'Human Target' - 'Baptiste' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted Mar 18th 2010 6:32AM
(S01E08) I take back what I wrote last week. Kim Coates' Bertram is no longer the best and most memorable villain on 'Human Target'. That title now belongs to Baptiste, played by the awesome Lennie James.
The guy was brilliant as Chance's sadistic and stealthy nemesis. I would've been happy to watch Baptiste sit and trade barbs with Chance on that bench for the entire hour. But this episode had a lot more to offer, including some juicy intel about Chance's past, and the welcome return of Emma Barnes (Emmanuelle Vaugier) and computer geek Layla (Autumn Reeser).
Spoilers after the jump.
This episode was deceptively thin on plot. Basically, Baptiste flew into town to blow up a building packed with Chinese and Taiwanese diplomats (and steal a few watches). Chance caught his scent and did everything he could to stop him. Simple.
The real meat was in all the references to Chance's dark past. Characters have alluded to Chance's dark days before, but Baptiste laid it all out on the table: Chance used to be an ice cold contract killer, he trained Baptiste and they worked as a team, and he gave it all up when he fell in love with his final mark, Katherine Walters. Baptiste also referenced Chance's old boss, a figure we first heard about a few episodes ago. Apparently, "the old man" was very fond of Chance (can't blame him there) and he took it rather hard when Chance decided to bolt and become one of the good guys. Baptiste had to clean up the mess, which involved killing Katherine.
This Ghost of Hitman's Past also gave us some new info about Guerrero. It turns out the dude's a dad! I sure didn't see that one coming. He better keep that kid safe. If Baptiste is to be believed, the old man is gunning for Chance and all of his friends, and he's really pissed. This uber-villain doesn't sound like your ordinary mustache-twirlin' big bad. Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to seeing him show his face.
It looks like Layla is gonna be a recurring character on the show, which is fine. I see nothing wrong with 'Human Target' getting its own Claudia Donovan. Layla is smart, cute, and she gives Guerreo someone to talk to besides Winston. It seems Guerrero and Layla could develop an interesting and twisted relationship, judging by his sobering final words to her last night.
The intense rooftop brawl between Chance and Baptiste made up for last week's lack of hand-to-hand action. And who didn't love watching Emma wrestle Chance to the ground the moment he walked through the door? I'm not really interested in exploring Chance's love life, but if he has to hook up with someone, Emma is probably the best of the bunch. At least she can help him close more cases with her resources as an FBI agent.
The pacing was a little off this week, but that was mostly overshadowed by the fun action scenes, lively banter between Emma and Chance, and James' feature-worthy performance. I hope we get to see him again soon. Real soon.