Monday, June 4, 2012

What I’m Watching: Touch (Season Finale)

Touch: Season 1, Episodes 11 & 12 “Gyre, Parts 1 & 2” (B)

This show’s double-decker season ender comes a bit later than most other broadcast network spring finales, but this show has always proceeded along at its own pace, so that’s not much of a surprise. These two installments were full of familiar faces from early episodes, including Jude Ciccolella’s pawn shop owner, Rob Benedict’s Invisible Prince, and Titus Welliver’s lottery winner. All three played important supporting roles in Martin’s successful escape with Jake following his near-loss after Clea’s alleged betrayal. Clea and Avram proved that they were extremely trustworthy, but I’m not sure that Martin should really open himself up to anyone else. His sister-in-law continues to be shady in her motivations, and Sheri has demonstrated that she is only interested in the research Jake can help to provide. Martin came quite close to death twice in the course of the finale, indicating that Jake is much more instrumental than he could ever have expected. Heading off to Los Angeles because the numbers indicated so was cool, and I was most impressed with Martin, who, when met with a mother looking for her child, knows to ask the child’s name since it could well be Amelia. Jake was clearly proud of his father as well, rewarding him by holding his hand. Maria Bello’s Lucy has been doing similar work to Martin, as she helped her friend on the beach to find the woman he nearly drowned with, to connect them to give them both a sense of satisfaction and completion. She’ll likely have an interesting role to play in season two, when the show returns this fall on Friday nights. It hasn’t been a superb season, but this show definitely has potential, and I’d be intrigued to see more of it.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Kiefer Sutherland

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