Nikita

Season Two

 

Nikita: Season 2

Based on the Luc Besson’s 1990 film La Femme Nikita

Developed by Craig Silverstein

Production Design by Andrew M. Stearn

Music by David E. Russo

Cinematography by Rene Ohashi & Glen Keenan

Editing by Marc C. Baldwin, David Lebowitz & Chris Peppe

Written by Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec & LJ Smith

Produced by Marc David Alpert & Albert Kim

Directed by Eagle Egilsson, Nick Copus & Danny Cannon

2011-12 on the CW network


Cast:

Maggie Q

Shane West

Lyndsy Fonseca

Aaron Stanford

Melinda Clarke

Xander Berkely

Dillon Casey

Lyndie Greenwood


Production:

Television: Sesfonstein Productions, Nikita Films, Wonderland Sound & Vision and Warner Bros. Television

Video: Warner Home Video

SRP: $69.96


Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p

Codec: AVC

Disc Size: BD-5 x 4

Bit Rate: Moderate (23-30 Mbps)

Runtime: approx 935 minutes (15.5 hours)

Episodes: 23


Audio:

English DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1


Subtitles:

English SDH, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish


Extras: (in HD)

  1. Season Finale Commentary with creator Craig Silverstein and writer Juan Carlos Coto

  2. What if? Writing the Fate of Division (25 min)

  3. Living the Life: Maggie Q (8 Min)

  4. Unaired Scenes (27 Min)

  5. Gag Reel (6 min)

  6. UltraViolet Digital Copy


Presentation:

BD Muti-Disc Case: BD x 4

Street Date: October 2, 2012



Product Description [Warner]:

International action star Maggie Q returns as sexy assassin Nikita as Warner Home Video (WHV) releases Nikita: The Complete Second Season. Timed to be released just a few weeks prior to the October 19 broadcast premiere of Season Three on The CW (Fridays 9/8c), Nikita: The Complete Second Season features all 23 episodes from the hit Warner Bros. Television series, plus over an hour of never-before-seen bonus content.


Season Two of Nikita stars Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard, Mission: Impossible 3), Shane West (ER, Once and Again), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine), Aaron Stanford (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand), Dillon Casey (The Vampire Diaries, Valemont), with Melinda Clarke (The O.C., The Vampire Diaries) and Xander Berkeley (Taken, Kick-Ass, 24). The series, from Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, is executive produced by Silverstein (Bones, K-Ville), David Levinson (21 Jump Street), Danny Cannon (CSI series, Dark Blue), McG (Supernatural, Chuck, Terminator Salvation) and Peter Johnson (Supernatural, Chuck).


In the debut season of this suspenseful series, the charming and deadly Nikita waged a war against Division, the agency that trained and transformed her into a deadly secret agent. Michael (West) - the man who trained her and a man she trusted - was hunting her. However, Nikita had an ace up her sleeve in Alex (Fonseca), a girl she trained to infiltrate the super-secret unit of the government. At the end of Season One, Nikita's and Alex's relationship becomes shattered, and Nikita's and Michael's relationship was restored, thereby setting the stage for an action-packed Season Two.


As Season Two begins, Nikita and Michael are on the run with a hard drive containing the government's darkest secrets and conspiracies. Together, they plan to right the wrongs that Division has committed over the years, one mission at a time. The only problem is that Alex is leading the hunt for Nikita and Michael...and she knows all of Nikita's tricks!


"Warner Home Video is thrilled to release Nikita: The Complete Second Season on DVD and Blu-ray with exciting never-before-seen content for our dedicated fan base," said Rosemary Markson, WHV Senior Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. "Fans new and old can now re-experience the suspenseful episodes that have kept them on the edge of their seats throughout Season Two."


The Series : 5

Critical Reaction:

SF Chronicle

Someone [at the CW] finally realized that the girl-power message the network is trying to send (via cheerleading, bitchy rich kids in prep schools, and modeling) would be perfectly matched by remaking "La Femme Nikita." Now called "Nikita," the series stars the lovely and dangerous Maggie Q in a role that was once a movie and once a TV series. Because the CW caters to young people who saw neither, the time was right for reinvention. Nikita, as the story goes, was trained by a rogue government agency to be an assassin. She eventually got out and wants to stop the agency from finding troubled, isolated young kids like herself and turning them into killing machines (better that they go into, say, cheerleading).


Anyway, it's nearly impossible to mess up the "La Femme Nikita" formula, even if you do tinker with the title: A beautiful woman shooting guns and throwing knives and blowing up stuff. Maggie Q also uses her martial arts expertise to snap necks and break noses, so if you're flipping by the CW and land on "Nikita," it's an hour that you'll be able to understand and appreciate, even if you love "Sons of Anarchy" more. Sometimes it's fun to take a spin on your old bike, so to speak. - Tim Goodman


Epinions

There are some stand along episodes, but many feed into bigger story arcs that last over several episodes if not half the season.  About the mid-way point, they start in on some new story arcs that are just as addicting. And how addicting is this show?  Even when I know what has to happen in an episode, I am often glued to the screen trying to figure out how the characters will get out of their current predicament.  The suspense is amazing.  Plus, the writers are wonderful at turning minor things into major, believable storylines.  Everything that happened this season felt like a natural outflow of what had come before, even new back story for some of the characters.  I’m used to overlooking conflicting back story, but I have yet to find that here.  Even a part of Alex’s back story I didn’t like last year because a piece of the puzzle I enjoyed this season.


Amazon users

People might laugh because, hey, it's on the CW and while CW shows are a guilty pleasure, they're not actually GOOD, right? But the thing is, Nikita isn't a typical CW show at all. In fact, it sticks out like a sore thumb on the network because it really doesn't fit with any of the other programs. . . It's sometimes a headache trying to keep track of all the shifting alliances and backstabbing going on! But hey, on the other hand, it's pretty nice having a show that makes you think to that extent. There are a few plotholes because I don't think the writers planned everything out in advance, but nothing so big that you can't just handwave them away. All in all, Nikita is an excellent series and more people should give it a chance! Don't let its CW pedigree scare you away. - Shadow Walker


This is definitely one of the most underrated programs currently on TV.  The 2nd season has shown a lot of maturity from the 1st & has consistently been interesting, well written, & well acted, especially by Maggie Q, who is the best part of the entire series. 'Nikita' goes beyond the typical gov't assassin/James Bond plots & story lines, & goes for a well developed story that has viewers interested in the characters, how each episode will turn out, & keeps you guessing until the end. 'Nikita' doesn't rely on cheap, gratuitous violence, nudity, or any raunchy visuals to keep viewers watching. Instead it works at being an intelligent, well crafted program that offers people what they truly want to see. - Pathfinder


Image: 8/9

Warner’s transfer is faithful to the broadcast experience - a little richer with improved depth in 1080p perhaps.  The image tends to favor deep, almost crushed shadows within an alternating color palette of ambers and blues, which is in keeping with the series’ temperament.  I can’t say this wears very well if episodes are watched daily instead of weekly, but your mileage may differ in this respect.  Sharpness and definition is very good, strikingly so at times.

 

Audio & Music: 8/6

Nikita’s uncompressed surround mix reminds me once again how far we’ve come from a 29-inch picture tube with a single channel’s information squeezed through a couple of speakers within the box.  There’s a great deal going on here, though not as much in the surrounds as hoped, as we have come to expect for such action thrillers: body blows, small and large arms fire, explosions, metal screeching. Dialogue, such as it is, comes through it all clear enough, placed where and how it should be.

 

Extras: 3

The single audio commentary is placed at the end and helmed by series creator Craig Silverstein writer/co-executive producer Carlos Coto.  Together they dodge the bullet and try their best to cover both the finale and the season as well. In “What If? Writing the Fate of Division” we take a look behind the scenes into the scriptroom examining the how, whys and what ifs that attend to a follow-up season that must also set up the third. “Living the Life: Maggie Q” is a useless EPK piece, thankfully short as it is woefully short on any information of serious interest. Quite a number of “unaired” rather than “deleted” scenes (an interesting distinction) are strewn across the four discs, appearing as a bonus item for the relevant episode - some fifteen of them, I counted.  Finally, and not short enough, is the yet another silly, yet unamusing Gag Reel.

 

Recommendation:

It goes without saying, as they say, that it makes little sense to start your acquaintance with Nikita with the second season.  If you liked the first season, you’ll very likely enjoy the second.  If you have the first on Blu-ray and found it appealing, the second is no less so.  Speaking for myself, I find that the only good thing about Nikita is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and thereby makes for a certain kind of yippeekiyay entertainment.  Compared to AMC’s brilliant The Walking Dead or Denmark’s cop show: The Killing, Nikita has thrills, yet it is not thrilling.  Like nearly all TV shows these days, its drama is contrived, but not compelling.  It has no heart, no pathos.  But that’s just me.  What Nikita does have is action and noise and babes and hunks, and a lot of them.  What is it that they say about horse races?

 


Leonard Norwitz

© LensViews

October 9, 2012

 

 

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