The main antagonist of Nikita is the Division, a massive
organization loosely connected to the government that produces
highly skilled brainwashed assassins. In the world of television,
especially the kind of television that airs on the CW network,
that sort of business is apparently a huge profit center.
Some might wonder why anyone would want to work for such
an organization, or why it is more profitable to kill people
than to make some tangible product, because let’s face it,
there is more demand for, say, cars than there is for intricately
planned murders. ***
The Division is the kind of massive, hard-to-keep-secret,
evil organization that somehow no one really has a problem
with. Its biggest enemy is the titular Nikita, a rogue Division
agent who has sworn to take down the group after it killed
her fiancé. She has two allies: Michael, a high-ranking
Division officer, and Alex, a fledging Division assassin
who is immune to the Division’s brainwashing techniques.
I don’t know how realistic shows with tons of double
and triple crosses are, but they’re fun to watch. Double
crosses are what this show is about—a missed episode can
put you behind for weeks. Sometimes the show starts to collapse
under the weight of all the plot twists, but it never quite
jumps the shark into absurdity. Nikita is a little inconsistent
sometimes—the villains are pretty one-dimensional, and sometimes
the dialogue is weak—but overall, the first season of Nikita
is pretty good. ***
Image and Sound:
Both the video and audio quality is top of the line.
The image is sharp and clear. The colors look good, with
minimal bleeding. The DTS-HD Master Audio Surround sound
is fantastic, with clear dialogue, crisp sound effects,
and nice acoustics. Sometimes the sort of generic score
gets buried in the sound effects, but overall, the audio
presentation is pretty good. ***
The special features are pretty good. There are two
showrunner commentaries; “Phoenix” with co-executive producers
Craig Silverstein and David Levinson and writer David Barnes,
and “One Way” that stars Silverstein and writer Albert Kim.
There is also a very good production documentary called
“Inside Division,” some features giving more information
about Division and the characters, and some deleted scenes.