Satisfying cliches = Guilty pleasures

I’m always incredibly busy during the semester, so I really don’t have the time to keep up with 4 or 5  TV shows. In theory this would mean that I only watch the shows that are really good that I really like. However, the reality is a bit different. I confess that one of my guilty pleasures is my addiction to the CW show, Nikita.

Nikita is based on the 1990 French film of the same name. For those who have never seen it, the film is about a convicted felon, Nikita, who is kidnapped out of prison. Her captors fake her death and give her the choice of either becoming an assassin for them, or actually going to the grave. Nikita choses the former and is thus transformed from a junkie into a top-secret assassin and femme fatale.

The show Nikita features a heroine who has gone through a similar transformation, but her captors/trainers are part of a corrupt organization, Division, that was once affiliated with the government, but has since broken off and now operates for its own gain. Nikita blames Division for ruining her life and the lives of countless others, and vows to take down the organization.

That doesn’t sound too bad, except that Nikita follows pretty much every movie/TV show cliche ever. There are fights where Nikita wears a slinky evening gown with a thigh-high slits and stilettos. There is a broody, but loyal love interest who is always worrying about the heroine. The bad guys try and negotiate via video conference. There are predictable double-crossers, and you can usually pick the bad guys out of a crowd even before you’re told they’re the bad guys. The list goes on.

Furthermore, Nikita has been called a rip-off of of Joss Whedon’s short-lived series, Dollhouse. The organizational structure of Division very closely matches the organizational structure of the Dollhouse. Even many of the characters are analogous. There is the strong female lead, her love interest who is her former handler/supervisor, the techie nerd sympathetic to the female lead, and the ruthless, manipulative organization director.

Eliza Dushku as Echo/Caroline dressed to kill (literally) on the set of Dollhouse.

So then, why do I watch Nikita? There’s no way to say it without sounding shallow (and kind of like a dude), but Maggie Q, who plays Nikita is gorgeous. And there’s just something satisfying about watching a hot chick kick ass and then drive off – with her long hair blowing in the wind – into the sunset.

So now it’s 3:40 am, and I’m going to forget about the problem set, lab report, and prelim that are coming up next week, and watch this week’s episode of Nikita.


About evajge

A friend once told me that all I eat is chocolate and cheese. I was both disturbed and amused to realize that he was right.
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