hint hear and there when no one else is around would be better.

Medical. Nikita tells the same lie to Michael and Alex. Who both go along with it. Alex talks about how strong Hasan is before leaving Michael and Nikita alone. Michael looks at Nikita, “I thought I lost you.” They embrace and kiss. Michael asks what is wrong but Nikita turns away. Nikita wants to go away and get married like Michael previously suggested. Michael walks out to get ready to elope. Nikita tells him she’ll catch up. She picks up the bullet that was pulled out of Michael’s shoulder earlier and puts it under the microscope. She confirms that he is carrying the nano-toxin as Amanda told her. Tears roll down her cheeks.

Armory. Nikita is fitting a silencer to her sidearm.

This week wasn’t bad. However, the show seems rather empty with so few cast members, or even extras, right now. And I really didn’t like the drastic attitude change with Nikita; just way too obvious and her friends are apparently oblivious.

Next week’s preview shows Nikita telling Michael about her situation and apparently killing the President. So I have to assume the President is not really dead or they just gave away the whole show. So do they use a double? Was there a dream sequence? Ryan Fletcher came up with some crazy scheme because Birkhoff anticipated and listened in on the chip that Amanda implanted in Nikita?

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Nikita Season 3 Episode 20 – High-Value Target

Title: High-Value Target

Air Date: May 3, 2013

Synopsis: Michael, Nikita, Birkhoff, Alex, Sonya and Fletcher scramble to recover the black box before the President finds out the status of Division.

Flashback to a 2005 Mission: Oceanside. Michael is interviewing Nikita after she returned from what was to be a suicide mission. “How did it feel to take out the head of a major drug cartel?” After a moment in thought Nikita replies, “Good.”

The flashback was actually Sam (formerly known as Owen) showing a potential buyer the mission file from the black box. The drug cartel leader was the buyer’s brother. Sam hands Leonardo Santos, ABIN Director, a bidding phone that he’ll call later.

Division. Nikita approaches, through the still in shambles Ops, Birkhoff and Sonya who are not having any luck finding Amanda or Owen. Ryan still has a dismal outlook at the future of Division.

Elsewhere, Alex walks into the room where she shot Ryan. She stares at the spot where he fell.

Nikita reminds the others that they took down Percy when it was just the small group of them. Birkhoff points out at least they knew where Percy was. Michael tries to talk Nikita into considering other options, running, before the President finds out and sends in the SEALs.

“Speak for yourself sailor.” says Cyrus (Nikita Season 3 Episode 6 – Sideswipe) as he walks in surprising everyone. Nikita gives him a welcome hug. “I see why all my calls go straight to voicemail.” Birkhoff asks if he got the new identity package they sent. Cyrus replies, “I did but I got wind of some chatter you needed to know. Seemed like the right thing to do.” Birkhoff sees through his smug attitude, “He’s on the box too.” Cyrus knows there is a high-level auction about to go down for the black box in Toronto.

Dorsett Glen Hotel, Toronto, Canada. Sam invites another potential buyer to the auction. Karl Jaeger, German Intelligence. Sam convinces him to join with a quote from Nietzsche, “Sometimes the best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.”

Division. Cyrus is filling in the team on what he knows. The auction will happen in Toronto at the G20 Summit. The world’s twenty largest economies along with their intelligence and security chiefs all gathered in one spot. Ryan is frustrated, “How did I not see this?” Birkhoff replies, “Well you did just wake up from a comma.” Ryan wants to silent partner with one of the smaller bidders. Alex walks in and offers to use her Udinov trust money. Birkhoff asks, “Are you sure?” Alex replies, “If it will help get the black box, then yes. I owe it to you. I owe it to all of you.”

Michael and Nikita are getting their gear together. Nikita is still hopeful of getting Owen back but Michael reminds her that Sam is who he really is now. Nikita tells him, “If all anyone ever saw were the things I did for Division. They’d think I was a monster. If we can’t believe that people change then everything we’re fighting for is meaningless.”

Toronto. Sam walks into a hotel room. “Honey I’m home.” Amanda is chained to the bed. Sam tells her about getting the bidders interested. “Only one that needed a little coaxing was the German. Once I told him that quote you told me, he was all in.” She asks to be unchained but Sam isn’t ready to let her go yet.

Alex approaches the Turkish minister of internal affairs with her offer. Nikita and Michael are nearby. Back at Division, Cyrus says good bye to the team and starts to walk out. A SEAL team surrounds them before Cyrus can get out. Birkhoff turns on the speaker so the mission team can hear what’s happening.

The SEAL team secures the Cyrus, Fletcher, Birkhoff, and Sonya with zip ties in the center of Ops. Then they begin a sweep of the facility. Ryan tells him that they are the only ones left. The SEAL team leader shows Ryan a satellite photo revealing that they re-tasked a satellite after Danforth died. Ryan tries to explain that they have a mission in progress. But the SEALs don’t want to hear it. Nikita speaks to them to explain the situation with the black box and tells the solider to call the President to see what she says.

While they are waiting for word from the President Michael orders Alex to go ahead with her approach of the Turkish minister. He recognizes her as Alexandra Udinov. She sells him on the story that she wants access to the black box to confirm the black ops team that murdered her family.

Division. Some further urging from Ryan convinces the SEAL to call the President.

Toronto. G20 Summit. The President is already there and meets Nikita, announcing to everyone that “Susan” as an old student. Nikita advises President Spencer of the situation and asks for a pass into the reception. Nikita assures the President that the other agents that fled will keep a low profile. Spencer gets Nikita a guest pass and says good bye after agreeing to Nikita’s mission.

Sam is about to smother and “clean” Amanda but she talks him into waiting until after the auction in case something goes wrong. “That’s a good point, I’ll kill you after.” Sam walks out.

In the G20 reception. Nikita describes the scene for Ops as they have no visuals. Nikita watches the Russian, Chinese, and German bidders. Alex is still with the Turk. Nikita moves into the open to draw out Sam. Michael is waiting in the service corridor for Sam to try leaving. Ryan gets annoyed trying to explain things to the SEAL team leader. Birkhoff tells him to quit distracting them.

Santos recognizes Nikita as the assassin and orders his men after her. Sam spots Nikita and makes his way out. Nikita follows him. Sam finds himself in the corridor between Michael and Nikita. Before they can get very far with Sam, Santos and his men attack. Michael and Nikita make short work of Santos and his men. Michael asks, “Who is he?” Nikita replies, “I don’t know.” “Who’s his brother?” “No idea. I’m sure he deserved it.” Owen slips away into the reception.

Division. Ryan tells the SEALs to back off they can still complete the mission. Cyrus suggests to Birkhoff that they need another plan.

Michael lifted Sam’s room key. Nikita and Michael head to the Dorsett Glen Hotel. Alex keeps in eye on Sam. (Who Nikita continues to call Owen).

Alex talks to Sam. “How long did it take you to get over Emily?” Sam replies, “It wasn’t me. That was Owen.” Alex continues, “How long did it take him?” “He never did.” After seeing Alex’s pained expression, “You saying Pierce is dead?” Sam tries to give her a bit of pep-talk about shaking it off and moving on. “Owen couldn’t.” Then Alex offers him $200 million for the black box and Amanda. “No deal. I want to kill her myself. And the bidding is already higher than you are offering.” Sam starts to walk away. Alex tries to remind him that they all cared about Owen but he still walks away.

Division. Birkhoff gives Michael and Nikita the room number for Sam’s room. Then he decides to get in touch with some old hacker buddies. Alex watches the Turk drops his bidding phone in a drink. She tells Ops they better hurry because they didn’t win the auction. Apparently the Germans did. Ryan orders Alex to follow the Germans. Cyrus can’t believe the Germans had enough cash to beat China or the Russians.

Dorsett Glen Hotel. Room 616. Three men walk in. Amanda looks up, “Took you long enough.” “We got your message.” Nikita and Michael arrive in time to see them going down in the elevator with Amanda. Hotel security is fast approaching so Michael and Nikita duck into a room. Nikita looks at Michael, “Who are those guys?”

Security enters the room. They find Nikita and Michael in the shower. Michael looks at the guard, “Did my wife send you?” Nikita blurts out, “You’re married?!” After seeing the shackles still hanging from the bed posts the security guard makes a quick retreat.

Division. Nikita calls in to report Amanda was rescued by an unknown party. Nikita asks Birkhoff for some kind of tracking on Amanda. Birkhoff gets a response from hacker Akira. Through Akira he gets access to traffic cams and facial recognition.

G20 Summit. Alex sees the Germans retrieve the black box from the back of a SUV. Then the man shoots the other two men with him. Alex doesn’t make it in time to stop the SUV.

Division. Birkhoff has Amanda heading toward the harbor. Nikita and Michael are still in the hotel room waiting for security to clear out. She calls Sam on the bidding phone. Nikita asks Sam if he was surprised when the Germans won the auction. He admits he was a little. Nikita helps Sam realize that Amanda played him. Amanda used him to send a message to Jaeger. “And now she is on her way to a port to collect a prize you won for her. Congratulations Sam.” Nikita hangs up.

Harbor at night. Amanda and her new accomplices approach Jaeger. Amanda reveals that Jaeger was a contingency plan. Jaeger talks to her about joining their team as they await a helicopter.

The SEAL commander calls the President to say the mission failed. Ryan tries to tell them Nikita can still come through. Cyrus asks Birkhoff and Sonya about their plan. The SEALs turn on Division but Sonya initiates a Lock-down process allowing them to escape to a different room sealing doors after them.

Ryan compliments Sonya on the nice work. They can hear the SEALs blowing doors with explosives. Ryan calls Nikita to let her know the SEALs have executed their kill order and it won’t be long.

Harbor. Nikita and Michael’s arrival causes the helicopter to pull away before it can land. Jaeger and Amanda leave in a car while Michael and Nikita are pinned down by gunfire. Amanda orders the men to back off as she wants Nikita and Michael alive for their plan to work. (Some mysterious grand plan…Smilie: ;)

Sam cuts off Jaeger’s car then puts several shots through the windshield killing him. Jaeger’s body falls out of the car. Amanda manages to get the car in reverse and get away. Michael and Nikita approach on foot. Sam picks up the black box, stares at it for a moment, then drops it on the ground and shoots it. The last black box is destroyed.

Sam drives away as Nikita and Michael jog over and find the destroyed black box. Michael suggests maybe they haven’t lost Owen yet.

Division. The SEALs are getting closer. Ryan turns to the others, “I think it’s time for Plan B.” Nikita calls and sends a photo of the destroyed black box. Fletcher knows they need to get it in front of the President. Birkhoff gets some help from Akira to spam Toronto with the photo of the black box.

Toronto. G20 Summit. Everyone’s smartphones begin receiving the photo. A Secret Service agent shows the photo to President Spencer who is relieved.

Division. The SEALs blow down the last door to find Ryan standing there with a dead man’s switch in his hand. “Shoot and we all die.” He advises them of the charges the planted at key structural points under Division. “I read your file. You’re just a low level analyst.” Fletcher smiles a bit menacingly and slowly walks toward the SEAL, “A low level analyst? Right. A low level analyst was killed, resurrected, in a hole filled with criminals and murders. A low level analyst who’s gone up against the NSS, FBI, CIA. Ordered heads of state executed. Even kidnapped the President of Uzbekistan from inside the White House. All while living under the threat that someone like you would come in here and put a bullet in my head. So believe me when I tell you, Vasquez, that file you read is in desperate need of a revision.”

Birkhoff looks over at Sonya and takes her hand. Vasquez’s phone rings. Ryan says, “You’re gonna want to get that.” The President asks to speak to Fletcher. Spencer says, “As promised, you are free to go. Let’s hope you are right about the agents that ran.” She orders Vasquez to stand down.

Later. Birkhoff pops up some champagne to celebrate. He holds up his glass. “Division is dead baby.” Cyrus stops in to say good bye. He advises them of the company that sent the chopper to Amanda was Belfair. Birkhoff drops his glass. The others quickly see that Amanda is working with The Shop. Cyrus asks, “What’s The Shop?” Michael replies, “It’s Percys with pocket protectors. It’s bad.”

So Amanda and The Shop are together. Sounds scary. And Division is down to just the core team. Maybe it’s time to start recruiting again? Considering the President said they’re free to go will they contact her or just let the world bask in ignorance of the impending doom?

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