Maggie Q had some rather big shoes to fill when she slipped on her pair of stilettos to step into the role of Nikita, but two episodes into the first season it looks CW has a new hit on its hands.
While the first episode was more for comparing the past characters of the original La Femme Nikita with the cast of the new, in the second episode the show finally started to find its own footing. Nikita has left Division (the super secret agency that appears to be working outside the boundaries of the government) and planted a young girl named, Alex (Lyndsy Fonesca) in her place as a mole. Alex was once a troubled teenager who got in with a bad crowd. Now she is a recruit, training under the watchful eye of Michael (Shane West) while helping Nikita bring down Division.
Although the show works on its own level, for the die-hard fans of the original television show it may be hard to let go of the past. The original Michael (Roy Dupuis) was the epitome of the stoic and emotionless hero especially for the first few seasons, even though it was more than apparent to the viewer that there was growing chemistry between him and his protégé.
There was also Walter, the oldest operative of Section One (which has been renamed into a much dowdier place called Division). Walter was Nikita’s light in the darkness, her sounding board and her confidante. Walter was a weapons expert and created all kinds of cool tools and gadgets for the crew to use on their missions. If he is around in the new Nikita, he was only mentioned in passing, it didn’t register with the reviewer, or the viewer has not been introduced to him yet.
Despite Walter’s non-appearance, other characters such as, Birkoff and Madeline have been resurrected. Their parts have so far been downplayed, however, since the first two episodes inside Division have focused more on Alex and her training. There are also two other recruits to add some tension as Alex attempts to secretly retrieves information and send it to Nikita while pretending to not be quite as well-trained as she lets on. The interaction between the three could get much more interesting if they are allowed to go out on missions together.
As far as the first two episodes have gone, however, it would appear the new Nikita is on track. While there are times the dialogue drags a bit and the banter between Nikita and Michael borderlines on painful, the action scenes play out well and even without Walter there are some great high-tech spy gadgets (bomb detonated by a remote control lipstick case) to keep up the viewer’s interest. Although the show may not make it onto this reviewer’s “Thursday must see tv” schedule, episodes are being taped on the DVR for weekend viewing.