92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2011
I felt kind of bad just seeing just one fan review for Nikita. I disagree with the other reviewer to the extent that I wouldn't describe the two female leads as strong, I'd describe them as absolutely LETHAL! My wife and I gave up watching some of the other CW fare, like Vampire Diaries. That's a series caught in an endless and boring loop. Maybe we're in the "Too-Long-In-The-Tooth" demographic to appreciate some of these programs, but Nikita is an exception. Having come of age during the Cold War, I like Nikita for the nice, old Spy vs. Spy/James Bondian feel, the 50s and 60s cloak 'n dagger stories, framed in new technology. It also has a bit of the 1940s noir feel, too. Both female characters are sympathetic and likable, as well as being fine athletes and potent martial artists. I was also pleased to see the "thing" between Nikita and Michael come to fruition. So many scripts drag out the love connection and sexual tension and never come to any conclusion. ABC's Castle looks like its going that direction with its principals. The writers seem to be developing the characters in Nikita, and that makes them fun to watch. They change, they grow. I only gave my review 4 stars because I didn't want to seem too gushy. It's a guy thing.
101 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
Nikita (starring Maggie Q and Shane West) is one of the better shows to debut on the CW in recent years. It provides something a bit grittier and mature than what we're used to seeing on a network that mostly caters to the younger viewers (with a few exceptions of course, like Supernatural and Smallville) while still pleasing the female demographic with two strong female leads. It is a sexy, edgy remake of La Femme Nikita and I couldn't be more hooked. It feels like a mini action-packed movie every week I tune in with no signs of slowing down. It is well acted, smartly written, fast-paced and incredibly addicting. It keeps me on the edge of my seat and I really hope the fun continues on past this amazing first (and hopefully not last) season.
64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2011
I think Nikita may be the most underrated show on TV right now. Back in September critics hailed it as one of the season's best new shows, and that is what caused me to give it a try. Since episode one I have been totally hooked! I can't believe that the CW has already renewed 90210 and the rapidly declining Gossip Girl, but not Nikita! I watch all three of these shows, but Nikita is by far my favorite, and the only one I would be particularly sad to see cancelled. It has everything you would want in a show - action, romance, mystery, a solid backstory, suspense, passion, and humor! It really is unlike any other show on TV right now. I hate to see it get lost in a sea of cop shows, forensics shows, reality shows, and primetime soap operas. So many shows today are procedural, where you can skip episodes and still know exactly what's going on when you return. Nikita is the first show in a while to keep me hanging on the edge of my seat week after week. So much happens in every episode; you wouldn't want to miss one! It kind of breaks my heart that the ratings are not where they need to be... And I worry that it will be hard for Nikita to pick up new viewers because it's the kind of show where you really want to start at the beginning of season one rather than tuning in late. On the plus side, full episodes are available on Hulu.com, so new viewers can catch up there before season two (hopefully!!) premieres in the fall. If you have never watched, I implore you to do so immediately!!
If you liked any of the following, definitely try Nikita: Veronica Mars, Buffy, Vampire Diaries, Dollhouse, Angel.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
Nikita is an excellent television show. It is exciting, action-packed, and the plot moves at a rocket pace. The fight scenes are plentiful and very well executed, with Maggie Q doing her own stunts and portraying a very convincing strong female lead. The other actors also do a fine job, including a very enjoyable, deliciously dark and intimidating character played by Melinda Clarke. The show is never boring, with enough twists, intriguing characters, and action to maintain a high level of entertainment throughout the whole season. I highly recommend watching this brilliant series.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2011
I one hundred percent agree that everyone in the entire world should be watching Nikita! I started watching Vampire Diaries last summer and got completly hooked and so watching Diaries exposed me to this new show called Nikita. I missed the pilot the first time it aired, but then it came on again and I decided to watch and fell in love. Every time I think about how close I got to missing out, it makes me upset. Thursday nights are my new CW nights! This show is so amazing, let me put it into a perspective everyone can in someway understand. My Thursday Nights used to be devoted to Bones and the Office. I now watch them both the next day because Nikita and Diaries are so GOOD!! I pray that there is a season two next fall and I hope everyone will start watching this highly underrated, but overly awesome show!!! Lyndsy Fonseca, Maggie Q, and of course Shane West have a real gem on there hands! (I love Mikita!) There is something for everyone and my whole family watches, and so should you!!!!!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2011
For a perspective, I rate 24, Dexter, the Shield, and the Sopranos as 5 stars and Alias, White Collar, and Burn Notice as 4 to 4.5 stars. All of them are television-series entertainment of the highest caliber. The new version of Nikita, that I am reviewing here, is absolutely 5 stars. As good as the episodes are, when you get to the last few episodes of the first season, you then have revealed to you how so many things that you previously saw were woven together in incredible plots by multiple people or groups in their own directions or interests. The only problem with this action packed, fun, well acted series is that you should not watch it until you can buy the whole season. Otherwise, you will be left aching to want to see what happens next.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
I have to admit: this show COMPLETELY took me by surprise! My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this show while seemingly searching in vain for something to watch on Netflix. We, like many of the other users of the site, DEVOUR television series like it's our job. It was my turn to select what we were going to watch and I was fighting to start Damages. My boyfriend resisted and I handed over controller to him and he landed on Nikita. I was initially wary of the show. I had seen promos for it in the CW while watching Supernatural and it was always one of those shows I INTENDED to watch, but never got around to. About to push it aside again, my boyfriend persisted and we began watching the first episode. By the time it ended the two of us were sitting forward in our seats and when the credits began to roll we turned to each other, mouths open.
This show is action packed almost from the very first moments until the end. The first few episodes are lacking some humor, but a third of the way into the series they realize this and it becomes even more enjoyable. I can not believe that I ever resisted this show. It has been one of the only shows that causes my boyfriend and I to yell in reaction to something or scream in frustration when something goes wrong. We are now completely caught up and watching the third season each week and PRAYING it gets renewed for a fourth. This is a series that keeps getting better and better with age. Just when we think that the writers can't possibly think of something new, they do and it's AMAZING.
By the third season, the core group of characters are wonderful and blend in well together. This is definitely a show that I intend to watch until the very end. I honestly hope it gets a few more seasons. If you are on the fence about this show, just jump. Watch it. The first few episodes are a little shaky, but believe me, the rest of the series more than makes up for it!
(Random side note: My boyfriend and I rescued a German Shepard last week; a gorgeous girl we named NIKITA!)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2011
Let me start by saying that I love this show. The acting is great for the most part. Resistance, Coup De Grace, Covenants, Betrayals and Pandora are the best episodes in my opinion. The writing is good. The plot twists revealed throughout the season had me giddy for the next revalation. The action sequences are well choreographed and look good. Xander Berkeley is great in his role as Percy. He plays it with a cool, calm demeanor perfectly. Maggie Q was born to play this type of role. She is great in the intense sequences. Shane West is great as well. Every actor is good in their own right. Those are just my personal picks. The show is great, and I look forward to the second season. The only problem I have is with the number of features, and a problem with disc 5. There is no gag reel for the DVD version. That is what I would have most wanted to see. I can live with that though as the show is amazing. A major problem though is that my 5th disc came with scratches already on it. I have had it for only three days now, and just used it on the second day and out of the box there were scratches. Another thing is the finale has a section that skips. In about the middle of the episode playback will just stop, and a few seconds later skip to further in the eppisode. This same thing happened on the first making of documentary. I just thought I would warn other customers about this. It could be due to the scratches, but I did not cause them so it could be on all of the 5th discs in this set. Thanks for reading. I hope that I helped in your decision making.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
I've been watching season 1 on netflix, it's great. Lots of energy, like a spy/action movie in each episode. The lead, Maggie Q is believable and serious, and she's interesting to watch. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, delivering solid performances.
Nikita is much better than many other action type shows, this one's a winner. Having almost finished season 1 as I write this, I'll be re-watching these in years ahead as well. If you like beautiful women, 'black box' government agency assassin type shows with machine guns and solid story lines, like I do, this one's definitely recommended. Thanks to all for writing/producing it.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2010
Highly recommended for fans of La Femme Nakita and Alias, and anyone who likes a good spy thriller action story. This show is best watched in sequence.