‘Human Target’ Review: Episode 1.11, ‘Victoria’

Episode Title: “Victoria”

Written By: Kalinda Vazquez & Sonny Postiglione

Story: Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) is contacted by Gerard (Erick Avari), a bodyguard protecting Princess Victoria (Christina Cole) of the British royal family. Victoria’s jealous husband has marked her for assassination following the revelation that she’s fallen in love with Tony (Rey Valentin), a New York City ambulance driver.

Chance is forced on the run alongside Victoria and with the help of Winston (Chi McBride) and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley), he must thwart the secret service agents that have turned against the princess and bring her husband to justice.

Risk Assessment: “Victoria” is far from my favorite episode of “Human Target,” for two reasons in particular. First, I’m barely willing to accept that one secret service agent could find it justifiable to assassinate his protectorate for the sake of preserving the greater royal name, let alone the vast majority of the secret service team. That’s like the mole problem on “24” multiplied by five — it just doesn’t make sense to me.

On top of that, as a New York City resident, I have a very hard time buying into fictional representations of Manhattan — they always look like Los Angeles, Vancouver or some other such city with a New York skyline. Again, it’s another problem that “24” is currently facing, so I hate to see two respectable FOX shows going through the same ordeal.

Those nitpicks aside, “Victoria” was fine. It was a nice change of pace to see Chance in a strictly platonic relationship with the lady of the week, with little to no sexual tension between the two of them. On top of that, Chance’s visit to his deceased lover Katherine’s grave was a nice reveal — Katherine died in 2003, so our hero’s turn towards a lighter path is presumably fairly recent.

But without a doubt, Chance’s best moment of the night was a sly nod to comic book fans as he disengaged a group of assailants with the fling of a shield. As psyched as I am to see Chris Evans in the role of Captain America, there’s no question that Mark Valley would have been a killer Steve Rogers.

Next Case: “Human Target” ends its first season next week with an episode that promises that “all will be revealed.” I’m sure we won’t get every answer about Chance’s enigmatic past, but at least we’ll see a guest appearance from Amy Acker — that’s never a bad thing! On top of that, Lennie James is back as Chance’s nemesis Baptiste, so some answers are bound to come with his return.

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