In the high-action TV show Nikita, Maggie Q plays the title character, a coolheaded rogue assassin being hunted by secret agents. In real life, though, she wouldn't harm a fly -- or any other living thing.
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.
After two of "Nikita's" strongest episodes to date, it seemed inevitable that "True Believer" would feel a little flat in comparison -- mostly because this week's story was less intrinsically personal than "3.0" and "Innocence" were for our main characters.
"Innocence" achieved what all of the most successful "Nikita" installments do; blended nail-biting action with real emotional stakes, with a heady dose of humor and plenty of character development tossed in for good measure.
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.
When Nikita's second season bowed this past Friday, it did so with one of those rare finales that -- should the show not have been renewed -- would bring closure to not just the season but the series as a whole.
It's been a revelatory season for The CW's "Nikita." The show shed the last vestiges of its procedural beginnings and wholeheartedly embraced its compelling mythology, drawing fans deeper into Percival Rose's treacherous web of politics and deceit.