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  • TV Series: Human Target
  • Episode: Marshall Pucci
  • Starring: Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley, Indira Varma, and Janet Montgomery
  • Written by: Matt Miller and Heather V. Regnier
  • Directed by: David Barrett
  • Network: Fox
  • Series: Human Target

Human Target: Marshall Pucci

"I'm the freak."

By Rob Vaux     February 09, 2011

Human Target: Marshall Pucci
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 I confess that I’m grateful for small favors. If this is the final Human Target episode, at least they didn’t end it on a cliffhanger. On the other hand, the sheer lack of ideas on display makes one wonder if a third season is even desirable at this stage. The guys behind Marshall Pucci’s death set their sights on Ilsa (Indira Varma), hoping to score photographs implicating them in some manner of skullduggery. Rather than focus on the things this show does best – clever set pieces, sharp dialogue, etc. – it delivers a “will they or won’t they” romantic balancing act between Ilsa and Chance (Mark Valley). Varma constitutes a real high point of the series this season, but she’s undone by the interminable mooning this episode foists upon her. The rest of the episode quickly follows suit. The action feels limp and by the numbers, the cast basically runs out the clock, and even Guerrero’s (Jackie Earle Haley) usual bit of ultraviolence falls flat… save for a single moment when Haley’s hard, clear eyes bore right into our souls. We’re gonna miss that look when it’s gone. For a season (and possible series) finale, however, “Marshall Pucci” needs to give us a hell of a lot more.

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lusiphur 2/10/2011 8:14:16 AM

 I enjoyed it.  Not buying the Chance/Ilsa romance angle.  They should have ended the episode with Guerrero's line, "It's not personal, just business dude."  Wouldn't have minded having Ames killed off.  

Still crossing my fingers for a 3rd season.  

LocoLobo73 2/10/2011 9:56:15 AM

would have better if they would have blown up pucci when she drove off

lusiphur 2/10/2011 10:08:01 AM

 I thought that same thing LocoLobo.  I was expecting it as Chance stood there watching.  Would have been great.

Jakester 2/11/2011 8:11:40 AM

I'd like a third season as well, but I'd like to see the dynamic return to the core team with less Pucci and Ames.  I understand that they were trying to pull in a female demographic, and at the beginning of the season, I was on board with it.  As the season went on, we were treated to more of the same with Mrs. Pucci constantly involving herself when she really should have stayed out, and Ames trying to prove herself to Guerrero. 

Also, Pucci/Chance?  Silly.

Krasch 2/12/2011 3:18:34 AM

While I have thoroughly enjoy both seasons, including this one, I think they have strayed a bit from the core concept.

They kind of left the whole "Old Man" plotline fall by the wayside, yet you know he's not done with Chance.



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