Touch: A TV Review of it’s Season Premiere

by on January 25, 2012

in Entertainment, tv reviews

The season premiere of Touch aired on Fox and to be honest, I found myself pleasantly surprised and entertained…

TOUCH on Fox, starring Kiefer Sutherland

Fox’s Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz, premiered tonight on Fox. It’s about a father and his autistic, mute son. That is, until dad learns that his son in reality, is in touch with life like no other human is, and can predict events and hence, prevent bad things from happening.

The series is from Heroes showrunner Tim Kring. But unlike Heroes, there’s only one special person and many character stories in this series premiere of Touch. Danny Glover was also part of the cast.

Though Touch never really caught my attention through the months of marketing up to tonight, It was, I felt, a fortuitous bit of timing that nothing else was on TV so I tuned in.

I’m glad I did.

Sutherland plays father Martin Bohm, to his son Jake (Mazouz). Jake is diagnosed as autistic, but what do people know? Rather than autistic, he’s incredibly special, with the ability to see things no one else can. Through the episode, we get to follow what looks like, at first, an abstract set of numbers that Jake is trying to communicate to his dad.

In the process, dad is under the gun with social services because from the outside, looking in, things don’t look so good as far as this single father is doing in raising his son.

Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz in Touch

At the onset of the episode, we’re introduced to multiple stories around the world and as the episode progresses, each story evolves into their own resolution.

A few of the stories don’t seem related to Martin and Jake, but at some point, all paths do cross in one way or another. Some blatant, some subtle.

Despite some interesting loose points in the developing plot, they were minor in the overall scheme of things. (If you have or will see the episode, the story based around the lost cell phone is where I’m pointing.)

Other than that, the struggle that dad has to connect the dots while fighting the system is a very effective plot underlying the episode and had me worried for our dad and son. (Not to mention hating-on that social services worker.)

Veteran actor Danny Glover had a small, cursory, yet critical role in the episode. I’m not sure if he’ll be recurring or not… but considering his knowledge of the situation with Jake, I think he probably will be.

Through it all, it was refreshing to see Sutherland playing an ordinary guy dealing with an extraordinary situation. It was great to see portraying something other than a death-dealing government agent!

I thought this episode of Touch was a refreshing glass of water in the dulldrums of much of what’s on TV today. It could be a very successful TV series… if it doesn’t get too smart or complicated in plot.

Tonight was borderline in convoluted or complicated stories and as I’ve seen before, there’s a limit as to how much the Nielsen families can take in the level of complication to a story.

I liked the pilot for Fox’s Touch. I hope you did too. Chime in and let us know what you felt about this new TV series premiere.

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