Plot: What’s it about?
Nikita (Pete Wilson) was chosen by hand to be part of an elite spy network, an agent to be given the codename Josephine. She was schooled in the arts of disinformation, assassination, stealth, and other dirty and deadly tactics, taught by the best in each field. But she also learned a lot on her own, on lethal missions that would test even the best agent’s mettle. She survived each mission however and now, she is not just one of the best at what she does, she is the best. In her field, secrecy is not just important, it is crucial and if information falls into the wrong hands, lives are forfeit and the world could be in great risk. Nikita has always wanted answers about her life, but she has put protocol before her own personal wishes. Now however, she is determined to find out the truth, even if it means going rogue. Why was she chosen to be part of the spy network? The answer is what she wants more than anything, but getting an answer will prove to be her toughest mission to date. Will she uncover the truth and if so, will she wish she never found out?
All good things must come to an end and in that spirit, I sat down to revisit the fifth and final season of the wonderful La Femme Nikita. The show was a success for the USA Network and would be a smash hit in the realm of syndication, with tons of fans worldwide. As you’d expect from a final season, a lot of the loose ends are tied up and questions are answered, but does Nikita go out with a bang? As fans well know, the show was very complex, with deep characters and intricate, layered storylines. So as you’d expect with so much depth, some arcs wind up unfinished, but that’s isn’t too bad. After all, not all the loose ends should be neatly tied and on the whole, the questions we really need to know about do indeed get answered. So as far as conclusions are concerned, this one is up to snuff. The season on the whole stands up well within the series, with more of the same action, seduction, and Peta Wilson we’d come to expect. Wilson is just too hot for words and her performance remains as sultry and exotic as ever. This is a shorter season however, with only eight episodes, so there isn’t as much time as usual, but what time is available is used well. La Femme Nikita closes out with a short, but solid final season, one that fans will not want to miss.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. I’ve been spoiled by some of the recent slick, 16:9 television show transfers, but La Femme Nikita still looks more than solid. The prints look clean, with only minor debris and I do mean minor. The image is clean throughout the season, with good detail levels and no softness issues to contend with. I found contrast to be stark and consistent, while colors look good, within the show’s natural color design. So in the end, while not as refined and slick as some more recent shows, these episodes still look good and should satisfy fans.
Audio: How does it sound?
As always, we have a 2.0 surround option for the episodes, but I do wish Warner had given us a full Dolby Digital 5.1 remix. The show sounds good as is, but the action scenes could use an extra boost and the added presence would have enhanced the experience. Even as it stands, the action sequences have a solid presence, but it could have been more powerful and immersive. To be fair though, the soundtrack does sound about as good as 2.0 surround can, so the audio is still well handled. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand, so vocals never suffer from any kind of problems. This release also includes subtitles in Spanish and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes “canceled” scenes from three episodes, an internet teaser, and a brief behind the scenes featurette.