Your Mileage May Vary: Human Target
Human Target just made his jump to TV recently and so far the reactions have been interesting.
Johnny from Fan Rants gave the series a positive review:
Frankly the casting is spot on, all solid actors with their own strengths and they thus far have brought solid performances to the show. The main thing they have changed is the fact that Chance is no longer a master of disguise but rather a bodyguard. A highly skilled and connected bodyguard that is.
They have dropped many hints that he may have been a spy at one time, but nothing concrete. What we do know is, he speaks multiple languages, so far Japanese and Russian, knows martial arts, is a master shot and tactician.
I like the show for its action and humor. So far the writing has been very well done and as I said earlier, the casting is very good. They are actually using some quality comic book writers for the scripting, Carmine Infantino and Len Wein have writing credit on the first two episodes. Also they have had some excellent guest stars so far, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Danny Glover, Alessandro Juliani (BSG), Sean Maher (Firefly), and Emmanuelle Vaugier (CSI NY).
Graeme McMillan feels that the concept suffers in comparison to the comic:
I’ve given up wondering why certain things are adaptations as opposed to original creations, for the most part, but Human Target just confuses me; it’s different enough in concept, characters and tone from the original that, if the names were different, it would be its own thing. It’s not an adaptation, or even a recreation; it’s an appropriation of the name and idea that someone will be protecting clients, and little else. It’s not even as if the comic Human Target would be difficult to do as a television series; it’d be the anti-Dollhouse in some senses – multiple actors playing the same character, instead of one actor portraying multiple characters – but as much about identity and personality… which, come to think of it, may be as much a turn-off to mass audiences as Dollhouse seemed to be. But it’s hard to deny that Human Target the comic – and especially Peter Milligan’s more nuanced take, as demonstrated in Chance Meetings – is much more interesting, individual and worthwhile than the TV version. It’s an ironic shame that the concept’s very identity was sacrificed in order to make it to television.
Finally the blogger at What is Unseen dislikes the writing of the show:
The stories are weak. It seems as though they’re trying too hard and trying to be something they’re not just to ‘blend in’ with television. But they’re falling flat if that is what they’re doing. I say make it your own and then own it. The cast is a pretty decent one, a lot of potential. However, the show doesn’t even keep up with their talent. I gave the show a chance, I went in with an open mind and expecting something mediocre. I kept watching in hopes it would approve…I received nothing back a bad story and boredom in return. Sigh…what is happening to entertainment? I honestly feel insulted that they actually think this kind of tv will entertain us television viewers. We might be overworked and looking for an hour vacation from our stressful days, or something just to wind down to on television but I’d rather watch info commercials on snuggies rather than Human Target. Not to mention why are so many comic characters being taken and ‘inspired’ for stories and than butchered when hitting the television screen or movie screen…? An argument for another day perhaps?
So what do you think?