16 September 2010 2 Comments
My first problem with the new Nikita series is that it’s a complete retread. The first episode offered nothing new in terms of story — girl gets arrested while committing a crime, girl is proclaimed dead and taken into custody of shady “government” agency, girl is thrown into training to become one-woman assassination crew, girl resists and gets thrown around until she complies — except that the series has chosen to show that girl as a new recruit while Nikita is on the run after her escape from the agency. There is one twist: Nikita is responsible for the girl being recruited. But other than that, it’s the same old, same old, same tired story, told Alias-style.
As I watched the first episode I became so bored that I skimmed through it in fast-forward until the end just to see if there was a good setup for the rest of the season. There wasn’t. Based on the pilot, all I’m gonna see are stories I already know put to techno music and featuring scantily-clad women in hand-to-hand combat situations. Which is supposed to make them appear “strong” when it actually just makes them sex objects twice-over. Been there, done that with Alias. And I was less and less impressed with that show as it continued that focus. So, no thank you, CW. I’ll take Nikita as she was meant to be: in the form of Peta Wilson.
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