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'Nikita: The Complete First Season'
(Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca, Shane West, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: In this sexy and suspenseful series, 'Nikita' has gone rogue. Division is an ultra-secret government agency whose operatives are recruited young people with severed ties to family, friends and society. Trained to be invisible assassins, no one ever leaves Division - except the charming and deadly Nikita, who has managed to escape, making it her mission to undermine the now-corrupt organization.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the TV (media) know, 'Nikita' is an American television drama that first aired on The CW (TV) Network back on September 9th, 2010. Based on the French film of the same name (1990), the remake ('Point of No Return,' 1993), and a previous series renamed 'La Femme Nikita' in 1997, the series focuses on Nikita (Maggie Q), a woman who escapes from a secret government-funded organization known as Division. I watched the entire first season of 'Nikita' (hvaing never seen one episode on TV) in two nights on DVD (for this review), and have to say that a) I wanted to get through the 22 episodes super quick just to find out what happened to the guys, and b) I wanted to watch the second (already commissioned) season immediately thereafter!

The show is incredible, features both emotive dark comedy, light comedic comebacks strewn throughout, and a whole mess of well-staged fight scenes. It is quite easily one of the better shows to debut on the CW in recent years. It provides something a bit grittier and mature than what we're used to seeing on a network that mostly caters to the younger viewers - with a few exceptions, such as 'Supernatural' and 'Smallville.'

In the show, and whilst having broken away from the government, Division (the company Nikita works for) now performs operations out of their own gain, hurting their country if need be. However, Nikita has had enough and gone rogue after her fiancé is killed by Division. Indeed, thereafter, she makes it her mission to bring Division down.

On the outside, she trains a woman named Alex (the beautiful Lyndsy Fonseca), who then becomes a recruit inside Division, working as a mole for her mentor. Having trained Nikita, Michael (Shane West), a Division operative, is ordered by his boss and Division's leader, Percy, to deal with his former student. In the meantime, Division continues training its recruits and performing operations, unaware of Nikita's mole.

In keeping with what the general (male and female) public has wanted for a long time on prime time TV, 'Nikita' please both demographics with two strong female leads. In what is a very sexy, edgy remake of 'La Femme Nikita' (which starred the always-sexy Peta Wilson), each episode feels like a mini action-packed movie every week! It never slows down, is so well acted, smartly written, fast-paced and incredibly addicting (no pun, given the content of some of the scenes!

Luckily for all us 'Nikita' fans, new and old, this past August 3rd, 2011, The CW ordered an additional episode for the second season, which will now total at 23 - and begins on September 23rd, 2011 on The CW Network. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Inside Division, Part 1: The New Nikita Featurette
Inside Division, Part 2: Executing an Episode Featurette
Profie: Nikita
Profile: Alex
Profile: Percy
Profile: Michael
Audio Commentary on 2 Episodes
Deleted Scenes