Reel Toronto: Nikita — Season 3 (Part One)

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Reel Toronto: Nikita — Season 3 (Part One)

From Kosovo to Luxembourg to, um, Mississauga, Nikita is back for another season of spying and shooting all around the globe, from right here in the GTA.

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.

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Oh, Nikita. Here we are again, hosting your slick, blow-em-up adventures that take you to just about every hot spot on the planet as you dress up our fair city as often and as creatively as a kid with a new doll. The GTA plays Hong Kong, Kosovo, and just about everywhere in between this time around.

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As always, the locations come pretty fast and furious in Nikita. The season premiere finds us in Hong Kong, though this handsome interior is actually the foyer of Hamilton’s beautifully modernist City Hall. Amusingly, the building’s exterior was used as a Turkish location in the second season.

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Then there’s an extended action sequence “outside” that building.

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See the King Eddie back there?

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Yeah, we’re actually on Victoria Street (which becomes Scott as you go south).

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Still in Hong Kong, we visit this hotel…

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…actually the Harbour Castle.

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Nikita and her pals are doing some yoga before she gets called into action…

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…but this New York street is actually Lombard.

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It’s not all shooting and killing, good readers. Nikita also has time for romance, receiving this proposal, at photogenic Berczy Park.

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This season features more of Nikita‘s ever-entertaining, “No, it’s not!” series of location call-outs. This lab…

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…which you can see a bit better here, is the Science Wing at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. (Did you know architect John Andrews also designed the CN Tower? It’s a fact!)

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As always, Nikita’s home base is New York. They might think they’re a World Class City, but they don’t have our awesome Info Pillars, so we must be on Adelaide Street.

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This jeweller isn’t in New York either…

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…it’s Fortunes, up on Avenue Road.

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But the biggest sequence takes place at this location, which is supposed to be an embassy near the United Nations.

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But as we get down to street level, we see we’re actually on University Avenue

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…outside the posh University Club.

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A lot of the action in the third episode takes place at this arena…

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…which the seats conveniently and easily ID as Copps Coliseum.

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Oooh, lookie! We’re in beautiful Luxembourg!

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Yeah, more like Scarborough!

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Inside and out this is Valley Halla, right by the zoo. (Not surprisingly, it’s been on Nikita before, as a totally different location.)

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Much of the action in the fifth episode takes place in this hotel…

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…which we can recognize as the Sutton Place (formerly a hotel, now condos)…

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…complete with its lovely rooftop view of our skyline.

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Ah, here we are in lovely tropical St. Lucia…

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…with an ocean view…

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…and venue for fighting, courtesy of the Sunnyside Beach Pavilion.

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The sixth episode also features a shootout in this industrial space, which looks like the ol’ Hearn Generating Station.

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We’re back in “New York” for the following episode…

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…and Nikita tails this guy through an alley, into a café…

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…and out the front door, with its helpful logo…

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…which tells us we’ve just made our way around Lower Jarvis, and G for Gelato.

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Lots of hanging around steamy alleyways in this episode. Here we are—not very far away from the last location—on Church Street.

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…where you can see that Canada Post apparently delivers in Manhattan…

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…and then we’re taken into this alleyway for a fight. It’s a fairly well-used Hollywood alley and also appeared in Boondock Saints.

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Same deal later at night…

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…right across the street, in this alley beside Henry’s.

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The eighth episode finds us way down south. This hacienda is in Mexico, and we confess we don’t know quite where it is…

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…but this “federal building” in Houston is most definitely really…

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…Mississauga’s photogenic City Hall.

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Episode nine is set in Pennsylvania, though we’re blazing along Lakeshore here, past the post office near Leslie Street.

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In the following episode, we have the University Avenue Courthouse playing a Washington federal building…

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…and a lovely retreat in Kosovo…

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…though, actually, we’re at old Cold Creek Manor, Cambridge’s Cruickston Park.

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Looks as if they shot the interiors there, too.

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The final episode of the first half finds us in front of this “federal building”…

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…actually the Rosewater Supper Club…

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…which, like our Hong Kong street earlier, is within view of the King Eddie…

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…and good for a kaboom or two.

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Some action for the intelligence community as we park outside Washington’s FBI headquarters, on Front Street…

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…and go inside CIA Headquarters…

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…which is actually a building that’s played it in more movies than we can count—the province’s Mowat Block, across from Queen’s Park.

At this point, two-and-a-half seasons in, you wouldn’t be wrong to wonder if Nikita has visited every city on the planet except the one in which the series is actually filmed. Could that actually happen when we get to the back half of Season 3? Tune in next time, and find out!

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