Friday, June 12, 2015

Nikita - The Complete Series

It was a reboot of a television show which itself was based on a previously-released film. I came to this show more than halfway through its four-year run not expecting all that much but quickly fell for characters of former killers and assassins turned heroes trying to make the world a better place.

Over 73 episodes Nikita's (Maggie Q) mission would continue to change as each season reset the stakes turning enemies to allies and former friends into enemies. Set against the evil Division, a shadow agency training assassins for the U.S. Government, the show began with Nikita and her protege Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) attempting to expose and destroy Division, but the show would have many twists and turns before Nikita's journey from killer to assassin to hero to fugitive and back to hero was finished. Along for the ride are computer nerd Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford), the villainous Amanda (Melinda Clarke), and Michael (Shane West) whose relationship to our heroine is... let's just say complicated.

Nikita's battle against Division, and her eventual control of the evil organization she vowed to destroy, will bring new faces into the fray. Along the way the show's cast would grow with the addition of analyst Ryan Fletcher (Noah Bean), the lovely Sonya (Lyndie Greenwood), Sean (Dillon Casey), and the complicated Owen (Devon Sawa). Along with producing some great individual episodes, Nikita offers intriguing journeys for multiple characters as the grow in different ways over the course of the series.

Available as a 13-disc Blu-ray set or 16-disc DVD set The Complete Series includes the same featurettes on previously-released editions.

[Warner Home Video, Blu-ray $124.88 / DVD $119.95]

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