Now that Alex has settled into her new life and we’ve settled into the new direction of Nikita, it’s time to get back to what this show does best: secrets, lies and a healthy dose of action.
In voiceover, Alex gives us (and Nikita) the specifics of her first mission as a full-fledged Division agent: assassinating Prince Eric of Georgia at a museum get-together, taking orders from Brendan Fehr from Roswell. When prompted, she also tells Nikita that Michael hasn’t asked about her lately (in an operational context, of course), but when she asks Nikita what the deal is between them, Nikita brushes past that to focus on screwing up this latest mission.
Alex later runs into Michael, who’s busy repairing all the damage done from Nikita’s escape in the midseason finale. (That’s right, Division has not magically fixed itself in the last two weeks.) He warns her that there’s no such thing as an easy mission, something Nikita echoes while the two women decide that the Georgian director of intelligence is the most likely to profit from the prince’s death. You have to love the Disney references that they work into this scene. It’s not like we weren’t all thinking that when they told us the prince’s name was Eric. With their plan figured out, Nikita arrives at the gala, getting close to Princess Kristina so that she can pass on the message that her husband’s life is in danger within the hour. Unfortunately for Nikita, the princess is in on the plan, and she ends up Tased. So much for true love.
Question: Can you give us some Michael/Nikita scoop? —Rachel
Ausiello: Would you settle for Michael/Alex instead? I have a gut feeling those two crazy kids will be hooking up soon, something Lyndsy Fonseca would neither confirm nor deny when TVLine’s Megan Masters caught up with her last week. “If something were to happen between Michael an Alex,” she mused, “I think it would take over a few episodes. They wouldn’t just make out.”
ALEX’S PAST CATCHES UP TO HER — While out on a mission for Division, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) runs into Irina (guest star Ksenia Solo), a woman from her past. Alex tries to help Irina break free from her captor, but her old friend double crosses her and turns Alex over to Vlad (guest star Mark Ivanir), a Russian mobster, with a debt to settle. Nikita (Maggie Q) realizes Alex is in trouble and sets out to save her but runs into Michael who is searching for his missing agent. Realizing she can’t compromise Alex’s secret, Maggie must find a way to work with Michael to save Alex without getting her friend killed by Division. Ken Fink directed the episode written by Andrew Colville (#115).
It ain’t easy being Alex’s (Lyndsy Fonseca) love interest on “Nikita.” Just ask Ashton Holmes. In the mid-season finale, “All The Way,” she ended up killing his character Thom (accidentally) and setting him up to take the fall as Division’s mole. Talk about a heartbreaker.
Thad Luckinbill, who plays Alex’s new love interest Nathan, tell Zap2it that after her watched the episode he texted Fonseca to say,”‘Oh, that’s how you treat your love interests? Great!’”
Luckinbill makes his first appearance in tonight’s (Jan. 27) episode, “Free,” and plays Alex’s new neighbor now that she’s been activated to a full-blown agent and is living on her own. Luckinbill says Nathan will have questions about Alex from the very start. “He definitely sees there are some serious questions about who is this person?”
One thing Nathan has going for him is that he’s not part of Division. (then again, they have killed their fair share outsiders.) “He’s a really nice normal guy. I think that’s what is interesting to Alex is first of all, why he’s so nice, but also that he kind of represents this new world that she’s been placed into, you know, things she doesn’t really know about that most of Nathan-type people do,” Luckinbill explains. “It’s kind of interesting for her to meet somebody who is not like all the other people she’s been around since the start of the show.”
Fonseca adds, “Alex doesn’t know what to do with it at first. It’s unlike anything else, but I think ultimately I think that’s why she really likes him. He’s someone stable and true.” Luckinbill tells us, “He’s her first real friend really outside of this Division world and Nikita (Maggie Q).” All together now: Aw!
Nathan won’t be Alex’s little secret from Division for long and fans can expect some fun scenes between Nathan and Michael (Shane West) in the Feb. 3 episode “Coup De Grace.” “There’s a really fun scene between Michael, Alex and Nathan which is really awkward but it’s also a fun teaser ‘because he learns a lot of stuff just in that exchange of what’s going on and it’s a really funny scene. There’s a few scenes actually,” Luckinbill teases. He also reveals there’s a “really fun” scene coming up between Nathan and Nikita.
We’re assuming Nikita is going to wary of Alex and Nathan’s relationship considering Division had her fiance, Daniel, killed and seems to like eliminating any distractions in their agents’ lives. Luckinbill says Nathan hasn’t been in any danger yet but knows that could change pretty quickly on this show. “That’s always a possibility and I think that’s an inherit risk. Even in the first episode they talk about how you can’t have friends or relationships on the outside because it’s too dangerous. There’s definitely a risk.”
Chatting with Thad below the cut:
Maggie Q assures fans: There’ll be no love triangle on Nikita.
The trio involves Michael (Shane West), who once trained Nikita — and has a romantic past with her — and Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), his Division trainee who has graduated to agent. As Michael and Alex grew closer, fans worried that the show’s main couple was going from a twosome to a threesome, especially since Alex’s previous love interest is now dead.
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“I don’t see the triangle,” Maggie Q tells TVGuide.com. “She’s 19! That would be kind of gross. I don’t want to be on that show.”