La Femme Nikita, la série, est bien sûr dérivée du film Nikita de Luc Besson.
Sans rentrer dans les détails archi-connus, on est là dans le contre-terrorisme le plus absolu (ça doit plaire à Jack Bauer). Non seulement la fin justifie les moyens (et sacrés moyens, je vous dis!), mais la fin réelle elle-même n'est pas claire. On y voit nettement que le bien commun n'est pas vraiment la préoccupation principale, mais bien plutôt la poursuite du pouvoir pour le pouvoir, la préservation de l'organisation et de sa hiérarchie pour elles-mêmes et l'élimination des menaces comme une sorte de routine.
Les décors sont tous sombres et glauques, avec des néons partout. Les membres de la Section Une sont tous paranos au dernier degré, avec raison puisque chacun à des ennemis (surtout ses supérieurs) qui n'attendent qu'un faux-pas pour le liquider.
Je ne résiste pas à vous livrer clef en main une partie complète du Wikipedia qui devrait vous allècher:
Despite being advertised as an action-oriented series, the series's uniqueness primarily stems from its deemphasis on action as such and greater reliance on well-crafted dialogue and complex plot structures more common to the genre of sophisticated spy fiction as influenced by film noir and neo-noir. Since its inception, the series did not have a large enough budget to finance complex action sequences (as seen in later dramatic spy fiction or spy thriller TV series such as Alias or 24). Its creative team exhibited great ingenuity marshalling its modest resources, channeling their energies into the writing of episodes with more complex plot structures, fuller character development, and more substantial dialogue for the series's talented actors (all of which aspects are less costly than filming special effects in action sequences).
The autonomous nature of Section One allowed the writers of this series freedom to explore areas not usually associated with this genre on television. Nikita's voiceover in Season One establishes the Machiavellian motif of Section One. While founded as a counterterrorism organization (traditionally represented within fiction as good), Section One uses (as a standard) immoral means to achieve its objectives, while still citing efficiency and "service of the greater good" as justification for its actions. Its standardized implementation of draconian procedures include the use (upon both terrorist and innocent) of intimidation, torture ("The White Room"), murder ("cancellation"), assassination, abduction, suicide operatives ("abeyance" operatives), false imprisonment, and terrorist cooperation. In one early episode, for example, in exchange for crucial information Section One hands a woman over to a sadist knowing she will be carved up.
Unlike most organizations engaged in counterterrorism, Section One's key personnel work neither for monetary gain nor for "pure" ideological devotion; instead, since most of these operatives are purportedly reformed criminals (though their backgrounds are often ambiguous), they work out of fear of execution for substandard performance or disloyalty (fear of being "canceled"). Such a dynamic based on fear fosters a bleak social environment in which there is little interaction among members (except regarding issues relating to work). This rather paranoid environment, combined with the futuristic hyper-realist setting of the counterterrorist organization, the brutally real nature of counterterrorism, and Section One's particular mantra of efficiency, results in a dark, minimalist ethos reflected or expressed in all aspects of the television series, most particularly in its design of costumes and selection and original composition of music, as well as in aspects of dialogue, plot, themes, lighting, and acting modes and camera styles. Also notable are intriguing camera angles and frequent close ups on actors' facial expressions, focusing especially, during pauses in dialogue or in reaction shots, on their eyes in long takes.
Owing to the harshness (both mental and physical) of the environment in which operatives have to perform, the writing tends not to romanticize any potentially positive aspects of the organization or of most of the series's characters (excluding Nikita, Birkoff or Walter, and, at times, Michael at his most vulnerable). The series generally exudes a dark tone in keeping with the organizational philosophies, the counterterrorist (frequently dangerously violent) situations, and the requisite tactics used by operatives of Section One. Unlimited operational resources for missions coupled with human propensity to hide ulterior motives and individual personal moral relativism lead to widespread intra- and interdepartmental infighting and recurrent secret alliances, backstabbing, blackmail and abuses of power between and among the characters, specially among those in the highest levels of power: Operations, Madeline, George.
The series raises, explores, and offers fresh insights about ethical and moral issues emerging from the paradoxical nature of a counterterrorism organization which resorts to terrorist methods to succeed in its own ostensibly altruistic goals, and the commensurate dilemmas in which the generally unwilling operatives in such an organization find themselves plunged. Nikita's unwavering belief in a kind of moral absolutism (as opposed to Section One's prescribed philosophy of situational ethics) consistently and coherently motivates the underlying dramatic plot conflicts in the majority of the episodes.
Alors, hein? Bon ça!
Malheureusement, je n'ai pas vu les 2 (en tous cas) premières saisons.
Nikita (Peta Wilson) a beau être bien musclée et froide à souhait, elle n'est pas mon personnage préféré.
Pour ça, il faut un personnage masculin, quelqu'un à qui s'identifier, un homme de pouvoir, de décision, de quasi-omniscience...: Opérations, le chef de la Section Une. Dont voilà un magnifique résumé sur Youtube: Lien
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