Nikita – The Complete First Season
Nikita is a TV show that is based on a French film of the same name, a French film that has already had an american re-make and a canadian TV show based on it. So it’s easy to assume that Nikita isn’t exactly going to be an original idea. Not that that matters, because as far as I can remember, the American film version was fun, and with McG being executive producer (which he was for CHuck and Human Target as well) you can almost guarantee that Nikita will have enough fun, action, style and twists to put a smile on your face and keep you coming back for more.
And it does.
But it’s more than just a good TV show, it’s a great TV show. Sure it’s pretty much fluff, but it’s entertaining fluff. It’s fun to watch fluff, and because of the uncertainty of TV shows these days, it feels like McG and Craig Silverstein decided to go hell for leather and fit as much as they could in the first season, in case it was there only shot.
I doing so they have created a show that never slows down, that has more twists that a family bag of Twisties and still manages to throw in a season ending cliffhanger.
Without giving anything away, the show essentially has what could have been a two season story arc, where we see one of the main players move from one distinct situation to another. It’s things like this that keep the how fresh all season long.
The real strength of the show however was evident in episode six ‘Resistance,’ where we are brutally made aware that not everything is as it seems, opening the whole show up to a series of twists and having you question just where each characters loyalties lie.
In short, Nikita is slick and sexy, it’s highly entertaining, and it shows up other TV shows through it’s sheer audacity and the amount of story it crams into one season. I can’t wait for season 2 to come out on DVD.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read