Picks and Pans Review: Human Target
ABC (Mon., July 20, 10 P.M. ET)
The summer wouldn't be complete without one really ludicrous, entirely implausible action series. Here it is! Rick Springfield plays Christopher Chance, a mysterious do-gooder who jets around the world in a bat-winged Hovercraft. When someone is in grave danger, Springfield assumes his or her identity and steps into the firing line. It's all done in a democratic fashion. "I charge 10 percent of a year's salary," he tells a client. "That goes whether you're a busboy or the King of England."
In its premise, this is like those old Mission: Impossible episodes where Martin Landau would impersonate the doctor of some banana republic dictator in order to lure the despot across the border where he could be arrested. Except it's not as clever.
The dialogue is truly dopey. When Springfield tells his pilot (SaMi Chester) to get the plane ready, he says, "Heat her up, Jeff. Let's go." "Where to?" "I don't care. Just get me up in the clouds where I can think." Not a bad idea. The plane is pretty cool. But when the action moves back down on the ground, this show is for the birds.
Next weekend, Human Target moves into its scheduled slot on Saturdays at 9 P.M. ET.
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