This isn't the first time Human Target, originally a DC comic from the 1970s, has been adapted for TV. In the early 90s ABC had a go, casting Rick Springfield as the lead. It drifted by unnoticed but Fox's well-casted revision should do well, even if it is buried on Syfy (which changed its name from The Sci-Fi Channel today to remain in keeping with its American parent channel).
The pleasantly rigid formula sees Chance assigned a person to protect at the start of each episode. But playing a purely defensive game isn't his style; Chance has a bulging justice gland so usually won't stand down until he's put hot lead in some bad guys. And because he's born of a comic book character, CC's own injuries are never life threatening. Most of the time they don't even take the snap-crackle out of his Kung Fu moves. Yet we live in an era where health and safety rules so, naturally, he takes precautions. In the pilot, a miffed client demands to know why he's got a bulletproof vest and she hasn't, he fires back: "I'm your vest." It's one of many economical but delicious lines. Meanwhile, Chance's team--ex-cop Winston (Pushing Daisies' Chi McBride) and shady hacker Guerrero (Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley) give the show bite.
Mostly, we like Human Target because of the action. It's high-impact, plastic coated and, judging by the first few episodes' tendency towards vehicle-staged violence, expensive. But the series never rests on its budget. It matures after the pilot, adds depth in some places and even feeds through a line of catwalk-ready potential mates. But our hunk's relationship baggage means he's reluctant to bed down. It's frustrating, but then making Chance a frivolous womaniser (they must have work-shopped the idea, surely) would belittle his past-life pain. Gradually his lady issues become central to his appeal.
There's nothing innovative about Human Target but it's a solid, fixating watch that'll make you want more. For Valley, it's proof that he can carry a show. We never would have pegged him for anything other than background muscle but clearly that was a mistake.