Human Target

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

2
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2010 on FOX
7.4
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Chance switches places with a guy to save him from being blown up by an angry former employee. Chance then rescues Stephanie Dobbs from a horrifying train crash.

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  • Crap on wheels.

    1.0
    When you write a story about a highspeed train, please do some research about it.

    Never have I seen so much blundering nonsence thrown together to make a pilot. Yes this was a pilot episode and one would have thought a little effort would be put in it.

    Sadly, no.

    The episode was pure format. It could have been Mannix with a story from the Wild Wild West. (They too had trains, didn't they)

    The main character, Chance, was ok (This is as far as I'll go), but his 'office buddies' acted like old and abused hand-puppets. Especially the 'IT-wizard' was a one in a dozen spectacled guy, seen countless times before in other equally (again) formated shows.

    I can't imagine with what they'll fill the next 11 episodes... Even make a 2nd season?!

    On a positive note : Watch it for Tricia Helfer.moreless
  • Does hollywood not realise what a TGV/AGV/HST train and tracks actually Look Like??

    1.0
    Watching this pilot I was shocked and bemused that all the money spend on the graphics for the double decker HST train was fairly good but it failed on several points.

    1. A High Speed Train (greater than 150mph/260kph) has a driving engine compartment at EACH end of the train for the driver to sit and operate the unit. There is no turn arounds for a 400m long train set at a terminus station!

    2. It would be powered by overhead cantanery at 25kv at 50 or 60Hz. There were No mast or cantanery or over head lines for the train to draw its power from. 3. All HST lines are double, as in an up line and a down line. This episode showed a single line and NO country in the world would run HST's bi-directional on a single track line!!

    4. There is NO emergency brakes engaging pull chain or lever on a HST, there is an emergency button etc but a HST's brakes do Not engage - the train simply sends an attendent to see what the problem is and carries on to the next station unless there is a fire etc where it would stop automatically. HST's have dynamic braking sytems that when they are applied they turn generators that return excess power to the overhead wires and there are no contact/friction brakes, emergency or otherwise.



    So when the agent goes to the rear of the train, the emergency brakes are applied... so that when it does come to a stop the electro-magnetic braking system that sends waves on the track ahead of the wheels.. would make it explode, he jumps out the back with tricia hefner and uses a parachute to escape.... Major plot oversight on the engineering aspects of this episode!moreless
  • Lot's of excitement a great premise. Would like to see this show work. Chance is very cool and one bad dude with heart and compassion.

    8.5
    The TV preview stated a "James Bond esque" attitude. This was kind of right. Chance is the guy I want on my team as my point man. Besides being tough he also seems to have some compassion and definitely has smarts. Though some of the situations seem to end to quickly (the train crashing and him getting off of it), some scenes seem to go on too long (the fight in the train). Hopefully the up coming episodes keep us wanting more because the premise of a guy like Chance has great possibilities. Am looking forward to up coming episodes that will keep this show going. I give it two thumbs up!!moreless
  • Action packed and there might be promise..

    7.3
    So.. I decided to take a look on this pilot as it had quite impressive quest start list in coming episode and I thought.. why not start with the first episode and having Tricia Helfer will do no hard too.



    What I can say.. It was action packed.. it had great sequence and very tense start but I felt that the tension and building was lost on the middle and the story somehow did not carried trough to the end. I have seen better pilots, what have done the magic but I think this pilot showed that this show has potential and I think that potential gives the basic to build something on it..moreless
  • An action packed pilot

    9.0
    I have never read the comic book or seen the original series of Human Target so I cant compare this show the old one but I can say that the Pilot episode is really enjoyable and the leading characters are all likable most of all the main one, Christopher Chance who is played by Fringe's Mark Valley. Valley does a great job at playing the action hero and he pulls off the cheesy dialogue as well. Jackie Earle Haley portrays Guerrero also this character is great fun and well acted. Chi McBride plays the third lead character Winston, Chances' business partner the character gets the least screen time and the weakest development over the episode, so I will like to see more of him in the future. The Pilot gets straight into the action at a hostage negotiation which introduces us to Christopher Chance and is a pretty bad ass scene which includes Chance shooting the gunman and a huge explosion. Then there was some scenes explaining the relationship between Chance and his boos and buddy Winston after these slow scenes we are through back into action when Chance is given his next job. The scenes on the train were fun and exciting even if it was all over the top this show has lots of promise. TV has been missing a show like this. The final scene with Danny Glover was awesome and funny the episode ends as if it will continue next week so I'm excited to see what happens next. All in all Human Target is a promising new series that is great fun to watch and I hope it sticks around and stays as enjoyable than this Pilot.moreless
Mark Moses

Mark Moses

Hollis

Guest Star

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Stephanie Dobbs

Guest Star

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes

Guerrero's Friend

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (13)

    • Chance: You did something you regret, we are hard wired to do things we regret. It ain't going to change, it's nothing to be afraid of and its certainly not a reason to die.

    • Chance: People have secrets and secrets are dangerous, so what are you keeping from me?

    • (While walking through the train station towards some Japanese gentlemen)
      Chance: Let's go over the cover again. Who am I?
      Stephanie: You're Tony Graham, my new translator.... While we're on the subject, you are fluent in Japanese, right?
      Chance: Guess we'll find out, won't we?
      (Chance has a long Japanese conversation with one of the gentlemen)

    • Hollis: Blending in. You have no idea what it's like, always blending in. You forget who you are. Eventually you start to forget who you ever were. They push you and push you further into the margins, treat you like dirt, take away your manhood. Make you small. Somebody had to do something about it.

    • Hollis: You just committed suicide for that snake, that rat. You realize that?
      Chance: Well, first of all I don't think you can be both of those things at the same time.

    • Stephanie: What did you just say?
      Chance: Oh, he wanted to know how I recognized that his dialect was Satsuma-Ben. Told him my grandfather was stationed in Tokyo. After the war, dated a steward from a small fishing village on the island of Kyushu. My grandfather sponsored him when he came to the U.S. for college. Became a friend of the family and taught me Japanese.
      Stephanie: Wow--that's... is that true?
      Chance: No.

    • Guerrero: Afraid we're at an impasse.
      Latino Thug: We're at a what?
      Guerrero: Impasse. It means we disagree without prospect of resolution.
      Latino Thug: You know, we came here to explain it to you, but you don't seem to be getting it. Maybe the three of us can take a little walk out back to the alley. We can explain it a little better. So there's no... impasse.
      Guerrero: I got to warn you guys, if this gets violent, I'm gonna fight back.
      Latino Thug: You think you're gonna fight back?
      Guerrero: All right, maybe fight back's a little misleading. I'll take the beating 'cause that's all you two amateurs are cleared to do. And then one night soon, I'm gonna break into your houses and kill each of you in your sleep. I'll probably start with you, Alfredo. That way Steven here can have a few extra days with Marla and the girls. It's only fair.
      Latino Thug: How do you know my name?
      Guerrero: Your employer keeps information on a drive he thinks is secure. It isn't. Shall we?
      (the men quickly exit)

    • Stephanie: A vest? You wore a vest? Where's my vest?
      Chance: I'm your vest.

    • Limousine Client: Man, you crazy?
      Chance: Let's find out.

    • Chance: What's the tab for all this?
      Stephanie: In all? About 80 billion.
      Chance: How much of this came out of my taxes?
      Stephanie: About $62 billion.
      Chance: Even I want to kill you a little bit right now.

    • Chance: I work with a cover. Blend into the background. Let you appear vulnerable so the threat reveals itself. And then eliminate the threat.

    • Chance: I think we've been here for, what, six and a half hours? I'm tired. I missed lunch. Enough already.
      Hollis: Are you crazy?
      Chance: Am I crazy? I'm assuming that was a rhetorical question.

    • Guerrero: Hey, dude.
      Winston: Breaking and entering is a crime, you know.
      Guerrero: Yeah, it's good to see you too, Winston. It's been a while.
      Winston: Oh, not long enough. What are you doing in my office? And what the hell are you doing on my computer?
      Guerrero: I'm checking out the contents of Mark Hoffer's hard drive. There's not much here, it's mostly personal.
      Winston: Do I want to know how you came about it?
      Guerrero: Editor at the paper owes me. A couple of years ago, a gas company hired a guy to hassle him over a story he's working. It got nasty. I got him out of it.
      Winston: How?
      Guerrero: I decided to stop hassling him.

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