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You have to hand it to the people behind the CW’s “Nikita.” It takes guts to remake something – for the fourth time!
First there was the French film “La Femme Nikita,” which was released in 1990. Then there was the 1993 American remake starring Bridget Fonda. Then there was the USA TV series that kicked off in 1997. And now here we are with the fourth incarnation of everyone’s favorite sexy assassin fighting back against the government that turned her into a killer.
An assassin, it seems, that simply will not die.
But as shocked as I was at The CW for daring to remake “Nikita” yet again, I’m even more shocked at how good the new incarnation is.
In this “Nikita,” the title character, played by Jackie Chan-protégé Maggie Q, has gone AWOL from the agency that trained her to kill after it murdered her civilian boyfriend. She has vowed revenge, and has a mole inside the company to help bring it down. That mole is a one of the fresh-faced trainees Nikita helped plant there by concocting an alluring backstory.
The show is sleek and filled with both action and intrigue. And Maggie Q is electric. Yes, Q is sexy and looks hot in a swimsuit, but she also is completely believable in the physical element of the role. When she beats up a bunch of baddies, I buy it. And that help sells the entire show, which is kind of important
when you are working with a premise as ludicrous as Nikita’s.
I don’t know if the next batch of episodes will be as flashy and fun as the pilot. Often there’s a big drop off. But the fact that the series has
piqued my interest at all is pretty amazing considering how many different Nikitas we’ve been subjected to over the past 20 years.
Here’s hoping this one sticks around for a while.