Nikita is an American action thriller drama television series that aired from September 9, 2010, to December 27, 2013. The series is an adaptation of Luc Besson’s French film La Femme Nikita, the second such adaptation after the 1997 TV series La Femme Nikita.
The series focuses on Nikita (Maggie Q), a woman who escaped from a secret government-funded organization known as “Division” and, after a three-year hiding period, is back to bring down the organization.
The writers must have read ‘Death Becomes Her’, as it’s the same premise. And an old trope. The young teenager, gone bad, taken in by the mentor and trained to be a deadly weapon. Despite high production values, it does suffer from character and story problems.
The only episode I have seen, the first is just confusing. There are jumps between plot threads and it’s not clear just what is going on.
Secondly, being an American series, everyone is impossibly good looking. Even the thugs have style and grace. If this was a British series, the bad guys would look bad and grimy.
And because of this, the main protagonist is a slim model of a girl.
This makes action sequences of her taking on two or more big guys even more implausible than usual. And everything goes her way. Start a shooting war in the middle of a high class party and only the bad guys will get shot. Everyone will miss Nikita as she walks out.
But the scene that put the nail in the coffin of this series for me is at the end when the tough agent apprehends her, points a gun and manages to get himself shot by her as he ‘has feelings’ for her. Give me a break. This only happens to keep the story going. In another scene she eludes four gunmen by using a dressed mannequin to fool them. Where did she get this at such short notice.
So poorly plotted, with uninspiring action sequences and a lack of tension or intrigue.