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"Tanarak"
Season {{#pad:1|2|0|left}}, Number 10

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Air date March 28, 2010 (CTV)
March 31, 2010 (Fox)
Written by Mike Ostrowski
Directed by Kevin Hooks
Production code 2J5153
U.S. viewers 8.23 million
U.S. ratings 5.1/9 HH
2.3/8 A18-49
Case Folder
Location: Tanarak Island, Alaska
Protectee Jessica Shaw
Doctor
Cover Paul Woodruff
Specialist, Alaska Bureau of Land and Mine Management
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Tanarak is the tenth episode of the first season of Human Target.

Synopsis[]

Chance travels to a remote Alaskan island to find a missing doctor (after mercenaries were sent to kill her), and expose an industrial giant’s involvement in the death of a mining foreman. The team's tendency to exploit a hand is on display once more, as are their 'David and Goliath' interactions with large and soulless entities.

Case file[]

**Awaiting after-action report**

Guest stars[]

  • Moon Bloodgood as Dr. Jessica Shaw
  • Ty Olsson as John Duke
  • Daniel Bacon as Bill
  • Vincent Gale as Detective Simms
  • Kyra Harper as Rita Shaw
  • Hector Johnson as Monolith
  • Rik Kiviaho as Patrol Guard
  • Steve Makaj as Sheriff
  • Angelo Renai as Jon Taggart
  • Craig Veroni as Dr. Patel
  • Peter Yunker as Jason Banneker
  • Charles Zuckermann as Thug #1

Statements and hearsay[]

Memorable quotes from the case.

**Awaiting after-action report**

Music[]

Composer Bear McCreary developed a full theme for the character of Jessica Shaw because of how much screen time she had in the episode. The theme appears throughout the episode, often intertwined with Chance's theme, echoing the similarities in the two characters' pasts.

When the two are trapped in the mine, McCreary explains: "The conversation shifts to Jessica, as she describes how she couldn’t save a patient early in her career and vowed to never let that happen again. The score shifts as well, bringing back the English horn to play her theme. This is my favorite arrangement of the Jessica Shaw Theme in this episode. At the end of the clip, a heroic yet melancholy French horn plays the Chance Theme, as he finds himself relating all too well to her situation. He realizes that he became a bodyguard for the same reasons she became a doctor."[1]

Winston's theme also gets an ominous treatment during the scene where he blackmails Banneker, the Agrius CEO, to protect Jessica's life and get some money for her. This was to hint at Winston's own darkness buried beneath his good-guy exterior.

Background[]

  • The title may well be another comics reference, although Marvel not DC this time. Whilst there does not appear to be a real-world island of this name, a dark, powerful spirit called "Tanaraq" took control of a mortal named Walter Langowski and transformed him into a creature known as "Sasquatch", a core member of Canada's Alpha Flight.

References[]

  1. McCreary, Bear (March 31, 2010). Human Target: Tanarak. BearMcCreary.com.
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