Sunday, December 19, 2010

What I’m Watching: Human Target

Human Target: Season 2, Episode 5 “Dead Head” (B+)

It’s probably fair to say that we know less about the characters on this show than we do on most other shows. It’s an asset, however, because even when we do get a peek into the private lives of one of the team members, there’s still so much more left to discover, making them extraordinarily complex characters. It’s also important to remember that this show could be a throwaway, brainless action series, but instead it features some of the best characters (not to mention guest stars) on television. Back to the point at hand, I’m glad to see a bit of Winston’s past and see him so invested in taking down this corrupt lawman who made his life miserable for so many years. I liked his ex-wife’s twin usage of “just like old times” to knock Winston’s endless obsession and then to help him get away when the cops pulled up at her door. Guerrero is still breaking Ilsa into their business, and it’s fun to see him try to get her to realize the seriousness of situations while she tortures him by cutting him checks. His gift of treasury paper to her is absolutely strange, and it’s hilarious to her face go from pleasantly surprised to confused and rather disgusted. I’m glad Ames is back, and she’s a good person to interrogate this week’s guest star, a.k.a. Roger Bart, whose nutty role on “Desperate Housewives” wasn’t quite as good as this one, even if it’s not overly memorable (no pun intended).

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