I am obviously not your average critic. As no one pays me for my opinion on this blog, I am going to be truthful about what I review. And I will probably disagree with other critics. I have read some very harsh reviews about the new FOX series Touch and I am stating that, for the record, I disagree.
Touch centers around an autistic little boy who lost his mother during the World Trade Center 9/11 attacks in New York. The boy has never spoken a word, but spends his time writing down seemingly random numbers in his notebooks. His frustrated father (Kiefer Sutherland) is doing the best he can in taking care of his son. It is not until the boy is taken from his home by social services that his father discovers the meaning behind the numbers.
Touch is about the interconnectedness of the universe, with the numbers representing these connections. Once the boy’s father learns how to interpret them, he sees a connection that ends up saving lives.
Sure, the show is sentimental, but Sutherland is a good actor and can sell that. His portayal feels honest enough that you can easily forgive the obvious emotionally-charged writing.
Sure, the plot might feel far-fetched, but is it any more out there than any other science fiction t.v. series that has ever aired? I think not. We’re talking quantum entanglement here, and what’s not to like about that?
Here is the deal: I like Touch and am interested to see where the show will take us in the first season. This premise would have also made a great film, but I think I can see where the concept can also be sustained over time with a series.
I recommend watching the first episode of Touch and checking it out for yourself.