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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.

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Protecting the Princess on 'Human Target' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 7th 2010 10:50PM
Protecting the Princess on 'Human Target'Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) is the star of 'Human Target' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox). He's a private special agent who goes undercover every week to protect the lives of his clients. On the latest episode of the show, Chance finds himself in a very British situation: he's protecting Princess Victoria (Christina Cole), a member of the English royal family. To make things even more British, the two of them find themselves in a shoot-out in a room filled with swords, shields, and ancient suits of armor.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Human Target' - 'Tanarak' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 1st 2010 6:02PM
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(S01E10) Sorry about the late review, folks. My systems were still acting a little wonky after that EMP blast on '24' the other week, but everything seems to be working A-OK now (yes, I am a robot, a TV lovin' robot). So let's take a few and talk about our favorite Death Retardant Specialist, Christopher Chance.

SuperChance flew to a remote Alaskan island to rescue a selfless doctor, played by the perfectly adequate Moon Bloodgood, from a team of corporate-financed baddies. But what started out as a simple find and flee job soon turned into a mission to unearth a deadly conspiracy. Follow me after the jump for spoilers.

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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.

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Mark Valley Teaches Jimmy Fallon How to Take a Punch Like a Hero (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 23rd 2010 1:05PM
Late Night With Jimmy FallonMark Valley, star of Fox's 'Human Target,' stopped by 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:37AM EST on NBC) to give the host a few tips on how to be a hero.

The duo threw some fake punches with surprisingly comical results. Apparently, when you take a sucker punch to the jaw the right way, you get music.

While Fallon may have mastered the heroic punch, let's leave the trash talking action roles to Valley. We all remember 'Taxi,' Fallon's cop comedy with Queen Latifah.

Catch the video after the jump.

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'Human Target' - 'Baptiste' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 18th 2010 6:32AM
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(S01E08) I take back what I wrote last week. Kim Coates' Bertram is no longer the best and most memorable villain on 'Human Target'. That title now belongs to Baptiste, played by the awesome Lennie James.

The guy was brilliant as Chance's sadistic and stealthy nemesis. I would've been happy to watch Baptiste sit and trade barbs with Chance on that bench for the entire hour. But this episode had a lot more to offer, including some juicy intel about Chance's past, and the welcome return of Emma Barnes (Emmanuelle Vaugier) and computer geek Layla (Autumn Reeser).

Spoilers after the jump.

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'Human Target' - 'Salvage & Reclamation' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 11th 2010 5:05AM
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(S01E07) 'Human Target' returned to the tube with a fun episode packed with big explosions, clever gags, an exotic locale, and some femme fatale hotness. The hotness came courtesy of guest star Leonor Varela, the latest in a string of babes we've seen pair up with Chance during the show's freshman season (according to star Mark Valley, she definitely won't be the last).

Varela did a fine job playing Maria, one of Chance's old flames – an old flame who could've turned out to be "the one" for Chance, if only he would've stuck around to find out. But, as our boy explained midway through this ep, he left her because everyone he's ever gotten close to "has been taken away."

Was Chance making a reference to Katherine Walters here, the woman we found out about a few episodes ago? The woman he was in love with? The woman whose death he might be responsible for?

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'Human Target' - 'Lockdown' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:29AM
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(S01E06) It's always a pleasure to watch nerd for hire Kevin Weisman stammer his way through a guest spot on a great show. I loved him as Marshall on 'Alias', enjoyed his stints on 'Moonlight' and 'Roswell', and who could forget his brief appearance as 'Hobbit Lover' in Kevin Smith's 'Clerks II'?

Weisman literally played a nerd for hire in this episode. His character, Martin Gleason, was a brilliant weapons engineer in need of a little rescuing. The twist, of course, was that his own company was holding him prisoner. I guess that's what happens when you're in possession of damning intel that can bring a powerful weapons developer down for good.

'Lockdown' was another fast and fun hour of 'Human Target', a show that literally orders viewers to turn off their brain, sit back and enjoy the implausible ride.

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'Human Target' - 'Run' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 11th 2010 9:30AM
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(S01E05) High-speed car chases! Police baton beat downs! Seat belt strangulations!

The 14-year-old kid in me loves this show.

So does the currently overworked and underpaid adult version of me. Like a lot of folks these days, I'm just looking to wash away the week's stresses with some fun, old-fashioned hump day entertainment. Thankfully, 'Human Target' is happy to oblige.

This week's energetic hour offered more kicks and wittier one-liners than last week's mountaintop tussle. "Run" was a confident episode. It felt strong and sturdy, not unlike the series' awesome third outing ("Embassy Row").

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Review: 'Human Target' - 'Sanctuary'

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 4th 2010 12:39PM
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(S01E04) Just like Chuck Bartowski, Christopher Chance seems able to access any type of fighting skill, foreign language, or Bible verse necessary to nudge his way out of a tight spot. But unlike Chuck, or Echo from 'Dollhouse', his super skills don't come courtesy of some dubious sci-fi technology. So where did Chance get his awesome abilities? Who knows? We'll probably never learn the answer to that question. Despite the show's small attempts to get a larger arc moving, 'Human Target' is more concerned with delivering fun, action-packed self-contained episodes than with building a rich mythology.

Surprisingly, 'Sanctuary' offered some valuable intel about Chance's past, courtesy of Guerrero's latest "side job." We learned that he's wracked with guilt over his involvement in a woman's death -- a woman he was probably in love with. The same woman might've been the reason he turned things around and started working for the good guys, mirroring this week's client, John Gray ('Fanboys' star Sam Huntington). I'm looking forward to seeing these plot elements finally pay off somewhere down the line, but I don't expect the payoff to be huge.

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Review: Human Target - Rewind

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 21st 2010 6:00AM
human target rewind(S01E02) If there's one thing that Human Target gets right, it's the action. This episode just kind of sat there until Chance started kicking the assassin's teeth in at the fifteen-minute mark. The fight scene wasn't as nuts as Sunday night's bloody train tussle, but it added some much needed energy to the first half of this episode. And things only got crazier a few minutes later when Chance uttered the line of the night: "We're gonna flip the plane!"

Flipping an airplane at 30,000 feet would probably be a "jump the shark" moment for most other shows. But not on Human Target, a show so ridiculous and over-the-top that "jump the shark" simply does not apply.

I love the tone and spirit of this show. It's retro and fun and a little tongue-in-cheek, but it's also packed with some very appealing characters, compelling stories and a top notch cast. The first half of tonight's ep left me a little cold, but I was still invested enough to want to see how it would all turn out in the end. And I'm glad I stuck around.

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Review: Human Target - Pilot (series premiere)

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 18th 2010 1:31AM
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(S01E01) Chris Chance is The Mentalist's Patrick Jane, Lie to Me's Cal Lightman and Die Hard's John McClane rolled into one phenomenal package. It's ridiculous, but it works.

The same can be said for this show. Simply put, Human Target rocks. It's a lightning-paced, cocksure and surprisingly funny contempo version of an '80s action TV show. So rejoice, folks. The smart action-packed hour we've been waiting for has arrived.

If there's any justice in this world, Human Target will make Mark Valley a star. No -- a superstar. Three minutes into the pilot and I saw the makings of a classic witty TV hero in his performance. The veteran actor hits all the right notes and manages to make his implausibly awesome character feel like a real person.

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'Human Target' Premiere Recap

by David Hofstede, posted Jan 18th 2010 1:00AM
Will Mark Valley become TV's most famous bodyguard since Pam Anderson in 'VIP'?

The premiere episode of 'Human Target' opens with a hostage situation in an office -- a disgruntled salesman with a rifle and a bomb strapped to his chest believes he has the boss that fired him at his mercy, but is shocked to discover that his victim is actually Christopher Chance, who was hired by the boss for protection. After trying unsuccessfully to talk the gunman into surrendering, Chance kills him with his own rifle.

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'Human Target' on Fox - New TV Pilot Preview

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 10th 2009 2:00PM
Human TargetWhat should you expect from the new TV shows coming this fall? Read our first impressions of Fox's 'Human Target,' starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley ...

Premise: In danger? Christopher Chance (Valley) can help you. As the title indicates, he's not really a superhero though ... just a daring man who'll stand between you and trouble. For a price, of course.

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