Human Target: The Complete First Season
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Human Target: The Complete First Season
Check your disbelief at the door and prepare to thoroughly enjoy Human Target, a Fox TV series combining drama, humor, and action--lots of action--and debuting on DVD with all 12 first-season episodes (plus bonus material) on three discs. At center stage in this DC Comics adaptation is Christopher Chance (Mark Valley, in a very different role from his familiar turn on Boston Legal), an erstwhile assassin who turned from killing people to protecting them after a life-changing encounter a few years earlier (detailed in a semi-prequel that is the season's last episode). Now, joined by ex-cop Winston (Chi McBride) and wiseacre-genius-jack-of-all-trades Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley), Chance takes on a variety of clients, partly for the money but mostly for the fun ("Will I get to ride on it?" is his response when the designer of California's first bullet train asks for his protection). Whether it's in the service of a fellow who has "the skeleton key to the Internet" (which could spell "the end of information security as we know it" if it falls into the wrong hands), a district attorney with a tracking device planted in her body by the criminal gang that wants to kill her, or even the Princess of Wales (whose affair with a commoner has made her the target of an assassination plot hatched by evil dudes in the palace inner circle), Chance has some serious skills, from speaking fluent Japanese and citing obscure legal precedents to passing as a professional boxer and flying a 747--upside down. The stories are preposterous and the presentation lighthearted and amusing (watching the Princess, disguised as a hooker, throwing back shots in a bar and using her fencing skills to fight off the bad guys is a hoot), but what really distinguishes Human Target are the action and fight set pieces in every episode. These are pulled off mostly with stunts instead of computer tricks, and the results are as good as or better than anything on television and almost in the same league as, say, those in a Bourne film--no small feat when you take into account the lower budgets and tight shooting schedules common to TV productions. --Sam GrahamSee all Product Description
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Aided by ex-cop, Winston [Chi McBride] and computer whiz/A-one assassin/great in any kind of fight mercenary Guerrero [Jackie Earle Haley], Chance helps those who are fear for their lives - if he thinks they deserve it.
The series is essentially a weekly action movie with electrifying stunts and situations you don't usually see on TV. The first season DVD set only contains one audio commentary and less than a handful of other bonus features, but the show is so much fun that that doesn't really matter [even though the few bonus features are pretty good, too].
The only things that did annoy me however were the times I managed to glimpse Canada Post truck and letterboxes in episodes that were happening in San Francisco or in New York. Not only that, at the beginning of the fourth episode, there is also a helicopter shot of that french-Canadian monastery, and by judging the architecture of the building and the mountains, that shot seemed to have been done not in Canada, but in a Californian location. So that simple detail reminded to me that this episode hadn't been shot in that province, and it broke the illusion of the episode. Apart from that, I am amazed how the Vancouver visual artists did a good job in their computer graphic effects, especially in the second episode with that airplane and in the sixth episode with that skydiving introduction. As for the orchestral soundtrack, it is excellent and makes the opening credits, and Chance's missions, epic and unforgettable.Read more ›
Mark Valley an Jackie Earle Haley (Guerrero) was the most outstanding an funny at sometimes,
This Is Sad To Cancelled Such A Fine Show...
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Great characters, they are quirky enough to be real. writing is great. I often cannot guess what will happen nextPublished on Jan. 20 2014 by Mona Currie