La Femme Nikita

Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 1997 on USA

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  • A Simple Kind of Life

    This episode answers one question which probably should have been brought up a while back. Can Nikita have a steady relationship or a normal life outside of Section? The answer is, unsurprisingly, no.

    Choice sees Nikita slowly realizing that she can't balance Section One and her growing relationship with Gray. When a personal matter causes a Section mission to go awry, Nikita comes to terms with the fact that she can't lead an ordinary life and must break off all ties with those close to her...

    This is an average episode with some major problems. The main mission of the week involving the drug lords isn't interesting and the characters involved are too stereotypical to be enjoyed. Choice sees the last time the series relied on elements from the original Nikita movie and it was a good decision. Despite some awesome scenes (the restaurant shootout in the pilot and the bathroom sniper session here), the writers should begin to be more creative with their action scenes. When they pull them off well it really works. For example, the Mission: Impossible-style fall into the computer room, which looks excellent, in particular the wirework and security rays.

    Despite having problems, including the weird lack of budget which makes the teaser shootings look really corny and only hearing the massacre at the end, Choice features some more excellent acting work from Peta Wilson and Callum Keith Rennie. Wilson is amazing as she searches for the missing Casey through the mall and is very believable as she desperately searches for Gray's daughter. Guest star Rennie is also good throughout and it's sad to see him leave at the end. Though inevitable, the break-up between him and Nikita doesn't even soften the blow as Nikita just rips into him, knowing she has to make him hate her.

    When the emotional issues begin to overshadow the action it's usually a sign of trouble but this episode pulls it off effortlessly. Excellent acting (from Alberta Watson in particular), some awesome stunts and a dark and slightly depressing message at the end save Choice from being a complete bomb.