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  • TV Series: Human Target
  • Episode: Kill Bob
  • Starring: Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Janet Montgomery, Indira Varma, and Jackie Earle Haley
  • Written by: Zev Borow
  • Directed by: John Terlesky
  • Network: Fox
  • Series: Human Target

Human Target: Kill Bob

Love hurts.

By Rob Vaux     January 31, 2011

Human Target: Kill Bob
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With three episodes to go, Human Target is starting to show the strain. Tonight’s entry involves a cute premise weighted down by insufficient exposition and a lot of narrative dead weight. A hapless computer programmer becomes the target of an assassination attempt. As it turns out, his wife is behind it all: a Russian mole charged with tidying up some loose ends and happy to make sure that “till death do us part” clause sticks. Chance (Mark Valley) and the gang need to stop her.
Naturally, there’s more to it than that, but most of “Kill Bob” fails to generate the requisite interest levels. The episode opens well (with a hit foiled by a conveniently dropped cell phone) and ends better (with a game of chicken played by SUVs), but the middle section sags to the breaking point. Serious logic questions hamper the scenario, along with a stillborn subplot about Ames’ (Janet Montgomery)  hasty marriage and some superfluous nonsense concerning Ilsa’s (Indira Varma) husband. Valley and the always-great Jackie Earle Haley salvage a fair amount, but  “Kill Bob” still ranks as one of the lesser efforts this season.

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djcgmcse 2/1/2011 7:02:13 AM

yeah, the Ames sublot made no sense at all.  Guess they are running out of uses for that character and wished they hadn't added her.  Oh well, I still love this show.  I laugh at everything Guerro says.

lusiphur 2/2/2011 12:42:00 PM

 I think the whole Ilsa storyline will culminate in the season (series?) finale where it's revealed she knew about her husband's affair and had him killed.  Nah, that won't happen.

I wish I could figure out where the Ames subplot is/was supposed to go.

Overall, I liked this episode.  I enjoyed the Mr & Mrs Smith homage in the cabin.  The plot may have been a bit transparent (figured out who was trying to kill the guy in the first 5 minutes), but it ended well.

I hope the show finishes the season strong enough to warrant a return next season.



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