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'Human Target' - 'Victoria' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 8th 2010 12:45PM
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(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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Morjana Coffman

Actually there were Four Stargate actors in that episode!

SGU's Josh Blacker (Sgt. Spencer )

Christopher Heyerdahl - SG1's Revisions, SGA's Halling and Todd the Wraith [and Sanctuary's John Druitt/Big Foot]

Stargate Atlantis' Kavan Smith (Major Lorne)

Stargate SG-1's Erick Avari (Kasuf)

Terrific episode last night.

April 09 2010 at 8:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Just the Facts

Having him interact with a hot English chick made me miss Keen Eddie. It would have been funny to have Sienna in the role of Victoria, although I thought Cole was perfect.

It was great to see the show get back to Chance being the human target. Hope that continues.

April 08 2010 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

Yup, " the Princess " was right, there are 16 British Commonwealth Realms that have the Queen (British monarch) as their Head-of-State and since Her Majesty is crowned Queen of each country below and each country is a constitutional monarchy they would have a say in any abdication in real life so its nice to see the producers of Human Target did some research on the matter.

Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, The Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and The United Kingdom (England - Scotland - Wales - Northern Ireland)

Her Majesty's loyal Canadian subject, Daniel
God Save the Queen of Canada, EIIR , long may she reign

April 08 2010 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was a good show. I really like all the action scenes. Erick Avari confused me. I just saw him in "Castle." I thought for a minute that I was watching the second part of a continued show until I remembered where I had seen him last.

April 08 2010 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ARE YOU CRAZY!?!?!?!?!?!? That fight scene with all the ancient weapons was awesome! Chance using the shield and the staff was so cool and it was an AWESOME action scene. I like it as much as the vent fighting in the first ep(but that may just be because I love medieval weaponry)

April 08 2010 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

Hex ... I liked that show.

April 08 2010 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, there were three SG alums, Christopher Heyerdahl played the wraith 'Todd' in a handful of SG:A eps.

April 08 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to DJOL's comment

That's great! I guess I didn't recognize him without the makeup! I guess Vancouver has a pretty small pool of good TV actors.

April 08 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not to mention, Halling , (one of the Athosians) in "Atlantis" plus Bigfoot AND John Druitt in "Sanctuary".

April 08 2010 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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