Having been invited by The CW along with a handful of press to an exclusive screening of the second season premiere episode of NIKITA in Los Angeles, one thing is for certain: NIKITA is coming back stronger than ever!
As if the first season finale was not breath-taking enough with the take down of Percy (Xander Berkeley), the sudden rise to power of Amanda (Melinda Clarke), the fate of Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) undetermined, and Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) now aligned solidly against Division; the second season of NIKITA starts off at a break-neck pace offering more surprises and shocks than one can count in one hour. There are flying bullets, a betrayal, high-tech wizardry, new faces, old enemies, and interestingly a seamless blend of humor, all tossed into the mix.
With Michael and Nikita on the run with Percy’s “little black box” that could destroy the entire U.S. Government if those secrets were to see the light of day, more than one entity is on the prowl and willing to pursue them to the ends of the Earth to get such an incalculable prize.
Whereas last season, Nikita had the advantage of being the one behind the curtain, pulling the strings and having an unknown mole planted within Division, this season, the tables are turned. Nikita’s master plan has fallen apart and her former ally Alex is not feeling the love anymore now that she found out that Nikita killed her father. This season, Nikita is the prey. She and Michael are not safe as long as they have the “black box” and as long as Alex is uncertain where her loyalties lie; and the problem with training a protégé is that that can come back to haunt you – they know your tactics and safe havens better than anyone. Thus, there is no safe place for Nikita and Michael. Yet, pursued or not, they are not exactly easy to corner – and when they are cornered, woe be to those within striking distance. Division did not train them to be lethal killing-machines for nothing!
So as the returning episode “Game Change” quickly reveals, there are many games afoot. There are Michael and Nikita maneuvering to be secure and plan their next move to take down Division. There is Amanda and the Division higher-ups looking to eliminate any future threats before their careers are ruined. There is Alex who is not ready to align with anyone, still skittish from all the revelations she has found out about her past. And of course, there is Percy, who miraculously survived and has his own carefully crafted plan to regain his rightful position of power once again – and god knows what hell on Earth that he will reign down once he does! That is, of course, if Percy can extricate himself from the glass cage he currently resides in; and a glass cage is still a cage and Division does not make prisons that are meant to be escaped.
After the special screening, star Shane West and executive producer Craig Silverstein took a few minutes to chat with press about what is upcoming in the second season of NIKITA (Link to 30-minute Q&A VIDEO.)
As can be seen, if anything, NIKITA is stepping-up its game for the second season. It is not afraid to amp up the adrenaline and no one is safe. “Game Change” is a breath-taking thrill ride and a must-see to be believed episode. Fans are going to love it and it is the perfect jumping in point for new viewers.
To see how the new cut-throat game plays out, be sure to catch the second season premiere of NIKITA on Friday (its new night!), September 23rd at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.
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