The fourth season of the espionage action series La Femme Nikita
might've been its last, were it not for a heroic effort to revive the show by its fans. Since the campaign was a success, the fourth season remains an exciting chapter in the cult series' history, and one with a startling denouement that left audiences begging for more. The crux of the series pits Section One's sinister head, Operations (Robert Eugene Glazer) against Nikita's partner/lover Michael (Roy Dupuis), who has been deemed expendable; meanwhile, Michael must find a way to deprogram Nikita (Peta Wilson) from the brainwashing that has turned into a destructive killing machine. Highlights from this season include the two-parter "Man in the Middle" and "Love, Honor and Cherish," which finds Nikita betrothed to a wealthy industrialist (Maxwell Caulfield) who is Section's next target; "No One Lives Forever," in which Nikita is granted her freedom in exchange for the murder of the man who killed her father (whose identity is one of the season's most gasp-worthy surprises); and the three-part conclusion ("Face in the Mirror," "Up the Rabbit Hole," and "Four Light Years Farther"), which reveals stunning news about Nikita's true identity, delivers a unpleasant fate for one of the major characters, and leaves the rest in particularly dire straits. Were this the conclusion of the series as intended, the fourth season certainly provided a worthy wrap-up, with more than its share of intrigue and last-minute plot twists; as it stands, it's exceptionally fun TV, with a fine balance of action and romance between the charismatic and attractive. Wilson and Dupuis. The six-disc set includes all 22 episodes of the fourth season; Eugene Robert Glazer provides commentary for two episodes, "Time to Be Heroes" and "Sympathy for the Devil," on which he's respectively joined by director Brad Turner and writer Peter Lenkov; there's also a collection of deleted scenes with commentary by Christopher Heyn assistant to the show's executive consultant Joel Surnow, and a gag reel. --Paul Gaita
Condemned to life in prison for a vicious crime she didn't commit, Nikita reluctantly chooses to live as a secret government assassin whose life is controlled by a mysterious agent and his colleagues. #1 Rated show with adults on USA channel during the series' five-year run. Enjoying a loyal and dedicated cult following, the series avoided cancellation in 2000 following a phenomenal letter-writing campaign by fans. Over 300 archive websites dedicated to the TV series exist in cyberspace.