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Old September 9 2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Nikita: "Pilot" - Sept. 9 on The CW - Grading & Discussion



Starring Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca, Shane West, Aaron Stanford, Ashton Holmes, Tiffany Hines, Melinda Clarke and Xander Berkeley.





I'm making this thread to notify anyone who is interested that this new show on The CW makes its debut tonight. I'm not really interested in this show, so if this thread is popular, someone who will be watching might want to keep it going.
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Old September 9 2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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I am not really interested in Nikita...may watch it online at a later date...I will be watching the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries tonight before Nikita comes on.
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Old September 9 2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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I am going to watch just because Maggie Q is my ideal woman. It looks horrible.
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Old September 9 2010, 10:09 PM   #4
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I'll check it out. Maggie Q looks a bit weird in the posters, but hopefully that is an anomaly
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Old September 9 2010, 11:01 PM   #5
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Re: Nikita: "Pilot" - Sept. 9 on The CW - Grading & Discussion

I'm leery of any show starring an actress with a letter instead of a last name.

She's not related to McG by any chance, is she?
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Old September 10 2010, 03:19 AM   #6
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I'm leery of any show starring an actress with a letter instead of a last name.
Her last name is Quigley, if it makes you feel any better. She's a Hawaiian-born actress/model who became a major star in Hong Kong martial arts films after being discovered and trained by Jackie Chan himself. According to her Wikipedia page, "The Hong Kong newspaper, Apple Daily, dubbed her Maggie Q and she decided to keep the name for easier pronunciation by Chinese audiences." Here's a nice article about her from a couple of weeks ago:

http://nymag.com/guides/fallpreview/2010/tv/67614/


I am not a fan of stories involving assassins, and I never had an interest in the prior incarnations of the Nikita concept. But I watched this for Maggie Q, who is a striking and captivating woman. And this show certainly plays that up. Between this and Mission: Impossible III, it's clear that Ms. Q has a very beneficial relationship with the color red.

A lot of striking women on this show, in fact. Lyndsy Fonseca is rather lovely too, as was the actress playing Jaden, the other female trainee.

Story-wise, I like the idea that the protagonist is out of the organization and working to bring it down, and is trying to save lives and minimize her use of deadly force, at least. Still, she inflicted too many casualties for my taste, even if it was in self-defense. Too much killing overall for my taste, so I don't know if the lovely ladies will be enough incentive to keep watching.

I didn't see the final twist coming; I probably read about it online but forgot it. I remembered that Nikita would have some kind of relationship with the young recruit, but I figured it would form afterward; I didn't anticipate that Alex was a mole she planted deliberately.
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Old September 10 2010, 06:07 AM   #7
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I saw this other girl in the previews, and thought... Who's that? But never bothered to look her up until today. I was surprised to see that it was Lyndsy Fonseca. She grew up pretty nice. She was one of Ted's future kids on How I Met Your Mother, for anyone who cares but didn't know.

As for the show, I wasn't blown away, but it held my attention. I liked Nikita's story, but I especially loved the side story about Fonseca's character, this younger assassin in training. Not sure how I feel about the twist at the end though. I think I would have preferred it if she was just another young trainee who would eventually cross paths with Nikita rather than being a mole who's already working for her. What else... I wasn't too impressed with this organization called "Division". They don't come off as menacing enough with the way Nikita could just chit-chat with these people at a party. I did however like that one assassin at the hotel. He's got that calculating, menecing coldness that I expect from the enemy. Sweating bullets when faced with trouble? Not him. I also liked Melinda Clarke and I'm a bit curious about who's helping Nikita.

In the end though, this isn't must see TV, but I might hang in for a little bit. Oh yeah, this thing reminds me of Bionic Woman. Had to mention that. Will it suffer the same fate? Maybe. I can see that happening. It's got the same "network action show that won't last" vibe.
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Old September 10 2010, 06:25 AM   #8
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Hubby wanted to see it, so I figured I'd watch. I knew the first episode would have problems just because it was the first episode--so many things to lay out that it could only be rough. The roughness was most evident in the horribly-written exposition. I know it was necessary, but way too obvious. A montage would've been better...but that likely wouldn't've worked either. The exposition with the African peacemaker also badly written, just awkward.

Loved the cleaner--same as the "assassin in the hallway" is a post above? Didn't like "Michael." Too young, unless it ends up he's a former recruit. Loved the twist at the end, made it interesting.

Looks like "Percy" is alienating a lot of people inside the Division with his "no way out" ways. Could be almost anyone helping her.
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Old September 10 2010, 06:57 AM   #9
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Good popcorn t.v.... my station didn't have it in HD though, which was distracting for a while...
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Old September 10 2010, 08:06 AM   #10
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I like that they're doing something a little different here instead of completely rehashing the Peta Wilson version.
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Old September 10 2010, 10:37 AM   #11
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Dang. I fell asleep midway through it (not because I though it was boring BTW). I think I would've liked the twist, because I was having an issue with the pilot episode spending so much time with Alex. The twist might have changed the impression that I was getting that the show was going to be about Alex, more than Nikita. I was thinking the pilot might have been better if they had just followed Nikita from being arrested, recruited, and so on instead of Alex. But the twist changes that perception that Nikita will be second banana on her own show, or so I hope. I was getting a Blade the Series vibe where Blade took a backseat to the Krista character, and I didn't like that at all.

I mainly watched this for Maggie Q. I thought she was mesmerizing in MI3 and she still is in Nikita. I've never been a fan of the Nikita stories. Never saw the original film, thought the Bridget Fonda film was boring, and never watched the Peta Wilson show. However I've always liked the concept, but haven't cared enough about the execution.

From what I saw last night, I thought the action was pretty good. I didn't mind that Division looked so ordinary. In a way I like that. They didn't come off as central casting bad guys. I also liked the little bit of Melinda Clarke I saw, very polished and refined.

All the actors were okay. Maggie Q was tough and sexy, as was Alex, Melinda Clarke, and Jaden, played by Tiffany Hines. I got a feeling with the twist that Jaden will become more than a rival to Alex, but perhaps one of the chief people who's going to either expose her or be in on hunting her and/or Nikita down if the series progresses.

Nikita reminds me of Alias. However its not as stylish or as fluid as that show. The striking colors and outfits they had Jennifer Garner wearing really stood out and made an impression. So far Nikita's start wasn't as kickass as Alias, but I'll stick around for a while.
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Old September 10 2010, 12:18 PM   #12
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Enjoyed the pilot well enough.

But I think the show is going to have a real problem sustaining a credible threat from the Division. Nikita knows too much about them, including seemingly all the bigwigs and their operational doctrines for it to take longer than one season for her to bring the Division down. Especially considering she has perhaps two moles inside it.

If Nikita knows who the leader of the Division is why doesn't she kill him? It is the same problem that Sidney faced in Alias, and which that show wisely ended early by bringing SD-6 down midway through season 2.
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Old September 10 2010, 01:29 PM   #13
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Enjoyed it. Kind of a sideways sequel to the Peta Wilson series - some of the same characters, but lots of differences. One being, of course, hot Asian chick instead of hot Nordic-looking Aussie chick. Enough action and hot chicks to keep me entertained. My wife indicated a total lack of desire to keep watching it, though, which means we'll be watching CSI and taping Bones in that time slot, and I'll be catching Nikita on DVD later.
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Old September 10 2010, 01:36 PM   #14
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I haven't seen the pilot, but that trailer makes it look stylistically far too much like Alias for my taste (and with an even cheesier soundtrack) and far too little like the Canadian series La Femme Nikita with Peta Wilson, which I really loved. (Not that I dislike Alias, but I could never help comparing it with LFN, what with so many similarities in the concept and characters - and that makes it suffer in my eyes; style, music, and the overall feeling was what made me love LFN, in addition to the actors. Alias's style felt a bit too... mainstream US TV, or like Felicity with spies.)

Also, the "Michael" character is acting far too emotional to be in any way similar to the previous versions of the character. (I'm also not too happy with the casting of Shane West, who is a bit too baby-faced).
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Old September 10 2010, 01:38 PM   #15
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I don't know, didn't really hold my interest, I watch way too much TV these days so I don't know if I'll be coming back for this one.
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