Monday, February 14, 2011

What I’m Watching: Human Target (Season Finale)

Human Target: Season 2, Episode 13 “Marshall Pucci” (B+)

Is there any show as cool as this? That rooftop scene has to be one of my favorites from this year so far, as Ames excitedly comments on the radio that she was in Geneva and knows what that means, but that jumping off a 17-story building only works if there’s a body of water underneath to break your fall. Still, Chance and Ilsa ran right off that roof and leapt anyway, which is one of the elements that makes this show absolutely superb. Guerrero would definitely qualify as another one of those elements, not even hesitating when his son’s safety was threatened and immediately starting to prepare a revenge plan. That corrupt FBI agent, who I correctly recognized as Jake Weber, former husband on “Medium,” got what was coming to him, even though he looked pretty battered and bruised even before he blew himself up by turning the ignition in his car. As far as the new characters go, Ilsa and Ames really proved themselves worthwhile in this tragically short season, and especially in this episode. Ilsa was resourceful and rather awesome all by herself with her smart move in the subway, and Ames is continually hilarious with her desire not to take an overly active role in the planning of everything. I particularly loved the look that she gave when Guerrero said that they weren’t one hundred percent sure of Ilsa’s husband’s infidelity. I haven’t been keeping track of the ratings for this show in its time slot-hopping past few weeks, but apparently they’ve been quite decent. In an interview, showrunner Matt Miller says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about a third season, and I’m so hopeful that they decide to make it. This year was too short but oh so much fun.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Jackie Earle Haley

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