Abomination

I recently saw the new “Nikita” described as an abomination by one of my Facebook friends and I certainly have to agree with her.  It started tonight here in Australia, and I thought I would check out the first episode.  Missed about the first fifteen minutes but that was no great loss.  And yes, all the comments I had read that had been posted by fellow La Femme Nikita fans in the U.S. were pretty much spot on.

The producers should hang their heads in shame and quickly but quietly back out of the room before Section gets a chance to cancel them.

A few comparisons-

LFN’s Section One – Fairly dark, high tech, the Section that Nikita was recruited in to and where she did her training. Nikita was convicted of a crime she didn’t commit then recruited into Section and trained by the sexy, secretive Michael.  Of course she fell in love with him.  Who wouldn’t!  We also had the very nasty Operations as the head of Section One, and the extremely intelligent and classy profiler, Madeline.  Munitions expert Walter, and tech expert Birkoff were two of the best characters ever.  Each actor suited their character perfectly, and the fans loved them all…because they were human.

NIKITA’s Division – What sort of a name is that?  Reminds me of Division 4, an Aussie police series when I was a kid.  When the new recruit, Alex, sat down at the table and the tough girl came over to taunt her it actually looked like it was some kind of badly written women’s prison show. The new Nikita is way too skinny and comes across as a cold, hard b*tch.  Michael is just totally uninteresting.  I’m afraid the actor doesn’t even come close to Roy Dupuis’ Michael.  And Percy?  Operations wouldn’t even spit on him if he was on fire.  What were they thinking when they decided to call the head of Division, Percy?  As for Amanda, I’m sure she was the floozy housewife in The OC.  The new Birkoff is so disgusting that I can’t even think of the words to describe him.  The old Birkoff was young and innocent and was a friend to Nikita.  This new one is nothing more than a foul-mouthed monster.  I don’t know yet if they have a Walter character.  I hope not.  They’ve ruined all the other characters.

La Femme Nikita ran for four 22 episode seasons, with a shortened fifth season of 8 episodes.  All up, there were 96 action-packed episodes with character development, plot twists and a passionate tragic love story.  It will be interesting to see how long this new show lasts.  I’ll be very surprised if it lasts beyond one or two seasons.

“When I was in there and things started to get bad I thought I was gonna break, but I didn’t. I thought of you. You’re the only one of us who still has a soul. I’m so sorry, Nikita. We’ll never leave this place alive. I don’t know what love is anymore… but the only part of me that’s not dead is you.” (Michael, La Femme Nikita)