Review: The CW's NIKITA

I've never seen Luc Besson's 1990 film La Femme Nikita, nor the 1993 American remake Point of No Return. I have vague memories of commercials for the USA series that followed in the late 1990s, but I don't recall ever, you know, watching it.

I'm in the heart of The CW's target age group (if not gender), though, so I imagine that's what the network expects - maybe even wants. I recognize the brand, but I'm a blank slate. I couldn't tell you how The CW's Nikita fares against prior iterations, but the first episode left me mostly impressed. My review after the jump.

Nikita certainly earns the Alias comparisons that have been tossed about (Spy vixen kicks butt!), but the mythology of the series emits some serious Dollhouse vibes to this viewer. Here's how star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) sets the stage in an opening voice over:

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Sep 9, 2010 10:46PM EDT

Since I have seen all the previous versions of Nikita I was looking forward to this one. I was not expecting it to be exactly like the others but to have some similarities or better yet be a continuation. What I viewed was Michael trying to kill her, something he never did before, Bierkoff was also trying to kill her and who ever was the Boss guy and the one who looked like the Cleaner........smh! Last installment had Nikita running the operation and Michael off somewhere with his son......I am so lost. Where was the drama and suspense? Nikita is running around trying to break up the Agency....yeah right....

Sep 10, 2010 3:54PM EDT

actually, trinigalfly, on the USA show, Nikita was trying to take down the Agency and Michael WAS trying to "kill" her cause it was his job. he just never did it whenever he was face to face with her. they would just let each other go and cause slight injury (like they did in the pilot) People were trying to kill her all the time and it wasn't until the finale that we learned that she wasn't really trying to take down the organization and that she was actually the big boss. it was the final plot twist but throughout the series viewers never knew that.

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