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1. Despite it being loosely based on the French film "La Femme Nikita" I thought the pilot was good. It had a nice balance between action and character development, but with a lot of teasing moments that are sure to raise to exciting results. I would've liked more exposition and interaction between characters, something that the previous entries in the series had, but the introduction to the main character was good.
2. The action scenes are a lot brutal and violent, showing the dark side of being an assassin and the toll it takes on the human mind and those around to witness such horrific acts. If the violence is any indication of what's in store for Nikita and her world, I can only imagine how dark and disturbing the actions taken by both good and evil will be.
3. It's not a reboot, or sequel to the '90s series, which is a plus(though I also loved that show dearly) and has it's own vibe going for it. The coolness factor is there and has it's own thing as well. I was tense throughout the whole running time, not sure of what's next. And that's a good thing. A real good thing.
4. There's no patriotic cheese being introduced. Doing so would damper the overall dark tone of the story. I love the dark humor. Suits the atmosphere well.
5. It moves at a fast pace, but pauses long enough in order to include some character development and concentrate on the story.
So from the looks of things, Nikita is shaping up to be an awesome series with everything starting to become established so far. Hopefully the show will grow as it's own and be something really special. I'm sure some will say it's not as good as the '90s series, but I for one am looking forward to how this plays out.
I just recently finished watching the first season, and before I started I didn't expect that I would be blown away by this show. But after I started watching it, I got addicted to it and couldn't help but watching all of the 22 episodes of the first season in 2 days.
Maggie Q as Nikita is totally amazing, as is Michael, Alex and all the other roles. The show totally looks like a movie, not just a TV show. It's so entertaining and addictive.
This show definitely deserves much more attention. I can't wait for the new episodes of season 2.
Her character, Nikita, is very passionate about love, having lost her love in the past. Nikita is always pro- woman, which I like to see on a TV show. She mentors younger women and tries to enlighten and empower women she is involved with along the way.
There is some blood, but it is not overdone. High-tech computers and spy techniques are included, but I would like to see more creative high-tech devices involved in the spy situations. I recommend this show as some light, refreshing, enjoyable spy action!
So yes, I really loved this show and would definitely recommend it.
The cast is fantastic and there is never a weak link in the talent chain. As a guy, I have to add extra entertainment points for the stunningly beautiful women in the cast, from the gorgeous Maggie Q to Melinda Clarke (oh my GOD!) to Lyndsy Fonesca, the list goes on and on. The work is great, the action sequences are great, the plot lines are consistently clever and perfectly plausible within the realm of suspended disbelief.
I am hopelessly addicted to this series, and I suspect any fan of clever action fiction will become addicted as well after watching the first episode. The series starts at 100mph and the ride only gets more intense from there. And in addition to the action element, the writing, direction and cast do an exemplary job of really making the viewer care about the primary characters (whether you love or hate them). It is fascinating to watch Michael's perpetual tightrope-walking in attempting to balance his personal feelings for Nikita (portrayed with exquisite subtlety by both Shane West and Maggie Q) with his loyalty to Division and sense of self-preservation.
I can't get enough, and I hope the series outlives me.
P.S Haven't watched the show go and watch it you wont be disappointed trust me.
This is the 1st review that i have written on IMDb and i'm glad that i did.
Then, I found Nikita!
NOT ONLY, does the show HAVE that ongoing, "forward moving" story line, but, much to my surprise, throughout the series, more than a handful of characters from '24', were also in Nikita! I was THRILLED (and still am)! Definitely a recommended TV show to watch, especially for anyone who may be looking for something similar to what I had been looking for..AND FOUND! :)
This show is a perfect blend of the tomboy fetish of viewers with the glamor and storyline. I haven't seen the previous series but i have seen the movie though. And the real truth is - that as a viewer - the show sells. And it does that really well. Nikita is a nice one hour entertainment which provides completeness i once felt in prison break.
I watched episode 1 and 2, got my requisite fix of hate, and wrote the show off. But I forgot to cancel my DVR subscription. A while later, I had a cold or something and was lying on the couch miserable and went through everything I had saved on the DVR.
I watched every episode of Nikita I had (I think it was up to episode 9 or so) and then I REALLY hated the writers. How could they leave me with such a cliffhanger? There had to be just one.more.episode. Right? Right??
Suddenly I cared about the characters, the story was gripping and intriguing and twisty-turny in the best possible (read: non-cliché) way, and the actors had all gelled with each other in a fantastic amalgam.
These days, somehow, Nikita has become my only 'must watch' show. And I'm still not sure how that happened...
I don't usually follow TV series unless it's really good. The storyline and the pace of each show is tight, the acting is really good and sometimes it feels more like a movie than a TV show.
Maggie Q brings with her depth of character, her fight scenes are great as well and Shane West as the tortured agent is just excellent to watch, so is Division's head, Percy. This guy is so evil and cool at the same time you wonder when will he ever really lose his calm!
I could watch entire episodes while at the edge of my seat. Keep up the great work.
The storyline made sense, which is so refreshing in today's television world.
The dark natured theme was pulled off so wonderfully. One had to be invested in the story to watch this and it was written, directed, and produced so well that it was easy to follow along and enjoy the adventure.
This is a sensual show, not sexual...big difference and was so wonderfully done. The humor was intelligent and put in the right places at the right times...if one paid attention to the characters, the humor was quite obvious even when hidden within the dark serious overtones.
Maggie Q is beyond amazing. It was as if she was born to play the role of Nikita. Words cannot describe how she flowed through the scenes as this multi-layered character evolved before our viewing eyes.
The other actors were solid. A great blend of serious, complex, and action actors. Each brought their own dynamic assets to the screen and were given an opportunity to show their character's strengths and weaknesses.
I can go on for hours expressing the delight this show was and why, but I'll leave this review by giving one big shout out to the greatest villain ever....PERCY!!!
If you liked the intensity of 24, this show delivers. The characters are deep, believable, likable and unlike many other TV shows today, you just NEVER know what is about to happen. Forget adjectives like predictable, in this show the writers keep changing the game every several episodes which results in a never ending thrill ride which never ceases to rivet. The biggest mistake you could do is assume you know what's about to happen in the next chapter. But you can't and yet the plot-lines are believable and credible as in any high quality action flick. Most TV shows today are rather predictable in comparison, but I also know some people like semi-predictable shows. Admittedly I am not one of them.
If, for a change, you are looking for something to keep you at the edge of your seat, something that is not shallow, not cheesy, something that gives you this elusive "you are there" feeling, look no further. Nikita is your short ticket to thrillville. A true masterpiece which gets better with every episode.
Amanda is so hot, just can't get enough of her on screen.
Perfect legs in sexy shoes and tight dresses everywhere... life does not get much better.
The writing, direction and acting all work in perfect harmony. The only negative thing, as that I ignored this show for a whole season, thinking it was just another Nikita... this one takes the show to a whole new level.
You will not be disappointed at all, unless off course you are a jealous female type...
For those who remember the Bridget Fonda movie Assassin there are some similarities. It has the right amount of action, glamour, emotion and thrill. The story does proceed from episode to episode so you have to follow it. It gets more complicated as season 1 goes on.
The strong points: The cast is very watchable. Maggie Q as Nikita is uniquely stunning and her action sequences are believable. She is just as good fighting as in the more intimate moments. Lyndsy Fonseca as Alexandra is gutsy but vulnerable and quite cute too. Shane West as Michael looks a little too rough - someone more suave would have been good. Melinda Clarke as Amanda is very effective - glad she has a good role that really suits her after the OC. The story makes you care for most of the central characters.
With a budget of a TV series filmed in Canada it manages to get a fairly international feel. The action sequences are never cheap.
Hope it lasts many seasons.
Lastly, I wish I could kick a$$ like Nikita and Alex :]
As to the people who have a problem with the acting quality on the show... (referring to Maggie Q, Shane West and Xander Berkeley here) You say that these characters seem like zombies with no emotion. Haven't you even thought that this is how they are supposed to be? (I mean in the script, not the actual people :D ) Nikita was broken by people who also murdered her boyfriend and then she went off the grid. 5 years of thinking about revenge will break your soul even harder, so I'd say she's playing emotionally dead pretty well. Michael (West) has been working for the Division for quite some time and after all he's seen it's natural he'd start questioning his line of work, especially now that there is an actual enemy of the Division. And Percy is just a veteran of his line of work, so seeing his men fail him constantly against "1-girl army" drives him mad, but he can't exactly show frustration like that, can he..? That would be unprofessional, so he's boiling inside.
To clarify - I'm not saying the cast is particularly well chosen. I personally wouldn't pick Maggie Q for the role either. But it doesn't mean she's doing a bad job playing Nikita here. But that's just my opinion and not an attack on other people's opinions...
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