By Jennifer Armstrong
Updated March 15, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST
La Femme Nikita: Everett Collection

Alberta Watson hones her ice-queen act as Überspy boss Madeline. Nikita negotiates a sexy star-crossed romance with co-worker Michael. And suddenly it’s startlingly clear how much Jack Bauer and Sydney Bristow owe USA’s cult fave about a woman who was recruited from jail (after being wrongly accused of stabbing a cop) for secret government group Section One. In La Femme Nikita, you never know who’s bad or who’s good, and in the deliciously La Femme Nikita: The Complete Second Season, that goes for the heroine herself: She starts off pretending to be a kidnapping victim and ends the season in cahoots with an ex-agent out to destroy the agency.

EXTRAS Nikita‘s masterminds (executive consultant Joel Surnow, director Jon Cassar, and story editor Michael Loceff) offer cool, candid commentary, waxing rhapsodic about the love story one moment and mocking their own credibility-stretching plot liberties the next. And the deleted scenes are actually worth it, thanks to Cassar’s explanatory intros — especially the episode 1 action sequence that was axed when everyone realized that the bad guys’ silvery suits looked silly.