Saturday, July 23, 2011

Maggie Q of Nikita a hit at SDCC 2011

Maggie Q was the focal point of the Nikita panel at comic-con, with a coach from highschool saying hi from the crowd, fans of her early Hong Kong movies asking questions, and the fans overall asking her questions. She even attempted to demonstrate a stunt with an audience member!!

But, away from Maggie Q and back to Nikita - - - what can we expect from the new season? Read on for More...

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"We've talked about the idea that every character is searching for home in their way," Silverstein said. "Alex is trying to get back to the home that is due her. Nikita's trying to find the home that she never had. Percy's trying to get back to his home."

He added, "Michael and Nikita out there righting wrongs as Alex heads from right to wrong."

So what does that all mean?

Well, things are tense between Alex and Nikita.

"We're going to see an Alex and Nikita fight early one, which you've never seen before," Silverstein teased.

And Michael and Nikita are definitely all couple-y this season, though there are complications.

"We're on the run," Shane West said. "We're under extraordinary circumstances. One's conservative. One's liberal. They're very different, but they're in love."

Alex is also on her own, though that mostly means that she isn't working for Division anymore. Or is she?

"That's a really complicated question," Silverstein said. "She has a relationship with Division, but she does not work for them. She needs them to get what she wants."

And even Division isn't Division anymore, or at least not the same Division Xander Berkeley ruled with an iron fist for much of Season One.

"The power dynamics within Division have changed," Silverstein said. "When we come back, Amanda [Melinda Clarke] is running Division and Percy has been banished to probably the coolest set we've built."

Of Amanda, Silverstein added, "She's trying to clean up Percy's mess... She's trying to turn Division into a more principled place. But as we know, Amanda is 10 times scarier than Percy."

And what of Aaron Stanford's Birkhoff?

"Birkhoff is no longer in Division and you're going to find out what happened to him in the first episode and I really don't want to spoil it," Silverstein hinted.

And speaking of returning favorites, Silverstein also said that Devon Sawa's Owen will return, now with a different source of funding.

"If they could all just get along, they'd be a super-team. But they don't all get along and that's what makes it fun," Silverstein said, noting that there are no plans to put Owen in a love-triangle with the currently content couple, so Mikita fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Amidst all of this potential excitement, Maggie Q said she was looking forward to finally getting some information about Nikita herself.

"Craig did an amazing thing, he got away with not divulging anything about our hero in the first season," she noted.

In Season Two, we're going to see more of Nikita's pre-Division life, including her birth parents and the phase Maggie Q refers to as "Tough, knife-fight Nikita."

And, of course, there will be new bad guys, badder than ever.

"There's going to be a lot more badness," Silverstein said. "Michael and Nikita have the Black Box. The black box holds the dirtiest, darkest secrets and bad guys."

As for what other specifics were revealed during the panel… IGN summarized:

•Silverstein promised, "Alex and Nikita fight early on, which we really haven't seen before." The actresses laughed, recalling filming the fight scene, which Fonseca said involved Maggie Q picking her up and throwing her into a car.

•The power dynamic at Division is very different now. Said Silverstein, "Amanda is running Division and Percy has been banished to probably the coolest set we've built yet." While he wouldn't get specific on what that set was, he did add, "Percy has taken a fall and he's plotting his revenge."

•A new character, Shawn, is introduced this season, who has been sent by Oversight to watch over Amanda. Amanda is trying to "Clean up Percy's mess," or at least that's what she claims, noted Silverstein. Shawn has been described in the press as a potential love interest for Alex, though Fonseca said that was funny to her, given that Amanda hates him during the scenes they're currently shooting. Fonseca said that Alex "has a relationship with Division, but she does not work for them. She needs them to get what she wants. " Silverstein elaborated that "She's working with them on a quid pro quo basis. It could go wrong at any time."

•While Michael and Nikita are together, it won't be smooth sailing. West said, the two of them are "Very different, but in love. They're trying to work out those problems while in extraordinary circumstances."

•More of Nikita's past will be revealed via flashbacks, including, as Maggie Q pondered, "Why is Nikita the best? Where does it come from?" She and Silverstein discussed the question of Nikita's parents – and Fonseca said she hopes to learn about Alex's mother as well.

•"Birkhoff is no longer in Division, but you'll find out what happened to him in the first episode," said Silverstein. The cast all seemed very excited by what's to come with Birkhoff in Season 2, though they all kept silent on what that involved.

•Owen (Devon Sawa) will return in the second episode of Season 2, and Ryan will return this season as well. Silverstein said Owen is "trying to get healthy" and "is being funded by a mysterious source."

•Silverstein said that the "love story" (his term) between Nikita and Alex remains crucial, noting, "The journey they go on this season is super rocky," but said that as in Season 1, "It ends in a totally different place than it begins."

September 23, we can expect the new season to return to CW, for now here is a preview:

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