10.27.2012

Nikita...I have terms

Let me begin this by saying I don't trust the CW.  But since women of color keep signing up to be on that channel, I find myself at an impasse.

The lovely lady to your right is Canadian actress Lyndie Greenwood.  So if you've actually watched Season 2 (and now 3) of Nikita, don't let that British accent fool you.

I've written about Lyndie a couple of times before.  On Nikita, she portrays an IT Specialist working for a covert institution.  She went from being a servile agent to a love interest/servile agent.

I mean, here we are on Season 3, and she's still sitting at that desk of hers, taking orders.  Granted she looks more fabulous this season...but still.

Now, throughout Season 2 she was wooed by her nerd counterpart, Seymour Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford).  At the very end of Season 2, they had their big kiss scene.



Right away, my first thought was, "Well, how long before the CW breaks them up?"

Imagine my non-surprise when Season 3 began - I'm talking the very first episode - with the two of them already broken up, and Sonya not speaking to Birkhoff.

So now, quite naturally...I have some terms and demands.

1) Get them back together.  Now.

2) Give Sonya a last name.  Now.

3) Give her more to do as the season progresses.  She's a genius too, and she survived Amanda.  Obviously she's capable.

4) Get them back together.  Now.

5) Lastly, show off more of Lyndie's fabulousness.  Now.


8 comments:

  1. Based on how the CW has reformatted the show (in the worst way area with the one episode mission of the week format), I don't see this show lasting beyond this season.

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  2. I watched the Season 3 premiere of NIKITA, and I was like "WTF" when it was revealed that Sonya and Birkhoff had broken up already.

    Like neo-prodigy wrote, NIKITA's ratings for the first two episodes of Season 3 have been awful, and it is on the brink of cancellation.

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  3. Honestly...I thought it would be canceled by now. Percy's dead (I'm gonna miss him), Roan's dead (and he really was a bad-ass) Amanda's no longer a regular or semi-regular (how does a show survive without Melinda Clarke?).

    The Michael/Nikita ship, as lame and passionless as it is, continues and even escalates to a tacky, contrived engagement. Um, women like Nikita, Amanda, and Alex don't get engaged and settle down in a house with a white picket fence (Sonya, maybe, but not the other three). That's the whole point of a show like this. Independent women kicking ass and taking names, not getting tied down and shoved back into stereotypical roles which damn near every film and TV show is pushing on us.

    That's what I mean when I refer to the ludicrous heterosexist narrative. Why is a perfectly good premise - with all its infinite possibilities - being brought to heel with romance cropping up in all the worst areas?

    Ryan Fletcher in a steamy relationship with a dude or a WOC? Sure.

    Sonya and Birkhoff being the Nerd King and Queen? Sure.

    Alex and Dillion? Negro, please.

    Nikita and Michael? Oh, please.

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    1. I missed the second episode of Season 3, but I watched the premiere.

      NIKITA as a show felt so *different*. I know that the premise has changed, but it was disjointed. I really loved Season 1 and liked Season 2, but maybe it should end soon.

      I like Nikita and Michael as a couple, but I definitely preferred their relationship when they were on opposite sides. I love my couples to have angst.

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    2. "Amanda's no longer a regular or semi-regular (how does a show survive without Melinda Clarke?)."

      WAIT. WTF?!!!!!!!! I swear it's like CW is trying to make Nikita fail. Can't have two shows with two female Asian leads (Beauty & the Beast).

      "Um, women like Nikita, Amanda, and Alex don't get engaged and settle down in a house with a white picket fence (Sonya, maybe, but not the other three). That's the whole point of a show like this. Independent women kicking ass and taking names, not getting tied down and shoved back into stereotypical roles which damn near every film and TV show is pushing on us."

      *passes the collection plate*

      "Ryan Fletcher in a steamy relationship with a dude or a WOC? Sure."

      You're just trying to entice me now.

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  4. This is me exhibiting no surprise.

    I liked Season 1. It kicked ass. But when Nikita & Michael became a couple, I was done. It ruined the show for me because I liked Nikita's hard-core nature and independence. To boo her up is to ruin her.

    Um, women like Nikita, Amanda, and Alex don't get engaged and settle down in a house with a white picket fence (Sonya, maybe, but not the other three). That's the whole point of a show like this.

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

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  5. I see this post is getting views again. Did something interesting happen during Season 3? Were all my demands finally met?

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