'Hanna' premiere: From Baldwin in 'Counterpart' to Saya in 'Deadly Class', here are 5 intriguing TV assassins
Before Amazon's show 'Hanna' airs, here's a look at a few of the most intriguing assassins on television
The Amazon original show 'Hanna' grabbed the attention of viewers when it released the pilot episode on the streaming site after Superbowl, for exactly 24 hours, after which it disappeared. Hanna is trained by her father, an ex-black ops officer, to avoid human contact. Over time she ends up becoming a trained assassin. The first episode of the show, filled with intrigue, was a good start to a series centered on a teenage assassin.
This, of course, got us thinking about some of the best assassin characters we have seen on television, which took us all the way back to 'Nikita.' So, here is a list of the top five fictional assassins who impressed the masses.
1. Nikita Mears in 'Nikita'
'Nikita,' the oldest of the shows on this list was about an off-the-book covert organization, Division, which trained troubled teenagers, recruited directly from prison. Division fakes the death of its recruits and trains them in espionage before assigning them missions. Nikita, played by Maggie Q, is trained by the organization and turns rogue when she realizes the covert group also provides services under the table, murder-for-hire. She vows to bring the organization and its founder down with the help of another teenager, Alex Udinov, who is also recruited by Division.
2. Villanelle in 'Killing Eve'
'Killing Eve' is a British television series in which the role of the assassin is portrayed by Jodie Comer. Comer as Villanelle aka Oksana Astankova is the antagonist in the show. Eve, portrayed by Sandra Oh, an MIA agent who rides a desk, tries to track down the psychopathic assassin Villanelle on her own time when her theory that the killer is a woman is dismissed by her superiors. In the process, the agent and the assassin become obsessed with each other. Villanelle plays a compelling assassin on the show.
3. Barry in 'Barry'
Unlike the other assassins on this list, Barry is a low maintenance assassin from the Midwest. A former U.S. Marine, he kills for money. When he receives an assignment to kill one Mr. Ryan Madison, who is having an affair with a mob boss' wife, he has to travel to Los Angeles and coincidentally finds himself involved with a local theater group. His assignment takes a turn for the worse when the guys who paid him are ready to take him. The show is a dark comedy, which will leave you in splits over Barry's escapades.
4. Saya Kuroki in 'Deadly Class'
'Deadly Class' based on the graphic novel of the same name features Lana Condor as Saya Kuroki, who is the legacy of Kuroki Syndicate and a student at King's Dominion. She also receives an order from Master Lin to recruit a homeless teenager, Marcus, who ultimately becomes her 'pledge'. The show premiered January 16 and just four episodes in, Saya does a good job of keeping you hooked on to the show, especially towards the end of episode 4 when we get a look at Saya's Yakuza past. The fifth episode will air February 13.
5. Nadia Fierro/Baldwin in 'Counterpart'
Baldwin in 'Counterpart' is another interesting assassin, especially considering the fact there are two versions of the same person in two different dimensions, which are referred to as Alpha and Prime worlds on the show. Baldwin's Alpha counterpart, Nadia Fierro, is a renowned violinist who is murdered in the first season. As for Baldwin, she is a hired assassin who works for the terrorist cell in the Prime world, known as Indigo. Baldwin was sent to the Alpha world by Indigo's leader, Mira, in order to replace her other self in the Alpha world and to manipulate diplomacy and disrupt operations.