Nikita Season 4 Review “Set-Up”

I must admit that I hadn’t really noticed how little we’ve gotten to know Birkoff over the past three seasons of Nikita, but the info dump and subsequent developments of this latest episode prove that their might have been a reason for the secrecy. Birkoff isn’t just super smart, he’s also super messed up and, after faking his death and changing his name, his past has finally come back at the eleventh hour to haunt him.

His father, Nelson Penner who we saw on the monitor last week, has been taken and copied by Amanda. Through some clever hacker coding (a nice callback to how Nikita and Alex used to communicate?), the pair interact for the first time in years and, despite seemingly sacrificing him for the sake of the mission, we can assume that Nelson will be reunited with his son before the end. This episode, even taken out of context, was a brilliant way to focus on Birkoff without deviating from the A-plot, and it just proves once again how strong each of these characters are.



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