Better enjoy Human Target while it lasts, because the bouncing schedule ball and struggling ratings suggest that the second season will be the last. It doesn’t help when Fox gloms the episodes together into a single night, then lets it lie fallow for weeks while American Idol takes over. The good news is that tonight’s double bill feels more like the clever first season than the meandering second. The first hour, “Imbroglio,” takes the Die Hard hostage scenario to the San Francisco opera. The cast of Eyes Wide Shut starts waving guns around and Chance (Mark Valley) dispatches them in his usual fashion. The second hour, “Cool Hand Guerrero,” lands the team sociopath (Jackie Earle Haley) in prison, forcing the others to bust him out.
Both episodes feature lightweight banter, engaging action and the kind of high-concept goofiness that the show used to deliver with ease. Unfortunately, the climaxes both suffer from a bit of a letdown and each has to deal with extraneous padding that disrupts the overall pace. Normally, it wouldn’t matter, but with only a few episodes left--and cancellation closing in so quickly that even Christopher Chance can’t escape it--screen time is too precious to include any piffle in such otherwise solid entertainment.
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