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December 24, 2013

Kevin’s Favorite Science Fiction Shows: #5 — La Femme Nikita

Filed under: Our Favorites, Television and/or Movies — Kevin Feasel @ 6:00 pm

La Femme Nikita

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General idea:  5 years into the terrorist-riddled future

Interesting because:  This is a story of how far you can go to torture an innocent person.  It was fun listening to the commentary where the directors and writers basically cop to that.  In season one, they show Nikita trying to live a normal life and get out of Section One.  Within Section One, there are sympathetic characters like Madeline.  As the series goes on, they take more and more of that away from Nikita.  We also see the slow destruction of her soul.  In a way, this is a prototype for the series 24, which makes sense given that most of the key personnel (including Joel Surnow) worked on both shows.

The big argument that I’d get here is, is this really science fiction?  I think I have the weakest case for this series, and most of my case builds on Surnow’s vision as “5 years into the future.”  They don’t use paper for anything and we see the idea of technology that is just out of our grasp.  Given that the tech ideas still look just a few years into the future 15 years later, I’d say that this has at least some of the trappings of science fiction.

Annoying because:  Things get weird by about season 4.  Birkoff #2?  Holo-Madeline?  Season 5 was a mess, too—it plays better if you stop after season 4, with a solid (but sad) ending.  Season 5 was filmed while most of the crew were working on 24, so a lot of things slip.

Best season(s):  1

Worst season(s):  5

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3 Comments »

  1. What do you think about the newer version? The one just called Nikita.

    Comment by Tony Demchak — December 25, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    • I just got to season 2 of the show. It’s definitely a different take on the idea. I prefer Surnow’s version a bit more because there’s a stronger human aspect to it. On the other hand, Maggie Q isn’t crying every third scene, so more things get blown up in this series. I’m going to keep watching this version, though, to see where it goes.

      Comment by Kevin Feasel — December 26, 2013 @ 9:15 am


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