Touch Review: Define Your Fate

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The complex nature of Touch's plot has, at times, made finding the heart in the story a challenge. But last week's episode continued to build momentum, and "Entanglement" stepped up the game.

I found all of the moving pieces of this plot fascinating and every one of them tugged at my heart in some way.

Let's start with Martin looking at pictures of Jake as a newborn. The look on his face conveyed the love no words could. Jake's evaluation meant the world to him, but I had a strong feeling that he'd never make it there.

Jake finds Martin

This time, Jake was communicating through patterns. Not being a math major (I barely passed high school geometry) I never realized that circles had points. This time it wasn't only the number that Martin followed, 22, it was also the beautiful circular pattern.

The petty criminal who stole Martin's laptop was the weakest link in this story, but I understood he was the thread that lead Martin to the #22 bus and Marisol. I really couldn't blame the girl for wanting her revenge against the man who murdered her family. The tale she told was horrifying.

But I couldn't believe how quickly Martin made the jump from telling her that her brother was alive to assuming he was the boy in Canada that needed the bone marrow transplant. I know there's a mystical, spiritual quality to the show that makes it necessary to suspend your disbelief but that was a leap I had trouble making.

My favorite story was Norah's. She was just a normal teenager caught in a world where simply being herself and yearning for adventure could have gotten her imprisoned or killed. 

And I loved Norah's sarcasm and sense of humor, despite her status within her culture. One of the best of the Touch quotes in this episode came from her when the car it was illegal for her to drive ran out of fuel.

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Although I saw it coming, I was still appalled that the woman Norah helped save judged her so harshly that she wouldn't ride in the same car to get to the hospital. I wasn't quite sure if it was fear or contempt that made her shun the young girl who risked her own safety to help deliver her baby.

It was a pleasant surprise to see that Norah's father wasn't some evil tyrant, just a man living within a cultural that impeded the growth of his smart, independent daughter. That he was willing to look beyond what he'd been taught was a refreshing twist to this story.

That the other family found out that their successful son had found true love in Canada via Facebook was truly ironic. The world is changing and even personal information hopscotches around the globe at record speed.

In previous episodes many of the connections between the stories have felt contrived. Not so tonight. This time when the thread pulled tight it felt like a natural progression of the lives involved. The twists of fate somehow made sense.

But I was certainly left with some lingering questions. How bad off is Teller? Is his daughter right? Has he fallen down the rabbit hole and is he taking Martin with him? 

Why did Martin's sister-in-law try to take Jake away from him? And is there any chance we'll be seeing Norah in New York sometime in the future? I hope so. The girl was smart and spunky and had a lot of potential.

As Touch continues, it wraps me into its story in ways I hadn't expected. How about you?

Review

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here's the song "Here I Stand by Sonny Rey"

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here i stand sonny rey/ selectracks is the song...

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Does anyone know these lyrics, ? yeah but i'm better now i'm strong… yeah i've been gone awhile but i'm back for good i was trying to live a life that I misunderstood I couldn’t seem to stay away from the dark of things. it was on episode 5 with the girls in the car .
I love the song but can't find it ANYWHERE !!!

Eludium q36

This episode had me sobbing at the end, so it definitely had the emotional manipulation thing down. Like other episodes, this was tied several different subplots together in coincidental fashion. The main thing that bugs me week after week with the show is that the theme-sponsored-by-Jake is a bit too obvious throughout the episode instead of mysteriously subtle, but that's a small quibble I suppose. The other thing that bugs me is the "take a leap of faith" sermon we seem to get every so often. I feel like there should be a "Do not attempt this" warning displayed like you see on some car ads because "take a leap of faith" ONLY works within a fictional, scripted drama -- it's not meant to carryover over into your personal reality! So please writers, lay off the new-age sermons, and just keep it interesting.

Sugarmagnolia

Or - Mary - how about this: I believe there is something much larger at work here. I notice that this "home" Jake is now in is also the same home that Arthur is apparently well-known in. Room 6 - once the site of one of Arthur's projects? This can't be the ONLY institution in NYC. There are probably many, many others. Yet THIS is the one Jake is packed off to. Arthur - Jake - Martin. Coincidence? I think not. I don't think the "child services" running this place is just ANY child service, and I think they have specifically targeted Jake for a reason. And, I believe it is certainly by design that Arthur is involved. So, don't compare Jake's situation with that of any ordinary run-of-the-mill child protective services/state institution story. His is far different. I believe we'll find out that this is anything but "the state just taking your kid because he's autistic". That's my take.

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I like the show and it is growing on me more and more with each episode. I understand that we have to slightly suspend reality to truly appreciate the show, but one of the larges aspects of the show is so off the mark of reality that it is becoming too frustrating to watch.
The state doesn't just take your kid because they think it will be better off in an institution. Anyone with a TV with or access to the nightly news knows that at least once a week we see a real child injured or killed by parents who have had the kid taken away at least once and placed right back into the parents home. Now they want us to believe that the state is taking Jake because he is autistic?
This ridiculous idea that he is fighting with the system to keep his son is too much and doesn't add to the show. Unless they can make the case for a good reason to take him, they should just lose that portion of the plot. I think the overall show will be much better if we only have to disconnect ourselves from enough reality to appreciate the mystical side of the show not complete disconnect from our intellect.

Chrys

That was a Very Good Episode!!! As it was mentioned above all the stories were connected perfectly and all the characters were explored satisfactory. Well... Norah's story touched me a little bit more but how could it not..? A young girl full of thurst to be and do so much more than her coulture allowed her to. A young girl who thought she had just this one day of freedom and ended up finding unexpected support from the person she admired and yet feared the most.
I was hoping that till now the social worker would be a bit more supportive after seeing Martin getting closer with Jake. But she's still kind of distant. Maybe if she was helping Martin more actively he wouldn't always turn to Arthur for guidance! How can he trust him so blindly? It really surprises me that as a former journalist Martin hasn't looked up Arthur's past. Doesn't he wonder how and why he knows so much about Jake's condition?

Touch Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

We were finally starting to communicate and now he's changed the language.

Martin

Every desire you fulfill has an impact far greater than you can imagine.

Jake
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