Now that Michael (Shane West) and Nikita (Maggie Q) have traded one surrogate child for another on The CW’s Nikita, do they really have room to let yet another person into their team? When the person in question is Devon Sawa’s Owen, our vote is unequivocally yes! Owen will bump into “Mikita” on a mission in the upcoming “Falling Ash” episode of the series, and with all of them tracking the same guy– a doctor who was the mastermind behind the drug that took control of Owen last we saw him– so they decide to triple-team him for the best shot at taking him down. But Owen obviously has something very personal at stake– he hopes the doctor can provide a cure since he is currently running out of last vial of the regimen– and Sawa shared with us that it won’t be super smooth sailing, even if there may be strength in numbers.
“Michael and Nikita are worried that I’m going to turn into this crazy guy again, so we all have a vested interest in finding this doctor and finding a cure. We all run into each other because we’re looking for the same thing, and we team up because we’re looking for the same thing, but at the end of the episode, I’m still looking for a way off the regimen. And then the very end of the episode, there’s a whole other element introduced in,” Sawa teased.
And though Sawa admitted he won’t “go crazy” in “Falling Ash” like we last saw him, we will still get to see a whole other side to Owen through a flashback to a much different point in his life.
“We don’t get to see what Owen’s been up to– we get to feel a little bit of it– but we do get to see a bit of where Owen was back when he was in Division,” Sawa said. “A little piece. Just to kind of show the ruthless side to Owen because he was that guy; there was no feeling; it was just bang, bang, bang, you know what I mean?”
Once upon a time Owen may have been a lot more hardened than he is now, and that is something to which Nikita can certainly relate. But don’t worry, “Mikita” fans, Owen isn’t there to be the third wheel to the relationship. According to Sawa he does not see Nikita romantically at all.
“The nice thing about Owen and Nikita is that they get each other. That’s the nice thing about their relationship; they’ve been through the same thing; they’ve both lost a loved one because of Divison; they were both, at one point, machines with a little bit of feeling. But they both had heart and they got out,” he pointed out.
“Right now, as far as I’m concerned– as far as I’m playing the character– Owen isn’t after Nikita in that way. They get each other; he trusts her; and he knows she trusts him. It’s almost like a brother-sister relationship in a way, and you know, both Michael and Owen’s guards are coming down for each other as well. They’re starting to become friendly. Owen has nothing against Michael!”
So no, Owen and Michael won’t come to blows, either. Though Sawa proved he can certainly have his Bourne Identity moment, as well as a takedown of a Darth Maul (Ray Parks), and though the episode will certainly feature its share of “ass-kicking,” according to Sawa, things look a bit different for Owen. We would never call him weak, but Sawa shared that he has been spending his time “just trying to get by, existing” while suffering from lack of regimen. He has been holed up on his own again, and though he may not have been quite plotting in a bunker, he does “want Percy real bad.” His focus is lasered in on two simple things: the regimen and revenge on Percy. That leave him vulnerable in certain scenarios. It also may make him the perfect distant partner for Nikita, a woman who doesn’t trust super easily, though.
“I don’t think he knows anything about Alex really, which might be interesting to visit later in the season,” Sawa admitted. His eyes may be opened a bit when she pops up at the same fancy event the three of them are at anyway.
But Sawa couldn’t say just yet on what it might look like if Owen found out about all of Nikita’s complex personal dealings– or even what would become of Owen. As much as he (and we!) would love to come aboard the series full time, for now he is more than enjoying popping in and out of the show and playing around with the amazing cast and crew as much as they’ll have him, thrilled to be on an intense drama that mixes the best of both worlds with “amazing dialogue…and also there’s these complex action scenes [that] are quality action scenes– like movie-quality action!”And of course the free time between shooting episodes means he can live-Tweet episodes alongside many of his fans. Back in the day if you wanted to get in touch with Sawa you’d have to find his fan club address out of the back of a copy of Tiger Beat or Bop Magazine and mail him a letter (boxes of which he only half-joked his agent may or may not still have somewhere), but nowadays, you just have to at reply him!
“I think it’s a really important tool,” Sawa said of the social networking site he joined initially to follow sports like MMA. “If you have a question, you can ask it, and you can choose what to answer. It’s a great way to interact with the fans and get that feedback, and with Nikita it’s all been really, really positive.”
Nikita airs on The CW on Friday nights at 8pm, and you can catch Sawa back in action on September 30th!
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