Last season, Nikita (Maggie Q) finally took down long-time nemesis Percy, and made the decision to take over Division and use its vast resources to fix the problems Percy created. In tonight's season 3 opener, Team Nikita takes on their very first mission under the new Division regime, and it does not go as planned. "The Dirty Thirty"
After Percy was killed, Division sent out a message recalling all agents, and as predicted, not all of them came home. One of these rogue agents, Martin, is Team Nikita's first target. Nikita and Michael (Shane West) travel to Hong Kong to bring Martin in, but Martin sets them up and Michael gets arrested.
Later, Martin sends his people after Michael and tells Nikita that he wants her out of Hong Kong so he can finish his original mission. If she complies, he will let Michael go once his mission is complete. Of course, Nikita refuses to play along and decides to rescue Michael and take Martin out all at once.
Thanks to some quick thinking on Nikita's part, Martin is killed and Michael is saved. With Martin out of the picture, there are still 29 rogue agents on the loose, and Team Nikita plans on going after every last one.
Alex vs. Alexandra
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Alexandra Udinov is now a high-profile public figure, which means that Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) can no longer be called upon for undercover work. However, like in the case of tonight's episode, Division may be able to use Alex's public persona to help with their missions.
Alex's spoiled princess act is incredibly amusing and makes for an excellent distraction, but will it be enough for her? Will she regret coming forward as Alexandra Udinov? And how has all of this impacted her relationship with Sean (Dillon Casey)? I hope we learn more about their blossoming romance in upcoming episodes.Nikita Makes Her Own Rules
One of the most interesting things about the new Division regime is that Nikita has a boss again. Unfortunately for Ryan (Noah Bean), Nikita has yet to work out her issues with authority, and during their very first mission, Nikita ignores Ryan's orders and finishes things on her own terms. Though the two are still friends, it is clear that this is going to be a continuing issue as they try to use Division to right Percy's wrongs.
After their mission goes sideways, Ryan gets a lot of heat from the Vice President about keeping Division under the radar. She makes it clear that if Ryan cannot control his people, she will dismantle Division once and for all.Happily Ever After?
When they first arrive in Hong Kong, Nikita notices that Michael is acting a bit odd and wonders if it has anything to do with the mission. As it turns out, Michael is planning to propose. Sadly, he does not get the chance to do so before he is taken into custody.
To further complicate matters, Michael has the ring in his possession when he is arrested, and in the midst of his rescue, Michael blurts out that he has to go back for Nikita's engagement ring. Even though Nikita already knows about the ring, Michael goes ahead with his proposal and Nikita accepts. That's right, Mikita fans -- our favorite spy couple is now engaged!
writers had a lot to live up to after last season's stellar finale, and I am pleased to say that they managed to succeed with tonight's premiere. This episode is action-packed, introduces new dynamics between our main characters and still manages to bring some laughs into the intense drama. All in all, this is an excellent start to the new season.(Image courtesy of The CW)