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'Human Target' -- A Bench With a Bomb (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 2nd 2010 10:05AM
'Human Target' -- A Bench With a BombThere's the old expression that you should never play with fire. And there should be some equivalent expression about "never playing with explosives" ... except it's not necessary to remind anyone of that. Playing with explosives? No one would do such a stupid thing. Except for our heroes on 'Human Target' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox).

Ames (Janet Montgomery) is a new member of the team. But she's also a former thief, and pretty soon, she gets sucked back into her old ways. Her ex-partner Brody (J.D. Pardo) provides her with a convenient excuse. Brody isn't just an old partner, he's Ames' oldest friend. He needs her help, and she gives it -- as the pair steal explosives for a guy named Mr. Markus (Hakeem Kae-Kazim).

On a show like this, someone named "Mr. Markus" just has to be a really bad guy -- and he is. He traps Ames and Brody into doing one last job: a diamond heist. Now, in order to save Ames, Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) has to go along for the ride.

At first, things seem to work out. The team is able to grab the jewels and foil the bad guy ... or so one would think. Then, Mr. Markus takes Brody hostage and demands the return of the diamonds -- Ames must deliver them to the train station. And as payback, Markus straps Brody to a bench outside the station. A bench with a bomb underneath.

Brody is sitting on a pressure-sensitive switch; if he moves, he'll explode. Ames can't save him, but she won't leave him to die. (Although just once, it'd be nice if someone said "Okay then, see ya!" in this type of situation.) Chance shows up, and decides not to do any fancy fiddling around with red wires or blue wires. Instead, Chance takes "the direct approach" with the bomb. His plan is as brilliant as it is stupid. He rushes straight at Brody and knocks him off the bench.

Does it work? Well, the bench is vaporized into a cloud of dust, and Chance loses his hearing -- but yeah, it sort of works. What did we say before about never playing with explosives? No one on this show is paying attention. But maybe someone will manage to learn a lesson. Maybe Ames can even quit her thieving ways, and become a real member of the team.

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