The season 2 premiere of Touch was a two-hour event, and it was alright. It wasn’t really a two-hour premiere. It was the first two episodes of the season, but that’s just details. These episodes were my introduction to this show, and as far as intros go this wasn’t bad. There was enough exposition to fill newbies in on what happened last season without those explanations feeling forced.
A few thoughts about “Event Horizon; Closer”:
There were multiple stories happening simultaneously in different parts of the world, but since this show is about how all of us are interconnected, I have a feeling these threads are going to pull together sooner rather than later. Martin and his son Jake are on the run from Aster Corp because they want to kidnap Jake. Jake is a special child and they want to use him for nefarious purposes. Obviously. So Martin takes Jake and they run as far from New York as they can. That’s how they manage to meet Lucy on the Santa Monica Pier. As it turns out, Lucy is Amelia’s mom and she has been looking for Amelia for 3 years. Jake gives Martin some numbers which lead the trio to a motel where they believe Amelia is being held. Fisticuffs ensue, the bad guy gets away, and they discover that unfortunately Amelia isn’t there. But they get the license plate of said bad guy. Martin enlists the help of an old friend to track down the plate which leads them to a lawyer’s office.
After breaking into the lawyer’s office and planting a program on his computer, Martin and his friend are able see all of the lawyer’s files. Martin is horrified to discover that they have a blank death certificate for Jake because they intend to do to him what they did to Amelia; fake her death so they can use her for their purposes. After Martin tells Lucy about all of this, she is more desperate than ever to find Amelia. After they see Calvin Norberg’s meltdown at the Aster Corp shareholder’s meeting (I’ll get to that in a minute), they both conclude that he’s the key to finding Amelia. Lucy wants to go in guns blazing, but Martin rightly pointed out that they had to play it cool and smart. Otherwise, Aster Corp would kill them. At this point, I’m not really feeling Lucy. She didn’t really seem to be serving much of a purpose to the story other than to look after Jake while Martin was running around town trying to put the puzzle pieces together. She had a few scenes of chasing after a girl she thought was Amelia, and a couple of tender bonding moments with Jake. But mostly, she didn’t really do anything. She didn’t really help to move the plot forward. Perhaps there are loftier plans for her as the season progresses, but for now she just seems like an unnecessary extra character.
While Martin was running and Lucy was babysitting Jake, Calvin Norberg was preparing to give a speech to the Aster Corp shareholders. The only problem is that he doesn’t want to work for Aster Corp anymore. He’s working on what he calls the “God Sequence” which he believes will change the evolution of humankind. His partner obviously doesn’t want to lose the money that they’ve made working for Aster Corp, so he helps Aster Corp back Calvin into a corner. While giving the presentation to the shareholders, Calvin goes off-script and tells them that Aster Corp is using his algorithm to program machines to take the place of people. They’ll keep building smarter and smarter machines that will eventually make the human race obsolete.
One of the shareholders, Vikash Nayar, decides to buy Calvin out of his contract and fund his research. Aster Corp obviously cannot let that happen. So, before Nayar can transfer the money to Calvin, Aster Corp sends a couple of low-rent hitmen to kidnap Nayar’s father and demand money from Nayar. Martin, with some assistance from Jake, figures out that it’s all a set-up by Aster Corp and they plan to have both Nayar and his father killed. Martin shows up just in time to save Nayar and his father, and he gives Nayar his phone number so he can talk to Calvin. I’m not entirely sure what to make of Calvin yet. He’s holding Amelia captive and he’s using her sequence as a part of his own, but I can’t really tell whether he’s a good guy or not. I may have to go back and watch the first season to understand him a bit better. As it stands now though, I don’t trust him.
Simultaneous to all of that, a very creepy guy with a scar on his neck is hunting down other gifted people in Europe. The first person he finds is a baker who also happens to be able to compose some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard. Creepy Scar Guy claims that the baker is putting himself or his gift (I’m not really clear which one he meant) above God. For that, he must die. So Creepy Scar Guy slits the baker’s throat. Next, Creepy Scar Guy heads off to a gala celebrating an architect who built a marvelous cathedral. They chat for a while and she admits to Creepy Scar Guy that her gift is a burden. Creepy Scar Guy seems to momentarily sympathize and/or identify with the architect, but he claims no one can escape the path that has been chosen for them and he slits her throat. I just want to stop here and mention how ironic it is that Creepy Scar Guy is killing people for getting in the way of God’s work. Following Creepy Scar Guy’s logic (and I use that term very loosely), God is the one who created everyone and everything. Including those gifted people that Creepy Scar Guy is killing. I don’t really understand how he’s decided that it’s his destiny from God to rid the world of people who, quite frankly, seem to be making the world a better place. God save us from the religious zealots who think they’re doing God’s work.
There was quite a bit happening at the same time, but the show moved at such a pace that the audience didn’t get confused. It was kind of slow, but with storylines like this, the show kind of needs to move a bit slowly so the audience can keep up. It seemed about right though. I wasn’t overly impressed with much of the acting, but overall it was fairly solid. On more of a technical note, they really need to lay off the shaky cam. It was so shaky it was distracting. If characters are sitting stationary having a conversation, there is no reason that the camera should be shaking as if there’s an earthquake happening. Seriously people. Stop it. Other than that, not a bad season opener. I kind of like Jake even though he doesn’t say a word. So what did y’all think of Touch?