Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What I’m Watching: Human Target

Human Target: Season 2, Episode 2 “The Wife’s Tale” (B+)

I’m really loving the addition of the female cast members this season because it enables the characters to pair up with one another, putting Chance with the client of the week, Ilsa with Winston, and Ames with Guerrero. Ilsa managed to seriously rile Winston up, and I enjoyed hearing him say that he would shoot her if she wasn’t the boss. Ames’ continual efforts to help Guerrero out when he didn’t want help were amusing, and I’m glad that he’s beginning to very reluctantly accept her, indicated by his opening up of a tab for her at his bar. While these current pairings work well, I wouldn’t mind seeing some mixing and matching in the future too. Chance having killed the client of the week’s husband proved to be an interesting plot device, and his former boss’ double-cross ultimately made a lot of sense, especially because Chance believably would take the bait and try to save an innocent woman even if his intelligence came from a suspicious source. The casting in this episode was expert as always, with Molly Parker of “Swingtown” as the wife and M.C. Gainey from “Lost” and “Justified” as Chance’s former boss. There is one thing that I really don’t like about this new season, and fortunately, it takes up a miniscule amount of time in each episode: the opening credits. The visual contents have been modified only minimally to make room for the new characters, but the new theme is infinitely inferior to the Emmy-nominated theme from the first season, which I used in the TV montage I made earlier this year.

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