If you thought last week’s hand chopping was all a big joke, bad news, because Michael is now partially bionic, and not feeling overly chatty about it. This week’s Nikita, ‘Aftermath’, thus does what it says on the tin, with Michael suppressing his feelings about losing his right hand. Anyone would be shocked and upset, but a Division agent doesn’t have time to wallow in the same way the rest of us might.
It’s brave for a show about secret agents to chop of one of its regular characters’ hands and, other than Nikita or Alex, Michael is the most important person to the audience. It affects our heroine directly, of course, since she’s seen here scrambling for some crumb of comfort she can give her fiancé. They’re soldiers, and one has been hurt in the line of duty, but that doesn’t make the situation any less crappy. It was nice to hear Nikita bring up how repressed his feelings for his dead family became in the past.