TV Series Review
Last I checked, "assassin" didn't show up on high school aptitude tests. You can't major in it, you can't apply for it via online want ads (unless the screeners at Craigslist are having a particularly bad day). So it's a bit of a hard career to get into. But once you're in, according to Nikita, the gig's nearly impossible to quit.
Femme fatale Nikita wants to make a career change. Drafted by a swarthy government agency called The Division when she was just a drug-addled teen, Nikita spent years doing the Div's dirty work, snuffing folks out with little mercy and loads of style. But that was before she loved and lost her boyfriend—who
had become something of a distraction in Nikita's line of work.
In the aftermath, she flew off the grid and spent three years in hiding. Now she's back, looking to turn in her notice for good while avoiding permanent termination. Oh, and she hopes to take down the whole corrupt Division with her, freeing its bevy of assassins-in-training—all troubled kids just like she used to be.
Nikita's roots tangle down toward the 1990 film La Femme Nikita, with this CW series being just the most recent of several incarnations. It's an interesting prime-time offering from CW, land of smoldering vampires and Beverly Hills zip codes. The show feels grittier, the writing crisper, the tone bleaker than the network's typical fare. People are killed, often in cold blood. "It's really a revenge tale," star Maggie Q told MTV News. "[Nikita] gets out and she wants the people who hurt her to pay. It's a pretty dark series for this network."
Which is maybe one reason why CW buffed the show with so many scantily clad, model-worthy actors. In Nikita's bizarro world, most women have waists approximately the same radius as their necks, skin as smooth as a marble countertops and belly buttons that attract camera lenses like flames attract moths. It's Burn Notice meets Melrose Place. It's The Professional paired with Charlie's Angels. It's 24 competing on America's Next Top Model.
The Division's young recruits are under no illusion as to what they'll be asked to do. "I'm just jealous you get to smoke someone," one "student" says to another. And something of that ethos is wrapped up in CW's manifestation of Nikita. "Smoking" someone is an attractive physical attribute here. Slaughter is sexy.
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Maggie Q as Nikita; Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex; Shane West as Michael; Aaron Stanford as Birkhoff; Ashton Holmes as Thom; Tiffany Hines as Jaden; Melinda Clarke as Amanda; Xander Berkeley as Percy