Now that Nikita fans know Michael (Shane West)’s dirty little secret past with Cassandra (guest star Helena Mattsson), and really, it didn’t seem so bad– we mean, we’d love to have little Max as our kid, too!– we’re not too worried about the fact that she’s sticking around for at least another episode. Though West teased that “Cassandra’s character ends up being a lot more interesting than people think” when we caught up with him in Los Angeles just last week, personally we think what is more exciting is how it makes Michael a fish-out-of-water once again. And we are hoping that means we’ll get some more insight into him and his past soon.
After all, we’re about to meet Nikita’s dad (guest star David Keith), and West shared we will be running into Owen (Devon Sawa), in addition to Ryan Fletcher (Noah Bean), again for a couple of episodes “mainly because of something down the road where Nikita needs his help because I’m a little isolated.” With Michael being physically split from Nikita (Maggie Q) due to matters of various missions, there is a lot for him to reflect.
“I think I would love to see [Michael] get a little bit more involved…You miss Division; you miss what I was used to from that first season, and now being on the run with Nikita, it’s always the guest stars; it’s always seeing her out, running into Owen, running into Ryan, whatever it is. It’s always how she had her first season, so for me it’s like the familiarity is gone. For me, it’s like doing season one all over again!”
And what was season one known for, if not extremely tense showdowns between Nikita and Division? Craig Silverstein and the rest of the writers were really good at putting her in peril and then finding pretty kick-ass ways for her to get out of it– and take down a few agents on the way. The second season has to mean double that intensity, right? West believes that is the case.
“It feels that there is going to be a build toward Team Nikita and Division and Alex at some point. It feels like– because you find out that Owen is working with, not for, Gogol, and she…Alex is very much involved in Gogol. So it feels like, I may not be right, but it feels like there’s this collision that has to happen. Obviously Percy has to get out of jail soon…I don’t know what that means for Amanda, but it’s going to be a really unique season!”
Does that mean we should expect more surprising deaths ala the Thom (Ashton Holmes) and Jaden (Tiffany Hines) of season one? West weighed in on that, as well, and his answer may surprise you! Check it out in part two of our video chat to the left.
Nikita airs on The CW on Friday nights at 8pm.
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