March 31, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST
Has anyone even heard of these series? Just curious.
March 31, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST
That title might be putting off viewers. I had no idea it was an animation show until I read some talkbacker mention it here.<br /><br />It's smile funny, not laugh funny. Even when it's being disturbingly gross and off-the-wall.<br /><br />I don't know if it was based on a comic strip, but it definitely has that feel. Every second of it is like some bizarre drug trip where anything could happen next. This can be good for humour, I suppose. Just look at The Far Side. But it's not exactly conducive to a plot, and they are clearly trying to have a plot line run in each episode.
March 31, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST
And watching it smash into pieces...it would be the most entertaining thing I'd watched that idiot box do for years.
March 31, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
the remainder of the TV week is a let down. Some of the comedies are good, but I'm not gonna fret if I miss one or don't catch it in real time.
March 31, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST
More people should be watching it. No, Herc, it's not as good as Milligan's version, but the basic concept of a character who can perfectly impersonate a variety of people would be ludicrous on-screen. And Milligan's existential take on the character requires that suspension of disbelief.
March 31, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST
It's not high art but it's a completely watchable and entertaining action TV series. More people should definitely be watching it.
March 31, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
i've been enjoying very much to my own surprise. i'm also shocked its still airing, usually they cancel a show after 2 episodes if it doesn't break records. but its doing something many networks complain other shows dont, its all self contained episodes so hopefully that bodes well for it. oh and i hope that new Tech girl becomes a regular...yum.
March 31, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST
It's a shame HUMAN TARGET doesn't get more ratings love, but the show obviously doesn't appeal to teenage fembots that tune it to AMERICAN IDOL. And yes, Bouncy X, HT definitely needs to keep Geeksquad Girl around as a regular or have Emmanuelle Vaugier's FBI Agent character featured in more episodes to break up the Sausage Fest cast.
March 31, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
Its a pretty good show. It's gotten a lot better since James Vanderbeek joined. You should give it a watch.
March 31, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST
I watched the first four or five episodes, and it was literally the exact same plot every single episode, just put in a different one-off location. Situation on a boat. On a train. On a plane. In a "fortress" Got incredibly old entirely too fast. You always know its going to turn out okay for everyone, so where is the drama? Maybe I should give it one more chance...but those first few episodes were really pretty pisspoor. Incredibly expensive...and yet, incredibly empty experiences. And I'm not just being a negative dick...I was excited for the show. I just thought it was very repetitive and stupid after only 4 episodes...so that didnt exactly boost confidence it would get better.
March 31, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST
Hmm seems your in the minority here dude. I think the show is a lot of fun with a ton of action and that funny big black dude from Pushing Daisies.
March 31, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST
Give the show some runoff and hopefully boost it's ratings enough to warrant a second season. Fun show. Loved the Indiana Jones/Rundown/MacGuyver episode. Yes, even without a major fight scene.
March 31, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST
My eyes ain't what they used to be.
March 31, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST
...if 24's performance improves as it winds down, which I imagine it would given it being the final season and all.
March 31, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST
March 31, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST
Brain fart, no edit.
March 31, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST
by Incomplete Gamer
You do realize that most internet browsers allow you to increase the size of the font, so you can make the small numbers any size you want. Given what he's trying to do (which is display as many numbers as he can) I don't see a better way of going about it. Maybe there is one, but given how simple many of the articles on AICN are, I doubt we'll see something really amazing. I personally am curious to see the full numbers, so I don't think ditching half of them is the right way of going about things. I say just increase the font size and call it a day.
March 31, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST
For all the good it will do.
March 31, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST
My Jacob-esque Candidates to be the new Lost and 24: Fringe, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy.
March 31, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST
Each episode opens near a pivotal moment and then flashes back to how the character got in that position. I don't know if that constitutes the same thing, His job every week is to help someone. You could say Leverage involves the team pulling a con on somebody every week.
March 31, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST
I love the revival of the fun, action show genre. at least Burn Notice and Leverage still have life. HT would work well on USA or TNT
March 31, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST
The show's frakking great entertainment! Love the Group dynamic, love Chi McBride, Love Jackie Earl and Mark Valley delivers! It's funny, it's action packed, its always entertaining and its got the coolest opening sequence on TV. Long may it last!
March 31, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST
I wasn't referring to the numbers.
March 31, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST
...in its own shallow, heroic-adventure entertainment way. I love what they do with their action set-pieces. Very imaginative and inventive. I don't know how much life the show has in it, but hey-- "Prison Break" stretched on for a good long while, so who knows?
March 31, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST
March 31, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST
They repeated the first season episodes endlessly on FX, until it caught on and became a hit. they should try the same for HT, since it has that potential to replace one actioner starring a compelling lead with another
March 31, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST
How Idol and Survivor are still faring better proves that most viewers either have bad tastes or just voyuers who live vicariously through other wannabee "celebs" I.E. reality stars.<p>How pedestrian minded these fuckers are.
March 31, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST
American Attention Whore Karaoke and its ilk? Who the hell is still watching this garbage besides vloggers and TV quipsters whose schtick is to make fun of this garabage? God, that whole "reality"/game show format is the cancer on the ass of American society. The sooner the people involved in spreading this disease are taken out and shot, the better off we will all be. And yeah, Human Target is a great show!
March 31, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST
March 31, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST
The Wire <br> Kingpin <br> The Corner <br> NYPD Blue <br> Homocide: Life on the Street <br> ER <p> ...to name a few
March 31, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST
<p>In between the over-the-top action spoofs and ridiculousness of 24, and the well-crafted, inventive character action of Burn Notice, is Human Target. The action setpieces are actually pretty unique and entertaining, like the fight in a narrow crawlspace on the bullet train, where they actually had no room to swing a fist. Or like the MMA tourney, where Chance actually devised a pretty ingenious strategy to KO an opponent by exploiting a particular physical weakness.<p> <p>Human Target isn't exactly the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it manages to fill a comfortable niche, where it provides really solid entertainment and action.</p> <p>Plus, Rorshach is probably one of the more entertaining aspects of the show. He manages to play a computer geek so well, but there are times when he starts exuding that crazy, psychotic aura that makes you pause for a bit and think "oh shit. . ." Great stuff.</p>
March 31, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST
Good violent charming entertainment. Honestly, I only remember to watch or tape it every other week or so but I like it when I do. and after Lost Fringe Flashforward V and a bunch of failed shows like Invasion the Nine etc. I absolutely have a preference for done in one complete in one episode series.<p>Compared to the huge ensemble casts and SFX budgets on some of the shows I watch, Human Target with a three man crew must be comparatively cheap to make, which will be a big factor in a shows longevity from now on. And it certainly helps that all three leads are terrific.<p>I agree with BouncyX and SpyGuy, adding some females to th blend (tech girl, FBI agent) could help draw eyes to the screen. And I agree with CJ Nightwing, Human Target may have the coolest Bond style opening credits sequence since, well, since I-Spy.
March 31, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST
It's already been picked up for a second season, for god knows what reason. Hey, that rhymed. Go me.
April 1, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST
It's also worth mentioning that Bear McCreary is doing some OUTSTANDING work on the score for Human Target. During the "Salvage & Reclamation" (with the fucktastic Leonor Varela), I truly thought I was listening to the second coming of John Williams.<p> It's even more impressive when compared to Bear's generic and by-the-numbers work on Caprica.
April 1, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST
April 1, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST
Best action on TV hands down. Mark Valley is great. If he broke out a little earlier - he could have been a movie star.
April 1, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST
The world waits in anticipation of whether HUMAN TARGET will finally get some Talkback love because of Amy Acker.
April 1, 2010, 8 a.m. CST
After the chase scene with the big ass rig they were driving, our heroes jump off and Chance fires a flare at the leaking gas tank, causing a massive explosion that takes the pursuing SUV along with it, flipping it up into the air. AWESOME!
April 1, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST
I could watch her read the phone book for 60 minutes.<br />(If she was being eaten out by Julie Benz at the time, obviously)
April 3, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST
by Nick Michalak
Human Target started out weak, but has gotten immensely better with each passing episode. I really like where it's going, and how it's getting there. If it had a stronger pilot, it might have strong legs now. While low ratings are obviously the main reason for cancelations, 24 was a VERY, VERY expensive show to produce. You can't justify the massive costs to produce the show if you can't guarantee the sponsors will be there in force to keep the money flowing. Human Target is not as expensive to produce, but at such low ratings, it's definitely on iffy ground.
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