Nikita 2x19: “I’m sorry” …The other side

Shit. Just. I don’t even need to comment on Maggie Q’s amazing perfromance here. Maybe some of the best acting I’ve ever seen. I mean fuck. 

Okay, here’s the thing about this show. It’s not marketed properly. It’s on a channel filled with lots of crappy shows. And Maggie Q is playing a complex WoC action lead and I remember when this show first came out how people said she wasn’t pretty enough, how she looked ‘blank’, etc. and some people even commented ‘why is she asian?”

But none of that is even a problem. The way she portrays Nikita is perfect. Nikita was a messed up street kid recruited to be a ruthless killer under the guise of ‘serving her country’. She’s done terrible things, but she also works so hard so make things right. Like Maggie Q just gets every aspect of personality perfectly, her cheerful, funny side, and then her super dark side like in this video.

Maggie Q deserves all the awards. I really don’t know why she hasn’t gotten more roles, or why she hasn’t atleast been rewarded for her perfomance in this show. Because she is amazing. 

And now for the unpopular opinion: I like Michael/Nikita, it’s very touching, but I still find Alex and Nikita’s relationship 10x more interesting and moving, and not just because they’re two girls.

Alex basically saved Nikita’s humanity. She didn’t do anything intentionally, but she was the reason Nikita first defied Division, and afterwards, after Nikita escaped from them and Daniel was dead, Alex was the person that literally made her love again.

Michael was still in Division at that point. But Alex and Nikita became friends. Alex was unflinchingly loyal and the only person to help Nikita for a long time. Not in a ‘ohhh I’ll save your soul’ way, she helped Nikita open up by just being Alex and nothing else.

Nikita tried being all tough love on her but you can see throughout their flashbacks and throughout every episode how she starts being more open around her. Even cries in front of her. She saved Alex’s life, and Alex like saved her soul lol. They brought out the best in eachother.

And I think it would me so much more poignant if Alex was the one to make Nikita see the good in herself and stop torturing herself for the things she’s done. Not Michael.

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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.


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.



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.


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
  • Amanda
  • 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




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Can we talk about these two gifs? Nikita writers have retconned before. (In ep. 6, Nikita tells Alex that she found Alex in the basement of the Udinov mansion and actually showed a clip of Nikita looking into the shed. We later on find out that Nikita lied and the rest is history. The reason why this is a bad retcon is because in ep. 4 we clearly see Alex hiding under the bed where Nikolai is killed by Nikita. Sure Alex was unconscious when Nikita delivered her to ‘safety’ but before then, Alex was nowhere near the cellar.)

Anyway, is this new scene another retcon? Nikita had a good relationship with her foster mother according to Glass Houses. That was the only reason why she stayed in that abusive home because once her foster mother died, she ran away. I don’t think it ever mentioned that Nikita came from multiple foster homes and now, we’re told that her foster mom allowed Nikita to be abused? Confused? Thoughts? Anyjuan?

I remember in the first episode, when Nikita goes back to her foster father, she yelled at him and broke is hand for being so horrible to her, right? It’s a bit blurry, but that’s what I can remember. Maybe, she had a good and bad relationship with her foster mother? I don’t remember what exactly was said in “Glass Houses” but maybe, she was trapped in that house because of her foster mother, and she took the opportunity after her death to leave? However, if this is a retcon, then it’s a pretty big one, since it’s completely changing the way Nikita was brought up, and we all know that her past has a huge impact on who she is now. If it is a retcon, then the writers must have a really good reason for doing it. And especially in front of Amanda. 

In the Pilot, she talks about how Gary let the place physically fall apart after her foster mother’s death but that’s all really. In Glass Houses, she tells the kid that she only had a foster mother with whom she felt loved and the love was so strong that Nikita deeply held onto it. This implies that her foster mother, Caroline was the only good thing that kept Nikita going/living and when she died, there was nothing else for her which made it easy to get into the wrong crowd because Nikita was looking to be loved. Nikita even told Alex in 2.0 that she should continue to live even in her darkest times (which really meant to find balance, not revenge). We could assume that Nikita continued to live post-Caroline because of that love.

This retcon basically that Nikita has felt betrayed by maternal love repeatedly and that she had nothing good to hold onto in her entire youth until Carla. Nikita later finds that with Carla who gave the love Nikita sought for but because Carla couldn’t see her on death row, Nikita felt betrayed which was why she was hostile to Amanda at first. Though, while Carla died, I think Nikita knows that Carla still loved her even though she sided with Percy. If this retcon was done to intensify the relationship between Nikita and Amanda, it’s bad because you would think Nikita would have fallen into trouble earlier before she ran away. I think this would have changed Nikita’s personality in that she probably would have been more absorbed into Division’s clutches that she wouldn’t have gone rogue. She might not have developed relatively ‘healthy’ relationships with people.

Just an odd retcon but then again, most retcons are pretty jarring.

If I may chip in here… I think Carla ended up playing the role that her foster mother was supposed to… as the woman who ‘saved’ Nikita and whose death/disappearance made Nikita fall apart.