Throwback Thursday: CW’s “Nikita”

Photo credit: "Nikita" (CW Seed)

Looks do kill

First there was Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow on Alias.  Then came Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer on 24.  Next came Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen on Burn Notice.  Then came one name on September 9, 2010, and that name was Nikita.  Played by Maggie Q, the CW series is based on the international 1990 hit film that led to the 1993 U.S. remake entitled Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda and a television series that lasted five seasons on USA Network with Peta Wilson as La Femme Nikita.

Created by Craig Silverstein, CW’s Nikita followed the story of Nikita Mears, a young woman who was on death row for a crime she didn’t commit.  But she was given a second chance thanks to a secret government agency named Division, who faked her death, destroyed her identity and gave her a new one: to become an assassin.  Trained by Michael Bishop (Shane West), Nikita was their best operative until she broke the rules: she fell in love with a civilian and wanted out.  Nikita got the latter, but Division took the former from her.  

Now rogue and out for revenge, Nikita seeks to take down Division, but she is not alone in her crusade.  Helping her on the inside is Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), and soon Michael joined the fight.  Also coming on board was computer hacker Seymour Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford), former CIA analyst Ryan Fletcher (Noah Bean), former cleaner/guardian Owen Elliot/Sam Matthews (Devon Sawa), former Navy SEAL Sean Pierce (Dillon Casey), and skilled technician Sonya (Lyndie Greenwood).  

Together, Team Nikita are on a mission of justice and redemption: to right the wrongs of Division one mission at a time.

Up there with Wonder Woman and Marvel’s Black Widow, Nikita lasted four seasons and 72 episodes on the CW from 2010 to 2013: serving as the  network precursor to today’s female empowerment shows that includes SupergirlBatwoman and Kung Fu, as well as CBS’ The Equalizer with Queen Latifah. 

You can catch every mission of Nikita online at CW Seed. 

Video by CW Seed

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