'Human Target' - 'Christopher Chance' Recap (Season Finale)
by Mike Moody, posted Apr 15th 2010 3:27PM
(S01E12) "Christopher Chance is the guy you go to when no one else can help you." - Christopher Chance to, er, Christopher Chance!
Last night's great season finale was capped off by a cliffhanger ending straight outta 'The Empire Strikes Back' -- a major player went missing, the plot was left unresolved, and a swelling John Williams-esque score filled the final moments. The cliffhanger felt even more poignant since Fox has yet to announce a second season renewal for 'Human Target.'
Hopefully, the network will take a, er, chance and order another full season of the show. 'Human Target' turned out to be one of the best and most enjoyable new series to premiere in the last few months. I've had a blast tagging along with Chance, Winston and Guerrero on their crazy adventures, and I'd love to see the boys regroup and save the day over and over again for another few years.
We finally got to see Chance's back story and explore his relationships with "The Old Man" Joubert (Armand Assante) and Katherine Walters (Amy Acker). "Christopher Chance" revealed a lot about our main characters, but there's still more backstory to tell and more questions to be answered. Like how and why did Guerrero leave The Old Man's company to hook up with Chance and Winston? Is Katherine Walters really dead? (We never actually saw her in the boat when it exploded.) And what's so important about that book?
Casting The Six Million Dollar Man and the Fall Guy himself, Lee Majors, as Classic Chance was an inspired choice. The guy exudes an air that can only be described as "TV badass," plus he looks like he could be Mark Valley's real-life big poppa.
Major's confident performance as Classic Chance gave weight to Late Model Chance's decision to quit the bad guy biz and start a new life. Before these two met, I was feeling a little let down by Chance's reason for turning on his boss. The "I don't want to do it anymore" line he gave Katherine earlier in the ep wasn't doin' it for me. His decision to, all of a sudden, do the right thing after he learned Katherine was innocent felt a little false -- until we learned about his previous encounter with Classic Chance, who told him that no one deserves to die.
That was the turning point for our Chance. He spent a year after that questioning his current path and everything The Old Man stood for. Things came to a breaking point when he met Katherine.
Amy Acker looked absolutely gorgeous in this ep. Her romance with Chance felt a bit rushed, but Acker and Valley are pros. They really sold it. I hope Acker is able to return to the show somehow.
Assante was agreeably slimy as Joubert. I was hoping the big bad would turn out to be someone a little scarier or more unpredictable, but Assante did his best with the role, shouting and scowling every line with an unpleasant look on his face.
Let's talk about the coolest moment of the night: The quick brawl between Chance and Guerrero. What a surprise! I never thought Jackie Earle Haley would jump into an action scene on this show. It just never occurred to me that Guerrero could kick some ass and hold his own against The Christopher Chance. This was such a great moment for fans, and it made me wish for a Guerrero-centric ep that would reveal some of his back story. You know that would be a lot of fun.
This was an entertaining, exciting and surprising season finale. It was also great to see Lennie James back as Baptiste. Here's hoping we'll get to see Chance and Guerrero save the day and bring good ol Laverne back home for season two.
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