Before criticizing, I have to say, this show is somewhat entertaining,
despite several flaws with it, but after watching 8 episodes, I'm not
really interesting in continue watching.
Let's start with the casting, or should I say miscasting, most of the
recruits look like they are in a high school drama, nearly all of the
acting is just plain flat and they have no personality, with the
exception of one good episode, episode 7.
Percy, their evil leader, looks like an alcoholic, doesn't matter where
he is, always has a glass of whiskey, Michael, the character, is also
flat, but somehow Shane West manages to make him watchable, but the
worst of all is Nikita.
Maggie Q is awful as an actress portraying Nikita, it doesn't help that
this new version of Nikita is awful also, she is supposed to be a bad
ass that somehow ALWAYS win, doesn't matter she is going against a
major organization, but the actress, looks like a concentration camp
survivor, an ultra skinny model, she looks like she is gonna broke if a
strong wind hits her, much less a super athletic rogue agent who can
destroy an underground intelligence agency, and when she isn't looking
like she needs some food, and trust me, I love skinny women, she looks
like a socialite, that should be playing someone's mom on Gossip Girl,
with major designer clothes everywhere she goes, even the field, she
even has some antique cars to go with her clothes, it's ridiculous
really, to be fair, the actress did begin have gained a few pounds in
the last two episodes I saw and looked more like an agent than a size
double zero model, body-wise I mean.
Plot-wise, the old La Femme Nikita (1997-2001) had some over the top
stories, always, but that made it interesting, with some awesome
soundtrack, here, most of the plot is laughable, that somehow Nikita
and her accomplice manages to thwart and have a happy ending, it
doesn't help that most of the stories have huge plot holes, that she is
always an inch from Division, the rogue organization, and always escape
unharmed, the whole story backing up Division is ludicrous, you have to
see it, to believe how silly it is.
Overall this show has it's moments, but that wears off quickly,
mediocre show, awful re-imagination of a very entertaining series and
I have marked this show with a five because It's not that i do not like this show but it is the kind of story that make me bored after 30 minutes. Usually when I watch a show I'm not focused on the tv I'm always doing other stuff at the same time... So if the plot is kind of tricky the show have to be really good to get all my attention and for Nikita it was not good enough (and I fell asleep after 30 minutes) so I won't say that this show is bad but it is not the kind of show that keep me watching it.
I enjoy this new take on Nikita, however, i must admit that i find the scriptwriting and instruction of the old "La Femme Nikita" show to be a bit better. Especially the characters and structure of Division.
What do i mean by that?
Nikita - Though i hottie, are you guys really expecting us to buy that this skeleton can fight on par with other agents? ..AND in like 10cm high, stripper heels?...Common! I know that martial arts training has its advantages, but you cant let a stick of butter fight a tank, that simply won't do. I kinda get the feeling that she was chosen ONLY because of the sex-appeal. Grow some muscle on her, and let her act abit more tactical and we have us a star! :D
Birkoff - was so much smarter in the old series, though a complete wimp compared to the new version! Right now im not sure which one i like better.
Michael - I'm actually kinda dissapointed in the direction they went with him since the old version was sooo much more a badarse compared to the new one, not the actors fault.
Operations: New one is such a douche, the old one would eat him for breakfast.
Amanda: Same goes for this character, Madeline would destroy her in 3 moves!
Walter: where is walter? i miss walter, he was a this old-timer, badarse agent who handled all weapons and gadgets. The plece seems poorer without him.
In the old series you had Oversight at the top (if i remember correct), then Division and last, several cell operations called Section 1-?. The old Nikita series focused on Section 1, where these characters was located. Now the reason why im not impressed with the new Organisation is because it seems so small and cheap compared to the old one. Headquarters of the old one was so much more impressive, not looking like some WW2 bunker with a few computers. Also, in the new show, they seem to have melted the farm and the promising agents together.
Anyway, i could prob. ramble on forever. Basicly i think fans of the old show should give the new one a chance, but not get their expectations too high. This show has a whole new take on Nikita compared to the old one, but the budget almost seem lower. (at least the queality is).
This show has the worst ratings on tv. NO ONE watches it. The CW keeps renewing it for syndication, or for whatever reason the CW keeps dogs around forever. But it is literally one of the worst rated shows on tv. I have never watched it, and I won't start now, but seriously/ Who watches this thing? Why?
Fashion, fashion, fashion, the clothing, the cars, the whole production design, this show has become so shallow, it is sickening to watch, i am 20 minutes into watching season 3 and it's just draining my energy, gee, the resentment! Season One started out with really fine and interesting characters now suffocated under a facade of glamour and lifestyle, what are they thinking?!? Is this supposed to be targeted at a womans audience now? Then why do all the girls i know prefer "Homeland" over this empty facade?!?
After I watched this show I went online and looked to see if it was remade from a movie or show because at the moment that's what it looks like their doing. ;? And I found the old La femme nikita show. and it looks much better than this show does right now. though i'm still undecided as to whether or not i'd like this show (new) or just go watch the other (old). but it's early yet so i guess we'll see what comes up in this new Nikita. PS: Birkoff is totally adorable (old) PSS: Like old nikita a lil bit better she has a more obvious toughness when she needs it. new nikita seems too vulnerable: plus spy/assassin taking on division for her lost loved one. come on. (apologies to those who like the new one better, but this is my opinion)
It's not bad. Explanations of actions (Alex's in the season ender) not so believable.But the new Michael and Birkhoff are not as addicting/relatable/likeable as they were in La Femme. Birkhof just looks like a couch potato, not a nerd. They're not optimizing the use of Lady Heather. Percy has no presence as Operations did. I love that they brought back the old Madeline.
I enjoyed season 1 and am halfway through season 2. Definitely seems to be going downhill. And Maggie Q is a beautiful lady but the CW folks are making her look like a hag. Her skin and hair both look awful and they dress her like a 13-year old half the time. It's ridiculous.
Nikita is everything that Alias should have been, but wasn't.
Alias and Nikita are both about government trained female assassins who discover they are working for the bad guys, and who turn around to take them down. But there the resemblance ends.
Alias is laughably juvenile. Jennifer Garner is a beautiful woman. But when she dressed up in those outlandish undercover costumes that would stick out even at a Halloween Party, I invariably cringed.
On top of which, Alias evinced the most brainwashed, kneejerk, my country right or wrong politics since the Nazi war criminals pleaded "I was only following orders" at Nuremberg.
Nikita, by contrast, while still clearly stylized and dramatized, feels emotionally gritty and real. It is also politically far more sophisticated. It acknowledges that we aren't necessarily the good guys. With Bradley Manning in the American Gulag, and Edward Snowden on the US hit list, this is more relevant than ever.
Sad to see it get only four seasons to Alias's five.
Sad to say but the show is somehow losing it since middle of season 2. When i first stumbled on it, I couldn't stop watching and as by that time 2 seasons had aired, I watched them all in a week maybe. By the end of season 2 I was already a bit disappointed and season 3 is just not working for me anymore. It was nice to watch how Nikita alone would crash all evil deeds of Division but now she's just an agent in minis and heels.
one of the best action-series. It has beautiful men and women, has well written episode plots as well as an overall plot. Additionally, it puts the spotlight on current world news (not exactly).
I like the aspect, that there is no overpowered superhero or inhuman soldiers without a good reason . the meds for the wardens of the black box). Even Nikita as an assassin is still full of flaws, but empowers her strength out of love.. blah blah blah
This show has everything- comedy, drama, romance, action, amazing cast members, and probably the best script ever! I've watched CW productions like: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, The Orginals, Teen Wolf, Beauty and the beast, Supernatural but seriously only NIKITA has one episode like a movie and this is the big plus.
I love this show. It so addictive and I really don't understand how is it they have such low rating. I mean action, drama, comic relief, hot guys, hot girls, complex relationships, evil masterminds and smart replays.
Cw did a really bad job with the time slot and marketing of the show. I really hope they will do two thing: one pick up the show for four season and two start from the beginning in a better time slot with lot's more marketing so the show will get the credit she deserve.
Love the dynamic between Alex and Nikita the writers built this relationship amazingly
And overall the show was great built
They didn't kept too mush under the belt and didn't dwell anything till you sick of waiting.
Great show, well deserve complement and hope there will be season 4.
I hope that the screen writers do not change the relationship of Michael and Nikita for too long. This is really annoying. No more split ups, troubles of relationships. But if Michael is always being demeaning and rejecting Nikita but changes for the worse will destroy such a team. The energies of gloom and doom not good for a Fan. I love Nikita and are going to get boring with Michael's outbursts unless he is planning to leave the show.
I am invested in this show, but I feel that retreading a rift between Alex and Nikita simply based on Amanda's tricks is two steps back for a show that is trying to remain relevant and get a new season order! Alex comes off like a bitchy little kid sister who should be a lot further in her game by now. I hope they fix the direction quickly because I don't see a need to watch if it becomes another story arc of Alex vs. Nikita again, you know, we've been there and done that!
The storylines were fascinating and so cleverly and intricately woven together. Every new episode revealed something of the past and we got to see, bit by bit, different layers and depths of the characters.
3. Characters: Re: abovecharacters were multi-dimensional and real. They were all flawed in their own ways, especially Nikita, but ever so winning.
Unlike with shows like Gossip Girl, characters were not annoyingthey made mistakes, messed up, did selfish things etc etc but they were not petty or overly dramatic. Despite their flaws, these were real, strong, and admirable characters with such faith in something bigger than themselves, and that redeemed them.
4. Cast and how well they play their characters: in a word (or two), really well.
Biased here but Maggie Q is my all time favorite actress, and I admire her a lot as a person. I think what I loved in Season 1 was that I saw parallels between the kind of compassion Maggie has (from her charities, beliefs, interviews of her and those who've worked with her) and what Nikita has. Also the sense of fighting for something one believes in (Maggie for animals' rights; Nikita to protect the innocent/stop Division). There is a really authentic determination there, and though in Season 1 Nikita was mostly oscillating between angry and hurt (mostly angry)all in serious modeshe showed a wider breadth of emotion in S2.
The rest of the cast was great too: Lyndsy Fonseca really embodying the strength, smartness, and charm of Alex;Shane West ever the do-righter, which is a role that could so easily turn into annoying but he maneuvers it with sincerity and the right amount of hesitation and self-reflection/questioning; Birkhoff the perfect geek, the most lovable genius loser ever, who is the perfect dose of comic relief but is equally believable in his sentimental moments; Melinda Clark so icily manipulative and cold as Amanda I could almost hate the actress herself sometimes (but then I remember not to), yet with the rare glimpse of sentimental softness, adding a perfectly subtle depth to character relations; and Xander Berkley the ultimate villain mastermind, god complex, truly emotionless and perverse, so incredibly well-spoken in his scenes as a leader and motivator, it is no wonder so much of Division were willingly his sheep.
Reasons I hate Nikita S3:
Pretty much all of the above reasons above were undone. Everyone in the show is annoying now, everybody somehow suddenly sucks at fighting now, Nikita is turning into Amanda (wtf is it with the makeup and the tight dresses and heels? This is not Gossip Girl and Nikita is not a hooker), Sean is being a possessive demanding boyfriend (there are ways to be protective without being annoying), the Birkhoff and Sonya are just inexplicably and unfunnily weird, there are plot holes the size of Percy's ego (except there's no more Percy now), the general direction of the storyline is unclear, the fight scenes are lower quality (seriously let the actors spend more time rehearsing fight scenes and less time sitting for hair and makeup; by that token hire more choreographers and fewer makeup artists), stop taping Maggie Q's boobs at every possible occasion she is extremely attractive even if she doesn't look like every Hollywood broad...seriously producers, writers, directors: please go re-watch S1 and get back to what this show is really supposed to be about.
Seriously, S3. Stop breaking my heart (and annoying me).
Well, they never brought back Dark Angel after it's premature canceling by FOX after season 2, but I guess this is the next best thing! This show has a lot of the elements that Dark Angel had - smoldering hot lead (Jessica Alba in Dark Angel, Maggie Q in this show), super soldiers/spies, government conspiracies, etc.
Dark Angel had the advantage & disadvantage of being on FOX - a big budget, but a network known for making bad decisions and axing shows early. Nikita is on a small-budget network, but if the show continues it promise, there's no reason to think this show can't last for several seasons.
Some people are bagging on the show for being unrealistic. You think?! It's a B-movie script brought to life as a weekly TV show. Maggie Q is supposed to be eye candy, no one wants to see some 215lb ripped chick in the role kickin' ace! I agree that the acting is sub-par, but you have to approach this show with the same approach you take to watching a Seagal flick, for example. It's a B-movie script, with B-movie acting, and a very sexy Maggie Q and that's what makes it fun!
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