I don’t know if you guys are aware of this, it’s something I’ve kept hidden… but I totally love the old late 90’s show, La Femme Nikita starring Peta Wilson. And recently I found out that the CW remade it as Nikita, starring Maggie Q. Last night was the debut. And I tuned in. Let me say this first and foremost, I WAS OPEN. Totally open. I really wanted to love it. But I didn’t.
My issue is a simple one. The producers clearly never watched a single episode of La Femme Nikita. What made La Femme Nikita stand out was Nikita’s humanity. That’s what made the show special. She was not a killer. And you could tell she didn’t enjoy what she was being forced to do. She struggled with her choices. AND SHE GOT PUMMELED. Often. The Nikita of this new series doesn’t show any humanity. She seemed to enjoy killing people with her bare hands. PLUS, Maggie Q looked like a soft wind might blow her over. Seeing her fight and knock MEN to the ground with her fists was a joke. (Kinda like Brigitte Fonda in Point of No Return). At least Peta was a big girl… her height and muscularity made the fight scenes plausible.
Why remake a show and then throw away all it’s good parts? Why not just create something totally new?
I think what happened is that the CW got confused. They thought the world needed a new Nikita but in fact, we just need a new Peta Wilson vehicle. Back in 2006, I came up with a FANTASTIC storyline for an action/adventure television series starring Peta Wilson. I have no idea why no producers have reached out to me about developing this show further.
Hello!?!?! Hollywood!?!?! CALL ME!!!!!!