Monday, April 9, 2012

What I’m Watching: Touch

Touch: Season 1, Episode 4 “Kite Strings” (B-)

My thoughts on this hour are identical to those I expressed about the three previous installments. This show’s need for subtitles is inexplicable, and pairing international events with developments in Jake’s life in New York City doesn’t always work, and creates an extremely disjointed feel for the show as a whole. The international focus also seems to be centered on kids trying to showcase their talents for some reason, which in this case involves a budding comedian and a rock band. As usual, the reveal of the many connections that tie together the threads of the episode is the episode’s strongest point, as Jake’s presence on the fire escape outside the window startles King Roadie’s girlfriend so that something falls to accidentally hit a key so that Abdul shorts the power on his block, creating sparks and showing the location of the two injured soldiers. The most notable guest star this week was Sprague Grayden, previously seen on “Jericho” and “Sons of Anarchy,” as First Lieutenant Laura Davis. I do like seeing Titus Welliver on television, but his role as depressed lottery winner Randall Meade isn’t allowing him much opportunity to demonstrate his talent. Pastor Steve was quite unimpressive as a preacher, and up and leaving his church to go be with his high school friend was a bit peculiar, even if it will permit Randall the chance to own his life again and do something good with the church. Bobby’s appearance and Jake’s antics were useful mainly in affirming that Sarah did in fact love Martin during tough times.

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