Touch: But Can He Play Pinball?
Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 2:19 PM
I have no problem suspending belief in an excellent show like Fringe, but this ain't Fringe and there's just nothing holding this mess together for me. KS sounds inexplicably breathless every moment and so earnest, it is cloying.
A little humor people! Another thing Fringe does so well - heart and humor and thrilling stories.
Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 3:16 PM
Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:24 AM
That was definitely a huge rip-off, though. I got to the Amelia numbers and started thinking, "man, this reminds me of Lost." And then that shot...wow.
Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 1:27 PM
It's too bad. With all it's problems, I really like the show. I will be disappointed when they cancel it. I
My same negative comments, as always, revolve around the institute they keep Jake in. Now they have to throw in a sister in law who, after all this time, wants custody of Jake. I was also kind of surprised that the room Jake was sitting in was right by the entrance and the door to the playroom was wide open. I don't think you keep vulnerable people near the front door where anyone who walks in can see them. Additionally, an escape artist like Jake never seems to have anyone watching him. Teller just walked up to him and gave him a key.
I liked the story with the horse though. I didn't think much of the love story.
Posted Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:33 AM
My family hopes the writers will go in a different direction on that angle, and continue with the beautiful odyssey of 3 or 4 different connections to Jake's "number of the week." I hope Touch stays on air as long as possible.
Posted Apr 28, 2012 @ 1:16 PM
But IMDB indicates he's going to be in 24 movie or something, so now I'm guessing he's given up worrying about type casting and is just interested in staying employed.
Posted Apr 28, 2012 @ 2:40 PM
It definitely looks like they're going in that direction, and that SiL is at least somewhat clued in. I don't know. I had this episode on DVR and had to stop it four times before I finally finished it.
The only complaint is that turning the care center where Jake lives into some grand conspiracy does not help this show.
Posted Apr 29, 2012 @ 11:05 AM
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Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:09 AM
She keeps flip-flopping. First she's not on Martin's side then she sees all of Jake's numbers so she is and then - through no fault of his own - Martin misses an appointment so she's not and now she is again? She's not very useful to anyone if she won't commit to anything.
Re: custody Suddenly Clea seems to be "siding" with Martin.
Posted Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:45 PM
I thought the same thing, then remembered that his wife left him money. How else could he continually be skipping work without being concerned about losing his job.
I have a hard time believing Martin paying that $1,000 entry fee.
Posted May 2, 2012 @ 3:03 PM
I couldn't figure out how the Italian guy coming to America for romance tied to the rest of the episode - other than the blogger walking behind Martin at one point. I don't know how the numbers related to her - or to the Australian either, for that matter. He needed the Australian guy to let him know how to save the professor (which was this week's "mission"). The other missions were to find romance for the blogger and/or the Italian and for the Aussie to realize that his dad's buddy should have the ranch. But what did Jake or Martin's frantic running around do that helped their causes?
We enjoyed tonight's episode very much. Everything tied together well and in some cases, surprisingly.
The sister-in-law wanting custody is odd. I know firsthand that special needs children can positively effect your life, but I don't think there are many custody battles over 12 year olds that don't speak and run off all the time. It would be different if there were some sign that the kid was neglected, but he is healthy and cared for. I think the SiL just wants Jake to give her the lottery numbers.
previous episode - I know people who have a business whose sole purpose is returning lost luggage. They contract through the airlines. So it probably wouldn't be an airport baggage handler returning the tricycle. And who has a tricycle as part of their luggage?
I think when she witnessed first hand how the magical numbers lead to finding her mother and the missing boy, she had a change of heart.
Re: custody Suddenly Clea seems to be "siding" with Martin.
This show requires so much suspension of belief that a kid who sees how numbers tie multiple lives together across the globe seems like the most realistic thing.
Edited by needschocolate, May 2, 2012 @ 3:05 PM.
Posted May 2, 2012 @ 10:31 PM
I wondered that too, but I think the point of the other stories is to demonstrate that the number of the week has a lot more connections throughout the world than just the small part that is Martin's mission. He doesn't even know about most of them; those are just for the audience to see.
But what did Jake or Martin's frantic running around do that helped their causes?
Posted May 3, 2012 @ 6:57 PM
Starchild, I believe your theory is correct. However, I consider it to be lazy writing. Give me some time and a 3 digit number and I could probably find a bunch of real world stories that involve that number in some way (especially if the 3 digit number can relate to a date or time). That is not special. If the magic number makes a bunch of stories intersect with each other, it is much more interesting. I have seen plenty of examples of lazy writing on this show - things that happen that wouldn't happen that way in the real world but the writer(s) didn't bother to check out the facts. I can over look those for the most part, but at least they could make the stories tie into one another - after all, they are making up the stories.
I think the point of the other stories is to demonstrate that the number of the week has a lot more connections throughout the world than just the small part that is Martin's mission. He doesn't even know about most of them; those are just for the audience to see.
Edited by needschocolate, May 3, 2012 @ 6:59 PM.
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Posted May 7, 2012 @ 3:51 PM
I actually found the taxi dispatcher to be extremely annoying. He's doing this "Good Morning Vietnaaaaaaammmm" type talking to no one in particular. If I was a passenger in one of those cabs and heard this idiot going on and on about nothing, I'd probably ask the driver to turn it down. Dispatchers should be "#502, pick up at 123 Main street, going to the airport". And nowadays, all of that is done electronically on a screen I think.
I do like the fact that each episode is self contained but with some development in the overall storyline of Jack Bauer and his son. I don't care about a whole lot of it (Clea's mom, the mystery woman in the wheelchair, the aunt, etc) but it is mostly entertaining. I also really like Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She was Jenny on Season 5 of "MI-5", where she played Adam Carter's nanny. She does an extremely convincing American accent. Had I not seen her on MI-5 I would never have known she is English.
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
blackwing, I understand how the "Good Morning, Vietnam" schtick could be annoying, but I felt for him. It was obvious that the guy was SO lonely and just wanted someone to hear him. I totally agree about Gugu Mbatha-Raw. I loved her as Martha's sister on Doctor Who. She is a beautiful girl and a great actress. I do wish her character would stop flip-flopping, though. She doesn't believe Jack, then she does, then she doesn't again. WTH?
Edited by Mutant Enemy, May 7, 2012 @ 7:00 PM.
Posted May 9, 2012 @ 9:47 AM
Another thing - does anyone know if the theme music is available on iTunes, because I REALLY like it. It's haunting and lovely and possibly better than this silly show deserves (although I do like the show and want it to continue).
Posted May 13, 2012 @ 11:10 PM
The latest episode was better written and moved the storyline ahead when Jake actually looked directly at his Dad and he touched the diamond dealer as well. The black 13-year old seemed to realize that maybe he just doesn't want to talk, and Dad should just accept that. The diamond dealer said that Kaballah has teachings about certain "just" people in the world. Anyone know if that's real?
Looking forward to next week's episode.
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Posted May 22, 2012 @ 8:34 PM
I still love this show and hope it comes back in the Fall season.
It is coming back for season 2.
Edited by PhPhan, May 22, 2012 @ 8:36 PM.
Posted May 23, 2012 @ 1:48 PM
I wonder what it's like for the child actor. He doesn't get to talk, at all. Except for the voiceovers in the beginning.
Posted May 29, 2012 @ 11:15 PM
It's the best feel good show on television. Reminds me a lot of Early Editon.
As far as suspension of belief, almost every show on TV has that quality.
Posted May 31, 2012 @ 10:00 PM
Posted May 31, 2012 @ 10:06 PM
Liked seeing Randall again and glad that he got his closure. Walt's return and interaction with Jake was also a nice surprise. The storyline with the guy searching for the Reggae musician's brother felt out of place though. And the stuff with the samurai sword was pretty predictable. But Jake holding Martin's hand at the end made me a little misty.
I wonder if they'll stay in California for season 2 or if they'll eventually get back to New York. I guess some of the focus will shift to the search for Amelia which likely means Maria Bello sticks around, which I'm happy about. Won't particularly miss Clea if this is it for that character, but I'm glad she came through in the end after seemingly betraying Martin.