“When Nikita (Maggie Q) worked for Division, she targeted a man named Nicholas Brandt (guest star Rick Ravanello) and infiltrated his inner circle. She captured him and he’s been behind bars ever since. However, Percy (Xander Berkeley) springs Brant, and his first mission is to capture Nikita for payback. After he has her in his clutches, he tortures her, forcing Nikita to face a side of herself she thought she had long buried. Meanwhile, Percy continues to play mind games with Michael (Shane West), Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) and Sean (Dillon Casey), pushing one of them to the brink of death. Aaron Stanford also stars. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Albert Kim.” -Official episode description, from the CW website
From the get-go it is clear that we are in for a gripping hour of television. After Brant, with it seems a either a fake eye or a severely damaged one, is sprung from his cell and released into the world again he goes looking for Nikita. Less than ten minutes into the episode the viewers are shocked with a sudden character death which throws the lives of the remaining characters that make up “Team Nikita” into a chaotic mess. Nikita knows that brant is looking for her, and she informs everyone that she is looking for him as well. But the team’s plans go awry when Brant fools them and captures Nikita, bringing her to an underground hideout where he straps her into a weird metal contraption.
The torture scenes in this episode are harrowing, and they bring out a side of Nikita that no one, not even the viewer, has seen before. The writer of this episode, Albert Kim, and many others have described it as Maggie Q’s (Nikita) best performance of the season, and I have to agree. Watching her delve into the dark side of Nikita was completely believable, while also being downright terrifying. I was genuinely afraid of her during those scenes. It just goes to show that you do NOT want to get on her bad side the way that Brant did.
Throughout her capture/torture, Nikita’s friends are obviously hatching a plan to try and find her and get her out of Brant’s clutches. They find one of Brant’s old cellmates who is being transferred that very same day, so they embark on a mission to hijack that transfer and question this guy about where Brant might have gone once he was out. This mission provides one of the best lines of the season, barring the emotional ones that Nikita brings to light during her torture, and the best ever one-liner from the lovable computer nerd, Birkhoff. As he hijacks the prison vans GPS system and changes their route, he states, in his best GPS voice: “In a quarter-mile please turn right to our waiting grab team”.
I won’t spoil which character it is who dies, or the ultimate end of the episode, but I will say this: “Wrath” is not only my favourite episode of season two, but also I feel, my favourite of the entire series. I guarantee that you will feel a large range of emotions from sadness to anger, and to happiness.
If I was to give this episode a rating, I would probably say 4.5 stars out of 5.