'Nikita' season finale preview: Why you need to watch 'Pandora'

nikita-finale.jpgNo offense to "Bones" and "Grey's Anatomy," but the show you have to watch tonight (Thursday, May, 12) at 9 p.m. is "Nikita." This is what DVR was invented for, people! Trust us when we say you do not want "Pandora," "Nikita's" Season 1 finale, spoiled for you.

A whole lot goes down during the episode, which includes quality time with all of our beloved characters (and Percy), new information on Oversight (the new big bad?) and some a lot of game-changing moments that will leave you wondering, 'What the hell are they going to do in Season 2?!"

Where we left off: Division discovered Alex was Nikita's mole. Percy revealed to Alex that Nikita killed her father. If she doesn't help Division take down Nikita, Percy will activate her kill chip. No pressure. Percy learned Michael was compromised and now has him locked in a room, helpless and unable to help Nikita and Alex. Percy wants to take over the CIA. Oh, and Alex shot Nikita in the final moments of episode 21. Yeah, you could say sh-t's going down.

The CW's official synopsis of "Pandora," says, "In an explosive season finale, Percy makes a move to take over the CIA, Alex goes rogue, and Michael gets trapped inside Division making him unable to help Nikita, who may have to pay with her life for helping Alex."

Now let's get to the good stuff. Here are ten things to expect and look forward to in tonight's season finale of "Nikita": 

1. Girl power! Prepare for Nikita and Alex's best scene together yet. In fact, it may be our favorite scene from the entire series thus far. It's emotional, raw and both Maggie Q and Lyndsy Fonseca knock it out of the park. Your heart will simultaneously break for both kick-ass ladies. 

2. Revelations. Fans will learn if Nikita did in fact kill Alex's father and what exactly happened that night.

3. Meet the new big bad.
We finally get to meet the faces behind Oversight... over cocktails and appetizers with VoldePercy, of course. Think of Oversight as Division's cooler and more mature older brother. Prepare yourselves for a lot of government talk and information in the episode, which is a bit hard to follow at times.

4. Amanda FTW! Finally, finally, finally (did we mention finally?) we get to see Melinda Clarke completely own it as Amanda. By episode's end, Amanda's endgame and motivations will become clear. Some of Amanda and Alex's scenes are the highlight of the stellar episode. A torture chair is involved. That's all you're getting out of us.

Amanda also has a really small but amazing moment involving a mirror. We may have gone back and watched the scene again and again. It was that amusing. It's a .GIF waiting to happen. 

5. But what about Mikita?! While there isn't a whole lot of Mikita goodness going on in the episode (government conspiracies tend to trump romance),  fans of the couple will get their fix and hear Nikita call Michael "baby." So cute we could vomit.

6. More Birkhoff makes Zap2it happy. If we can't have "Dollhouse's" Topher Brink around, Birkhoff is the next best thing and he plays a vital role in the season finale. Of course, there's a few classic Birkhoff zingers thrown in. If he does survive tonight's episode (we'll never tell!), here's hoping we see a lot more Birkhoff in Season 2.

7. Product placement prevails!
Speaking of vital roles, a Kia also plays an important part in the madness. BRB -- We're having the strangest urge to go out and buy a Kia.

8. A new side of Alex.
Alex is mad as hell and she's not going to take it anymore! Prepare to see Alex like you've never seen her. Well, this entire season we've known she wants to avenge her family's deaths, but in this episode, we actually felt her need to do so. Kudos, Fonseca!

9. More than one alliance will be tested. Thinking your partner killed your father could put a damper on your alliance (and friendship), right? More than just Nikita and Alex's partnership is on the line in "Pandora," and some ties are severed. Literally and figuratively.

10. Yes, there is a death.
Just as Melinda Clarke told us, someone does die in the episode and it's pretty shocking. The only hint we're giving you is that it's a series regular. And we will say almost everyone's lives are in jeopardy at some point in the episode.

"Pandora" perfectly sets up Season 2 yet still feels like a satisfying end should the show not be picked up. (Word is Season 2 is a "sure bet." Phew!)

Watch "Pandora" tonight, Thursday, May 12, at 9 pm ET on The CW.

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