Touch Season 2 Review “Eye to Eye”

I often wonder what goes through someone’s head before they do something incredibly stupid. I wonder if there’s some sort of switch that’s malfunctioning in their heads. There’s got to be a reasonable explanation. A couple characters in this episode of Touch did some pretty stupid things, and I just have to wonder what they were thinking.

A few thoughts about “Eye to Eye”:

One of the major things we discovered in this episode was that Calvin has a younger brother named William. Calvin and William were in a car accident which left William in a permanent vegetative state. Calvin and Frances are doing all the tests and so forth on Amelia because they’re trying to find a cure for William’s condition. I suppose that introducing William was supposed to make me feel more sympathy for Calvin and Frances. But in truth, it just made me despise them even more. They have kidnapped a young girl, kept her from her mother, and used her as a guinea pig for their own purposes. Who are they to decide that Amelia’s mother wouldn’t understand why they want to map her brain? Did they even try to find out? No. They decided that their family was more important than Amelia’s family, so they just took her. Where does it end? Do they plan to stop after they find a cure for William? Are they going to let Amelia go back to her mother then? Or will they find another reason to keep her? What makes them believe they have any right to do what they’re doing?

Lucy has a lot of nerve. Martin admitted that he lied about meeting with Calvin, and Lucy got all in a huff because he’d lied to her about it. Um, Lucy. Did you forget that you also lied to Martin about your little excursion to the police station? As I said before, I’m not big on telling lies because they always create more problems than they solve. But as far as lies go, Lucy’s has much more potential to cause trouble than Martin’s. So Calvin knows about about Jake. That’s not good for Martin and Jake, but it doesn’t necessarily put all of them at risk. Lucy going to the police puts everyone, including Amelia, at risk. And on top of getting on her high horse about Marin lying to her, she runs a guilt trip on the man?! But apparently, it’s ok for Lucy to lie to Martin but not the other way around. Talk about being a hypocrite. That whole exchange between Martin and Lucy left a really bad taste in my mouth about her. She came off as emotionally manipulative and self-righteous. That’s not good if the show wants me to sympathize with her.

Lucy’s stupidity and aversion to following instructions is also becoming a problem for me. After Martin and Lucy found the facility where Calvin’s brother was being cared for, Martin got a call that Jake had run off from his playdate. Martin told Lucy to stay at the facility and see what else she could find out. Apparently, she took that to mean that she should call Calvin and confront him about Amelia without having any sort of plan. That’s just stupid. Not only does it mean that Calvin and Co. are going to step up security on Amelia. It also means that she has ruined any element of surprise that she and Martin may have had. Also, I’m trying to figure out at what point she thought it was a good idea to go run down Calvin. What exactly is her endgame? However that played out in her head, I bet dollars to donuts that’s not how it’s going to play out in reality. More and more it’s looking like Martin is the brains of this operation. That’s disturbing to me because there are so precious few powerful female characters on television already. Lucy seems to be falling into the damsel in distress/troublemaking female role, and that’s disappointing. So far she’s had few functions other than to tell Martin (again) how much she wants to find her daughter and/or cause a problem that Martin has to think their way out of.

My grandmother used to say that God sometimes speaks to us through people, but we have to keep our ears and heart open to his voice. Guillermo claims to hear the voice of God, but I’m not so sure that’s what he’s hearing. He went to a priest to confess his sins and obtain absolution. His confession sparked a crisis for the priest to whom he confessed and caused the priest to make a decision that ultimately led to his demise. The priest was faced with two equally difficult choices. He had to choose between keeping his vows of confession despite knowing that Guillermo plans to kill again and breaking his confession vows to go tell the police and be excommunicated. The priest chose to report Guillermo, but before he could do so, Guillermo killed him. But Guillermo didn’t kill the priest for going to the police. He killed the priest because the priest refused to provide absolution. The priest refused telling Guillermo that absolution can only come from forgiveness. And Guillermo’s sins could not be forgiven. That should have been a sign to Guillermo that his mission is not from God. Instead of hearing the voice of God through the priest, Guillermo chose to hear that the priest had put himself in the place of God by denying absolution. The truth is, Guillermo is killing people not because of anything they have done, but because of what he has done. He has put himself before God and he is transferring those same thoughts/feelings to others. He decided that the priest was putting himself before God, when in actuality, the priest was following his conscience. The same is true of The 36. Guillermo has decided that they have put themselves before God. Guillermo has decided that they must die. This seems like it’s 100% Guillermo and 0% God.

Guillermo’s confession also confirms that he has twisted reality to fit his purposes. He is operating from the premise that The 36 must die because they are placing themselves above God; that they are false idols. However, that is an extremely flawed premise. Nothing about any of the people that he’s killed so far has suggested that they believes themselves to be before God. But even if they did, is it not then up to God to decide what to do with them? By his own logic (and I use that term loosely) isn’t Guillermo putting himself before God? Isn’t he deciding who lives and who dies based upon his own set of values? How does that make him any different than the innocent people he’s hunting? His confession also confirmed that deep down, he knows what he’s doing is wrong. On some level he knows that his self-appointed mission is not really from God. That leaves Guillermo at a crossroads. He can continue on a mission he knows is not from God; he can stop his mission; or he can continue and convince himself that his mission is righteous and his cause is just.

This was an ok episode. It still seemed to move a bit slow, but it feels like it’s moving along more than the first couple episodes of the season. I also liked the cutting back and forth between stories much better this time. Going back and forth didn’t feel quite so jerky, so that’s a plus. So what did y’all think of this episode of Touch?