Archive for the ‘Human Target’ Category

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TV Wrap-Up: Complete Season Finishes

June 3, 2010

Welcome back to my look back at the 2009-2010 TV season.  Check out the previous post for my introduction to this wrap-up as well as a look at the shows that I dropped part of the way through the season.  Today I will be looking at 13 shows that I watched all of the way through this past season.  These shows were good enough for me to complete their seasons (some just barely), but they all missed a spot in the top 10 shows of the season.  After the jump is a look these 13 shows, roughly in order of least liked to most liked.

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TV Thoughts: Human Target – “Christopher Chance”

April 16, 2010

The first season of Human Target ended with a flashback to Chance’s first mission and it set things in motion for a, hopefully, exciting second season.  Thoughts on the finale after the break.

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TV Thoughts: Human Target – “Victoria”

April 10, 2010

It’s hard to believe that we are already there, but this was the penultimate episode of season 1 of Human Target.  Granted there isn’t exactly a whole lot of carry over material, so it didn’t feel like a typical penultimate episode, but it is worth noting that next week is the finale.  I feel pretty good about Human Target coming back next season because even though it is not pulling the best numbers, it does win its hour as a lead in for American Idol almost most every Wednesday and I bet that is enough for FOX to keep it around for another season.  This episode was another fun enclosed story with minimal connection to the rest of the series.  There were a few references to the woman from Chance’s past that he loved and we actually saw her gravestone, but aside from that it was all about Chance saving a princess from people that wanted to kill her.  I really enjoy these save-the-day-in-45-minutes stories every week because of how different they are from even the standard police procedurals on TV, but I am excited because I have heard that the finale does delve quite deeply into Chance’s past and I am curious about the story behind the man.  That is probably the highest complement that I can give a show like this, I enjoy it and I want to know more backstory about the characters.  Cool moments after the jump:

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TV Thoughts: Human Target – “Tanarak”

April 4, 2010

For only lasting one TV hour every week (45ish minutes, give or take), the plot of Human Target manages to be very epic.  Not only is Christopher Chance saving someone’s life, but he is also taking down a corrupt mega-company, exposing corruption in an entire police force, or saving the entire internet.  It is really quite impressive.  The bad guys never have a whole lot of back story every week since the focus is on Chance and the target (last week’s “Corner Man” being an exception to that rule).  This week the guy who was the “main” bad guy mainly served as the face that the camera cut to while the bad guys were trying to catch Chance and he served as a way to make the climactic fight scene on the front of a dump truck (does that count as an enclosed space?) noticeably climactic.  This is not a criticism of the show, more of an observation.  One thing I never got a sense of this episode was the temperature of the Alaskan wilderness.  Sure, it was used as a way to get Chance and Dr. Shaw (Seriously, there were characters in 3 different shows that I watch this past week with the last name of Shaw, what is the deal?) stripped down, but I think the writers really missed an opportunity to make the environment a real threat for Chance.  Still, it was a light and fun episode and does not require any back knowledge of the show to be enjoyed.  Cool moments after the jump:

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TV Thoughts: Human Target – “Corner Man”

March 29, 2010

I am really tardy with this review, so here are a couple thoughts.  A few mentions of “The Old Man” this week, but not a whole lot of movement in terms of the bigger story of Chance’s past.  There were some nice moments this week displaying how Chance and Winston care about each other and Mark Valley and Chi McBride make those moments and those characters really worth it.  The setting this week made the action scenes very necessary to the plot and they were filmed a lot better this week than last with less quick cuts and editing.  I’m not sure how plausible the fight scene in the pool was, but it certainly was really cool.  Does a fight in a pool count as another enclosed space?  Cool moments after the jump.

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TV Thoughts: Human Target – “Baptiste”

March 18, 2010

I don’t know for sure, but I think this was the first episode of Human Target produced after the initial pilot set made for FOX.  At least it seems that way this week since saw the return of two previous characters, Agent Barnes and Layla, and this week was a lot heavier on talking about Chance’s past than the previous episodes which mainly hinted at the past.  More on that after the jump.

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TV Thoughts: Human Target –“Salvage and Reclamation”

March 13, 2010

The tough-manly-character-has-to-explain-to-an-ex-why-he-left-her storyline is pretty basic in any action show and must be pretty simple to write since all of the beats are laid out for the writers, but Mark Valley played the situation in this week’s Human Target really well.  He is not like Matt Damon whose biggest asset is communicating what’s on the inside.  But Valley, along with his great physical presence, has some great line delivery of things that would be cheesy or stupid if someone else said them; he really sells them.  His perfectly explanative facial expressions are expertly mannered as well and add to his character’s sense of fun about what he does.  The premise this week was a little off of the normal Chance mantra, meaning there was no blending in to draw out a threat, but the saving of a captured British archeologist worked well.  All of the serialized elements that have been teased in the past few episodes are absent this week and the style was very mission of the week.  We’ll see once they get out of these first few episodes, which were probably produced quite a while back, if the show brings those elements up again.  Either way, this is a fun show.  Cool moments after the jump:

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