‘TOUCH,’ SEASON ONE (2012)

February 2, 2013 12 Comments

Seasoned television veterans immediately think of the patriot character Jack Baur when the name Kiefer Sutherland tops credits. Following the demise of Fox’s fabulous but intense drama, 24, Sutherland takes a role by the same network. The premise of this series is, on the surface opposite of 24 but look deeper, and the only difference is, a much different package. 

Touch, Season One (2012) Fox TV Show Review

Like so many New Yorker’s, Martin Bohm’s life is forever changed by 9/11. His wife worked in one of the towers and was one of the victim’s whose remains were never recovered. Now, some eleven years later, Martin (Sutherland) gives up his work as a journalist and shifts from job to job while attempting to raise his son, Jake (David Mazouz). Unable to keep him in a school, Martin’s problems intensify when the state becomes involved and decides it’s time to place the autistic Jake in a group home. For eleven years, Martin has been unable to communicate with his son who hasn’t spoken a word. But he soon realizes that through elaborate number patterns, Jake is finally trying to tell his father something. All events that are on the verge of changing the course of dozens of lives.

‘TOUCH,’ SEASON ONE (2012). Kiefer Sutherland stars as a father who tries to protect his intelligent autistic son. Text is © Rissi JC

Unique is the best way to describe this series. It’s poignant but (short!) powerful first season is on DVD now, and a second is already in the works for this month. Before getting to all the good stuff, I’ll say if there is a downside, it’s that instead of the usual full season, this is a mid-season filler. Fortunately it fills up those thirteen episodes with some of the best writing on television today.  

Contemplating if life is merely a series of coincidences or if we are “destined” to eventually meet certain people, touching them in ways we didn’t know was possible, is the revolving theme. That is what Touch is all about. To confess, it’s an interesting concept, and a refreshing one at that, breaking molds from the usual crime drama that takes up so much airtime.

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There’s something “real” about each of the scripts, and I particularly enjoy seeing so many of the people who Jake helps come back into the shows periodically. Given that Jake doesn’t speak, it’ also interesting to hear his voice-overs setting up the theme of each episode. Sutherland steps into this role quite well. We sympathize with his Martin for all he has been through and the struggle that is ensuing between he, the state and eventually a resentful sister-in-law. It’s in the quiet moments when he attempts to bond that most touch (no pun intended) us, and we never second guess his love for him. Similarly, the most poignant things are the rare times when Jake actually connects with his father, whether it be physical or emotionally. These are the heartwarming scenes.  

Joining the already talented Sutherland – and fabulous child actor, David Mazouz is Gugu Mbatha-Raw and in a season ender two-parter, the talented Maria Bello. Each of these talents adds much to the scope of the show though Mazouz in particular is impressive; more so since he much acting with feeling rather than vocal. Shaping up the rest of the elements are various faiths that come into play, some great stories and instances of surprising forgiveness. Writers don’t hide how everything will come together but those eventual connections pack a punch.

By the time the finale runs credits, the viewer has to admire the leap that is made in the show. Season two sets up with some new people and a different location. The gamble seems worth it to me, hopefully Fox TV-goers will feel the same and reward it.  

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You can find Touch, season one digitally on Amazon Video

Content: In the episode “Lost & Found,” a homosexual couple enters the story [only this once] looking to adopt. In the pilot, we meet a pair of prostitutes who pop up off and on. There is some violence and “adult” issues dealt with; a man contemplates suicide, another is found dead with talk of having been murdered. Rating is TV14.

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12 Comments

  • Chasity S. February 2, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    This sounds good!

    P.S. I just tagged you! http://ahomebeyondtheriver.blogspot.com/2013/02/tagged.html

    • Rissi February 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      It really was, Chasity. :)

      Thank you So much for the 'tag'! Hopefully I'll get the Q&A posted this week. :)

  • Christy Janes February 2, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I was an avid 24 fan, but haven't had the urge to jump into Keifer's new show. I may change my mind yet… :)

    • Rissi February 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Loved that show also, Christy. It was intense but SO good. And Kiefer was fabulous in it! He is equally so in this show. The concept is quite unique also and I admire writer's for changing up the set-up for S2. That takes a lot!

      Enjoy if/when you try Touch.

  • Benlovesting February 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Lovely blog!

    • Rissi February 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you. :)

  • Anonymous February 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    That sounds pretty good! I was wondering how you got the follow buttons on the side (for twitter, bloglovin, etc.) to all be the same size and color! I can't seem to figure these tricks out. Please let me know! :)
    Juliet
    http://www.apurplesky.blogspot.com

    • Rissi February 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      It really is, Juliet. It's quite interesting and kept me curious the whole 13-episode span. :)

      Absolutely, I'd be happy to share the blog buttons! I can send you the code to an email address (I think it's on your blog?). The color is black because those are the ones I "saved" from a webpage (it got too time-consuming to keep changing the colors to match my theme so I went with the "basic" color) but you could, I am sure find purple. I'll send you a note with all the info. :)

  • Rachel February 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY like this one :) I can't wait for the new season.

    • Rissi February 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      You and I both, Rachel. It was quite clever and well done.

      Happy you stopped by!!!

  • Jamie February 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    You know I've been wondering about this one! I was a huge fan of 24 and Jack Bauer's BAMF-ness. I so think I am going to start watching this one. Would love to see him in a new kind of series! I just think he is so talented how he could make me feel so many things throughout 24 and I have to believe that he's such an amazing actor that he can do something else.

    • Rissi February 13, 2013 at 2:29 am

      It's very good, Jamie. Ironically, it's odd to see "Jack" get beat up on the occasion that he does as Martin in this show. Needless to say, he doesn't even get in a good punch in this show. When you think about the show's premise, it really isn't all that different than 24 (both try to prevent things), only it's in a much different package. I admired a lot about the story-telling.

      Hope you can see it – Kiefer is superb in this role. Again. :)

      Thanks for dropping by – and sharing your thoughts.

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