The season premiere of Nikita explodes onto The CW in a way that we haven’t quite seen it do before. And while executive producer Craig Silverstein did tell a room full of reporters during a special screening and Q&A at the network that such visual enhancements would continue throughout the season when budget allowed for them, it appears the majority of the struggles for the characters this time around will be of the internal, emotional kind.
You can read our advance review of Nikita’s second season premiere here.
Sure, Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) are on their own, left to their devices without the comfort of her lair or his Division budget. Sure, there will be some scrambling early on to fund their missions and obtain their items (West joked that it seemed like he was driving a different stolen car each episode thus far), but really where they stand to grow– to be made or broken– as individuals and as a couple will be learning to work together.
“It’s a whole different dynamic that now that Michael is with Nikita,” West teased. “There really are a whole new set of problems…[In Division] he thought he was in control, even if he wasn’t the person calling the shots; he got away, clearly, with a lot of things. And right now I’m pretty positive Nikita is in control, like many women in relationships. I think that it’s relinquishing a little bit of that as well, and that’s really what we’re dealing with in the first five episodes.”
So, give it about four episodes until “Mikita” starts to hit some trouble in paradise, Silverstein did not joke. He admitted that if you look closely, there are hints at what could pull them apart in the season premiere, but things definitely come to a head a bit later, as well.
“The Nikita [Michael] fell in love with was somebody in transition…She wants to stop running, but if she was able to get to that place, whether she was able to be happy there, I’m not sure,” Silverstein said of his leading lady. “She wants to give it a try; she has gone through a whole season of “David and Goliath,” of going up against these people [while] Michael is coming out from under that shadow and is sort of starting the redemption train that she’s been on for awhile.”
Plus, you know, they’re living together now, so that always complicates things! They just happen to have an ordinary relationship hurdle to jump over while dealing with some very extraordinary situations surrounding them. And some of those extraordinary circumstances will have them remembering the not-so-good-old-days on missions or when Nikita was still a recruit, training under he who now works for her (or so it seems). That means lots of flashbacks, more insight into their relationship, learning exactly how Nikita faked her death to escape Division, and even a few curveballs by way of mission Michael and/or Nikita never knew took place and how they might affect their plans now.
For Nikita herself, the struggle is going to be learning to truly trust and be happy for the help– however and from whomever it may come– in taking down her enemies. As a character who was always so stoic and strong on her own, only allowing others in partially, the learning curve may prove to be even larger with Michael, despite their history and current warm and fuzzies, than it was with Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca).
“She lets her guard down a little bit, but Nikita is like an armadillo,” Silverstein pointed out. “So when something bad happens, she almost overreacts to it and armors herself up and will quit before she’s fired– when nobody was going to fire her. She’s trying. She’s trying to be better, but she still decides for other people when she shouldn’t. It’s kind of a ‘Nikita knows best’ sort of thing that gets her into trouble.”
And speaking of Alex, “there’s going to be hot and cold periods between them,” Silverstein promised of the Nikita-Alex dynamic in season two. Alex is most certainly not the big bad, though her judgment has been clouded and she does go for Nikita’s jugular more than once. And vice versa.
And what about Owen (Devon Sawa)? All we’ll say is that he does make his entrance sooner than you may have assumed with so many other issues to work through! Owen returns in episode two, and West shared they do have some fight sequences that are some of West’s favorites from shooting this second season so far. Who do you think will fare better? Silverstein did promise a twist at the end of episode two that may change the game once again…
Nikita returns to The CW on its new night on September 23rd at 8pm.
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