Nikita’s four season arc came to an end in the “Canceled” series finale, but did it go out on a satisfying note?
- Nikita and Alex round up the remaining members of MDK, obtaining the clone list and location of the originals in the process. Team Nikita feed Amanda an illusion, making her think that Nikita has gone back to her base instincts.
- Amanda pays the incarcerated Nikita gleeful visit, but her reality is shattered when Nikita pulls a switcheroo and reveals the ruse, putting her back in the “basement” for good.
- The CIA honors Nikita and the team, including Ryan who gets his very own star. Alex and Owen look to the future together, while Birkhoff releases Shadownet to the public and heads to London to be with Sonya.
- Nikita and Michael elope to Ecuador and decide to put their hard-fought freedom to good use by continuing to help those who need it. THE END.
- Full Circle. The callbacks and reminders of how far Nikita and Amanda have come and where it all started were very effective, anchoring the finale with Nikki’s perennial question of identity. Throughout we see Nikki embracing all parts of her identity to not only fool Amanda but emerge more rounded, and ultimately happy as a result.
- The Twist. I wouldn’t say it saved the episode, but it certainly elevated proceedings and maintained Nikita’s integrity. For her to go off the rails so late in the game would have been a very hard sell, irrespective of Ryan’s death. The twist takes a little something away in retrospect, but it holds up to a decent level of scrutiny which is important.
- Final Face-Off. The best scenes of the season were saved to last. How wonderful it was to see Amanda and Nikita go eye to eye one last time. It seems right that Nikki should defeat Amanda with deception rather than brute force. You might say good student, bad teacher.
- Satisfying Resolutions. I found the final word on the characters largely satisfying. Nikita is a show that had a limited scope but it played well within its boundaries and even stretched beyond them at times. But I rather like the simplicity of the ending, the soft close with a small door into what might be for our ‘heroes’. The more I think about it, the more I appreciate the inclusion of Ryan at the end – an effective visual device that allows us to consider the mental cost this has all had on Nikki, who clearly is still driven by the need to fix the world. That ‘Ryan’ alerts Nikki to the child soldier in need of rescuing is a neat way to comment on Nikki’s own self-healing process and external awareness, and fits with her becoming the narrator in the final seconds, finally taking control of her own story and putting the dot-dot-dot on proceedings. Whether she actually sees Ryan as we do is not really important, but it’s intriguing. Ultimately, it makes sense that this journey has left Nikita ‘damaged,’ so to speak, with the upside of finding family and freedom through it. In that sense, the ending is fitting and satisfying.
- Villain Turns. The cool, calm and collected Jones suddenly gives up MDK in one move? Way too easy, almost as if someone told him it was the series finale.
- Twist Take Away. As good as the twist was it did take away some of the earlier interpersonal drama.
- Alex/Sam. Still didn’t really work for me. A forced resolution.
- Heavy Exposition. Some of it was needed, don’t get me wrong, but at times they held my hand too tightly.
- So Long, Sonya. It’s a shame there wasn’t room for Sonya except by name. She pretty much became furniture as the season progressed, and I can see why they practically wrote her out given the writers’ chosen direction. Still, it didn’t feel right not getting to see her one last time. Even dead Ryan made a final appearance.
- Carl was right all along about Nikita using “cheap theatrics”. Well done Carl for being the most intuitive of all MDK members!
- I like that Nikki told both Jones and Amanda a variant of “no-one will ever find you”. How fitting.
- “Canceled”. Like “Bubble” before it, another fitting title given the journey the show has taken.
Despite the final season being crammed into just six episodes, this felt like a fitting conclusion to Nikita’s journey. It ended at about the right time, and best of all we saw it evolve from a mission of the week show into a serial with depth and a protagonist and ensemble you could get behind. Nikita is gone, but not forgotten.
9/10 Seriable Stars
Performer of the Week: Maggie Q as Nikita; Melinda Clarke as Amanda.