What, this again?
Sigh. After an encouraging return to the usual order of business in ep 13, this week the writers went back to trying to make Random Ryan and No-Mark Nathan important. Bad plan. Bad BAD plan.
Ryan has no interesting features whatsoever and absolutely zero chemistry with Nikita. The idea that he is any sort of romantic rival for Michael – Bah. And as for Nathan, he’s so tame and bloodless, so completely devoid of any reaction to anything Alex might be involved in (prostitution, hand-to-hand combat, bosses gatecrashing dinner), he’s either got to be a mole, or he’s actually already dead with a wee man behind him propping him up.
Given how much they went on about it, the idea was obviously to set up some kind of alternative life and love for Nikita and Alex outside Division, raising the stakes and the danger levels for our heroines even more, but both these men are so terminally boring that all the time spent with them is time wasted; it just means less time for all the fighting and shipping this show is supposed to be about.
The really frustrating thing is that there there was plenty of decent stuff they could have worked with in the episode. The re-appearance of Gogol was a good idea – at least they have some charisma – and even Matthew “Coronation Street” Marsden’s implausible arms dealer would have been a better bet for a recurring character than either one of the bland boyfriends. Disappointing.