Although Season 3's earlier entries were more self-contained, to enable new viewers to jump on board, "Nikita" has been on an unbroken hot streak since "Intersection," raising the stakes and ramping up the action with each new installment.
It was a pleasure to see two such well-crafted episodes in a row, and it seems as though Michael's situation will create plenty of compelling conflict and character growth for a number of our characters over the next few episodes.
Even after a two-week break and a shift into a new (old) timeslot, "Nikita" didn't miss a beat with this week's stellar installment, proving that the creative team hasn't lost the magic formula that made Season 2 so epic.
Since things hit a bit of a lull with last week's solid but unspectacular "True Believer," it was great to see "Nikita" back on form with "Consequences," which started at sixty and only accelerated from there.
Because so many loose ends were tied up at the end of last season, Season 3 is something of a reboot, featuring all the familiar character dynamics to satisfy existing fans, but also demonstrating a concerted effort to reintroduce all of the players.
It was very satisfying to see Nikita and Alex once again working on the same team -- Nikita's willingness to abandon her mission to help Alex was all the reassurance Alex needed to prove that she could still trust her mentor.