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1998-02-03 00:00:00 - Impressions on AZ (Spoilers) - (spook1099@aol.com)


Ahmad wrote (amongst other good points): >Why does everyone in the Section keep following Nikita? If [they] spent >this much time on every 10th operative, the Section would consume its >resources >tracking down its own personnel. Eventually it would fold like a 3-story >stack of cards. Bravo, mein freund! Well said. Forgive me, Spyboys and girls, if I'm late to the fray, but I am *squarely* in Ahmad's corner on this one. Huh?!?! That's what I'm left with after the "resolution" of this arc, more questions than answers. And chief amongst them: Who were these people and what have they done with the Section? Questions 1: We first see Jurgen as the guy who lives in the basement, playing Go and tormenting young operatives. When did he get assigned to First Team? Why wasn't Jurgen suspicious when he suddenly started going into the field under Michael's command in Third Person? ( I don't know if the assembled share my view, but I got the clear feeling that until this point Jurgen had not been a field op in quite some time.) Theoretically, he had given Nikita a clean bill of health in Spec Ops, so there would have been no need for him to ride herd on her during missions. If there had been such a need, I doubt Ops would have cleared her to be active in the first place. And why would you send an operative you can't trust (as it is obvious that Section could *not* trust Jurgen) out with First Team or allow him unfettered access to the psyches of young agents? Question 2: Birkoff was close to cancellation for freaking out after his first kill, his tremendous skills notwithstanding. Ops would probably have cancelled Michael with his bare hands if he had discovered that Michael had let Nikita break Section quarantine for the six months, his tremendous skills notwithstanding. But Jurgen threatens to release information that is so potentially damaging to the function of Section One hierarchy that *killing* anyone who could corroborate his story was necessary, and he gets what amounts to a finger-wag and a mild tongue-lashing from Operations? *Our* Operations? I was prepared for the "Jurgen, could I speak with you for a moment...have a lie down on this gurney and meet Mr. Lethal Injection" scene when I saw Operations waiting in the hallway after the mission. Sorry, I absolutely cannot believe he would not have been immediately cancelled once the information in his computer and its relays had been secured. Question 3: Where was Jurgen's halo? After all of the acrimony between him and Michael in the past three eps, the "I'll miss him" speech seemed completely out of left field. But now I know why Jurgen was attracted to Nikita -- he had the same level of self-involvement. He only found it necessary to make a suicidal "self-sacrifice" because his cushy life was gone. Michael, on the other hand, would have manually set off the explosive charge himself, with barely a moment's hesitation, rather than ask any of his subordinates to die in his place. It was his mission, he was responsible to see it to a successful conclusion, and he was prepared to do so gracefully, without protest or even comment. Michael was the hero of that situation, not St. Jurgen. Question 4: If the writers legitimately wanted to have Jurgen go out on a high note, why did they make him a traitor and a coward? Regardless of his assertion that he was "never a malicious threat" and "only wanted to be treated like a human being", we are led to believe that his little blackmail scenario was directly responsible for the deaths of some indeterminate number of intelligence operatives, probably Section and/or Agency personnel, allies all. And his suicide, while meant to be noble I'm sure, came off merely as the whimper of the whipped hound. He thought he couldn't take living on Section's time under its rules without his fluffy cyber-security blanket, so he took the easy way out. "I'm not going to make it", he said to Michael. Hell, he didn't even try. Question 5: "That's the first time you've made the Section wait for me." Anyone else want to slap her silly? "Hey Nikita, the Pentagon's computer system is about to be hacked by nuclear terrorists, what are you going to do?" "Whine at Michael for not taking me to Disneyland." Is Michael on Prozac? Lithium? Thorazine? How does he restrain himself from seizing her by the hair and whapping her forehead into the nearest horizontal surface, ten or twelve times, very sharply. And where is the wee metal pan in which Nikita's brain is currently being kept? Maddy's new office? Op's? Do we get a prize if we find it? Oh, right...we'd get INFINITELY BETTER TELEVISION if someone could kindly restore our Spygal's grey matter. Search party anyone? Question 6: Did Nikita adopt Jurgen's grooming regimen? The bug had been left on her back at least a full 24 hours and she never noticed it while bathing? A sensitive listening device survived a hot, soapy shower? ?????????? Bizarre. The whole tone of the show had me wondering when Rod Serling was going make his appearance at a commercial break. And the ep culminating in that head-scratcher of an ending: Nikita, since you are so utterly clueless, we've decided to award you an all expenses paid vacation on the tropical island of your choice; oh, and please report to the war room where Michael will be delivering the eulogy and canonization speech for our erstwhile extortionist Jurgen Christ. Can the show now return to *our* plane of reality? I'm starting to get dimensional-shift sickness. Donna aka ~~Pax (that's "peace", as in "rest in...") Cynicopia/Conscience-Impaired Right Hand Walter's Wenches: Saucy Tarts Division (Twin Tart #2) "...and my psyche profile fit a certain moral flexibility..." Martin, "GrossePointe Blank"

1998-02-03 00:00:00 - Re: Impressions on AZ (Spoilers) - (ELZBURNS <ELZBURNS@prodigy.net>)


First of Pax, Brilliant post! Spook1099 <spook1099@aol.com> wrote in article And I would like to comment on your insights if I may....... Snip > Question 2: Birkoff was close to cancellation for freaking out after his first > kill, his tremendous skills notwithstanding. Ops would probably have cancelled > Michael with his bare hands if he had discovered that Michael had let Nikita > break Section quarantine for the six months, his tremendous skills > notwithstanding. But Jurgen threatens to release information that is so > potentially damaging to the function of Section One hierarchy that *killing* > anyone who could corroborate his story was necessary, and he gets what amounts > to a finger-wag and a mild tongue-lashing from Operations? *Our* Operations? I > was prepared for the "Jurgen, could I speak with you for a moment...have a lie > down on this gurney and meet Mr. Lethal Injection" scene when I saw Operations > waiting in the hallway after the mission. Sorry, I absolutely cannot believe he > would not have been immediately cancelled once the information in his computer > and its relays had been secured. This rattled me right off.... Everyone else lives in fear of there lives.... But the worse punishment J can get is to work his required work schedule? VERY LAME folks...... Like I said before, it WAS treason..... Question 3: Where was Jurgen's halo? After all of the acrimony between him and > Michael in the past three eps, the "I'll miss him" speech seemed completely out > of left field. But now I know why Jurgen was attracted to Nikita -- he had the > same level of self-involvement. He only found it necessary to make a suicidal > "self-sacrifice" because his cushy life was gone. Michael, on the other hand, > would have manually set off the explosive charge himself, with barely a > moment's hesitation, rather than ask any of his subordinates to die in his > place. It was his mission, he was responsible to see it to a successful > conclusion, and he was prepared to do so gracefully, without protest or even > comment. Michael was the hero of that situation, not St. Jurgen. Agreed.... and very to the point of who Michael is and what J was.... To put in bluntly, J was a coward.... and a grandstanding coward at that.... LIVING takes courage...... To repeat myself, Others (like Michael) have gone on living in spite of even greater losses........ > Question 4: If the writers legitimately wanted to have Jurgen go out on a high > note, why did they make him a traitor and a coward? Regardless of his assertion > that he was "never a malicious threat" and "only wanted to be treated like a > human being", we are led to believe that his little blackmail scenario was > directly responsible for the deaths of some indeterminate number of > intelligence operatives, probably Section and/or Agency personnel, allies all. > And his suicide, while meant to be noble I'm sure, came off merely as the > whimper of the whipped hound. He thought he couldn't take living on Section's > time under its rules without his fluffy cyber-security blanket, so he took the > easy way out. "I'm not going to make it", he said to Michael. Hell, he didn't > even try. Agreed...very good point..... > Question 5: "That's the first time you've made the Section wait for me." Anyone > else want to slap her silly? > > "Hey Nikita, the Pentagon's computer system is about to be hacked by nuclear > terrorists, what are you going to do?" > "Whine at Michael for not taking me to Disneyland." > > Is Michael on Prozac? Lithium? Thorazine? How does he restrain himself from > seizing her by the hair and whapping her forehead into the nearest horizontal > surface, ten or twelve times, very sharply. And where is the wee metal pan in > which Nikita's brain is currently being kept? Maddy's new office? Op's? Do we > get a prize if we find it? Oh, right...we'd get INFINITELY BETTER TELEVISION > if someone could kindly restore our Spygal's grey matter. Search party anyone? ROFLMAO!!! SO TRUE! And here is my biggest problem with Season two, all of the other characters I either love, or at least love to hate.... But Nikita has become unbearably dense and just down right mean! Thanks again Pax! EZBee, Who still fears Nikita will win Miss Clueless of 1998........

1998-02-04 00:00:00 - Re: Impressions on AZ (Spoilers) - (mac <dkmac@concentric.net>)


dont want to jeapordize my video of first episode but isnt nikita being passionate kissing willing to make love and yet still stone cold killer eg in the room blowing up the computer without second thought?

1998-02-04 00:00:00 - Re: Impressions on AZ (Spoilers) - (JulieAn130 <juliean130@NOFNSPAMcyberia.com>)


>Question 6: Did Nikita adopt Jurgen's grooming regimen? The bug had been left >on her back at least a full 24 hours and she never noticed it while bathing? A >sensitive listening device survived a hot, soapy shower? ?????????? > >Bizarre. The whole tone of the show had me wondering when Rod Serling was going >make his appearance at a commercial break. >Donna aka >~~Pax (that's "peace", as in "rest in...") I totally agree with you about the shower thing. That really bothered me. In fact, I agree with you about everything :) Julie -- To Reply to me by email, just remove the NOFNSPAM from my email address. The Riddle of the Cyberspider: Once upon a midnight dreary, I climbed to the center of the Web, where I sat weak and weary. Before me lay the great Cyberspider, who told me to solve her riddle before she would let me pass through the middle of the Web. "Ichabod, Alice, Marie, name the common bond that ties thee." After much thought, I cocked my RPG and replied, "Off with your head, your Majesty." And I pulled the trigger. Really cool webpages: http://members.aol.com/juliean130/private/mypage/webpicks.htm http://members.aol.com/angelone30/shivers2/s2guide.htm http://members.aol.com/angelone30/harvester/harv1.htm