One of the weaker episodes of Human Target was aired this week, and it was a pretty big disappointment considering how much I enjoyed the last episode “Baptiste.” This week’s endeavor, entitled “Corner Man” is one made for the majority of men who watch the series leaving little else for anyone not interested in fighting. It was a great change of the genre, but one that seemed confusing and boring.
This week Chance goes into the ring, a MMA type fight from the looks of it, in order to absolve a fighter (Dash Mihok) of his debt. With the help of a lovely handicapper (Grace Park) with ties to the organizer of the fight, Chance starts to develop strange headaches that threaten his chances of winning the fight.
For the men out there this episode is for you! Taking place in a boxing ring the fighting was on a level with UFC or MMA that looked downright brutal. Chance gets beaten to a pulp throughout this episode and it was interesting to see a man who’s known for getting ass actually getting his ass kicked. Winston was on edge throughout and it was sweet to see him feel genuine fear for his employee, especially at the end when he delivered a very sweet speech about why he goes with Chance everywhere, a scene punctuated to hilarious effect with Guerrero asking if the two needed alone time. Guerrero continues to be the best comic relief in the series, especially this week as he played off against Mihok’s loveable fighter. The scene of the night went to Guerrero attempting to explain to fighter Eddie Dunn that the referee of the fight was being blackmailed with things that kept him happily married…just the right air of mystery and knowing that the audience chuckles about yet Eddie doesn’t understand at all.
The story this week was probably the weakest as it seemed overly confusing if you don’t know much about fighting or betting. It’s stated that Eddie owes some type of debt and Chance enlists the help of another bookie played by Kenneth Walsh who gets mixed up with the main baddie. All of it sounded overly confusing and at the end I was still unaware how events all came together. The headaches seemed to lead to something more important and the dialogue just seemed to point to plot details I missed or didn’t completely get. Grace Park is beautiful but played her role as a typical hot Bond type girl that didn’t lend any strength or identity to her character. The ending seemed to be the worst, merely having her and Chance drive off into the sunset.
Considering how strongly I praised last week I was highly disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this week’s installment. Maybe it was the subject matter or because the story just seemed to end, “Corner Man” is by far the lowest of the bunch and nowhere near as good as what Human Target has shown in the past.