Madeline ... Section's Master Strategist
and Psyche Operative
Beautiful and mysterious, she controls her domain in Section
with an iron hand encased in a velvet glove. Indeed, the term
"Iron Maiden" has been used in describing her and this
description fits her perfectly.
Her primary role in Section is that of master strategist and
Psyche Ops. With eerie intent she focuses on her work. Exuding
the aura of a 'Mona Lisa' she manipulates and controls the
lives of each and every operative in Section. The very idea of
personal emotions having a part in the decisions she makes
is ludicrous. Madeline is the only one of the key characters of
LFN that has NOT fallen victim to her emotions.
Every action, every move, every word, has been thought out and
put into play with but one goal for its existence ... to benefit Section's
cause. Brilliant in her ability to understand and foresee what another
is feeling and will do, she uses this information to control and
manipulate that person.
Even with almost the same enigmatic quality that surrounds Michael, we
still managed to learn a few facts about Madeline. First off, we
found out that as a child she killed her younger sister over a doll by
pushing her down a stairwell. What is not known is if this was just
the first in a series of events that brought Madeline to Section.
Another interesting tidbit of knowledge that was revealed quite recently
is that Madeline and Operations have a 'past'. Therefore, if there is
anyone that Madeline may feel deeply for -- it's him. Yet, along with
this knowledge we also learn that Madeline does not care to resume
this type of relationship with him, again.
In the episode, NEW REGIME we viewed a more impassioned
Madeline. Yet, her emotionalism was completely in character
with the realization that it was fixated on restoring Section to normal.
Another specialty that is uniquely hers is the ability to extrapolate
information from anyone. To be interrogated by Madeline is enough
to strike fear into the most resolute of enemies. In the dark world
that Section is a part of, it appears that her skill is almost legendary
with her enemies both knowing and fearing her.
Possibly the most extraordinary thing about her is her strength of
will, as in one episode we see a display of her ability to control her
own heart. Actually stopping it and then starting it again, in order to
thwart her kidnapper's plans.
Of all the characters of LaFemme Nikita, Madeline is one of the most
fascinating -- with her terrifying calmness always in place, even as she
decides, along with Operations, who will live and who will die. Feeling
justified in her actions as for her, SECTION is everything.