Le Femme Nikita vs. CW’s Nikita - Cliffnotes: Part Two
Continuing from 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 never saw the Peta Wilson version so I can’t comment on that at all.
SPOILERS ARE INEVITABLE.
How the CW’s Nikita is different from LFN:
- Dual-protagonists - The CW Nikita takes place after this Nikita has fled Division and her goal is to dismantle Division altogether. She has partner Alex, who is Nikita’s mole inside and Alex’s story is similar to LFN Nikita’s story. Nikita’s journey is outside Division walls while Alex is groomed to become an agent. Both women has significantly different storylines that do converge; Alex’s plotline is a larger focus in season 1 and Nikita’s backstory comes in s2.
- Division explored - the TV show takes a unique approach by going into the origins of Division, a closer look at Percy the director of Division and Amanda gets a fuller story. Amanda is more than just Nikita/Division’s resident beautician; try interrogator, psychologist and another big plot twist.
- Bob/Michael’s relationship with Nikita - although one of the weakest writing points of the show, the show takes this implied relationship from the film and puts it upfront
- Politics - If you’re looking for a mindless spy show without the politics and just the shoot-em-up direction, CW’s Nikita is NOT for you. This show makes IRL references and is first set in 2010. References include: BP oil spill, 9/11, Iraq War, Arab Springs, the economic downturn from 2008. These references aren’t huge plot points but provides realism. The show also makes references to the American prison system which is significant to the show. This show is very American in that it highlights the specific problems of American politics whereas LFN stays away from French politics and social issues.
- Foreign spy agencies - Division and the CIA are not the only spy agencies that are present. MI-6 makes a brief appearance but Gogol, a Russian mercenary group (NOT THE FSB), plays a crucial role in the series. The characters go abroad (except never Venice).
- Nikita Women - the women practically run this show. There are important male characters but the female characters are driving the plotlines and have the most significant interactions.
The other obvious difference is the flashier fight choreography and gunfights since this is the progression of filmmaking and TV production in the US. So, if you’re a fan of LFN and want to try out the new Nikita series, these are just a few things to consider. The film focuses on one woman’s story while the TV show focuses on two women in the heart of politics and espionage.