I generally feel that one of the weaknesses of Touch is that it has too many moving pieces for a one hour drama, but I'll give credit where it's due.
I'll admit that I knew the man sitting outside of the church looked familiar but I didn't recall that he was the lottery winner until he started speaking to Pastor Steve. I liked that his meeting with Martin in the premiere didn't bring him complete closure. It made sense that it would be an ongoing journey.
Pastor Steve was a standout for me. It was great to see a Pastor who admitted he didn't have answers. That he was just as confused and lost as everybody else. Somehow I found that both interesting and comforting.
However, I did groan a bit when I saw the Iraq storyline. I wasn't sold on Abdul's arc the first time around and I wasn't thrilled we were revisiting the character. That said, no matter how silly the blown out amp and exploding transformer seemed, I liked that it eventually led to Laura's phone call to Pastor Steve. I especially liked it since Laura had one of my favorite Touch quotes:
Laura: You can get anywhere you want, one footstep at a time. | permalink
Sometimes we get overwhelmed by the journey when we really need to just keep moving forward.
In some ways Martin and Jake are attempting to do just that. Jake's evaluation at the board-and-care facility could end up being a good thing for both of them... or at least that's my hope.
Martin's letter from the Chief Medical Examiner was heartbreaking. It's been so long and yet he still couldn't get the closure he craved. It did make sense that even in this day and age, sometimes there just isn't enough DNA there for testing. I can't imagine the tedious, painstaking work that must have gone into trying to identify all of those victims. How many families out there never got definitive answers?
Unfortunately, there was one thing that was a little annoying. Martin continued to chase Jake, asking questions that Jake couldn't answer... at least not with words. Although I understood why it had to play that way, watching it week after week has gotten a bit tiresome but I don't have any answers on how to fix it.
Jake reaching for that kite was simply scary. I was holding my breath as he teetered on the fire escape.
I did feel for Bobby's wife. Imagine coming home to find a strange boy locking himself in one of your rooms and finding out that your husband named your daughter after a woman you've never met or heard about before. That's a pretty big secret to keep.
My favorite part was Martin finding his wife's wedding ring. I found it hard to believe that the jewelry store would still have it after over a decade but perhaps they just put it on a shelf and didn't have the heart to remove it. The 1 + 1 = 3 finally made perfect sense. Once Jake came along, Martin and Sarah became a family. It was a beautiful lovely inscription that sold me on the entire episode.
Again, Jake, Martin and their story were the episode highlight. I hope we see more of them and less of the secondary story lines in the future.
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