“Touch” Revisited: I nailed it.
In every episode of Touch, Martin Bohm is challenged on his ability to be a “good father” to Jake. His success or failure as a father is questioned because very few people understand what Jake really is, and therefore focus entirely on the wrong thing. Martin’s antagonists continually make the faulty assumption that Jake is simply a disabled child with a talent for math, basically equating him with autistic children who excel at music. They further assume that Martin cannot possibly be a good father to Jake, because his responsibilities as a widowed breadwinner preclude him from “providing a suitable environment” for a boy the system has marked off simply as having “special needs.” Such naysayers are repeatedly and frustratingly incorrect, because they never even consider Jake’s true identity.
Jake Bohm is not a child; he is a fully-formed prophet in a child’s body.
Touch is about a man realizing that he is the steward of a prophet.
Furthermore, Jake does not require “therapy;” his intolerance of physical touch is not as quantifiable as an autistic “sensory defensiveness.” Touch never shies away from a spiritual reference or metaphor, and in this spirit Jake’s refusal to be touched is an echo of the Biblical Nazarites.
Call it a divine plan, call it the will of the universe, Jake passes on glimpses of some ultimate plan to a fresh group of people every week, helping them understand that everything happens for a reason. Just as the Nazarites sought a closer connection to God by not allowing alcohol to cloud their minds, Jake’s intensely focused mind cannot by distracted by touch. His manifestation as a child is inconsequential to his ultimate purpose, which is to provide hope to individuals.
I write most of my posts a week in advance. I also watch most of my television shows on Hulu a week after they broadcast. My post about Touch was one such post; drafted a week before it was posted. I had no idea that I would be vindicated the evening I wrote the post.
I literally just watched the most recent episode of Touch on Hulu; episode nine, “Music of the Spheres.” I almost had a coronary upon hearing a character speculate that Jake is “one of the 36 righteous ones” who exist to “provide hope” to the rest of the world. Furthermore, Martin ends the episode by accepting that Jake might not want to talk at all, and he should stop forcing the issue. Don’t believe me? Read the recap.
And read my post–written long before the episode aired and published before I saw it.
If anyone from the FOX writing staff happens to read this, I am currently open for employment.
Nazarites – JewishEncyclopedia
Touch “Music of the Spheres” Recap – TVRage