I kind of feel bad that this is the first review on TV Tropes for this series. But here goes.
There's a lot to like about Nikita. Top-secret espionage high-jinks is basically my catnip. If you are after a fun spy drama full of double-crossing and intra-plotting, with plenty of action scenes, infiltrations, and tortured romantic yearnings, this could be it.
Still, despite all the fun, there was one thing that began niggling at me in Season 1 and then became so obvious in Season 2 that I couldn't get past the first 5 or 6 episodes. The fact was, I couldn't stand the way the female characters dressed. Nikita was constantly dressed in skintight clothes, and one episode insulted the French forever by putting her in a truly horrendous white-trash outfit and having her speak French (and then somehow having a whole series of action scenes without splitting her pants). Alex wore a succession of seriously too small dresses which stopped a bare couple of inches south of an R-rating. But the worst thing was Amanda, obviously an older woman, being squeezed into pretty much identical dresses, and not quite having the figure to get away with it. Don't get me wrong, I have never looked as good as Melinda Clarke, and I probably never will. But it just seemed so crass and exploitative to shoehorn her into a succession of such crass and exploitative outfits.
I wondered briefly if I was crazy, and a bit later turned to Person of Interest as my top-secret espionage high-jinks catnip show. People, if JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan can turn out an intelligent action show featuring women dressed like real people and not like cheesecake, so can you.