Human Target continues to impress for its amazing ability to take rather stock scenarios and bring an engaging and entertaining quality to them, one that transcends the typical storyline. “Lockdown” is just such an episode, but its rather packed cast of character actors and a fun story had me rooting for Christopher Chance yet again, and the ending made one ask “Why is Chance so worried about his old boss?”
Chance is sent on a mission to rescue a computer tech that has been held captive for weeks in a top secret company. Once inside Chance finds further difficulty in getting him out, especially when the shady security detail of the company and their cold-hearted boss will do anything to get rid of Chance.
A fairly simple premise but one rife with comedy and action. Starting from Chance do a swan dive to hit the supposedly camera-less roof of the building to tech guy Martin and Chance’s climb through the air vents, this was an action-packed episode! Pairing Chance with Kevin Weisman, aka Marshall from Alias was hilarious as Weisman mirrored his past ABC role perfectly. His nebbish wit and flustered character around Chance was perfect while the security agent remained calm and stoic the whole time. It mirrored a buddy comedy perfectly and gave Chance a different perspective than the last couple of pairings. Guerrero and Winston on the ground had the most fun as Guerrero was forced to pretend to be an informant to get Homeland Security into the building. Guerrero’s incessant proclamations about going to prison were the best! This episode also had a slew of guest spots, the aforementioned Weisman, as well as Mitch Pileggi and Garcelle Beavuis-Nilson. Pileggi was the typical evil-doer as in his past works but he lends such a sense of smarm and malice to every role and he was fantastic in this. It was interesting to see Beauvis-Nilson in such a dark role as compared to some of her past television work. She was a fantastic evil head of a corporation, you don’t see many females, and her attempts to get Martin on her side at the end was wonderful, the look at her face when Martin revealed the truth was classic. The question though is what is going on with Chance and his old boss? We find out he’s looking for Chance, and he’s not exactly the world’s best employer, but the series seems to be setting something up and this guy could be the one adversary Chance isn’t prepared for.
Human Target may not be the best hour on television but it’s entertaining and provides a level of escapist humor that isn’t usually done well on television. The series seems to be on a hiatus and the episodes will be replaying throughout the month so now is the time to get into Human Target. He’s James Bond and Jason Bourne wrapped up for television, and surprisingly that’s a strong pairing for television gold!