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La Femme Nikita - 1x21 - Verdict

Synopsis: Mijovich from episode two returns, and Nikita must protect him again. Wasn't someone trying to kill him in episode two also? This poor guy needs to make better friends.

Review: One of my favorite elements of La Femme Nikita is the teasers. Especially when they set them to music and remove all the other sound. You may see people's mouths move, but you don't hear what they are saying. Michael fluidly moved as the suave super spy that he is. Nikita's facial expressions didn't need any dialogue. Did I detect a hint of jealousy when Michael gave his informant a peck on the cheek? Peta Wilson's major contribution to the role is definitely the range of emotion she can express with her facial expressions.

After the last episode which bordered on silly, Nikita redeemed herself with this great episode. It didn't have a tidy conclusion, but it ended messy for everyone. Real life situations rarely have tidy conclusions, and episodes like Verdict challenge the viewer to wrestle with the theme.

Nikita so wanted to believe that human nature was essentially good, and that if presented with the facts, all parties involved would react in a way that would best benefit their nation. She told Michael, "There are no bad guys here" to which he responded, "There are always bad guys, Nikita." I believe human nature is not essentially good, but rather, like Michael, human nature is sinful. The challenge is how we respond to that nature. As seen in this episode, the morally ambiguous Section has no problem sacrificing an operative to create a diversion allowing Michael to infiltrate the building. The Section keeps the peace with whatever means necessary. Nikita simply cannot agree with that nor should we.

The revolutionary's daughter was blind, yet she saw more clearly than the revolutionaries fighting on her behalf or the Section's shoot-first-ask-questions-later operatives. The scene that alternated between extreme close-ups of the blind girl and Nikita was emotionally charged. I've never seen a television series masterfully utilize the extreme close-up like Nikita does. This emotionally charged episode kept me on the edge of my seat and deserves its 8 out of 10 score.

Rating: 8 out of 10 (Reviewed by: Matthew Miller)

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