Friday, September 24, 2010

Review - Nikita Season 1 Episode 3 Kill Jill

Without action, Nikita comes off flat all the time. The dialogue is uninteresting, exceedingly cheesy at times ("Gold star," Nikita says to herself), and moreover, the entire setup lends itself to what is increasingly a formulaic show.

In the previous incarnations, particularly the La Femme Nikita TV show, Division was not an organization which helped drug dealers. It did abhorrent things--to real criminals such as arms dealers--hovering in a moral grey area, but there was always a justification, always a reason that helped the population. Through this, Nikita explores her own morality and the world around her, trying to see where the trade-offs lead and where her cooperation must end.

But in Nikita, we view events from Nikita's perspective, so all we know is that Division is out of control and Percy is Lucifer. There is no compromise, no hope for a amicable resolution. From what we've seen, Division must go down and Nikita must prevail.

In this sense, Nikita has become a mere procedural, a string of Nikita outwitting and outfighting Division at every turn with Alex feeding information. I'd like to think there is more to the show than pretty women and cool fights, but three episodes in and that's what we have.

Score: 8.0/10
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