Nikita was arguably one of the most consistently engaging serials on broadcast television last season — so rumblings of a reversion to a more ‘spy-of-the-week’ show has the seriable bots in a bit of a panic.
Nikita showrunner Craig Silvertstein has revealed more insight into the structure of the upcoming third season, which will indeed be something of a ‘reboot’, but within a continuity cookie. He told Wetpaint:
Episode one of Season 3 feels like a pilot. If you have never seen the show, you can come in. It’s got all the continuity, we don’t ignore any of it, but, at the same time, Nikita’s found herself in a completely different place, and we have a much clearer understanding about how they get their missions.
In other words, the show is trying to be more accessible. Whether this is network mandated or not is unclear, but it seems there’ll be less of the arc-based goodness of last season. This is interesting because she show wasn’t in an overly complicated state.
The premise sees the Nikita-run Division on the hunt for 30 of their rogue agents, which Silverstein dubs:
The dirty 30. That’s what we’re doing. Espionage freak of the week.
This is slightly worrying for serial purists, but at the same time accessibility can’t be ignored. It’s a reality for many serials, particularly on network television — and it’s not always a bad thing, most of us want mythology that makes sense. Whether Nikita needed reigning in is another question though.
That said, Seriable.com believes Nikita earned a degree of ‘trust’ last season, so it’s going to be fascinating to see how effectively they navigate the serial/procedural format. It certainly sounds like they’re going to give it a good try:
I want people to be able to follow it. I don’t want to have an episode where there’s three or four different overlapping arcs, and that’s all the episode is. I’d love for there to be two levels to it. The dedicated fan level, and the level where you can just watch because it’s one of the few pure action shows on TV.
Best of luck to them. As we always say, the proof is in the pudding and we’ll see how it tastes when Nikita Season 3 kicks off Friday, October 19 on the CW