Fox's "Human Target" (8 tonight, 9 p.m. Wednesday, WPGH) is a throwback to action-adventure shows of the 1970s in both its uncomplicated nature and its frequent preposterousness.
Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) is a private contractor hired to shield those in danger, making him a human target. Although based on a comic book, Chance has no superpowers beyond his ability to outwit bad guys. Maybe that's why producers of "Human Target" opt to surround him with over-the-top stories.
In tonight's premiere, Chance must protect a woman on a new bullet train (it's a "Supertrain" revival!); in Wednesday's episode he takes over the controls of a 737 and flies it upside down.
Making the show believable is not high on the writers' priority list.
Starring: Mark Valley.
In Wednesday's episode when another character asks a logical question that might fill in some gaps in the plot, Chance dismisses it, saying, "That's not important," allowing the writers to acknowledge a plot hole without requiring them to explain it. (And there are a lot of gaping holes in this show's plots.)
Chance receives assistance in his adventures from wary business partner/punching bag Winston (Chi McBride, "Pushing Daisies") and hired hand Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley), who so far serve more to rattle off plot details than to exist as fully fleshed-out characters.
Valley has long displayed a flinty appeal and here he adds a knowing sense of humor. But it will take more than that to get viewers interested enough to take aim at "Human Traget" on a weekly basis.
First Published January 17, 2010 5:00 AM