Touch Series Premiere Review: A Powerful Need

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I wasn't sure what to make of Touch when I first read the premise, but I was anxious to give it a try. Having never been any good at math, the thought of following a show about a child who sees the world through a kaleidoscope of numbers and calculations was a little daunting.

However, having used several tissues to get through the pilot. I'll admit that it's the emotional connection, not the mathematical one, that kept me glued to the screen.

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As I was a huge fan of 24, I was eager to see Kiefer Sutherland return to TV and, although Martin Bohm is no Jack Bauer, I wasn't disappointed. Martin's a man who will do anything to connect with his mute, emotionally challenged son.

It was interesting to note that the show never used the word autistic. Although some will see that as a cop out, I'm willing to give the writers some creative leeway if for no other reason than so many programs struggle to get the details right when they label a character as having this disease.

Jake has never spoken and doesn't like to be touched. So much so that Martin tells the social worker:

 I wouldn't do that if I were you. Not unless you want to spend the next three hours peeling him off the ceiling. | permalink

The pilot certainly had its strengths and weaknesses. There were so many characters that made an appearance that it's hard to determine how many will return past this first episode.

As much as I enjoyed the plot about the cell phone skipping around the globe, it did feel a little far-fetched. That the customer service agent would have the boy with the phone and a bomb strapped to him who's desperate for a bakery oven on one line - and the original phone owner on the other, who just happens to be a restaurant equipment salesman - seemed a stretch. 

But the pictures of Simon's deceased daughter Lily showing up on the jumbotron had me bawling my eyes out. I didn't realize I'd need my box of Kleenex for Touch.

And I question why Clea the social worker was so adamant about taking Jake away from his father after he climbed the cell tower. From what Martin said, he had his son in a very expensive special needs school. Shouldn't someone be investigating the school instead?

It was easy to feel for Martin. His career's in the toilet, his wife is gone and his son has never spoken to him and won't be touched. As Clea said: "Human connection is a powerful need" and Martin's life's lacking in connections.

What sold the show for me were two things:

  1. The inherent belief that we are all connected in a way that we really don't understand. Perhaps someone like Jake sees that connection in ways that most of us aren't able to. 
  2. Martin's unconditional love for his son. Hugs, kisses, and I love yous, things that most parents count on, were things that Martin has never had. But that didn't diminish his desire to protect and love his child and that's a powerful thing.

I'm not sure where this series will lead. Jake's special sight could take us to the future, the past or simply another view of our connection to one another - but I'm intrigued by the spirituality as much as the science and I look forward to watching episode two.

What grade would you give the Touch premiere?


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


This is far from a good show. Sure the premise is actually fantastic, but I couldn't be more displease with a show that promised so much. This show is going to flat-line, and it could have so easily given so much more. *sigh*


Can we not call autism a disease it's disorder....


The social worker LITERALLY said the word autistic when Martin mentioned the numbers. Were you deaf or just not paying attention?


"Touch" in my preference is an Excellent Show! It is really heart touching with good experience of real life situation's. But, the only problem is a lot of advertisements in between the episodes. Which I prefer should be moved to the beginning and the end of the show. It makes more sense if ad's were played 15 minutes before and after the show. Which will keep viewers concentrated on the episode rather then concentrate on distractions such ad's.


I absolutely loved it! I am so very tired of shows about police, lawyers or crime scenes. this is fresh and so very different. It captured me from beginning to end. Cannot wait for the next episode. A+ in my book!!!!


You guys are idiots, wtf? more action and suspense.. I hope u get raped and dismembered in a ditch and hope u die of cancer... this was absolutely brilliant 11/10


Finally watched this today - LOVED. IT. There were several spots where I almost cried...the guy in Japan with his daughter's photos on the Jumbotron, Martin trying to connect with his son when he dropped him at the facility...LOVED IT.


Am I the only person in the world who has read Wholeness and the Implicate Order by physicist David Bohm? The writers obviously have. Bohm was a friend of Einstein and his book is about the underlying reality uniting all things-what many are calling "spiritual". Coincidence does not exist in the implicate order....All is connected. I am surprised that the writers did such a wonderful job of translating the profound ideas of one of the finest minds of the last century into a TV show. Perhaps the network should be kept in the dark, we wouldn't want people to begin to understand the profound nature of reality, now would we?


I have read in a lot of other people's comments about how improbable all these things are to be connected. I'm willing to bet that half the people who cited "too many coincidences" as something they didn't like about the show believe in a God/creator. If this story was 2,000 years old and appeared in the bible, however, it would be totally believable no matter how unlikely it seemed. I thought the episode was great. Much different than I anticipated, but better than anticipated. Collective consciousness, entanglement, whatever... is a concept I've always found intriguing. I'm happy to see a tv show that might introduce that concept to a much wider audience and as a result open millions of minds to such possibilities. The documentary, "What the Bleep Do We Know?" helps explain some of these concepts. I'm eagerly awaiting the next ep.


About the boy and the restaurant salesman, I think that's kinda the point they were making with the whole "red thread of fate" thing.

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Touch Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

I'm not going up there. I'm scared of heights.


These patterns never lie but only some of us can see how the pieces fit together.