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Episode Review: HUMAN TARGET (“Imbroglio”)

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So, even HUMAN TARGET does the hostage situation episode, though I think I had a déjà vu while watching it. Not only does every action series need to have their hostage situation episode, but it was a nice surprise that this episode wasn’t as boring as I thought it would be. Especially after the last two episodes, which, retrospectively, are much weaker than I thought.

It was a fast-paced episode, which was nice. From Ilsa (Indira Varma) still having troubles, after killing Lopez in the last episode, she meets up with her sister-in-law Connie (Olga Sosnovska), and the writers remind everybody of Ilsa’s loss in the season premiere: I have totally forgotten all about her dead husband and the foundation she is actually working for, so it was good that the series brings back this part of character development, and not just because it gives Ilsa some screentime as a character, instead of Chance’s (Mark Valley) annoying boss, but the episode has more of Ilsa discussing something with other people. And I always love seeing Ilsa discussing about rather uninteresting topics, when lives are at stake.

“I just got a bad feeling”, Chance says, and annoys me. Just because of a ten-second breach in the opera’s firewall, which could have been fifteen seconds, he thinks that terrorists are about to hit the opera. Of course, Chance’s feelings are never wrong, but those “twists” always stink up the room, and I don’t like when characters think that something is going to happen, just because of a pretty much ordinary thing, which happened. And the follow-up of it was even more ridiculous: Chance fights off some of the terrorists, but then Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) just sits there with a machine gun, basically being one of the terrorists, and does nothing, while Chance is out to save a day? I don’t know, but I didn’t like that at all.

The rest of the action was good though. Guerrero is finally in some danger (though I wondered why he didn’t do anything but biting somebody’s nose), the action sequence with Chance at the end, where he is fighting off some of the terrorists, while everybody is watching, was funny, and I liked that Ilsa was about to live up to the action of Chance’s job. Unfortunately, the pipe was in her way of hitting the bad guy – but it was a nice scene anyway. It’s the second episode in a row, where she learns more and more about the danger of Chance’s job, and it could serve her well in the final stage of this season (maybe the series).

The episode wasn’t really bad, but it wasn’t really good either. It was laughable though, especially the CIA office besides the opera house, and how easy it was for the terrorists to rescue the prisoner. It reminded me of the second DIE HARD movie, but in the movie, it was much more logical and not so shitty. 5.5/10

Connie and Ilsa are discussing for their lives

Now Chance has a machine gun

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Written by Christian Wischofsky

January 18, 2011 at 1:26 PM

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