“Human Target” is a fun ride

Based loosely on a comic book of the same name, Fox’s “Human Target” stars Jack Deveraux Mark Valley as Christopher Chance, a private bodyguard/security expert who is hired to protect his rich and/or important clients. The series also stars Chi McBride (“Boston Public,” “Pushing Daises”) and Jackie Earle Haley (who played Rorschach in “Watchmen”) as Chance’s colleague (Winston) and technical expert (Guerrero), respectively.

Even though the series is heavy on action, it has a lighthearted, fun feel to it — think Jack Bauer with a sense of humor — which is underlined by Chance’s charm (with his usually female clientele) and the dynamic between Winston and Guerrero, who do not particularly like each other. To this point, the show hasn’t done much in the way of a serialized plot, so new viewers could pick it up without missing much. Chance’s background is a bit of a mystery, but the series hasn’t delved into it at all.

Thus far, ratings have been decent (~2.1 to 2.9 in recent weeks) even against the Olympics. It has been reasonably well-reviewed as well, garnering a 70 at Metacritic and a 7.0 (“good”) at TV.com.


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