'Human Target' - 'Victoria' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted Apr 8th 2010 12:45PM
(S01E11) "You a hot mess." - Winston to Guerrero.
Chance rubbed elbows with royalty on last night's 'Human Target.' But while Fox's pre-show introduction (starring a couple of 'Glee' kids) promised big thrills and explosions, "Victoria" failed to deliver any truly spectacular action sequences. At least we got to see the show sorta return to its original premise, with Chance posing as someone close to the client to protect her from the threat. It seems like he hasn't done that in quite a while.
Winston and Guerrero got themselves into a pretty tight spot during this ep. It's always fun to see these two paired up out in the field instead of stuck in a room staring at computer screens or talking on cell phones. Follow me after the jump to discuss last night's Crown conspiracy.
You can usually count on two things from every episode of 'Human Target': good guest stars and awesome action. Let's talk about the guest stars first.
It was great to see geek TV vet Erick Avari back on the tube (he was one of two 'Stargate' franchise alums who guest starred last night, the other was Kavan Smith). Avari's appearance didn't last long, though. The baddies gunned him down right after Chance's clever twist on the ol' room service cart ruse. I was hoping he'd stick around for the whole ep. Not only is the guy a decent actor, but I also became instantly attached to his character, Gerard. He was sharp and sophisticated, and like Victoria (Christina Cole) said later, he was a great man of integrity. It would've been fun to listen to Gerard and Chance talk about some of the old jobs they pulled together back in the day, but I guess it just wasn't in the cards.
Cole was a lot of fun to watch as Victoria, the smokin' hot Princess of Wales who was willing to trade her royal entitlement for true love. She had a Billie Piper thing going on (which is funny, since I just learned that she appeared on 'Doctor Who' a few years back). I remember Cole from the sharp UK supernatural series 'Hex,' and she's really grown up since then.
Mackenzie Gray played a pretty standard bad guy with a pretty standard bad guy name, Templeton, and scowl. He was nothing compared to the cold and calculating Baptiste (Lennie James) or that sleaze ball Bertram (Kim Coates) from previous eps.
One of the best parts of the ep featured Christopher Heyerdahl as Connnor Dunham, the ex-IRA enforcer. Sure, his appearance ended up playing out more like a pit stop than an essential plot development, but the guy commanded his scenes. And how awesome was it when he executed those three agents in cold blood? I'd like to see this character/actor head back to the show as a shady ally or even a possible nemesis for Chance.
It was hard to believe that Templeton could turn almost all of Victoria's security detail against her. The set-up for this one was pretty ridiculous, but that's really nothing new for 'Human Target.' The set-ups usually give way to some crazy action-adventure fun. Unfortunately, Chance didn't get to do anything super cool. Despite a few solid shootouts, basic fistfights and a quick breaking and entering job, the show didn't make great use of our boy's action movie star skills. Well, maybe seeing him use a shield was pretty cool.
Chance developed a platonic relationship with Victoria. They had a cool brother-sister thing going on. It was a nice change of pace, considering Chance usually has a love connection or some sexual flirtation with every female guest star on the show.
As for Winston and Guerrero, I'm still diggin their comical routines. It makes sense that Guerrero's is a New Yorker. He just has that air about him. It also makes sense that he would trash a GPS system in an instant. The Dude's a badass, and so is Winston in his own way.
I'm glad this hour is out of the way, because I'm really looking forward to next week's flashback ep that tells the story of how Chance left his old life and became the Human Target. And the brilliant Lennie James will be back, along with Lee Majors (Lee Majors!), Armand Assante and Joss Whedon vet Amy Acker. Can't wait.
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