This fall Maggie Q will hit the small screen as the newest incarnation of Nikita, a spy who goes rogue after being betrayed by the government who trained her. This year Comic-Con attendees had two opportunities to catch a sneak peak at this sexy spy series pilot: once on preview night and once again on Saturday. Those lucky enough to catch it on Saturday were also treated to a Q&A with the some of cast, which includes Lyndsy Fonseca (who plays Alex), Shane West (Michael), Aaron Stanford (Birkhoff), Ashton Holmes (Thom), Tiffany Hines (Jaden), Melinda Clarke (Amanda), and Xander Berkeley (Percy).
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I had my reservations about the new pilot. I wasn't sure if there would
be a place for yet another spy television show, or how well received a
show with a kick-ass female lead without an equally kick-ass male
counterpart would be. Visions of The Bionic Woman danced in my
head. I remember how highly anticipated it was and how hard it crashed
and burned. I worried also about Shane West taking on a serious role
(instead of his usual role as someone's love interest.)
I wish I could say that all of my doubts were washed away once I saw the pilot, but only some of them were. I am still concerned about how many similar shows are already on television and cannot be sure how fans of this genre will accept the show, as it doesn't have anything that really makes it stand apart. It is also different in many ways from La Femme Nikita so fans of that series may not welcome it with open arms. I was, however, quite impressed with Shane West and his character. Newcomer Lyndsy Fonseca also deserves praise for her role as Alex.
The pilot picks up after the secret government agency has already betrayed Nikita. The agency, known only as 'Division', rescued a troubled teenage Nikita from death row and faked her execution. She was then trained and given the chance to start a new life and serve her country under their wing. I won't give away why or how they betray Nikita, but you know what they say about hell hath no fury. Now imagine the woman scored is a trained military assassin.
The pilot also introduces us to the process of finding and training Division's new recruits. Fonseca plays Alex, one of the newest recruits into Division. What Division not know is that Nikita is working with Alex to bring them down from the inside.
Craig Silverstein, the producer, promises a fresh take on the classic story. The story of how Nikita came to be has been told, and now it's time to tell the rest. "No one has told her story after the fact...nobody knows where she is going," Q says about her character.
Silverstein put emphasis on the importance of creating a fresh, new approach without being accused of "rehashing" the same old story. "There's now two of them. You don't know how it is going to end. We're going to be telling the story of how Alex and Nikita got together."
I don't think, just by watching the pilot, that this will be the strongest spy genre show on television, but I will be tuning into the CW starting Thursday September 9th to catch the action.
Will you be watching? Sound off in the comments section telling me why or why not.
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