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.