Comic Con: Nikita Pilot Review

By Kelly West 2010-07-21 21:54:21 discussion comments
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At last, Comic-Con has begun and among the events that kicked off preview night was a special sneak preview of The CWs upcoming new drama series Nikita. From the looks of it, The CW is all about bringing back the girl power with this one.

The reboot, which follows the French film Nikita and the 90s TV series La Femme Nikita, follows Nikita (Maggie Q), a former assassin who was rescued from the death sentence and essentially enslaved by a government agency called the Division. After years of being forced to kill, she escaped and is now on a mission to take down the Division to avenge the death of her fianc and help other recruits from being forced into the same life she was for a time.

The pilot jumps between Nikitas run-ins with the Division and new recruit Alexs first week in training as a future assassin. Given that Alex isnt a seasoned murderer, the prospect of killing people for a living isnt all that appealing to her.

The pilot episode shows promise as were given a fair amount of back-story on Nikitas character and her personal and professional history with some of the people at Division. Fans of Maggie Q will likely appreciate her performance as she handles the role well.

Nikitas mission is personal but thanks in part to the writing and in part to Maggies performance, we dont get the sense that shes out of control emotionally. She has a score to settle, but shes focused and her mind seems to be in the right place. Plus, shes good at what she does, which makes her a genuine threat to the organization that trained her and once benefited from her skills.

Fans looking for a series with action, suspense and a strong female lead should check out Nikita when it premieres on The CW this fall. Or, if youre at Comic Con, there will be a screening and Q&A panel on Saturday, July 24th at 5:15 p.m.
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