Hey, last night lost amid the hoopla of the Golden Globes, playoff football and the return of 24 was the premiere of the newest television show based off of a comic book — Human Target!
If you missed it last night, FOX is going to run the pilot again on Tuesday after American Idol. Here's the show:
I recorded it on my DVR and watched it later in the evening after we wrapped up the Golden Globes liveblog over at Murmur, and I have to say that I really enjoyed the hell out of it. The pilot was a fun and action packed. Human Target seems to have set its sights on being the kind of breezy and funny action drama that falls along the lines of the immensely satisfying Burn Notice.
A lot of its appeal comes from the main cast, all of whom are appealing and all of whom I am big fans of: Mark Valley is the lead and I've been a huge fan of his since the criminally under-appreciated Keen Eddie, which was another in a long line of quirky and smart shows that FOX seems to love to develop and then immediately cancel. Valley plays Christopher Chance, the titular Human Target, a bodyguard for hire. His business associate/behind-the-scenes guy named Winston is played by Chi McBride who has never met a line of dialogue that he hasn't made better just by reading it. And finally there is the suddenly ubiquitous Jackie Earle Haley, and if you're surprised to find him playing the third lead in a FOX action series you are so not alone. But it's a good thing he is because he stole the first episode as Guerrero the mysterious, freelance street level hacker/scary, intimidating guy.
In retrospect I probably shouldn't have been surprised that I enjoyed this first episode as much as I did. The cast was charming, the story moved along briskly, and the action was fun (I especially enjoyed the fight inside the air duct). I'm really looking forward to the next episode. We will be having a Human Target liveblog once the show moves to its regular timeslot of Wednesday at 8pm EST/7pm CST so if you want to join in on the fun make sure to catch the replay this Tuesday or find it on-line.