“Touch” Review: Is There Really Order In Chaos?

Written by Hana Elniwairi February 19, 2012

“Today, we’ll send over 300 billion emails, 19 billion text messages, yet we’ll still feel alone.”

Before I go any further, let me say that I normally don’t really watch sci-fi TV shows. While “Touch” doesn’t exactly fit that category, it does err on its side slightly. However, upon watching the official trailer for the show, I was intrigued, and decided I might as well give it a shot. Here is what I came out with.

What’s the deal?

“Touch” tells the story of a an autistic 11-year-old boy, Jake Bohm (David Mazouz) and his father. The father, Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland), is struggling to take care of Jake, while still dealing with the death of his wife, a victim of the 9/11 attack. As Martin keeps on tirelessly trying to connect with a son who seems completely devoid of emotion, he begins to realise that Jake seems to be able to predict the future, or at least that something of importance will happen at certain times. In his quest to find out what all this means, Martin reaches out to an expert on gifted children, Professor Arthus Teller (Danny Glover), who tells him that his son is able to mathematically calculate the connections existing around him. Meanwhile, all around the world, we see how vastly different people are able to connect through one small item that once came in the possession of Martin himself.

The Good?

The acting is superb. This is the first television show where I was genuinely impressed by Kiefer Sutherland and his character. Watching his struggle to get anything, any sort of reaction, or affection out of his son, and the toll it takes on him was so touching (no pun intended). No, he doesn’t have it all under control, but he’s struggling, and trying very hard despite all the set-backs. The portrayal of Jake, Martin’s son, is also very well-done. He’s very believable, and vulnerable, despite being so emotionally withdrawn from his surroundings. The interaction between the father and son is very captivating. As for everyone else, I just think the idea that everyone is actually connected in some way, and that you will always meet those that you are connected to, in some way or the other, it’s a very interesting idea. If handled well, it can continue being so.

The Bad?

While “Touch” really managed to hook me, I do wonder if things might end up going downhill once the rest of the episodes air in March. A TV show like this needs to be handled very delicately, or it runs the risk of becoming repetitive and boring. Sure, the idea was very intriguing, but if you keep repeating the same things over and over again, it will soon get old. As much as I enjoyed seeing how people in different parts of the world were connected by one simple object, I don’t know if I want to keep watching that for every single episode, or at least, I would like for there to be something more than just that. I think that can be achieved by handling the occurences in Jake’s and Martin’s lives very well.

The Future?

“Touch” could very well become a big sci-fi show, something people look forward to, and I think it might, After all, the creater, Tim Kring, has had two other shows that were very successful for several seasons. I sincerely hope this happens with “Touch”.

My Rating (so far): 7.5/10

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About Hana Elniwairi

Hana is a student at UWO, studying Psychology and Creative Writing. She enjoys watching movies and TV, no matter how much she complains about them or claims otherwise.

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