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Fall TV 2010: My Review of CW’s Nikita

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, CW 2nd and last new show of the fall pulls to our screens tonight in the way of a familiar name, Nikita….

What the CW Says:

When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country. What they didn’t tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin. Ultimately, Nikita was betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation. For the time being, however, Division continues to recruit and train other young people, erasing all evidence of their former lives and turning them into cold and efficient killers. One of these new recruits, Alex, is just beginning to understand what lies ahead for her and why the legendary Nikita made the desperate decision to run. The series stars Maggie Q as Nikita, Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex, Shane West as Michael, Aaron Stanford as Birkhoff, Ashton Holmes as Thom, Tiffany Hines as Jaden, with Melinda Clarke as Amanda and Xander Berkeley as Percy.

Tune In: I have never seen another Nikita series, so all I am basing this review on is the new CW pilot airing tonight at 9/8c staring Maggie Q.

Nikita works so, so well, and that is mostly all due the action packed nature of its star Maggie Q, who while kicking and punching delivers emotion and depth to her betrayed character. The pilot however features a very unexpected ending and is very much more than a Nikita-fronted series. The series also co-stars Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother) as Alex, a newbie to the program that is hiding a lot more than she lets on to her teachers played by Xander Berkley, Shane West, and the tough Melinda Clarke. Nikita is fun, but dark which goes perfectly with its lead in The Vampire Diaries.

Watch, Record, Skip? Watch, watch, watch. The Nikita pilot is a uniquely structured thrill ride that is not aimed for 40-something males rather a younger generation of action seekers and intrigue seekers a like. Nikita airs out of The Vampire Diaries tonight at 9/8c on the CW.