Human Target

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Chance and Winston take on protection duty on a passenger plane where they try to stop a deadly assassin from killing their client. As the plane catches fire, he puts it upon himself to save everyone else on board.

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  • What a Train Wreck! Do your Research

    Maybe its me, but it seems the standards for writing these days are really starting to fall behind the curve. The writers for House consult doctors, the writers for CSI consult investigators, and the writers for west wing consulted political science experts. Here's a tip, if you dont know enough about something, dont write about it. I really liked the pilot..that being said, I had to mute this episode to avoid hearing the insane writing about aviation. They got absolutely nothing correct about aviation, aerodynamics, and the operation of this aircraft. Not only is just about everything they said wrong, but the solutions to these imaginary problems were completely unfathomable. I wont go into detail all the technical problems with this episode, and I generally dont mind them in most shows, but this was just lazy. I'll still give the show a chance. As a whole, this wasnt that bad of an episode, and to someone less familiar with aviation it probably was really good. I just cant get past it. This writing suuuucked.moreless
  • Names and identities

    Ok.. I am little confused. I most say, again.. the start was good.. it was catchy.. the plain, the way the viewers were just drown into the situation and one by on we started to see how they come to the point. So.. at the start, the story is catching, the plain, the situation.. excitement but someway into the story, the tension just gets lost and there is so much unlogic that it starts to really bother. And the twist they wanted to have with that woman.. sorry.. maybe I am paranoid but on the first minute I saw her, I thought.. she will be one of the "bad guys". So.. Having action on screen, is good.. but story should have some weight too.moreless
  • Chance and the team must protect a hacker who has discovered the ultimate hole in the internet. They have to get onto a plane and protect a person that they haven't identified from killers they have to identify before they make their move.moreless

    An improvement on the Pilot episode. OK, I get it, the situations this guy gets into are the stuff of a comic hero so we can't really trust a whole lot about the science or the specifics of what they are trying to do in each episode. Like a lot of TV we have to step back and allow ourselves a little fantasy.

    Pretty fast paced stuff in general. I found the whole set up a little iffy, but again this is the stuff of the action adventure spy thriller genre. That combined with the contract killers and the way they were portrayed were what gave me a little problem with the story.

    Otherwise, the action was great, the timing was much better than the first story, and the acting was believable. I especially enjoyed Guerrero's part again. Just the way Jackie Earle Haley threatens people with his little stories is great. Chi McBride was excellent as well, as Mark Valley's sidekick. I like the three main characters and really enjoyed their roles in this episode.

    A little crazy in the plot department, but aside from that not a bad thrill ride. I do think they could work on the editing a little, but overall the production values were pretty good. It will be interesting to see where they go from here. Hopefully they'll keep improving the episodes overall. Thanks for reading...moreless
Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford


Guest Star

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Phil Tennant

Guest Star

Ali Liebert

Ali Liebert

Casper/Brooke Hammell

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Alessandro Juliani's character Phil Tennant is referred to as "Steve" in the end credits.

    • The airplane Chance has to fly should never fly in reality since it would never pass international aviation-safety rules. On one hand there are no redundant systems (the fire on board destroys a system and it is gone for good), on the other hand all key-systems run through the same circuit (the fire destroys a junction and besides some aviation-systems also the radio is destroyed).

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Laura: Tell me your name. Tell me who you really are. Because until there's a name, everything is a lie.

    • Chance: Have a seat. I could use the help.
      Laura: My help? You do realize I'm just a stewardess.
      Chance: Flight attendant.

    • Chance: If we don't put that fire out before it reaches that relay, we could have problems.
      Laura: What kind of problems?
      Chance: The crashing kind.

    • Chance: So, uh...?
      Laura: Laura.
      Chance: Laura. You seem to be taking this pretty well.
      Laura: They do train us for this stuff, you know-hijackings, engine failures, disease outbreaks.
      Chance: So you sat through training for hijackings, engine failures, and disease outbreaks, and you still took the job?
      Laura: Using small talk to keep me calm?

    • Laura: So what about you? How does someone become a bodyguard?
      Chance: Oh, I hated my old job. Felt I had more potential.

    • Winston: What do you want?
      Christopher: What's a guy gotta do to get a drink around here?
      Winston: Ahh, that's really funny...

    • Larry: I've been sitting here waiting. You know, I take this flight three times a month. Least you people can do is keep us well-served. (Winston stares at him) I meant stewardesses.

    • Guerrero: I'll get Sergei on it.
      Winston: Who the hell is Sergei?
      Guerrero: He's a friend of mine. I called him in to help figure out who's behind the threat. He's a real smart-ass. Expert at data-mining.
      Winston: He's not using my computer, is he?
      Guerrero: Don't worry. Your passwords are safe with me.
      Winston: Oh. (thinks about it) I didn't give you my passwords.

    • Laura: Have you ever done this?
      Chance: Yeah. On a simulator. It was a very good simulator.

    • Chance: Uh-oh.
      Laura: What?
      Chance: I lost the stick. Thruster too. Controls aren't responding.
      Laura: What does that mean?
      Chance: In technical terms? I think we broke the plane.

    • Guerrero: But let's just say, um, hypothetically, someone like, I don't know, you, were to identify a hacker with plans to steal the keys to the entire Internet. And let's say you were to lie about it to someone like, uh, say, me. So that you could strike your own deal and get rich quick. I guess what I'm saying, Sergei, is you and I would have real problems. Mostly you. Do you understand what I'm saying to you?
      Sergei: (long pause) I just thought of something.

    • Chance: Winston, I got him.
      Winston: I was worried there for a minute.
      Chance: Rest easy, I promise no more surprises at least until we land.

    • Laura: The fire's below us.
      Chance: Not for long, we are going to flip the plane!
      Laura: I'm sorry, you want to do what to the plane?

    • Chance: Do you remember what you said when we first started all this?
      Winston: Yeah, I told you you can take that flight attendant's uniform and shove it up your...
      Chance: No, no, no, not today. In the beginning.

    • Winston: Hey, listen, um, you know, for the record, this is the last time I'm going out in the field with you.
      Chance: Right.
      Winston: Look, I don't give a damn how many unknown variables there are.
      Chance: Uh-huh.
      Winston: Yeah, you think I'm joking, right? Look into my eyes. I'm not joking.
      Chance: Watch the road, will you?
      Winston: Oh, oh, I'm sorry. Do you feel unsafe? Hold on a second while I flip the car upside down and maybe you'll feel better.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is the first episode to use the Human Target animated main title theme.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada, January 19, 2010 on CTV (premiere before the U.S. premiere)
      UK: April 14, 2010 on Syfy
      Australia: August 25, 2010 on GO!
      Sweden: August 26, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Germany: October 4, 2010 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: July 6, 2011 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: January 9, 2013 on Dajto