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Nikita: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]

Maggie Q , Shane West , Danny Cannon , David Barrett    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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In Nikita, the CW Network has developed another resounding hit on its roster of solid dramatic series that do a nice job of grabbing viewers from a variety of demographics. With season two starting in late September 2011, this slick package of the 22 episodes of season one is a great way of diving into a show that's among the best looking, most tightly produced, and intensely cinematic on the small screen. The title and the premise both come from the 1990 French feature film and early style-setter from writer-director Luc Besson, La Femme Nikita. The character of Nikita was a beautiful, troubled young criminal who was essentially abducted from prison and inducted into covert intelligence to become a sleeper assassin used at the will and the whim of the government. There was an American remake in 1993, Point of No Return, starring Bridget Fonda, then a TV adaptation in 1997 that used the original French title and ran for just over four seasons on the USA Network. This reworking maintains the basic premise of a black ops organization that has largely gone rogue from US government control, with the title character of a dangerous, sexy assassin having escaped its clutches and gone rogue herself. After six years as its most expert operative, this Nikita (Maggie Q, who is very dangerous and very sexy) uses all her training and black ops wiles to destroy the unit known only as Division. Division is run from a high-tech bunker by the evil, calculating Percy (a steely-eyed Xander Berkeley) as a kind of top-secret consulting firm for the high-paying interests of those in need of murder, protection, or other sundry cleanup or coverup services. It employs a stable of young, buffed, highly trained male and female "recruits" who, like Nikita, have been plucked from prison and indentured to lives dedicated to Division's devious details. But the pilot episode reveals that Division's latest recruit, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), is Nikita's mole, and she runs Alex from the outside, getting intel on Division's nefarious operations in her effort to bring it all down. The depth of Nikita's (and Alex's) malice toward Division is revealed over the course of the season, along with her ambivalence toward Percy's lieutenant, Michael (Shane West). Their cat-and-mouse includes a fair amount of personal heat within the missions that Nikita tries to disrupt, especially the one that becomes Division's top priority: eliminate Nikita. Michael has his own mixed feelings for his former protégé, and even as the intrigue among Michael, Nikita, Alex, and the other assorted characters both within and without Division becomes more elaborate, it's clear that there's a lot of gray for everyone. Except Percy, that is, who remains deliciously black throughout. The final episodes set up a suspenseful scenario of character maneuvering, compromised loyalties, and convoluted conspiracies that bodes very well for a new season.

Every installment of Nikita is paced and plotted like a mini thriller, with production values and heavily styled good looks to match. As series creator Craig Silverstein and many other behind-the-scenes contributors confirm in the extensive supplemental materials, incredible attention is given to the details of art direction, design, wardrobe, cinematography, scoring, etc. in order to make what are essentially mini action movies. And action is definitely a key word. There is gunplay aplenty, with a level of physical violence that's about as powerful as anything on TV these days. But all of it is expertly staged and carefully motivated to serve the needs of brainy, quick-witted scripts. Maggie Q certainly has the background chops to bring integrity and authenticity to her smooth martial arts moves; that's really her chopping and shooting up there. She is eminently appealing not only for her beauty and grace, but also her soulful stare. Silverstein admits that the CW Network was looking for a shoehorn series to capture not just action fans, and they all thought the Nikita brand could be adapted into a version of something like Alias. It makes sense with all the secret agent stuff going on and with Maggie Q making herself a rousing antidote for Jennifer Garner fans. But she's also uniquely Nikita as she guides an exciting show that gives equal weight to brain and brawn with a precise combination of restraint and exuberance. --Ted Fry

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In This Sexy And Suspenseful Series, Nikita Has Gone Rogue. Division Is An Ultra-Secret Government Agency Whose Operatives Are Recruited Young People With Severed Ties To Family, Friends And Society. Trained To Be Invisible Assassins, No One Ever Leaves Division -- Except The Charming And Deadly Nikita, Who Has Managed To Escape, Making It Her Mission To Undermine The Now-Corrupt Organization. A Force To Be Reckoned With, The Rogue Nikita Taunts Division, Staying On Their Radar, But Always One Step Ahead. Yet As Determined As Nikita Is To Bring Down Her Former Agency, There Are Those Just As Determined To Stop Her, Including Division'S Newest Recruit Alex, A Beautiful Young Woman Who Seems Destined To Replace Nikita As Their Next Top Operative.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This 'remake' of the original Nikita series is good and strange in many ways. You definately need to NOT try to even compare this new Nikita to the old nikita or any of previous to the now characters. Many make that mistake and judge too fast this series because of that.

If you have an open mind and simply want to watch something 'new', you might be surprised and actually enjoy this remake series. In reality we start off when Nikita went offgrid and left Division. Division knows their operative is loose and continue their daily missions with in mind capturing/killing the only operative who escaped Division. Now in the past Nikita Series she had returned to finish with 4 seasons. So this is quite an interesting turn to how this new Nikita will manage.

A major noticeable flaw would be the character/actor of Michael. Of course we were used to someone who was as cold as ice, and had litterily no emotions. In the remake, it was quite noticeable this was not the case, he is neutral most times but sometimes shows 'emotions' such as worry and being ticked off. He actually smiles! It is a bit weird but oh well, I'll live with it.

Other characters are well played, my only complaint would be Birkoff's character, totally strange and I continually just want to smack him around.

As mentioned before I knew the "old Nikita series" so I am slightly comparing it. But even so I found the new series enjoyable to watch and sometimes entertaining. The plot and inner story that continues each episodes keeps us viewing coming back, otherwise I don't think this series would have continued for long. With that said keep an open mind, maybe you will like it and maybe you will spit on it.

It it worth watching and possibly buying, but at a reasonable price.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show Dec 7 2013
By phillip
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Very entertaining to watch as maggie q is gorgeous and makes the show all that much better highly recommended! Great action so far a very good show
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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La Femme Nikita (Peta WILSON) ne peut sorir de ma memoire en terme de presence et de charme personnel.Le budget de "NIKITA est probablement superieur a celui de la serie precedente.Mais l'intensite,l'emotion manquent:NIKITA est adapte a la nouvelle gene ration qui a ete critiquee pour "etre Presque entierement depoourvue de sentimentalite"(sic). Ainsi donc nous avons l'action,mais le spectateur n'est pas implique emotionelement.La presentation "artistique" de la couverture Maggie Q. ne nous honore que d'une initiale,mais en revanche nous pouvons apprecier sans tarder la forme de ses cuisses et de ses hanches,pour bonne mesure) est provocante,mais maladroite:"Voyeurs,accourrez vite!"La qualite de l"image excede tout de don't Peta WILSON a beneficie, grace aux enormes progress de la science cinematographique.Les scenes filmees a l'exterieur sont plus nombreuses et variees que dans la serie de WILSON,qui en etait Presque entierement depourvue. Donc,action mecanique,brutale,previsible:cela rappelle les filmes de Kung FU, filmes a Hong Kong: NIKITA ne serait-elle pas destinee aux marches d'Asie, plutot qu'a ceux de lOuest ?
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