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  • Episode: Imbroglio/Cool Hand Guerrero
  • Starring: Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley, Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery
  • Written by: Robert Levine and Matt Whitney
  • Directed by: Steve Boyum and Craig R. Baxley
  • Network: Fox
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Human Target: Imbroglio and Cool Hand Guerrero

By Rob Vaux     January 14, 2011

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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CaptAmerica04 1/15/2011 5:26:01 PM

 Let the write-in campaign begin!  (Not that they ever really work.)  Too bad, too, cuz I really enjoy this show.

I think the added cast this season really bogs the show down.  It was smoother and sleaker last season with only 3 main characters and the "damsel in distress of the week."  With that said, I did like these two episodes in the character development that they gave both Ilsa and Guerrero.  The writers just need to find a way to cut back on some of the humor, lose Ames, and pick up the pace a bit.  That might be enough, with a good ad campaign and a consistent schedule, to save the show.

death4sale 1/15/2011 9:21:32 PM

I agree. It was better with just the three guys. It is supposed to be a testosterone driven show. I think adding the two females has taken away from Chance, Winston, and Guerrero's screen time. I think Ames is a terrible character. She reminds me of a poor man's version of Parker from Leverage. I liked Human Target season 1 because it felt like a 1 hour Bond film every week. It has lost that. Chance was thrown into more dire situations in season 1 with less money and less equipment. It was nice to watch him escape due to resourcefulness and sheer determination. I also liked how he did non-chalantly, typically never having a plan...just winging everything. That's the Chance I enjoy. Ilsa Pucci is one of the most annoying characters ever. I think this needs to can the girls and get Chance and the gang back to helping people each week. It's not Shakespeare, but season 1 was fun escapist entertainment.

timatheezon 1/16/2011 2:10:41 AM

I love this show. i like ames character but you guys are right ilsa is kinda weak. If they cancel this ill be wolverine and the X men Specatular terminator pissed.

joe4306 1/16/2011 4:34:45 PM

i like ames she's cute!!! get rid of ilsa she's not doing the show any good. bring back lee majors!!!!

joe4306 1/16/2011 4:37:38 PM

have rick springfield guest star just to remind everyone of the 1st series( anyone remember THAT show?????)

LocoLobo73 1/17/2011 6:56:17 AM

Love the show it really has done a great job of keeping with good story telling and excellent action, that said  i agree that the show could really afford to lose Ilsa's character, she does bog down the show, I dont mind Ames, she is atleast useful, and I do enjoy the banter she brings with Guerrero.

CaericArcLight 1/21/2011 5:14:59 PM

I can handle Ames showing up once in awhile for a job (particularly if they keep stripping her down to her skivvies....what can I say? I'm a guy) but please ditch Ilsa Pucci. The show slams to a stop everytime she starts complaining about how they do things.

spiderhero 4/22/2011 6:46:08 AM

Ilsa is the worst thing about the show, everyoen agrees. If the show gets renewed, let's hope Fox listens and kills her off. Strip the show back to its first season & ratings will improve.



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