human target

Human Target had two good episodes this week. The first centered around a undercover Russian assassin (Lauren German) attempting to knock off her cover husband (Todd Grinnell). It’s actually much more romantic that it sounds, but as this was the one with lasting implications moving towards the season finale next week “The Trouble with Harry” is the one I chose to discuss here.

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Human Target returned this past week with Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) and Guerrero (Jackie Earl Haley) quickly wraping-up the cliffhanger from Season One by saving Winston (Chi McBride) from the evil clutches of Psych‘s Timothy Omundson. After a short break Chance is convinced to put the team back together by new co-star Indira Varma as Ilsa Pucci, a wealthy widow who needs his unique skill set to keep her alive.

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Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) is a former assassin who now works to save lives as a security specialist by blending into the background, diagnosing a threat, and eliminating it.

Along with former police detective Laverne Winston (Chi McBride) and the unscrupulous Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley), our hero tries to protect various clients by putting himself in harms way. The series is loosely based on the Vertigo Comics series about a detective/bodyguard who assumes the identity of the target as a master-of-disguise (which isn’t a skill set of the TV-character).

The first season includes a runaway train, a princess (Christina Cole) on the run, hidden treasure in a isolated monastery, a hacker (Ali Liebert) with a skeleton key to the Internet, breaking into the Russian Embassy, an crime boss (William B. Davis) and his estranged district attorney daughter (Kristin Lehman), a weapons designer (Kevin Weisman) held captive, a world class assassin (Lennie James), an ultimate fighting tournament, a trip to the jungles of South America, and (in the season finale) the story behind the birth of Christopher Chance.

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I have to say Human Target has been a pleasant surprise. You can never be quite sure what you’ll get in a mid-season replacement, but this series about a mysterious body guard adapted from the Vertigo comic has been consistently good.

My only complaints had to do with the secrets the show had begun spilling as it’s first season neared its end. Imagine my surprise then when the season finale, which gives us all kinds of answers to our hero’s past, turns out to be one the show’s best. It also doesn’t hurt that this episode went all out in the guest-star department with Amy Acker (oh Fred!), Psych‘s Timothy Omundson, Armand Assante, and Lee Majors! Here’s a little of Mark Paul Valley with Acker, and the first appearance of Majors as “Christopher Chance.”

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