March 23rd, 2012
02:41 PM ET
Back in January, when Fox aired the pilot for "Touch," I was quite impressed with the show's ambition. It's truly unlike anything else on TV.
Thursday night's episode seemed to serve as a second pilot. (The actual pilot has been widely available online and elsewhere since January, since Fox really wants this show to take off).
And once again, we see that Martin's son Jake - who narrates the show but never speaks - obsesses over numbers, this time the number 5296.
One slight change this time is that Martin immediately understands there is some significance to Jake's behavior (which, once again Danny Glover's Arthur explains to him). This time it leads Martin to a pawn shop, which is instantly robbed.
Because of Jake's number, people are once again brought together, or able to make some realization, like a boy in Russia learning that his father is with the mob, a man in India getting the chance to spread his father's ashes, and a flight attendant meeting her father. (There is a theme here.)
It's not quite as impressive as it was the first time, and it more or less re-establishes what we already know.
I'm hoping we'll get more out of "Touch" in future episodes, especially some explanation for Jake's abilities. If every episode is just some variation on the same formula, it will be quite disappointing.
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