Nikita, "Pilot": tough girl seeks revenge

Quick Take: Nikita, "Pilot"
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Review: Nikita, "Pilot"
(S0101) Fans of the 1990 French film, La Femme Nikita, will be pleased to learn about the new TV version, Nikita, on the CW. Personally, I didn't like the movie, and I didn't watch any episodes of the other TV version while it was on, but the pilot episode for this new series is fantastic.

The premise for the show is this: a young woman named Nikita, played by the gorgeous Maggie Q, has been trained to be an assassin by a government agency called the "Division." But when they murder her lover, she goes rogue and decides to take the Division down. The whole "tough girl seeking revenge for the murder of her lover" angle feels a bit cliché (I foresee that her lover may not actually be dead after all!), but this episode was definitely exciting and I didn't see the big plot twist coming at the end.

I love action shows with powerful female characters and will definitely check out the next episode of Nikita to see where this series is going.

Recap: Nikita, "Pilot"
When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita (Maggie Q, "Mission Impossible III") was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who trained her as a spy and assassin. Nikita was eventually betrayed by the only people she thought she could trust. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former boss, Percy (Xander Berkeley, "24") and her former friends Michael (Shane West, "E.R.") and Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford, "X-Men: The Last Stand) that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation. Division continues to recruit and train other young people, among them Jaden (Tiffany Hines, "Bones") and Thom (Ashton Holmes, "Boston Legal"), erasing all evidence of their former lives and turning them into cold and efficient killers. One of these new recruits, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca, "Kick-Ass") is a beautiful girl with a violent past and a story not so different from Nikita's. The recruits all spend part of their training with Amanda (Melinda Clarke, "The O.C."), a master manipulator who can turn any ugly duckling into a swan and any bleeding heart into a killer. Danny Cannon directed the pilot written by Craig Silverstein.

From Around the Web: Nikita, "Pilot"

  • A.V. ClubNikita has a good pilot, but it never makes the step up to being a great one. Remember how in the Alias pilot, there was so much TIME between when the audience first met Sydney Bristow and when she first started punching guys in the face? All of that build-up made the inevitable payoff all the better, and Nikita never finds a payoff as good as the one in the Alias pilot. 
  • Firefox News: Much of the show’s style in the non-action scenes reminded me a lot of the Japanese director, Masahiro Shinoda. The pilot was directed by Danny Cannon who has directed quite a few shows with a certain style his own, as well as series "house" style, but not with such craft during the quieter parts as here: it is likely that they are trying to create a "house" style of directing with Nikita, as we have seen with shows as varied as Highlander: The Series, X-Files, and of course CSI.

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