Last Night’s TV – Human Target

I was very pleasantly surprised by this latest US import – made by the Fox network. I’d thought it was going to be dross, because a) based on the synopsis of the show, it seemed utterly unbelievable and b) it’s on the Sci-Fi channel, and let’s face it, that is a notorious laugh-at-not-with channel.

However, my husband insisted on watching it because he thought it was going to be sci-fi, not unreasonably given the channel it’s on, but the only thing sci-fi-ish is that it seems to be set in the future.

Other than that, it’s basically an action thriller…

Now normally, the words ‘action thriller’ would be enough to make me yawn and turn over, but the first few minutes of the show intrigued me.

We met the man who is the Human Target of the title, and he’s Christopher Chance, played by Mark Valley, who you may remember – as Troy McClure might say – from shows such as Fringe.

He’s in essence a bodyguard, and he has a skill-set that seems to encompass everything he might ever need to know; he can fly planes, speak many languages and generally, be the go-to guy for just about anything. And given that he’s based on a DC comic hero, it’d be inappropriate if he was any less skilled.

Chance is assisted in his protecting of high profile and at risk folks by his business partner Winston, played by Chi McBride, and the surprisingly believable Guerrero, who’s played Jackie Earle Haley.

We got to see the pilot episode and the following episode last night, and I have to say, I was hooked by the end of it. That said though, it seems that every episode’s going to have a happy ending – on the basis of the first two outings – so that does rather take away the element of surprise, plotwise.

But even that isn’t enough to put me off, and I suspect Human Target may well end up getting that much prized prefix, ‘cult’.

If you missed the pilot and the following episode, you can catch them again on SyFy tomorrow night from 8pm.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.