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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