Le Femme Nikita vs. CW’s Nikita - Cliffnotes: Part One
In my own efforts to get more people to watch Nikita, I want to try a different approach; reaching out to LFN fans. This post is not about which one is better but rather how CW’s Nikita is different and good in its own right. I will start out saying that I do prefer the CW Nikita and while I think LFN was an okay film, it has its good points. I never saw the Peta Wilson version so I can’t comment on that at all.
If you’re a fan of LFN and have never seen the CW Nikita but is curious, think about the show this way. The new rendition of Nikita can be seen as an alternate story in the Nikita universe, kind of like how comic books have different universes. CW Nikita has similarities to LFN in terms of the simplistic story elements but has a completely different feel. LFN is really a dramatic story with scenes of action and elements of the spy genre while focusing on ONE character (like the film Hanna). CW’s Nikita is rooted in politics and social issues that stir the drama with multiple characters.
SPOILERS ARE INEVITABLE.
How the CW’s Nikita is similar to LFN: (with homages to the film)
- Opening sequence - a girl is caught rob a pharmacy, getting arrested, goes to prison where she dies.
- Bob in the incarnation of Michael
- A wild-child Nikita and her inability to blend in at first but her changes after the birthday cake scene
- The Cleaner in the incarnation of Roan
- The use of the name Josephine and what it means
- Nikita’s ride down the chute after to escape a gunfight
- Nikita’s transformation into a capable spy
- Nikita falling in love with a civilian and her choice to abandon the agency
That’s it. Literally, that’s all the similarities the show has with the Besson film. Most of them aren’t even similarities but rather references to the film. The writers borrow elements from the film but takes Nikita on a new adventure which is the reason why comparing which version is better makes little sense.
You have to keep in mind that TV allows for more room to expand storytelling and character development over the course of multiple seasons whereas in a singular film, you have only that film.
Onward to Part Two