Something I didn't notice until just now: in the flashbacks we see Carla and Amanda argue at their first meeting. Amanda wants Operations to be up there with the recruits sequestered on the lower levels, out of sight. Carla says that the recruits have to see agents going in and out so that they know what they're working for.
Now, remember how Division was laid out in season one? Operations was a small room with tinted windows overlooking the gym where the recruits trained, a gym which agents went past to get to the elevator on their way outside for their missions. (Watching them leave without him is what sets Robbie off on his killing spree in "The Recruit".) Now look at what it looks like in season two, after Amanda takes over: Operations takes up the large open area, watched over by Amanda from her giant office, while the recruits have completely vanished from sight.
Carla won the argument about the layout... and the first thing that Amanda does once she takes over is replace Carla's design with her own. Fourteen years later.
That's quite the grudge she's holding.
Alex´s scenes getting out of the hotel were awesome, kudos to Lyndsy for the fight scenes.
She was pretty badass. Our little girl is growing up! And from a character standpoint, I loved how totally gobsmacked she looked when a Division agent
came to her rescue in the basement. She's not used to them being on her side.
(But did anyone else notice? When Michael shoots the two goons that were about to corner Alex outside the hotel, we hear suppressed shots--well, what Hollywood thinks suppressed shots sound like, anyway--but then we cut to him and his M4 doesn't have a suppressor on it. Somebody goofed.)
I don´t understand why Amanda seems to be so calm about the fact Alex is in cahoots with Nikita.
Unless Ari's been holding out on her, Amanda already knew they were working together, since Ari would have known after they shot their way out of Semak's mansion together. But Amanda still needs Alex for her scheme to work, so she won't kill her for it... yet. (She may already be planning to use Alex to bait Nikita into a trap, as well.) The spy game often means having to work with people that you'd normally just as soon shoot in the face.
This episode was great. I loved everything about it except Carla is an idiot. I get that she has ~feelings~ or whatever, but she needs to listen to people who say, "Oh, Percy was locked in a cage because he killed a bunch of people, you probably shouldn't trust him with your secrets." This is going to be a problem.
Which sort of brings to mind the question: Did Team Nikita remember to, at some point between episodes, actually tell
Carla about what Percy was up to when he ran Division? Because you'd think she wouldn't still believe in him so much if she knew that he'd killed Michael's family, Nikita's fiancee, Birkhoff's predecessor, etc. Perhaps it's time for them to whip up a Power Point presentation for her on "Why Percy Is Bad." She's been fixating too much on Amanda being the problem, not understanding that it was under Percy that Division turned evil.
Carla's betrayal is going to break Nikita's heart. This was the last quasi-parental figure she had that hadn't abused her trust.
Where the hell did a supposedly homeless woman get a phone like that anyway?
Since it looked like a shiny new cell phone with a touch screen and had Percy's number in it, I'm guessing that Percy gave it to her. That she kept it after Percy put a gun to her head and then tried to shoot Nikita sort of goes into that whole "too trusting" thing....
Who could've thought Ari, the chief of Gogol, isn't Russian, but American?
I'm pretty sure that Ari is Russian, but just faked an American accent when he met Carla all those years ago. When Team Nikita was talking about is history in this episode, they mentioned that he'd been with the KGB since back in the days when it was still called
the KGB... which would be more than 20 years ago now. (And he called himself "Bill Clay", the same fake name used by Hans Gruber, the villain of Die Hard
, in an attempt to similarly pretend to be an American to the protagonist of that film. That actually kind of fits with Ari's previously established love of cinema.)
Man, I don't get the Semak thing at all. I mean he is a total non-entity and hasn't in any way demonstrated why everyone seems to avoid the obvious solution of killing him to death.
As villains go, he's clearly outclassed by Percy, Amanda and Ari, that's true. But Ari can't kill him yet because that won't get Ari what he wants: control of Zetrov. (As much as Zetrov's H.R. practices seem to scream "We're a supervillain organization!" they apparently don't use the Klingon Promotion
method.) For that he either needs someone with a legitimate claim (i.e. Alex) to take over being the public face of the company while Ari and Amanda pull their strings from the shadows... or else he needs to expose Semak doing something that even Zetrov employees would consider heinous (i.e. killing Alex) so that he'll have an excuse to eliminate Semak and replace him while appearing to be in the right.
Maybe Zetrov/Gogol has great benefits or something, but going undercover for years on end for a lousy 300 million doesn't seem like a great cost/benefit ratio.
$300 million is Gogol's operating budget... basically how much money Ari gets every year to pay for guns and goons for Zetrov, and how much he could steal if he had to run right now (presumably to join Amanda at Division). What he's hoping for, however, is control of Zetrov, which could well be worth hundreds of billions of dollars, plus his own private army (two armies, actually, since he'd also be allied with Amanda and Division), and worldwide political influence. It's pretty much the grand prize.
Finally, we know Ari has a kid who would be around 12 now, but there has been no mention of a Mrs. Ari. While we're playing who's the daddy with Percy and Nikita, what about who's the mommy with Ari and his kid? Maybe Ari and Amanda have more of a connection than we think.
I don't think that Amanda could be the mother. She'd have had to have hidden the pregnancy for months, then sent the child to Ari who would have to have come up with an explanation for where the child came from and who the mother was that would stand up to scrutiny when Division was looking into his background after he took over Gogol and went to the top of their hit list.
Presumably Mrs. Ari (Tasarova?) is a Russian woman who knows nothing about what his day job really entails and isn't involved in the spy business (which is why our heroes don't bother to talk about her much) and has no idea that he's having an affair with an American spy. Although I will be pleasantly surprised if she also turns to be ex-KGB and dangerous in her own right. (And quite pissed off when she finds out that Ari is cheating on her... or, quite possibly, aware of the affair the whole time as part of her and Ari's plan to gain an asset inside Division. Wouldn't that
be a mindfuck?)
Edited by TheNarrator, Feb 19, 2012 @ 8:55 AM.