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Nikita: The Fourth & Final Season (2013/Warner Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: A Extras: D Episodes: B-

Based on Luc Besson's classic action thriller French film La Femme Nikita, here we have the 4th & Final Season of the television spin-off starring Maggie Q as Nikita Mears. While it doesn't quite hold up to the original television series La Femme Nikita that starred Peta Wilson, or even the American feature film remake with Bridget Fonda, John Badham's The Point Of No Return, this show offers some good moments and is worth a glance.

Framed for assassinating the U.S. President at the end of Season Three, Nikita is the world's most wanted woman. Alone and on the run, Nikita is destined to stay alive and clear her name. When she unexpectedly re-unites with her ex-fiance and mentor Michael, her former protegee Alex, tech genius Seymour Birkhoff and ex-CIA analyst Ryan Fletcher - they struggle to heal past betrayals while attempting to take down their deadliest foe - Amanda. Whilst in the process, they discover a vast conspiracy that threatens a global catastrophe. Will Nikita stay alive, figure out her love life, and clear her name? Find out in this action packed series ender. Also starring in the show are Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, and Judd Nelson. The total runtime for the series on disc clocks in around 253 minutes in length.

Here are a summary of the different episodes of this season of Nikita...

Wanted: Here we see Nikita is still on the run after being framed for the assassination of the President of the United States. Dale (guest star Todd Grinnell), a reporter from the news channel ENN, starts questioning what really happened that night. Nikita sees this as an opportunity to clear her name so she re-enters the country to talk to Dale but walks right into a trap set by Amanda. The team is alerted and Michael sets out to find Nikita before Amanda does. While Birkhoff and Ryan help Michael from their new mobile office, a high-tech aircraft, Alex stakes out a human-trafficking ring and learns The Shop is involved...

Dead or Alive: Nikita reunites with Michael, Birkhoff and Ryan aboard the team's aircraft command center. Michael refuses to discuss their relationship but tells Nikita she should stay with the group and let them help her clear her name. Ryan realizes Amanda is making doubles of VIPs with The Shop's help. Nikita discovers that one of the doubles is the Director of the FBI (guest star Alex Carter), but doesn't know how to kill him without exposing herself...

Set-Up: Tensions continue to escalate between the United States and Pakistan after Amanda plants evidence that Pakistan hired Nikita to kill the President. Ryan becomes suspicious of Birkhoff's increasingly odd behavior and tells Nikita and Michael that he thinks Amanda may have kidnapped Birkhoff and planted a double on the plane...

Pay-Off: Mr. Jones benches Amanda and takes back the reigns of the operation. He calls Nikita and offers her and the entire team complete freedom by wiping away their identities and faking their deaths if they walk away from their mission. The team lands the plane on a secluded Pakistan air strip, but when the local drug czar and his men storm the plane and demand ten million dollars, so Nikita calls Alex for the money. After Alex pulls diamonds out of a safe deposit box to pay the insurgents, Sam sees an opportunity to recoup his losses and contemplates stealing the diamonds...

Bubble: Just as Nikita is finally starting to see an end to the long war with The Shop, Ryan confesses a secret that could unravel it all. Meanwhile, Michael tries to get Nikita to accept their new circumstances as he contemplates what comes next for the two of them. Realizing Sam was planning to steal her diamonds, Alex gives him a suitcase of fake diamonds to deliver to her contact in France. Alex is surprised when he upholds his end of the bargain and doesn't take off with the jewels...

Canceled: Frustrated that MDK is still active, Nikita decides to end it her way. Leaving Michael and the team behind, Nikita takes Alex on the road to exact revenge. Nikita and Alex capture Mr. Jones and force him to reveal the names of the rest of the members of MDK. Armed with the information, Nikita goes down a dark path that may ultimately cost her her soul. Michael tracks her down and must get her to surrender before the military opens fire and kills her. However, Nikita isn't one to give up on a fight, leading her to make a shocking decision that brings it all together.

The Picture and Sound quality on the disc are nicely presented here by Warner. The 1080p HD-shot high definition transfer is fantastic with crisp and clear colors with its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 is captured from the original broadcast masters. Audio on the disc is also superb with a DTS-HD Master Audio lossless 5.1 track and optional Dolby Digital and French tracks as well. Subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish.

No extras are featured on the disc. I guess because they didn't have any space left on this one disc release.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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