Nikita Review: And the Mole is....

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Cyrus is quite the charming gun guy, isn't he? Unlike the other rogue agents that the new Division has chased down, Cyrus was actually a decent guy.

In "Sideswipe," Nikita and Michael went after Cyrus as a means to an end. They wanted to use him to track down Amanda.

Nikita Catches Her Bait

Even though I enjoyed the episode as a whole and loved the addition of Cyrus, I had a few issues with the storytelling. First of all, seriously, how could Nikita and Michael NOT see Cyrus' escape coming or at least take precautions to prevent it. Okay, sure they put an electrical tracker in him, so maybe I'm being a little harsh. Though, seriously, Nikita wasn't even paying attention to what was going on. At least, Nikita remembered the clues he gave her, which proved he wasn't working entirely against her or Division. He really was on Team Cyrus.

Why didn't they find out the full technological capabilities of the device before going? Okay, rant over for now. It did provide a nice set up for Amanda to capture Cyrus in order to bait Nikita. Showdowns between Amanda and Nikita have been going on forever, but this time was different. Amanda is obsessed with teaching Nikita "lessons." Amanda has always been smart, manipulative and in search of power, but this is new. For the first time, I question Amanda's sanity. She is fixated on Nikita in an unhealthy way.

Amanda wants to hurt Nikita in the most painful way, through loved ones. The threat is heightened now that Nikita got the better of Amanda; the student schooled the teacher. Nikita figured out the one thing she could do to save Cyrus, put her own life at stake. Amanda wouldn't know what to do with herself if Nikita was killed. At some point, one of them is going to have to kill the other, that's the only way out of it. Unless of course, someone else gets to one of them first.

I loved Michael's comment to Nikita: "If Amanda is here, push harder. This time kill the bitch." Previously Nikita couldn't pull the trigger, but the stakes are heightened now. Nikita will do what is necessary to save those closest to her.

While Michael and Nikita were facing off with Amanda, a drugged-up Alex lead a team to take down Ari. Unfortunately, it was a trap and they were ambushed. At the last minute, Sean literally fell from the sky to save the day. While it created a dramatic rescue, it was a little unnecessary. Why didn't Sean just accompany Alex on the mission? It came across as falsely created drama. Though Salex fans had to be happy with the huge hug in Romania. That closeness was a short-lived reunion, as Sean pushed Alex away back at Division.

Division was hit hard by Amanda and Ari. Their success can be attributed to the mole within the organization. Birkhoff finally was able to uncover and trace the communications and it came back to Sonya. When he realized that she had played him, he couldn't control the pain on his face. All was not as it seemed though. Birkhoff confronted Sonya and she explained how she was forced into helping Amanda. At first, I was a bit skeptical, but she sold it well.

Her kill chip was re-activated? Another mole was watching her? Wow. I believe the part about the kill chip, but the second mole could easily just be a fake threat to scare Sonya into complying. Now that Birkhoff knows about Sonya, will he let the rest of the team know? Tricky situation.

Despite a few storyline choices that felt more contrived than authentic, it was a decent episode. The addition of Cyrus to Division is exciting, because he bring a freshness and charm to the organization that they desperately need.


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Loved Cyrus. Really don't like Sonya. I think she is lying to Birkhoff about not wanting to help Amanda to throw everyone off the trail. Birkhoff deserves me :)


@Douglas, I was thinking that Owen would help Alex detox.


I always hoped Isaiah Mustafa would end up with a decent gig after his Old Spice commercials and now he's done it - he's landed in the Nikitaverse as Cyrus. So cool. Although Nikita brought Alex through her addiction stuff before, I predict the writers will use this problem as a way to bring her and Sean back together.


Sonya being the mole was very predictable, can't say I was surprised at all. Although I did think she was helping Amanda voluntarily and not because of her kill chip, it would've made sense as she was Amanda's right hand woman when she was head of division. Cyrus was an excellent addition to the show, the character brought such a nice change from the usual darker division. He ass just a breath of fresh air so I hope we'll see him again. Now, about Alex. It was extremely clear on her face that she was using again, I can't understand how Niki hasn't noticed anything, I mean even Michael is starting to see that Alex is not herself. I hope Nikki does something soon, it has to be her it can't be one of the guys, that wouldn't feel as right. Nikita got her off drugs once, she can do it again. Overall I loved the episode, can't believe we have to wait until January 18th for the next one!!


I expected Sonia to be the mole, but I didn't expect her to be under Amanda's control through the death chip, let alone Amanda having a second mole.
As for Cyrus, he seemed like an interesting character, so I look forward to him being around in future. Was glad that one of the dirty thirty (not including Owen) were captured and saved by Division.


Hope to see the Cyrus charcter again. Maggie and Isaiah had great and instant chemistry. Anytime Amanda is on screen and has interaction with Nikita, it's awesome. And really hoping that Nikita will notice what's going on with Alex soon. I hope it's her and not one of the guys. The heart of the show for me is still Nikita and Alex relationship. I don't feel enough time has been devouted to it this season so far.


CYRUS! I love the guy! :D What a great episode. :)


Swiper, no swiping!


★★★☆☆TV WTFiller >-/-<


God Almighty! This Cyrus guy! Roarrr! Please bring him back soon!

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Nikita Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

I'll make sure they're covered. Both of them.


You busted your ass to find this guy? The gun guy?