Touch Review: Who Hears You?

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Touch comes back after the pilot with its second episode "1+1=3" and that equation almost explains how I feel about this show: Both intrigued by the concept and weary from trying to keep up with its execution.

I enjoy Kiefer Sutherland's portrayal of a tired but dedicated father but I wish we got to see more scenes between Martin and Jake. The connection between father and son, despite the obstacles is the strength of Touch.

Helping a Stranger

It took me a while to see Clea's point about bringing Jake back to the group home. He has a loving father. Why take him away, even for a short period of time? But if Jake continues to escape from schools, Martin needs to show he's doing everything possible for his son and that includes being evaluated at a live-in facility recommended by social services. The evaluation may give him feedback he doesn't have plus it continues to make him look like a concerned father to authorities who are already watching.

Speaking of Jake's ability to escape. What's up with that? He's practically a little Houdini. Does he pick locks? Walk through walls? Or is he just super observant and spies the flaws in security that most people miss? Clea only turns her back for a moment and he's gone. Right now, his ability seems almost mystical.

But that's one of the joys of this show. It marries the numbers with an almost spiritual faith. For 11 years no one has heard Jake's voice. Now his father hears something more powerful: Jake's spirit. He believes in his son.

As for all of the connections that Jake's numbers lead to, some of those stories left me with more questions than answers. Like, why is Pavel's father sending him a dog? Don't they have puppies in Moscow?

And shouldn't the kids in Pavel's class be nicer to him if they think his daddy is the Russian equivalent of Tony Soprano? Seems to me you would want Pavel as a friend, not an enemy.

Did the peanut vender really have to sue to keep that home run ball? Probably. It's a sad world when a fan can't keep a baseball they catch during a game without a law suit pending.

The weakness of the show is all of the leaps of faith it expects its audience to take. I'm good with the flight attendant running into the man with his father's ashes and that Martin is the connection between Becca and her ailing father. But the dog running onto the bridge at the exact moment dad tries to commit suicide? Or that the phone call from Pavel is enough to change his father's mobster ways? There are some leaps in this story that are just too unbelievable.

I get that they want to show that Jake's numbers have far reaching consequences.  We are all connected no matter where we are in the world but I do wish they would limit the connections by a story or two. Trying to follow all of the jumps can take Touch from entertaining, to almost daunting to keep up with.

However, as Arthur tells Martin in one of the Touch quotes from this episode...

 Sense. Is that what you're looking for? Sense? | permalink

Yes. But I suppose suspending my need for logical explanations and embracing the nuances of the story will make Touch a more enjoyable ride.

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    Omg!!!! Blah Blah you guys!! Touch is awesome
    Kiefer Sutherland plays an excellent part.
    It's sit on my edge of my seat kind of watching.
    I think you negatives need to open your minds
    To the what if and maybes of our intriguing planet
    With the equally interesting people living upon it!!!
    Please Please another series!!!

    Joyeful

    I'm also pretty sure there is an overarching theme - there are clues to it. The same Japanese girls that were in the pilot were in this episode - they just showed up in New York. But we just saw them for a bit, not for anything significant to this episode. I'm willing to bet that they're part of something even bigger.

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    I think people complaining about the connections being contrived are missing the point. The whole point of the show is that people are connected in a way so above our heads, most ordinary people can't see it. But a special few, like Jake, are able to make sense of these things. The way I see it, the fact that it's unbelievable is supposed to be the idea - if it were believable then we wouldn't need Jake...

    I love it. I love shows that demand attention to detail and thought. Kiefer Sutherland is amazing...and I say that having never watched 24.

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    People complain about the show's unbelievable connections, but the hole thing is based on Martin/Jake "interfering" to create connections that wouldn't happen otherwise. Their goal is to make sure those connections happen.

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    Mr.S is not a boring actor. So happens that's what his role calls for. You probably didn't see "24". I suggest you do that b4 badmouthing this amazing actor. Got netflix?

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    I seem to be the only one who is doesn't get the big deal about Kiefir Sutherland. To me, KS is boring and the show is too convoluted and contrived. Yawn.

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    I afraid that I will become bored with the more or less storyline the same every week. But I do love Keifer Sutherland. He is a fine actor.

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    I loved the show. I am okay with the fact that the dog showed up on the bridge, and I'm okay with the dad changing his murderous ways. The reason that I am okay with dog is because animals have a sixed sense, so to me, it is not odd that the dog followed the cosmic pattern created by all involved. With the gangster dad, he had shown a softer side, anyway, right after he tossed the ball. He seemed relunctant to kill to kill the guy, from the start. So it is not strange that he changed his ways; besides, he could always backslide. This show is going to great, and I will certainly be tuning in every Thursday night.

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    I love the way the various story lines come together at the end, and I accept that it must be something magic or spiritual pulling the strings (or in this case, the dog) What I don't like is Keifer repeating Jake's name over and over when it was made quite clear, early on, that Jake is not going to pay him a single bit of attention.It makes Sutherland's character look like an ineffectual whiner. Why not get with the program, hang back, and observe which way Jake is headed. Then he would do us all a favor and stop sounding like a broken record.

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    @Virg ... jeez, you are a cold hearted somebody ... I mean DEADPAN KID ... get a heart tin man!




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