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La Femme Nikita - 1x19 - Voices

Synopsis: Terrorists...yada yada yada...you know the drill, but there is also a pesky cop who is getting too pesky.

Review: Voices is one of those episodes where the A-plot is really the B-plot, and the B-plot is really the A-plot. The teaser misdirects you into believing the terrorist-plot-of-the-week is once again going to be the central story, but it actually serves as the backdrop to Nikita's dealings with an honest cop.

Why do television characters who are in a bind always refuse to tell anyone who can help them get out of the bind? My stomach gets all twisted up as I anticipate them getting found out and the consequences being even worse than if they would have just come out with it. Maybe that is why writers do it. They like the emotional response it is able to elicit from the viewer.

There are positive aspects of being independent. Nikita was able to defend herself against the rapist and tell her best friend's deadbeat boyfriend what's what. There are also positive aspects such as teamwork, family, and camaraderie that come from being part of a community. Nikita desperately wants to remain independent of the Section, because she still cannot reconcile her moral absolutes with the Section's moral ambiguity. Madeline's assertion to Nikita, "You're finding something out about yourself I've suspected for quite some time...you're one of us" has been building up for several episodes. The last few episodes have shown Nikita progressively becoming part of the Section family, and this episode shows the consequences of pulling away from that support network. Nikita's response to Madeline was "I'll never be one of you."

I was happy to see the producers have not forgotten about Nikita's nosy neighbor. Unfortunately, there was not much screen time for the other characters in this Nikita-centric episode, but the out-of-the-ordinary plot keeps this episode above par with a 6 out of 10. Interesting to note, this episode shows that criminals are not the only ones the Section recruits (although previous episodes about Birkoff and Operations already implied this.)

Rating: 6 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)

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