The latest episode of Touch, ‘Safety in Numbers’ (1.03) on March 29, is about bewildered father, Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland), struggling to find meaning in his quest to help people. Bohm considers not following the latest set of numbers from Jake, 3287.
When Martin consults with Arthur Tell (Danny Glover) about whether he should continue to follow Jake on this adventure, Arthur doesn’t give Martin much of a choice. Jake reveals the numbers because there is suffering in the world and if the problem is not resolved, Jake will suffer also.
Like a knight errant in a fairytale, Martin bumps into a strange street person who seems to share Jake’s unusual gift of discerning future events through a pattern of numbers. This man calls himself The Invisible Prince (Rob Benedict) and tells Martin it’s his duty to arrange for chance meetings so fate can be changed and the suffering will end.
The Invisible Prince tells Martin he gave a magical sword to the King to slay a dragon. The King, however, didn’t believe the prince and locked the magical sword deep within his stone castle. With much digging, Martin is led back to The Claremont building where Roger King held the truth that would help thousands of people swindled by the evil corporation, Morton Starling Financial, regain their money and their lives. The symbol of Morton Starling is a fiery red dragon.
The number 3287 reoccurs throughout the episode. It’s the number of the apartment at The Claremont. It’s also the number of test taken by an African woman hoping for a better life for herself. Two story threads intersect when a boy from the same poor African village competes online in a dance competition. The girl who is stood up at the dance competition meets a new boyfriend, who happens to be the dance champion defeated by the African boy.
‘Safety in Numbers’ is definitely the best episode so far of the series. The Invisible Prince hints there are more than just Jake seeing crucial patterns that will effect many people. Rob Benedict definitely was the highlight of the episode, especially in the heart warming moment when he knighted Martin as The Invisible Knight.
Sadly, the role of Jake is severely limited by Touch’s original premise that he’s an autistic boy who can’t talk and barely interact with anyone. Hopefully with more characters like Jake emerging, viewers will get a chance to find out what is going on in the boy’s head.
Other Touch reviews:
One Plus One Equals Three (1.02)