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'Human Target' - 'Corner Man' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 25th 2010 5:03AM
human target corner man recap(S01E09) 'Human Target' jumped back to case-of-the-week mode after last week's back story-heavy hour, but I'm not complaining. Like 'Fringe,' this is one of those shows that constantly delivers solid stand-alone episodes.

This week, Chance entered an underground martial arts tournament to get a fighter off the hook with a dangerous gangster. I was hoping this ep would exploit the 'Enter the Dragon' fighting competition gimmick a little more. I was expecting brutal hand-to-hand combat scenes, tense build-ups to each fight, and opponents that got bigger and scarier as the episode went along.

Instead, the fights kinda seemed to happen in the background. Chance fought a few guys who pretty much looked the same and seemed to go down a little too easily. The real intrigue sprang from all the high-stakes gambling and backdoor deals surrounding the fights.

"Corner Man" was a fun episode that offered the usual 'Human Target' twist and turns and some fine performances from its guest cast. Dash Mihok was particularly fun to watch as dense fighter Eddie Dunn. He seemed to be channeling Michael Rapaport's similar character from 'Mighty Aphrodite.' His scenes with Guerrero were hilarious (still, I kept wondering how this idiot managed to locate and hire Chance to help him solve his problem).

Veteran genre actor Kenneth Welsh was a great choice to play big bad financier Tony Belvilacqua. I hope we get to see him again. I'd say the chances of him returning are pretty good since he still holds that grudge against Chance.

It was nice to see 'Battlestar Galactica' alum Grace Park return to the tube. She played the latest smart and sexy lady to form a mutually beneficial relationship with Chance, a trend I have absolutely no problem with. No problem at all.

For a stand-alone ep, "Corner Man" did a great job of reminding us about the overarching backstory that was brought to the forefront in 'Baptiste.' It seems that Chance is really sweating the thought of "The Old Man" resurfacing to take aim at his friends, namely Winston. But Winston reminded Chance that he could take care of himself.

I hope that final chat between Chance and Winston was a teaser for an upcoming Winston-centric ep. I'd love to see Chi McBride take center stage and pull off some of Chance's super slick moves on a case. That would be a fun change of pace.

I'd also love to see 'Human Target' stick around for another few years. It's quickly become one of the best and strongest new shows of the season. It's a confident, entertaining, and refreshing series that doesn't take itself too seriously. Fox needs to hold on to this one.

Anyone else with me?

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Great episode!

March 26 2010 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barlyn Anderson

Smart/clever writing. The explanation of the 4 steps as the show went on....step 3 being Frank, the ref at the end. The Pool scene was very cool. I was thinking how the heck is he going to get out of this, he can't, and I was impressed on the way he did it, I thought he was a goner when he landed in the pool, that someone would have to save him, but he made it look easy. Great show, it needs to stay around for a long time!!!!!

March 25 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I got a kick out that Chance escaped from a classic death trap with out the villains leaving the room. That normally doesn't happen.

March 25 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Even if the show sucked the title sequence is good enough to justify keeping it on air in my opinion.

March 25 2010 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

VERY much with you. This show has stolen all of my enthusiasm for Chuck...I feel like it fills that "fun-yet-sometimes-serious action throwback-to-the-80s A-Team/Macgyver" niche so much better. The cast is always 100%, the writing is always just believable enough and the action is always fun. This and Burn Notice are my favorite "fluff" shows right now.

March 25 2010 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

100% with you. Absolutely love the show. One of the TV highlights of the week in my book. Thoroughly entertaining. The show knows what it is, and doesn't shy away from it. Fox definitely needs to keep it around.

March 25 2010 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Totally with you. Love this show.

March 25 2010 at 8:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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