I just love colons, don’t you? I actually decided to check out Touch after Mike “TFG1” Blanchard recommended it to me. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “You actually listened to that guy?” Well, yeah, but only because I did an IMDb search and liked what I was reading up on the show and the fact that Heroes creator Tim Kring was involved, but I’ll give credit where credit is due. Thanks, Mike.
Touch is a new series on Fox (which means it’ll be lucky to get past 30 episodes) that ran 13 episodes from January to a couple weeks ago. It follows Martin Bohm (played by former 24 star Kiefer Sutherland), a former reporter living in New York City who loses his job to take care of his 11-year-old son, Jake. Jake never speaks and screams if you touch him. He also possesses the rain-man-esque ability to interpret meaning behind numbers, giving him a much higher understanding of the universe than average people. Jake guides his father on quests using numbers and patterns that lead him to correct “flaws” in the universe by helping people in various ways. Martin’s actions often lead to a butterfly-effect whereby several groups of people from different regions around the world are affected in positive ways.
Touch is a show about people, lots of different people; red and yellow, black and white, young and old, gay and straight. This is a series about how people affect each other in ways we don’t even realize. There’s a depth here rarely exhibited on a prime-time TV series and a necessary intelligence in the writing that goes along with it. Touch is full of power; the power of hope, the power of love and the power of people. It’s a much-needed reminder that no matter what happens, we’ll always have each other and I admire that greatly. This is a show trying to accomplish a very large vision and I admire the fact that it often accomplishes its own vision. Not all of it is as good as everything else. Some of the sub-plots fall a little flat or wind up a little anti-climactic, but there’s enough going on that the disappointment never lasts very long before something new and fresh is presented. There’s a fresh mystery in each episode too. You never know where these stories will wind up or how they’ll resolve themselves, even if you can guess the outcome for some of them by the 30-minute mark.
If you’re like me and you’re sick of crime dramas, courtroom dramas or medical dramas, which together comprise about 85% of TV nowadays, give Touch a chance. It’s something new and fresh that we rarely, if ever, get on TV these days; a show that doesn’t revolve around who’s killing who or who’s banging who, but rather who’s affecting who. It’s an all-new spin on a tired medium and it’s full of life and fresh and I love it. I really couldn’t get enough of Touch. Every episode kept me wanting to come back for more and I even got my Mom into it. I can’t wait for another season. If Fox is smart they’ll keep this show going for a while. But it’s Fox, so it’ll probably last two seasons, if we’re lucky. Still, even if it does get cancelled, Touch is a show just waiting to be discovered by curious TV watchers who want something unique. It’s likely to be a cult hit for years to come, even if it’s only discovered as “that show that Kiefer Sutherland did after 24”. You ever notice how Sutherland’s normal speaking voice is more of a loud whisper? I find it a little annoying, but maybe that’s just me.
Anyway, if you ever get the chance, do yourself a favour and give this show a chance. I’m sure it’ll be out on DVD soon and until then, let’s hear it for illegal downloads! I give season one of Touch four and a half briefs out of five.