I rarely watch even milliseconds of Nikita, but I caught the first scenes of the latest episode this evening. And I found that she talks like too many of my students write: in vague generalities that tell the listener nothing of value.
Man whose people have multiple machine guns trained on Nikita and crew: "You have 10 seconds to give me a reason not to kill you."
Nikita: "We're not here to interrupt your opium smuggling. We're here to make a deal, but we need to be here temporarily." The end.
If I am the man governing the machine guns, they are now dead.
Not here to interrupt my operations? Words are cheap. How do I know this is true? Why should I believe you? How did you even know I'm a smuggler? Who else knows this now that you know it? Who -- the law or other smugglers -- might have followed you to this location and right now be moving in on my territory? What is any reason whatsoever that I should trust you on this? Here to make a deal? What kind of deal? With whom? For what purpose? What's in it for me that you need this location and no other? Need to be here temporarily? Why here, specifically? Why not any of the other airports you could have chosen? What's so important about this location for you? In what way does it serve your purposes -- oh, and what, again, were those purposes? Why in the world should I believe anything you just said, as it tells me exactly NOTHING OF ANY SUBSTANCE?
Yeah, dead. Time's up and I didn't hear a single actual reason not to kill you. Sorry.