Touch “1+1=3” Review

‘1+1=3’ is the second episode of Touch and it builds on the premise laid down in the pilot episode. Martin Bohn continues to follow the trail of numbers his son, Jake, leaves, although now he’s actively trying to help someone. Who? Even Martin doesn’t know at first, although the answer turns out to be fairly simple: it’s the man he was trying to help right from the start of the episode.

The players this week were: an Indian man trying to find closure by spreading his father’s ashes at Yankee Stadium; a flight attendant looking for a lost dog; a teenage wannabe-magician with no friends; a violent moneylender; the desperate man trying to repay said moneylender; and a pawnbroker with cancer.

Compared to the pilot episode, ‘1+1=3’ wasn’t as tight and the links didn’t seem as complex. This isn’t necessarily a criticism; the pilot episode was so good that I think it’ll be hard for the series to live up to it, especially on a weekly basis. Actually, after the pilot I was wondering just where this series can go, and I think this episode answered that question for me: unless a bigger overall plot comes into play, I’m not sure it has anywhere to go. With a little retooling, the pilot episode could have been a really good standalone movie. But I’m worried that after a few weeks of watching Martin run around like a headless chicken, while Jake (as adorable as he is) spouts numbers and hatches escape plans, the premise could wear thin.

At least there’s a sign that some of the characters will be recurring — the two bubbly Japanese girls were back this week, cutting through New York on their way to LA. Presumably we’ll be seeing them again, possibly in relation to Kayla (the singer from the pilot). It’ll be interesting to see how that eventually ties back to Martin and Jake. Maybe the pawnbroker from this week will turn up again too; Martin promised to be his friend and if his tenaciousness this week is any indication, Martin isn’t one to renege on a promise.

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