- Episodes usually cover a single mission, and it tends to work pretty well. There is enough suspense to keep people interested, plenty of action delivered in the form of gun fights and martial arts, a little subtlety, a dash of style, and a series of twists that are being revealed at a slow but satisfying pace. It's the perfect recipe for a spy series, and Nikita makes good use of the ingredients.
- Another of the shows best qualities are its characters. The beautiful Maggie Q (Live free or Die Hard) does a stellar job playing the sexy, redemption-hungry Nikita, though there are moments she risks being upstaged by Lyndsy Fonseca (Desperate Housewives), whose portrayal of spy-in-training, Alex, is nothing short of amazing. Further rounding out the cast are Aaron Stanford (X-Men 2) as computer hacker Birkhoff, and Melinda Clarke (The O.C.) who absolutely oozes evil in her portrayal of Division psychologist, Amanda.
- Despite his attempts, West comes across more as a moody teenager with combat training rather than a good man caught on the wrong side of a fight. He also doesn't seem to command the power his character requires, and his confrontations with Nikita may leave viewers wondering why she doesn't just shoot him and be done with it.
- For all his reputation of being a ruthless killer, Berkeley's character is about as diabolical as the old man in Pixar's Up. He's just not the villain audiences love to hate, and there's never any doubt that Nikita will thwart his plans and vanish into the shadows unscathed. If the CW hopes to see Nikita move forward, it needs to seriously consider ironing the kinks out of these two characters.
- t's a good series that will appeal to viewers of all backgrounds, and considering how long it's been since a decent spy thriller came along the timing couldn't be better. Regardless of what else may be said, Nikita has shown to be one of the more promising new series in a season of many disappointments. We're all hoping this agent survives their mission and returns home for a second assignment.
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Nikita Proves It Has A License To Kill
By Ryan Duncan