La Femme Nikita

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Based on the cult motion picture of the same name, La Femme Nikita is a sexy, stylish spy series following a deadly secret agent. Peta Wilson stars as Nikita, a young woman framed for murder and faced with life imprisonment, until an ultimatum arises which involves working for a clandestine anti-terrorism organization known as Section One. Nikita chooses a life of espionage, but soon discovers that she is just the latest pawn in Section's games...

La Femme Nikita was broadcast on USA Network, and produced by Baton, CTV Television Network, Fireworks Entertainment and LPN Productions. The series ran for four seasons before being canceled, until a fan campaign successfully brought it back for one final run of new episodes in 2001.

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  • La Femme Nikita not a simple show

    7.5
    I have a love/hate opinion about this show. I love the dynamics between Nikita and Michael. Like any on TV romance, it begins rocky and yet despite the lies they trust each other without question. Their bond becomes so strong not even a father's love can come between them. The show itself is more about love and trust than it is about the missions. Operations and Madeline also seem to share a love so deep that it transcends death. It would seem that Operations and Madeline are the future Nikita and Michael, and Nikita and Michael are the past Paul and Madeline.



    Nikita's seemingly being the only compassionate person on the show, yet she leaves a young man who trusts her to be tortured. She hates Madeline so much yet cannot wait to become her when Operations is shot. She flaunts any little degree of power she gets as if she knows, and time and time again Michael has to save her, mostly from herself. The show begins with Madeline being a half decent person to Nikita, a few well placed lies and Nikita hates Madeline, and believes herself to be better than her. Madeline is the most honest person on the show, Nikita lives in a world of lies she tells herself but Madeline is able to kill in cold blood because she understands the job. She doesn't get to close to people and they know why.



    Nikita's constant whining also drives me crazy, especially where Michael is concerned, she can't wait to jump Durgoff (sp) and yet the way he gets power is through blackmail and lies, how dishonest is that and then behaving as if he is better than Michael. For someone who acts like she knows people so well it takes her forever to learn who Michael really is.



    Then Nikita lying to everyone and spying on everyone to "make things better", then she kills the first guy in abeyance that praises her for wanting to make things different. My issue is that Nikita the centre of the show is a hypocrit and it's difficult to root for her, I probably wouldn't if it wasn't for Michael.



    Love the show, hate the show.moreless
  • A true "Guilty Pleasure". No matter how off the director got in an episode, no matter how bad the source script... The cast (perhaps the executive producers) always preserved the true integrity of the characters.moreless

    9.2
    I have been a member of TV.Com for sometime now. This is my first review of any show, let alone any episode.



    I give the series a value of 9.2, and I am compeled to write a review, but must insist that I preface it, and my review will: [CONTAIN SPOILERS]. Read No Further, if you are on the fence about choosing to watch the show. [JUST WATCH IT] :)



    I was recently going thru some personal downtime. No need to be specific, but a friend noticed my down-in-the-dumps attitude, and my friend also knows I am the harshest of critics. He lent me his DVDs of La Femme Nikita - Season One, and asked me to "tear it apart".



    I am a fan of the Luc Besson's Film, and a huge detractor of the Hollywood version. I knew the series existed but gave it no sway; refused to watch the TV version when it was airing on the USA network.



    The Season One DVDs sat on my shelf for a longtime, and my friend continued to badger me about "how bad is it?". Once I was finally annoyed with his insistence that I watch the DVDs, I finally broke down and popped the Disc One - Season One in the DVD player.



    It took me several attempts to complete watching even the pilot. I was just not ready to accept Peta Wilson as Nikita. I was very unhappy with the super-model cast (which was my perception at the time). I was further unhappy with the changes they made to the characters: (Peta as) Nikita is Innocent, Micheal is her age, Nikita wasn't forced to kill on her first test. I stopped watching the pilot several times, finally finishing the pilot and giving my friend my dark review of the series.



    I knew he was a fan (he owned the DVDs). He agreed with me on almost every criticism I offered. But, he insisted I watch the first 6 episodes. His excuse was that even TV executives don't kill a show, based on the first episode (silly him).



    I begrudgingly agreed, and watched the first few episodes when I could, when I had nothing better to do.



    After the first few episodes I still didn't care for anyone, but I had become intrigued with the cohesive setting. Section One had become a character of it's own and I was curious; regardless of Nikita.



    I quickly became hooked; I power-watched the entire first season: Four, maybe Six, episodes at a time. The weekends were worse.



    When the first Season was over, I knew I was addicted. I actually didn't want more, I just needed more.



    I returned the DVDs to my friend and insisted on the DVDs for Season Two. I was rabid, and needed my Peta Wilson as Nikita fix. How this infection had occurred I was unaware. But, it made it no less real.



    To my violent disappointment, my friend shared with me the very bad news that he had never bought more than Season One of the TV Series: "La Femme Nikita". He explained, that in his opinion it was never better than Season One. He had watched as it was aired, and it never regained the foothold required to surpass Season One.



    In retrospect, I agree. But Season Two and (in most regards) Season Three are still exceptional TV.



    I found and bought the 5 Season - Complete Set of DVDs at Amazon dot Com.



    I power-watched all of Season Two. I made it thru more than half of Season Three, before I had to club (figuratively) someone over the head and drag them back to my cave: begging them to watch "La Femme Nikita" from the beginning.



    My new found lady friend also enjoyed "La Femme Nikita". And it gave me the chance to re-see the pilot. I realized I accepted all the changes made to the characters, and had embraced them. Watching the first few episodes wasn't nearly as hard as it was the First time. I accepted Peta Wilson as Nikita, I needed her to be innocent of her crime, I wanted Micheal to be her age, and I knew she'd never have been able to kill on her first test.



    I realized then that the executives had replaced my early understanding of Nikita: "the film", and given me a far more broader interpretation of the clandestine mission/clandestine organization/unwilling participant. They had approached the challenges of a 2 hour movie to TV series with the very best effort anyone could have given and succeeded on every level.



    All this said, I am still a very harsh critic. The end of Season Three was unnecessary, everything building up to it was distracting. Season Four, while it had it's highlights was never as good as it's predecessors; And the limited Season Five was merely bandage for open wounds with a contrived story arc.



    I have subsequently researched the production time-line. I work in the production field for Live Stage ((think) plays and musicals) and Film on occasion. I have worked for TV very rarely and never for any kind of longterm project like Nikita was. Everything that occurred seems natural and explainable, even if unfortunate.



    There is a text by "Heyn, Christopher" titled: Inside Section One: Creating and Producing TV's La Femme Nikita. It explains in more detail the changes made to the series, when and why, and how.



    For me: I give the series a 9.2 rating. I swear upto the late Season Three it's 10 all the way. A solid non-conforming 10. A Whole-Hearted TEN. After that tho, it becomes common, they seemed to try and increase their viewer-base by dumbing down the story, by dumbing down the complications, by simplifying a fairly realistic world into one that wasn't actually at war with realistic Eastern European enemies.



    They begin to reuse story-lines (sometimes well). They begin to evolve the bad guy into, "just a bad-guy". They begin to mis-represent (what would have been) recent history.



    This is why I cannot give the series a higher value.



    With that said, whether it be the cast or the executives of the series, the characters never missed a beat. That most of all is to be commended.moreless
  • Nikita was an original show that was ahead of its time. Nikita was picked up by section one, an secret orginisation fighting terrorism and other crime. But that same organisation wasn't all that good for its employees. Best ever spy show. it deserves 8.9.moreless

    8.9
    Nikita was an original show that was ahead of its time. Nikita was picked up by section one, an secret orginisation fighting terrorism and other crime. But that same organisation wasn't all that good for its employees. Best ever spy show. it deserves 8.9. Nikita herself was different from most of her companions. She didn't give herself up for this type of work but didn't have a choice. Section 1 was a cold dark place most comparible to a dungeon. You could see her struggle to remain a positive, honest person with her own beliefs. This show is on of my favs.moreless
  • Something very special - lot of excitement, unpredictable plot turns and mysterious, challenging, hard and complex characters.

    10
    To be honest, I started to watch it as the beginning of the September I had too much free time after uni and I needed something to fill that time. I just remembered that I used to watch it when I was much younger and thought - maybe I would like it even now. It is hard to say how much the serie really was above my expectations. It was much better than I hoped - the story was catching and well written, the high-tech with mysterious life in Section, the different world that this show introduced. It has it magic as the main character Nikita was someone who you would feel sorry, want that she would be better. And now three months later thinking back to all of the episodes, the journey those characters have gone trough - the changes the made. It is just incredible. Who would have though after first season that in the end it will be Nikita who will run Section?



    I am only sad TV.com does not have that kind of feature that I could see the highest rated episode by my rankings because after 96 episode I hardly remember all of them which I loved - but "Escape" and "War" from first season left unforgettable memories, and the actions in the switch on first and second season - maybe the best of all. To look back, season 1 had most of the magic - it was all new, Nikita was so "innocent" and not in the world yet, trying to fight out and do things different. With time that defenetly changed and there is noone to blame - it is logical. Carla and Madeline's first office - something special adding to this show. Season two had some bright moments like Adrian storyline at the end. And it was mostly to get tensions between Michael and Nikita. Like "Not Was" when the real kind heart of that person was revealed. Michael was defenetly great addition to the show - not only to eye but the so complex, hard and contrary personality, his philosophy of the two faces he has... Season 3 goes with little different perspective than the previous, concentrating first on Michael past what defenetly made him more clearer and added something humane and out of the Section life but it also had some episode that hardly caught attention and maybe this seasons finale was the weakest of them all.



    Season 4 starts with Adrian theme again and makes our hopes up and gives some really enjoying episodes full of action and unpredictable events. A series classic, defenetly. We have some weaker episodes in the middle to build up very fast and little confusing ending for the last planned season.



    But they did go for some extra episodes and even if they seemed first to stand out of the original events as many characters were dead, replaced or gone. But they add some other magic there and the end they wrote to those events there - it made the serie even better, tearing our tears to run as the fate of Nikita is decided.



    A super serie, worth watching.moreless
  • Good show with good actors and good ideas

    7.5
    I liked this show because it was hi-tech and it was really interesting. Everything was fine except Michael - I really couldn`t stand that guy. His and Nikita`s relationship was not as convincing as it should have been, but Operations and Madeline had relationship that was so mysterious and weird - they kinda reminded me of Mulder and Scully. The plot was good (I mean, original Nikita is, in my opinion, one of the greatest classic movies ever) and every episode offered something new and different - not to mention fabuluos Peta Wilson. Her interpretation of the main character was great - hard but soft, cruel but kind... I even wrote a novel based on her (not fanfiction) ;-)moreless
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