Touch Review: Zig Zagging

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Over the last few weeks, Touch had been growing on me. Last week's episode had moments that I found both intriguing and heartwarming, but "Zone of Exclusion" made me forget all of that.

The problem with having multiple stories in one show is that sometimes they connect and sometimes those connections are stretched beyond any semblance of reason. This time the meandering story lines were just a little too much to be anywhere close to believable.

The redeeming scene of the show was Jake touching the screen at the museum and making a connection with the girl in Paris. That was a wonderful moment and I found myself wishing we could have followed what a huge breakthrough that was for Jake.

Clea & Martin At The Museum

Instead, it was quickly set aside so that Martin could track down a family that had been torn apart by an illegal adoption. It was a chilling story to be sure, but somehow I never felt the emotional punch from it that I thought I should. 

Perhaps it was because most of the players felt so disconnected. The sister was heard only through Clea's translations over the phone. The mother cried and ran off, not to be seen again until the end. 

I felt for the sister most of all. When Martin stood and stared at her in the hotel hallway it was downright creepy. I think I would have run too.

The other stories were just silly. How did Martin track down the sleazy doctor if he didn't know what the man looked like? JFK is a huge airport. Even if he knew the airline it would have been like searching for a needle in a haystack.

I'll admit I know nothing about Ham radios but are we really supposed to believe that its signal could reach the international space station? And how dumb was Gio? His space suit had a massive communication meltdown but he thought he'd hang out until some radio operator from Earth broke in to tell him to go inside? Why not head in when he no longer heard his partner?

Back at the board and care facility we still got no answers about mysterious room six and Sheri continued to glower at Clea and act the evil villain. 

So with Clea off the case I'm sure things will only get worse for Martin and Jake. Catherine will undoubtedly be back soon, but what is with the mounting connections between her company and the board and care facility.

Overall, watching Martin chase ramdom sets of numbers every week has become boring but I'll hope for better from next week's Touch.

Zone of Exclusion Review

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Touch Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

When two points are destined to touch, an indirect connection is impossible.


The universe will always find another way.