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Catching Up With the 'Nikita' Cast at New York Comic Con

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 14th 2010 3:30PM
'Nikita' is one of our favorite new dramas of this season. And yes, we're just as surprised as you that it's on the CW.

So last weekend, we jumped at the chance to speak to creator Craig Silverstein and stars Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca and Shane West at New York's Comic Con. They gave us some insights on where the show has been and where it's going.

For those of you not familiar with 'Nikita,' allow us to catch you up so far. Don't worry, we won't spoil anything for you in case this article inspires you to start watching the series from the beginning.

The show is based on the French film 'Nikita,' its American remake 'Point of No Return' and the 1997 series 'La Femme Nikita.' However, just like 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' you don't have to watch the prequels to understand the storyline.

"I didn't want to tell the story that's been done three times before, " said Silverstein. "Obviously, it has to be about kids from prison to earn the name but it's a new take. Hardcore fans of the original don't seem to like it online, but you have to expect some of that."

A secret agency called Division is at the center of this series. Their mission is to find troubled young adults, erase their past lives and train them as government assassins. Nikita (Maggie Q) is Division's first recruit, but is now trying to bring down the agency Jason Bourne-style.

"Nikia is so interesting for me. Her journey is a revenge tale but also one about redemption," Q said. "But she gets in over her head and is not right all the time."

Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) is a new recruit at Division -- and a mole working with Nikita to destroy them from the inside.

"Sometimes Alex may seem trapped between two mentors [Nikita and Division psychologist Amanda]" Fonseca explained. "But she knows Amanda is the enemy. She may be running Division. I don't know that yet."

Michael (Shane West) is the Division operative who trained Nikita. Now the two characters are on opposites sides, but Michael is not necessarily the bad guy.

"Coming up we'll have a new enemy besides Division," Silverstein said. "You'll also see more of Michael's back story, why he joined Division and his connection to Percy [the ruthless head of Division]."

Michael is also a character from 'Le Femme Nikita,' where he became Nikita's love interest. While Maggie Q and West would look great together, don't count on that happening.

"When I tested for the role, it seemed like they were looking for an older actor," West noted. "I was the only one there around my age. That can mean you're the wild card or not. I ended up getting it, so we'll see."

With amazingly choreographed fight scenes and explosions, 'Nikita' doesn't feel like it belongs on the channel known for '90210,' 'Gossip Girl' and 'America's Next Top Model.'

"It may seem odd but [CW] was looking for something different," West explained. "[On this network] we don't have the budget to do huge car chases but we focus on the things we can do real well. We can blow up cars. We can do big fights through pushing it to the limit. We just got an awesome new stunt coordinator. His style is like judo with guns. Stunts are going to get a lot more acrobatic."

"The [fight] we just shot, Nikita gets the sh** kicked out of her in episode 108," chimed in Maggie Q. "You're not going to believe who it comes from."

That seems to be the only thing about 'Nikita's' future storyline anyone will confirm: it will keep you guessing. Silverstein even says that things we think we know about Alex's past aren't true. He confirms it's true she escaped from Ukrainian sex trafficking but other things "have not been revealed yet."

'Nikita' airs Thursdays at 9PM ET on The CW

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This show is way better than I thought it would be + maggie q is hizzot!

October 14 2010 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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