Christopher Chance has been shot, stabbed, beaten and blown up halfway to hell, but those injuries are small potatoes for the work-for-hire security expert when compared to the idea of putting a dear friend's life in jeopardy. When Chance is barely able to diffuse such a situation with only seconds to spare, the man is forced to take a good long look in the mirror and assess his image - and when he doesn't like what he sees, he decides to go into hiding and put the gun back in its holster for good, no ifs ands or buts.
Funny what a few billion dollars can change.
Naturally, "Human Target" would be a very different show if leading man Mark Valley wasn't spending almost every episode out on the field guns a-blazing, cracking wise and flirting with the girl-of-the-week - and all it took to restore his character's status as one of TV's great action heroes was an offer he can't refuse from sultry billionaire Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma), who successfully attempted to lure him back into the spy game in last night's second season premiere episode, appropriately titled "Ilsa Pucci."
"He comes into contact with Ilsa - well, she actually comes into contact with him," Valley told CBR News during a visit to the "Human Target" set in Vancouver. Ilsa's husband went curiously absent some months ago, and she's spent every waking moment ever since trying to locate and hire the mercenary to solve his disappearance. Normally, the fact that Chance has gone into self-imposed exile would pose a problem for most potential clients - but Ilsa Pucci is decidedly not like most people.
"She finds out where he's been hiding out and talks him into coming back to take this one case," said Valley. "She ends up making him an offer that he really can't refuse with her resources."
Pucci's resources extend far beyond this one case, as Chance's handling of the philanthropist's assignment inspires her to make a deeper investment in the ex-assassin's business. Valley said that Ilsa's new position at the forefront of Chance's agency would certainly add a fresh coat of paint to several different aspects of the show - "We're staying in San Francisco and keeping the same loft, but it's getting a nice refab," for instance - and one change that he could personally testify to is the way that the show introduces new cases and clients.
"I think we'll start seeing some new cases. We might not necessarily be seeing the standard setup where the client comes in, Winston comes down and tells them the spiel, I lean against the pillar and say my thing," he said. "We're probably going to, at least in the first two episodes, we'll see some more unconventional introductions into these cases and clients."