‘Nikita’ the Rogue Assassin

By: John Armstrong

‘Nikita’ honestly is definitely in my top 5 of all time favorite TV series I have seen and completed. Many would probably be surprised because the dominant character is a women who is very much the most powerful person on the show. We are all programmed to believe women can not take on this role and in the media men are always portrayed as the dominant character. Well I am here to tell you that Nikita is different.

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‘Nikita’ is a fast moving, action packed series that garners glimpses of the back-stories and personalities of pertinent characters. 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. The series starts at 100mph and the ride only gets more intense from there. And in addition to the action element, the writing, direction and cast do an exemplary job of really making the viewer care about the primary characters (whether you love or hate them). Nikita was betrayed by the only people she thought she could trust, but now she is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation. You all should check it out!


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2 Responses to ‘Nikita’ the Rogue Assassin

  1. mediaphiles says:

    Not sure how this show appeals to me – I think the only reason the female lead is acceptable to male viewers is because she is made to be more masculine with the spy/ assassin role. Perhaps it is simply because these sort of political/ spy thrillers do not appeal to me in general – but I like that you do recognize the infrequency of female protagonists.

    -Meg Schmit

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I would agree with Meg on this one. This doesn’t really seem good to me. Sounds very cliched and typical actually. Just because the protagonist is woman doesn’t mean it is necessarily better than other action shows. If anything it could be worse if the female character wears gimpy outfits that aren’t practical and can truly only be appealing to a predominantly male audience. Try watching Jessica Jones to see the difference

    – Russell Lawrence

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