It was an explosive opening to DC Comics' Human Target as we're introduced to Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) whose put himself in the middle of a hostage situation to protect the CEO of a company.
We're basically introduced to his calculating ability to size up a situation/hostile and engage him successfully. Later on we meet his partner Winston (Chi McBride) and an associate of questionable repute, Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) - they form a security firm known for their ability to protect a client and remove the threat.
The episode takes place on a high speed bullet train, protecting the woman behind the project, played by Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica).
My Take On The Show
I would really like to see this Mark Valley-starring project succeed, but none of the characters really grabbed me in this early stage of the game via the premiere. But I have to sit back and wait - I never liked a premiere that throws every bit of a character's history at you in a single episode. On the other hand, the premiere episode of Human Target gave me no, or very little, history on any of the characters at all.
Due to the lack of any emotional connection with any of the characters, this premiere episode was just an action flick where we get to watch Christopher Chance and team do their work to get the job done.
The confrontation between Chance and an assassin was interesting. The choreography had a ton of potential but had strange moments of blatant predictability, though I did enjoy one part of the fight scene in a rather peculiar location.
The cast of Human Target is nice but small and I can only assume that they will tack on more regulars as the season carries on (if it carries on).
They need to start showing us something about Chance, Winston and Guerrero. It should be interesting to delve into Guerrero - played by Haley. Geurrero feels like a prequel to Watchmen's Rorschach.
In The End
From what I understand, Human Target's resemblance to its source material is loose at best and is almost in name only in order to try to generate interest in the series. I can't help but wonder if this was Fox's doing or it just is what it is.
As far as liking the show, I'm middle of the road: Don't hate it but I've not been convinced that at this point it's worth drooling all over myself about.
Next week Christopher Chance will be protecting a client on an airliner. That ought be interesting. I Hope.
We'll see how it develops.