Human Target

Season 1 Episode 12

Christopher Chance

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Chance, Guerrero, and Winston remember their past when a former client of the "Old Man" captures them and demands to know where a certain book is... a book connected to Katherine Walters.

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  • A great episode to tie the season together and open new doors for season 2 (Hopefully there is one)


    So for the entire season hints had been dropping of various things. We knew that Chance was an assassin, Baptiste killed Catherine and that the old man was a mean SOB who was after Chance.

    What I liked about this episode is how it further tied the entire story together and explained how Christopher Chance Came to be Christopher Chance. The name is to be a name of legend. An ideology of one man that is the last refuge for those who have no one.

    But it Was Catherine Walters who changed everybody and brought all 3 of our leading characters together. Chance was in a position to kill Guererro, but Catherine intervened and it is quite possibly her act that saved his life when Chance was ready to shoot. And he meets Winston on the hunt for Miss Walters.

    Lee Majors was sensational as the older Christopher Chance and his last words "Who do you wanna be?" were (well i Cant imagine a better way of saying it).

    And we do meet the old man (As well as the person who hired Chance to Kill Catherine) and we understand that it was her humanity that changed Chance from the Assassin to the Robin Hood like character that he become.

    And on top of that there was good action. We also see the origin of Chance's dog, which adds an emotional slant to the underlying story.

    What bothered me about the episode though was the cliffhanger conclusion, which is scary when a show is not guaranteed another go around. I just hope we dont end up with another John Doe like situation where a major cliff hanger season finale was never explained because the show was axed. Bring on Season 2

    I thoroughly enjoyed the episode and believe that it does build a foundation for another season. My question is.... Is Catherine Walters actually dead? Obviously 6 years has passed, but after seeing the way Baptiste killed her, I wonder (since you see her on the boat before the explosion, but not AT the time of explosion). It is possible that he incapacitated her in some way, but when he mentioned he killed her, I figured he shot her but after seeing the footage, I wonder if she is even dead. Just a question I have (And considering the twists this season has had thus far, its not out of the realm of possibility)moreless
  • The episode Christopher Chance, had everything great action,story,guest appearances like Armand Asante, Amy Acker. Haley with another great fighting scene what more can you ask for.

    Baptiste was back to his cunning ways taking Chance to his limits and of course claming himself as number one for his boss. Haley was finally realized as an actual assasin that encountered Chance and changed his way of life with Chances reality change. Christopher Chance's name is actually an alias that came from generations of heroes. And Amy Acker's curky but beautiful presence as always warmed every scene. Mcbride the lone ranger was the funny yet serious cop that realized he would be more of a help to others without the badge. Great episode this show with all its questions deserves a second season and more advertising wow ever since the premiere it seems like fox abandoned the show. I have done more advertising for this show than fox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • This Episode of Human Target read like a Phantom Comic It give you a clear picture of how this one time assassin became a bodyguard by taking the identity of some dead guy who got the name from another bodyguard and keeping the legend alive continuing it.moreless

    This Episode of Human Target reads like a Phantom Comic. It explains a lot about Christopher Chance and answers a few questions. For eg, His past life as an assassin working for the old man; Katherine Walters, the girl he was meant to kill but ended up being the one person he swore to protect; and the real Christopher Chance, well a guy who took that name from another dead bodyguard. Chris only took on that same legacy after that guy died . It really is the best out of all the other episodes of Human Target that I've watchedmoreless
  • one of the action series that worth watching.

    the show start a good trend and this episode describe how human target comes to life. putting the story to nice motion and played nicely. this episode put the peaces of a puzzle, which shown some of them in previous episodes. glimpses such as introduction of Katrine in episode 4 or how Winston invite chance to start the human target in episode 2 and Chance past and who he was before in episode 8. overall this episode could be considered as introduction on human target on how it start, how people involved in are gathered to gather. this episode promised more interesting episodes in future.moreless
  • Fantastic episode but the producers have kidnapped the other half and will kill it unless they get their second season!

    Now let me get this straight, I loved this episode, it was fantastic, desperately needed and extremely informative. However, it is clearly a manouver to keep the show on air because everything about the episode was produced in the format of a two-parter. It's like the producers are holding the rest of the episode ransom; their demand, another season. This brought my score down from 9.5 to 8 and I think that's generous because I don't like silly cliffhangers, especially if we may never see them resolved.

    The episode starts like a punch to the face with Chance and company being taken hostage. We are introduced to a sinister character who informs the team that he is the person who gave Chance his last assasination contract, which he ultimately refused to do and subsequently went on the run from his old employer (the mysterious old man).

    Really, this episode should have come a lot sooner and could have been more effective as a pilot to introduce the characters and give the audience a tangible back story. Having said that, it would not have been the massive revelation that it was, so I'm undecided.

    Regardless, we are treated to much of Christopher Chance's back story and motivation for becoming this kind of white knight, mercenary character. We also learn the origins of both Winston and Guerrero. I wont spoil the ending, but lets just say it is going to be an unpleasant wait for next season, if it ever comes. I am quite annoyed they chose to use this tactic, because it's unfair to the audience, especially seeing as it now looks likely Human Target will be cancelled.moreless
Amy Acker

Amy Acker

Katherine Walters

Guest Star

Timothy Omundson

Timothy Omundson


Guest Star

Armand Assante

Armand Assante

The Old Man

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Chance: Nice to meet you, Winston. It's your first name or your last name?
      Winston: Last.
      Chance: What's your first name?
      Winston: Detective.

    • Winston: What kind of work problems you got?
      Chance: Oh, breakdown in civility. Coworkers I don't trust. Boss who doesn't trust me. Lately I've been questioning my choice of profession.
      Winston: Yeah, well, that's going around. Laverne. Laverne Winston. Yeah, I got a name that sounds like a girl's name. I also carry a .45. I got a history of disciplinary problems, and this ain't my first drink today.

    • Chance: No, you don't have to take this. I'm just saying... (Katherine takes the gun and aims at him) Apparently you know what you're doing.
      Katherine: I'm single, and I live downtown.

    • Chance: Do you remember what you said? Nobody deserves to die.
      "Christopher Chance": Sounds like me.
      Chance: No, before that, I just did my job, slept at night--everything was easy.
      "Christopher Chance": No, it wasn't. It was never easy. You just didn't know it yet.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Old Man's real name, Joubert, is only given in the press release and in the on-screen captioning when he is speaking off-camera on the telephone.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 11, 2010 on CTV
      UK: June 23, 2010 on Syfy
      Sweden: November 4, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Australia: December 1, 2010 on GO!
      Germany: April 11, 2011 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: July 19, 2012 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: March 20, 2013 on Dajto


    • Guerrero: My heart grew three sizes that day.

      Referencing the classic Dr. Seuss story and subsequent television adaptation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Grinch is an unpleasant grouch who hates the holidays, and resolves to steal Christmas. When he steals all of the holiday presents and food but almost loses them over a cliff, his heart "grows three that day" with love and he finds the strength to save them.