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'Nikita' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 19th 2011 12:00AM
Amanda and Birkoff['Nikita' - 'Fair Trade']

I had a feeling that last week's lackluster episode was just a fluke; this week's installment was a welcome return to the 'Nikita' we know and love, advancing the storyline while providing palpable tension throughout the well-paced hour.

'Fair Trade' was a long-overdue showcase for Aaron Stanford, with Birkoff the focal point for much of the hour, and for anyone who underestimates the importance of our resident nerd, this episode was a welcome reminder of just how integral he is not just to operations, but apparently to Nikita's sanity too. We never forget the devotion that Nikita and Michael share, but sometimes it's easy to overlook our irritable little hacker, grumbling in the corner but always coming through for our heroes whenever they're in a tight spot.

Sadly, even though the loss of Birkoff sent Nikita off the deep end, his presence beforehand wasn't quite enough to stop our heroine from going "on a bender" this week, behaving even more recklessly than usual in Michael's absence.

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'Nikita' Star Shane West Reassures Fans That Mikita Is Not Dead Yet

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 27th 2011 2:30PM
Shane WestLast week's 'Nikita' left fans reeling, after it was revealed that our heroine's loyal lover Michael (Shane West) had an illegitimate son with a former flame -- and, even worse, the episode ended with Michael still oblivious to the boy's identity. Nikita (Maggie Q.) seemingly agreed to keep the secret from Michael for his son's safety, but since the producers have been teasing a major rift between the pair all summer long, we assume it's only a matter of time until the truth comes out.

Last week, we caught up with Shane West to get his take on his character's shocking new storyline, quizzing him on how Cassandra and Max's arrival might affect his relationship with Nikita and whether our favorite couple will need some space (perhaps on separate continents) after Michael discovers what Nikita is hiding.

Spoilers ahead.

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'Nikita' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 8th 2011 11:30AM
Michael and Nikita['Nikita' - 'Knightfall']

A good show can help you to suspend disbelief under even the most unlikely circumstances, and 'Nikita' pulled that off seamlessly tonight.

Was the series actually going to kill off the male lead (and one half of the fan-favorite central couple) three episodes into the second season? Of course not -- but for a few moments when those drone missiles were primed and Nikita was racing through the jungle, trying to reach Michael in time, you truly believed that she might lose him, and felt that same breathless relief she felt when they were reunited.

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'Nikita' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: 'Falling Ash'

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 1st 2011 11:00AM
Owen, Nikita and Michael['Nikita' - 'Falling Ash']

After such an action-packed season premiere, 'Nikita' had big shoes to fill to maintain the momentum of the previous episode, which may be why 'Falling Ash' felt a little unspectacular (if competently executed) in comparison.

Still, the episode laid important groundwork for the weeks to come, especially with the surprising revelation of the last five minutes. Alex was also given a new goal to work towards in the hunt for her father's business partner, and poor, long-suffering Birkhoff finally admitted that he actually kind of liked having his freeloading rogue ex-colleagues crashing at his bachelor pad.

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'Nikita' Guest Star Devon Sawa Talks Owen's Return and a Potential Romance with Alex

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 28th 2011 11:00AM
Devon SawaThe last time we saw Devon Sawa's rogue agent Owen on 'Nikita,' he was preparing to go AWOL to try and wean himself off a dangerous, performance-enhancing drug masterminded by Division.

When the troubled assassin returns in this week's episode (Fri., Sept. 30, 8PM ET on The CW), he'll be seeking Nikita's (Maggie Q.) help in tracking down the doctor who created the regimen, and will inevitably find himself drawn into her latest mission to take down the corrupt government agency. And did we mention he'll be wearing a tuxedo?

We caught up with Sawa to preview Owen's return, hear his favorite part of shooting the show and learn what he thinks of the enthusiastic fan support for a romance between his character and Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) -- even though the two haven't actually met yet. Join us after the jump for more.

Mild spoilers ahead.

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'Nikita' Season 2 Premiere Preview: Maggie Q, Shane West and Craig Silverstein Tease What's to Come

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 23rd 2011 4:45PM
NikitaIt's been a long summer, but the wait is finally over for patient 'Nikita' fans -- the show returns tonight (8PM ET on the CW) and in true 'Nikita' fashion, it's with a bang, not a whimper.

While most happy couples drive off into the sunset together, Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) ended last season's dramatic finale driving off into a storm, and that symbolism was no coincidence; there are dark things brewing, with new alliances, new obstacles and new betrayals ahead for all of our favorite agents.

AOL TV had a chance to preview the season two premiere and interrogate showrunner Craig Silverstein and stars Shane West and Maggie Q, so join us after the jump to find out what you can expect from the ass-kicking new season.

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Catch Up With 'Nikita': 5 Essential Episodes (Plus DVD Giveaway!)

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 13th 2011 3:00PM
So you've heard the buzz, your interest is tickled and you're ready to take the plunge into a new show. What's that? You don't think you have time to catch up on a whole season?

Have no fear, AOL TV is here. We're spotlighting five episodes from some of the best scripted comedies and dramas on TV that we think you need to see before jumping into the new season this fall.

Up now? 'Nikita.'

Maggie Q.

Based on the critically-acclaimed French film of the same name (and its spin-off TV series, 'La Femme Nikita,') this slick spy thriller stars Maggie Q. as the titular heroine, a former death-row inmate recruited into a mysterious government agency named Division.

Although the film and previous series take place while Nikita is still an agent, forced to carry out Division's morally dubious missions, The CW version explores new territory by focusing on Nikita once she's gone rogue and escaped the agency, and her new objective is to take Division down through any means necessary.

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Comic-Con Q&A: 'Nikita' Cast Talks Michael & Nikita, Alex's New Agenda & More (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 24th 2011 12:00PM
Maggie Q, 'Nikita'It goes without saying that the stars of The CW are somewhat genetically blessed, but 'Nikita' stars Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca and Shane West were definitely bringing the beauty on Saturday night at Comic-Con.

But pretty as they are, the 'Nikita' cast is anything but fragile -- they were happy to chat about doing a lot of their own stunts on the show. Q even got up from the panel in her tight yellow ensemble to humor a fan in the crowd who wanted to see her "climb up someone" in real life. You know the move: she runs straight at her target, then step, step, step until she can backflip right off of them? Awesome.

They joined executive producer Craig Silverstein to tease what's certain to be an action-packed second season, and AOL TV was on hand to bombard them with our burning questions before the panel.

Join us after the jump to discover what the future holds for Nikita, Michael and Alex. We've also got scoop on new love interests, mysterious pasts and who exactly is in charge of shadowy organization Oversight ...

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The 'Nikita' Cast Talks Fan Support & Season 2, Plus the Comic-Con First Look

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 23rd 2011 4:00PM
Maggie Q and Shane West want you to know that they're incredibly grateful for their dedicated, faithful 'Nikita' fans.

In fact, when we stopped the pair on the CW Upfront red carpet a while back, they had less than a minute to chat before they were ushered away and spent that entire time gushing about their fans getting them the pick-up for Season 2 (premieres Fri., Sept. 23, 8PM ET on The CW).

"We're so lucky, aren't we?" Maggie remarked to her costar. "They're so amazing."

West agreed. "Yes we are. It's pretty amazing to see that everyday. It's kind of phenomenal what they've created, really."

"I don't think they understand how much their support means to us," Maggie continued. "It's just cool to create something and have people connect with it. You want them to, but you never know."

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'Nikita' Stars Maggie Q & Lyndsy Fonseca Tease Season 2's Fresh Twists, New Obstacles

by Laura Prudom, posted Jun 16th 2011 9:00AM
Maggie Q and Lyndsy FonsecaWhen it comes to kickass women on primetime, few shows boast the undiluted girl power of The CW's 'Nikita,' the slick spy thriller that's making an impact across the globe thanks to the charm of its central dynamic duo, Maggie Q (Nikita) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Alex).

AOL TV was among a number of outlets fortunate enough to get face time with the vivacious actresses at Warner Bros.' recent International Press Junket in London, and both were willing to share a few tantalizing hints about what we can expect from the show's second season.

From the future of Michael and Nikita to a certain Twitter campaign for Alex and Owen, we did our best to uncover all the secrets Division doesn't want you to know ...

Proceed with caution, agents: there are light spoilers ahead.

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'Nikita' Season 1, Episode 19 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 22nd 2011 8:30AM
Lyndsy Fonseca['Nikita' - 'Girl's Best Friend']

A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but explosives are a girl's best friend. After a few episodes on the sidelines, Alex was front and center this week, and back to doing what she does best -- kicking some serious ass (the way she wielded two guns at once practically gave me chills, it was such an impactful shot).

I'm glad to see Lyndsy Fonseca getting back to the action, since I find her talents a little wasted on the gooey romantic stuff, no matter how nice Nathan is to look at.

Nikita's best laid plans have a tendency to go awry, so it was no surprise that her scheme to break Alex out of Division hit a speed bump or two -- and let's face it, Alex on the run and safe from Percy and Amanda probably wouldn't make for great television, at least not in season one.

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Shane West Says Closeness Will Cause Confusion on 'Nikita'

by Bryan Cairns, posted Apr 21st 2011 7:00PM

Actor Shane West is out for blood. More precisely, it's his character Michael, from the popular CW series 'Nikita', that's on the warpath. After targeting the man he believed responsible for his wife and daughter's deaths, Division's top operative discovered his boss Percy ordered the fatal hit. His world shattered, Michael has turned to his former student-gone-rogue, Nikita, to take down his powerful employer. Having just arrived back in Los Angeles after wrapping in Toronto, West spoke exclusively to TV Squad about playing spy, nicknames that stick, and the new Michael.

With credits that include 'Once and Again', 'ER', and 'A Walk To Remember', you've always played characters with a bit of an attitude. What's it been like portraying this bad-ass spy on Nikita?

This is unique for me. It's kind of like being a kid again. You go to work, play spy, look as mean as you can, and hope it comes off believable. That's the generic excitement of doing a role like this. But what's so great about portraying Michael is he's such a layered character. He has so many issues going on and it's fun to create something out of that, especially with a character that doesn't smile much!

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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.

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Shane West Talks 'Nikita,' Punk Rocking With The Germs and His 'Top Gun'-ish Action Flick

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 9th 2010 2:00PM
Shane West
If 'Nikita' is like 'Alias,' then 'Once and Again' and 'ER' vet Shane West is its Michael Vartan, which is just one selling point of The CW's new spin on the 'La Femme Nikita' story.

With the show set to premiere tonight (9PM ET), TV Squad caught up with West to discuss his cool, stylishly-outfitted Michael, the main handler for recruits of Division, a super secret government agency that has some hinky agendas (including abandoning its one-time star spy, Maggie Q's titular Nikita).

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'Nikita' Star Maggie Q Is Ready to Kick Butt - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 29th 2010 8:00PM
Nikita'Nikita' is already one of the most buzzworthy new fall shows, and stars Maggie Q and Shane West were on hand with executive producers Danny Cannon, Craig Silverstein and McG to discuss the freshman season at the CW's presentation to TV critics Thursday afternoon.

The producers weren't giving too much away in terms of spoilers, but we were able to glean a few fun bits of scoop ahead of the September premiere. Bullet point highlights below!

-- Maggie Q is highly accustomed to the frenetic pace of TV shooting given her background in Asian film, but she and Shane West admitted that they've never done a dedicated action TV show. "I have no life, I have no fun, all I want to do is sleep and get ready for the next day," Q laughed.

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