Nikita: Season 3 [Blu-ray]
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In a game-changing turnaround, Nikita, Michael and CIA analyst Ryan Fletcher are heading Division, and have been tasked by the U.S. president to clean up after the previous regime. With punk hacker Seymour hardwired to the cause, Alex in the fold, and Owen back from a Russian prison, the new team has all the tech, muscle and spy power they need to round up the Dirty Thirty, rogue assassins who remain at large around the globe. But Amanda has Division in her crosshairs, the Oval Office wants the job done yesterday, and the operation suffers devastating physical hits. Nikita must use every asset in her power to hold it together for the mission, her man, her future and her freedom in all 22 butt-kicking episodes of this smart, sexy suspense series.]]>
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Hope they continued this series for a fourth season.
This season is all about Division vs Amanda. That is the new Division that was created after Percy was killed and Amanda exiled at the end of season 2. Melinda Clarke really gets to flex her muscles as a bad guy this season. She is the main antagonist throughout the season, although the new Division (now headed by the ex CIA analyst Ryan Fletcher) faces threats from Amanda and from inside the government that is allowing them to operate. More and more of the backstory is being told (including more of Amanda's origins) all leading up the the truncated final season.
Like is the case with the prior seasons, this one begins and ends with the characters in very different circumstances. There are several twists and turns throughout the season, some which are harder to buy than others. This is however a show that you have to suspend your disbelief a lot. If you try to look for logic in everything it will frustrate you to no end. The season ends on a storyline cliffhanger that threatens all of the main characters, but one above the others.
If you like the format of the previous seasons then you will like this one. The writing and acting are pretty much on par with the prior seasons, but the writers do seem to want to be a little clever with the twists. Some work, some not so much. But all the characters having shades of gray, even among the "good guys" continues.
For those who get the discs, the A/V quality of the blu rays is great as you would expect. As far as extras go, there are some deleted scenes on select episodes and a gag reel. Definitely less than in prior seasons. That is the one drawback for those who like going through the bonus material, but all in all it is worth getting.
Great: Reasonably realistic dialogues (characters aren't unrealistically romantic, even when you might want them to make up / make out as a viewer). Maggie Q is an awesome action character, and good all-around actor. It's not surprising in retrospect that she was a student of Jackie Chan. The mix of action, suspense/drama, etc. seems good to me -- it's a fun viewing experience.
Good but could be better: The average show environment is good, but not as jaw-dropping as a super-spy-thriller could offer. Shane West (Michael) doesn't come off as a sexist entitled douche, unlike many male leads in the action industry (Andrew Lincoln or Jon Bernthal in The Walking Dead, for example), and can be at times genuine, complicated, and likeable ... which altogether is relieving but not groundbreaking.
Could be improved: The storyline in the first 9 episodes hasn't had as many twists and turns as I would have liked. Despite the loyalty conflicts in or between characters, minor ploys, etc., they have followed the "hunt down bad division agent X" format a little much. On the other hand, it's kind-of nice not to see Fletcher become yet-another corrupted leader ... I'm not exactly asking for the "opposite" plot-wise. Social dialogue around Michael's transient disability (loss of hand) has been a degree of unsubstantiative so far.Read more ›
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