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Friday, September 10, 2010

Nikita is over-advertised. Is it also overrated?

Adventures of the killer stick figure.
The ads for Nikita did nothing to make us excited about the show. It seemed like just another mindless blend of sex and violence to us. The star, Maggie Q, must weigh 80 pounds soaking wet. It’s not that believable for her to be throwing guys around like they are rag dolls. I didn’t believe it when she was beating up Bruce Willis in Die Hard 4 either. At least Alias’ Sidney Bristow looked strong. Maggie Q has stick arms, and she’s doing things that require strength, like pushing, not just quick karate jabs. But what realism do you expect from a show with a bulletproof chair bottom in its opening scene?

The first half of the episode was a lot like the advertisements. It was trying too hard, and playing intense music without creating actual intense situations yet.

It made us miss Dollhouse. And we know the premise is based on a French movie, but the plot is a heck of a lot like the plot of Alias. It moves faster, is less complicated, and is easier to watch than Alias though. Remove the brain from Dollhouse and Alias, and you have Nikita.

BUT the show picked up at the end by setting up the story arc for the season. After the mindless action intro was over, we found out that Nikita has a plant in the branch of the government she is trying to take down. Also, Maggie Q is WORKING this show.

There is potential here for the show to be good once they stop trying to push it on the people looking to be titillated.

Pretty good pilot. We will keep watching, for now.
Episode Grade: B-


  1. "There is potential here for the show to be good once they stop trying to push it on the people looking to be titillated."
    well put. the best shows always hold back on this stuff at least a little...
    but never mind like you I'll keep watching, mostly because of the alex/nikita relationship, and the micheal/nikita dynamic looks interesting too. I like shane west, but I'm not sure he can hold a candle to the original michael, check out the original pilot if you haven't seen it yet!

    -kelly 123 from yahoo! answers

  2. Hey! Yeah, totally agree about Shane West being questionable up against the original Michael. I think he was the weakest casting choice. I like Alex though.