Nikita uses the mold of the Luc Besson movie Nikita and the five season La Femme Nikita series (Roy Dupuis, Peta Wilson) but changes a few things. Nikita (Maggie Q) is now rogue and going after her former handlers now known as Division Q. Meanwhile the Division is training new recruits including Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca). If you like lush and stylized action, sometimes too much so, this show certainly entertains. Nikita The Complete First Series features 22 episodes on 4 Blu-ray discs or 5 DVD
Because this review does not include spoiler, little can be revealed about the episodes themselves.
Nikita was trained by a governmental outfit called Division. Nikita is after Division because they killed her fiancée. Michael, her former handler, is in charge of taking her out. Nikita has an ally inside. Division boss Percy has an agenda of his own. The inner workings of Division are shown through the experiences of new recruits. The Nikita backstory is revealed through flashbacks in some episodes.
Other story elements include an organization known as Gogol, a series of black boxes that contain Division’s nasty secretsand protect Percy, and another organization called Oversight.
Like Dollhouse, a show it has sometimes been compared to, Nikita often uses the “character is not who she / he seems to be” story line. It also indulges a bit too much in the counter counter counter counter agent bit. Fortunately, this show is not as convoluted though the episodes tie in to each other.
Bianca Lawson of Pretty Little Liars is Emily in the Montreal episode.
Special features for Nikita The Complete First Season Blu-ray include Inside Division, Part 1: The New Nikita: what elements from the previous versions of La Femme Nikita were important to preserve and protect, but more importantly, what twists and changes needed to be made in order to reinvent Nikita for a new generation. Inside Division, Part 2: Executing an Episode; Profiling Nikita, Alex, Percy & Michael; Commentary of Two Episodes; Gag Reel; Deleted Scenes