Is it possible to stop a villain with a wide range? What if you truly don’t who your friends or enemies are? That’s the premise behind the latest season of the CW’s Nikita, which had some surprising yet confusing results.
Nikita followed the now rogue agent (Maggie Q) who is still continuing her hunt against the organization that turned her life upside down, Division. She is aided by her boyfriend/fellow rogue agent Michael (Shane West) and former Division tech guru Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) in her fight. Unfortunately, the players in the game have changed greatly. Nikita’s former ally/protégée Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) has turned against her after it was revealed that Nikita lied to her about her part in her family’s violent demise. As a freelance agent, Alex worked as she pleased to capture Nikita and also to make the man who betrayed her family pay for his crimes. That meant relying on former adversaries Amanda (Melinda Clarke) and the now imprisoned Percy (Xander Berkeley) to getting the job done. Can she trust them or should she rely on Nikita once again? Nikita also has to deal with some challenges as well. She’s trying to eliminate the members of Oversight, the ones who control Division’s financial and political autonomy. Can she handle it alone if her greatest allies are no longer in the picture?
In terms of plot, Nikita has a lot of directions to choose from. There’s the friendship/enemy angle between Nikita and Alex that has a lot of complicated layers in it. No one knows whether they’ll help or hurt each other. Q and Fonseca give the Alex/Nikita relationship a sense of loyalty underneath all the hatred and betrayal. They’ll always be there for each other no matter what happens. There’s also the romantic angle between West’s Michael and Q’s Nikita which was based in a sense of friendship and support. They backed each other up, even if they disagreed with the other’s ideas. The subplot of Michael having a son with a former asset/MI6 agent was a nice diversion for the super spy couple, but it was gracefully nipped in the bud before it completely derailed the dynamic between them. The attraction between Alex and Oversight errand boy Sean was an interesting rapport because both had strong devotion/issues with their respected families. That plot has some potential, but the writers should always keep a sense of unpredictability between them. The audience should never know whether Sean and Alex are going to kiss or punch each other.
In terms of the acting, Q and Fonseca were the main draws as the multi-faceted double agents who have learned to doubled and triple cross with the best of them. Q definitely deserves a shot on the big screen if Nikita doesn’t last past season two, because the show is placed in such a problematic time slot on Friday nights. She added a sense of humor and vulnerability to the lethal Nikita who could kill you with one look. Fonseca is the acting yin to Q’s yang. She added a sense of youthful innocence, even though Alex has been betrayed time and time again by the ones closest to her. The audience couldn’t help but feel her pain when her character’s mother shunned her after believing some rumors she was told. West has genuine chemistry with Q that goes beyond the standard TV cliches and survived the eventual hook-up at the end of season 1. Making Michael join Nikita’s quest helped the story along for the better. Let’s just hope that viewers give the show a chance to truly shine.
Nikita premiered on September 23rd and airs Fridays at 8:00 PM on the CW.
Verdict: Q and Fonseca add a hint of danger and fun to the action friendly show.
TV Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)