Robbie (played by Bug Hall) holding Alex (played by Lyndsy Fonseca) with one arm with a gun pointing at Division agents in his other hand

Rewatching ‘Nikita’: “The Recruit”

As a newer segment on WhatSamWatches, I’ll be rewatching shows and movies just because I feel like it. The first time I watched Nikita, it’d already gone off the air. But I distinctly remember seeing the promos when I watched Smallville. So when I saw it in my Netflix recommendations, I knew I had to watch it. It’s been a while since then so I decided why not rewatch it? So now I’m binging the show from the beginning all over again. Last time, I watched the sixth episode so now I’m onto the seventh episode of Nikita.

The Recruit

(from left) Sara (played by Alexandra Krosney), Alex (played by Lyndsy Fonseca), and Thom (played by Ashton Holmes) wearing combat suits
  • I don’t really see how hearing Alex’s voice when they’re covertly communicating is necessary. I guess it’s more interesting than hearing either Alex or Nikita narrate their messages. Or the audience just having to read them all the time. But logistically, for the plot of the show, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
  • Robbie might be a good soldier, but not necessarily a great leader, unfortunately.
  • Sara seems like a nice girl. I kind of remember what happens to her but I don’t remember the specifics.
  • It’s smart that Michael doesn’t just take what Percy said at face value. We all know Nikita’s not actually dead but Michael knows her enough to know she won’t go down that easily.

Sara’s Suicide Mission

Sara (played by Alexandra Krosney) talking to Percy (played by Xander Berkeley) (not pictured) and Amanda (played by Melinda Clarke) (not pictured)
  • This “eco-terrorist” group is probably just a non-profit. I know better by know to just believe anything Amanda’s saying.
  • Finally, Percy finds out Nikita’s not really dead after all.
  • It’s nice that the recruits know who Nikita is now.
  • I wonder if Michael knew about the suicide mission. He probably knows they happen but I doubt Percy would let him know beforehand. Michael’s not great at hiding the fact that he genuinely cares about the recruits and wants them to survive Division.
  • I love this episode because it reminds you that not everyone that ends up at Division is gonna be a great agent. Not everyone’s built to survive that kind of life. Sara’s just one example of that.

Alex and Robbie

Robbie (played by Bug Hall) talking to Alex (played by Lyndsy Fonseca), who's sitting in front of a Division computer
  • Alex is trying so hard to help and Sara’s just blindly trusting Percy and Amanda. Then again, no one else here knows what Alex knows about Division. Or, more accurately, what Division really is.
  • I don’t think Alex is consciously doing this but she’s definitely starting to influence the other recruits to see how terrible and dangerous Division really is. The rest of them see this as their second place and as a way to serve their country, in a way. If Alex convinced everyone of this, I think Nikita and her mission to take down Division would’ve been much stronger. But it probably would’ve been close to impossible because there’s no way they’d all keep it secret for long.
  • Wow, Ronnie believes all the BS Division told him. He really thinks he’ll get out there and save the world or something. But I can also get how it’s easy to believe that. They all probably came from nothing. And they could’ve rotted in jail. Division really did save them in a way but it just isn’t what it was initially designed to be. Percy just got greedy and started taking contract jobs, making this whole organization into something it was never supposed to be: it’s a network of assassins.
  • Poor Robbie. He graduated but he doesn’t get to leave: he’s just gonna be a guard. And he’s just internalized that he doesn’t deserve better.
  • You can tell that Alex just really wants to help Robbie get out of there.
  • I knew it. Robbie’s still alive, even though they told everyone they executed him. He’s gonna be a cleaner, isn’t he? Yup.

Nikita Saves Sara

Sara (played by Alexandra Krosney) pointing a gun at Nikita (played by Maggie Q) while she drives
  • I’m glad Nikita’s gonna help get Sara out of this. The mission isn’t necessarily about saving everyone, it’s about taking down Division. But I guess it wouldn’t be worth anything if everyone dies. None of the agents here had a choice to be here.
  • Looks like Sara really believes everything Division fed her too. She gets out and she still wants to go back. But Nikita knows better. There’s no way they’ll just welcome her back with open arms. They’ll kill her.
  • I completely forgot about the whole baby part of this story. ‘
  • Did Sara really just run because she had to live on her own for six months? I know she wants to find her baby ASAP but she’s a little too desperate.
  • Well, that didn’t take long for Nikita to find her. And Division found them pretty quick too. Sara didn’t really choose the right car to steal.
  • It’s smart that Nikita told Michael (and the other Division agents) that Sara died. This way, she really can escape.
  • At least Sara got to see her son before she left.

One thought on “Rewatching ‘Nikita’: “The Recruit”

Leave a Reply