Originally Posted by hooked01
There is no comparison to the original movie. I'll keep watching to see where it goes, but the Amanda character is a big disappointment. This show just doesn't have the atmosphere/mood of the movie. Maybe cause it was in French.
Through the wonder of Netflix Watch Instantly, I just watched some of the original Luc Besson film, from the scene where Nikita meets Amande and begins to transform her affect from heroine addicted gutter-snipe to sophisticated young woman through the scene with Bob after her graduation exercise in the restaurant and I have to agree--the movie is so much better that it's not worth comparing. Amande is quirky and slightly creepy; she has only a few minutes in the movie, but manages to express so much more character than the actress who plays Amanda. The organization Nikita works for (called Directorate-General for External Security or DGSE) is housed in something like an old warehouse or factory. The atmosphere is not at all glossy and commercial as this TV series.
I've watched it probably a half dozen times over the years. Twenty years old, it seems every bit as cool now as when it was new.
But, as has been pointed out, that's the film; this is what it is and should be judged on its own merits as a TV drama. Given that standard, the pilot was decent and it could very well improve as the actors grow into their roles a bit.