There are plenty of welcome surprises waiting for you in Touch
. At first glance, it gives the impression of just another case of the weak routine drama. But there are fascinating ingredients here that, once properly explained, gel into a show that's got a lot more to it than may first appear.
At the heart of Touch is Kiefer Sutherland's Martin, a single father struggling to bring up his 11-year old son, Jake. So much so, that the state looks set to get involved. But the catalyst for the drama that follows is a welcome appearance by Danny Glover, who appears as a professor, who realises that Jake's obsession with numbers has far more to it than may at first appear.
To say too much more would be to give too much away. Touch does, however, unravel into a very human, occasionally implausible yet regularly gripping show. And it's anchored by Kiefer Sutherland, adding the gravitas here that he lent in generous doses to 24. The role is very different, but the intensity of Sutherland's performance isn't.
The first season disc set is fleshed out with a few extra pieces of material, not least a couple of featurettes and some deleted scenes. It's not an overwhelming package, granted, but it's a nice compliment for a show that's just a little off the beaten track. Recommended.--Jon Foster
We are all interconnected. Our lives are invisibly tied to those whose destinies touch ours. This is the premise of Touch
, from creator and writer Tim Kring (Heroes, Crossing Jordan
) and executive producers Peter Chernin (New Girl, Terra Nova
) and Katherine Pope (New Girl, Terra Nova
Blending science, spirituality and emotion, the series follows seemingly unrelated people all over the world whose lives affect each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown. At the story’s centre is Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz). Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son. But Jake never speaks, shows little emotion and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake is obsessed with numbers--writing long strings of them in his ever-present notebooks--and with discarded cell phones.
Social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) believes that Jake’s needs are too serious for Martin to handle. She sees a man whose life has become dominated by a child he can no longer control. She believes that it’s time for the state to intervene. So Jake is placed in foster care, despite Martin’s desperate objections. However, everything changes after Martin meets Arthur Teller (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Martin learns that Jake possesses an extraordinary gift--the ability to perceive the seemingly hidden patterns that connect every life on the planet.
While Martin wants nothing more than to communicate directly with his son, Jake connects to his father through numbers, not words. Martin realises that it’s his job to decipher these numbers and recognise their meaning. As he puts the pieces together, he helps people across the world connect as their lives intersect according to the patterns Jake has foreseen. Martin’s quest to connect with his son will shape humanity’s destiny.