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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Kiefer Southerland returns to television in TOUCH, a Fox original drama about a 9/11 widower attempting to raise his emotionally disconnected 11-year-old son. Southerland plays Martin Bohm, whose wife died in the Twin Towers. His son Jake (David Mazouz) seems to be autistic - he doesn't speak (although he does provide occasional narration), he inexplicably climbs cell towers, and he can't stand to be touched. But what's really interesting about Jake is his propensity for mathematical patterns, which he sees everywhere in the world around him. In those patterns, Jake makes connections that are ultimately extraordinary.

The theme of TOUCH is that we are all connected in inexplicable ways. A man in Ireland takes a cell phone video of co-worker Kayla Graham performing in a local club. He tells Kayla she's going to end up a superstar, and then he slips the cell phone into a random backpack. By the end of the episode, that cell phone video is projected on a massive Times Square-style screen in Tokyo - superstardom, indeed!

This is just a small example of the often miraculous interconnections revealed in this episode. Jake is obsessed with numbers on busses, lottery tickets, cell phones, newspapers, and calendars, using them as road maps to people and events that can be life-changing. One such chain of numbers connects the firefighter who tried to save Martin's wife back on 9/11 with a winning lottery ticket and a bus filled with school children. These are global connections that are overwhelming in scope.

TOUCH also features Danny Glover as odd-but-brilliant mathematician Arthur Teller, who tries to explain to Martin how Jake is using something called the Fibonacci sequence to reveal the world's interconnected patterns. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays social worker Clea Hopkins, who doesn't believe Martin is capable of taking care of Jake - that is, until she begins to suspect that Jake's deductive powers truly are miraculous.

Overall, TOUCH is a unique and engaging drama that has great potential. It was written and directed by Tim Kring, of HEROES fame, and produced by the same bunch that gave us TERRA NOVA. I found the pilot to be complex and intriguing - this is a show you'll need to pay careful attention to, as characters and events become quickly interwoven in ways that could become confusing. It's also a show with a lot of heart - there's one particular sequence where a grieving father experiences unexpected grace in a very unexpected way. This is an emotionally gripping show that knows the difference between sentiment and sentimentality. You might find yourself tearing up as you watch TOUCH, but you will never feel manipulated. I highly recommend it - there's nothing else like it on TV today.

The show will begin showing new episodes in mid-March, 2012.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
i for one am glad to see kiefer sutherland in a role which doesn't involve horrific world events with massive explosions and destruction. this time out he is in a much more hopeful series where he plays a father of a gifted child who has been mistakenly diagnosed as autistic. he instead has a special ability to communicate through complex math patterns. in this episode, kiefer, the widowed father, a social worker, and a studier of this gift (danny glover) begin working out the true nature of the boy's living experience.

the boy actor is quite good. he narrates the series but does not speak dialogue. kiefer sutherland, in a recent interview, said that the boy actor was the first boy whom they tested with him in a scene. thereafter, they tested him with all these other boys until he protested, saying, "hey, just bring back the first kid. he was perfect." i agree. a mistake on casting with the boy would have been an utter disaster for this show.

there is a summary review on this item's product page that is excellent, written by another Amazon reviewer. it gives all the plot details and actors' names. i suggest you read it next if you want further detail. give this show a try. only the pilot aired in january so that has to hold you until march, when it begins as series tv.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Kiefer Southerland returns to television in TOUCH, a Fox original drama about a 9/11 widower attempting to raise his emotionally disconnected 11-year-old son. Southerland plays Martin Bohm, whose wife died in the Twin Towers. His son Jake (David Mazouz) seems to be autistic - he doesn't speak (although he does provide occasional narration), he inexplicably climbs cell towers, and he can't stand to be touched. But what's really interesting about Jake is his propensity for mathematical patterns, which he sees everywhere in the world around him. In those patterns, Jake makes connections that are ultimately extraordinary.

The theme of TOUCH is that we are all connected in inexplicable ways. A man in Ireland takes a cell phone video of co-worker Kayla Graham performing in a local club. He tells Kayla she's going to end up a superstar, and then he slips the cell phone into a random backpack. By the end of the episode, that cell phone video is projected on a massive Times Square-style screen in Tokyo - superstardom, indeed!

This is just a small example of the often miraculous interconnections revealed in this episode. Jake is obsessed with numbers on busses, lottery tickets, cell phones, newspapers, and calendars, using them as road maps to people and events that can be life-changing. One such chain of numbers connects the firefighter who tried to save Martin's wife back on 9/11 with a winning lottery ticket and a bus filled with school children. These are global connections that are overwhelming in scope.

TOUCH also features Danny Glover as odd-but-brilliant mathematician Arthur Teller, who tries to explain to Martin how Jake is using something called the Fibonacci sequence to reveal the world's interconnected patterns. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays social worker Clea Hopkins, who doesn't believe Martin is capable of taking care of Jake - that is, until she begins to suspect that Jake's deductive powers truly are miraculous.

Overall, TOUCH is a unique and engaging drama that has great potential. It was written and directed by Tim Kring, of HEROES fame, and produced by the same bunch that gave us TERRA NOVA. I found the pilot to be complex and intriguing - this is a show you'll need to pay careful attention to, as characters and events become quickly interwoven in ways that could become confusing. It's also a show with a lot of heart - there's one particular sequence where a grieving father experiences unexpected grace in a very unexpected way. This is an emotionally gripping show that knows the difference between sentiment and sentimentality. You might find yourself tearing up as you watch TOUCH, but you will never feel manipulated. I highly recommend it - there's nothing else like it on TV today.

The show will begin showing new episodes in mid-March, 2012.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I was trying to figure out why I don't engage with this show - I enjoyed (some of) Tim Cring's Heroes series and Touch follows a similar theme of extraordinary results from an everyday hero. I also liked the pilot but by the fourth episode had completely lost interest. I'll also confess that I'm not a fan of the 'network narrative' genre where Hollywood can manufacture a story line based upon on the coincidental eventual meeting point of a handful of strangers.

I think there are a couple of problems. The first is the mathematical theme - it just doesn't make sense to extrapolate a Math 101 understanding of the Fibbonaci sequence and the Butterfly Effect to give a mute child near psychic powers to predict where the lives of a random bunch of strangers will meet. It comes across as really manipulative and far-fetched. The second is that Keifer has little to do other than act like Lassie's owner, trying to make sense of cryptic messages from a child that won't speak, while filling the dialog gap with cries of "Jake! Jake! Jake!" every other scene.

So Touch is a sentimental show more along the lines of Highway to Heaven (whoa, dig out the history books) than anything particularly scientific as it pretends to be. And after four episodes the plot didn't move forward enough to really capture my attention.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
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I can see how thsi show isn't for everyone. It doesn't have a lot of action and can be slow paced. It also requires the viewer to follow multiple story lines at once. Some of the dialoque can feel contrived and overly emotive and forced. However, it is a fascinating concept, the idea that people a world apart from one another can be connectd without realizing it; the notion that what we do can have an effect on someone a world away.

The writing and acting are great. The storylines are interesting to watch as they unfold and you become aware of how they intersect. You just need to be prepared for the fact that the unfolding can be a slow process. I love this show and look forward to season 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2012
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This is an incredible show about how some souls come into this world as instruments to help others heal. How those around them are also meant to help do the work they are meant to do. This is the case with Jake and his father Martin. These truths unfold as the episodes in this season progress. This show is extremely well written. From it, you can also learn about how lives separated by miles, lives of those who have never met, are interwoven like tapestry - how they are meant to "touch" each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
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One of the best shows on TV. Certainly the best Fox ever had.
Miss the series. The first season was probably the best. It set the tone for all the rest of the seasons.
Action packed beginning to end. Unexpected twists and turns kept you on the edge of your seat
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
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I loved the first season of TOUCH and so did my niece. I have a daughter who I was told would never speak, never learn to take care of herself, and was basically a vegetable with severe problems. I now believe that she had a stroke and lost the connections in her brain that tied hearing to processing words for meaning and being able to articulate her thoughts. She is 33 years old now, chats to me on the phone, has held down a good job for over 10 years, making employee of the month several times. and has wildly exceeded the expectations of professionals. She earns more than I do. I see a lot of similarities between the only parent believing more for his son than the professionals and my own situation. I know, his son is "special" in another way - seeing a mathematical connection between all the people of the world", but I think that some people are specially gifted and see things mathematically. That is what the TV program NUMB3RS is about. I have genius relatives who think in ways beyond my understanding - and they love both of these programs just as I do. I wish a second season of TOUCH was in the works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Suspension of disbelief is the key with a speculative drama like Touch and I'm generally pretty easy, but more and more often I find myself jarred out of the narrative by bad writing, bad acting or just plain ridiculousness of premise. Yet at the same time I don't stop watching either. The viewer is supposed to believe that a savant boy (or as it develops a group of savant children who turn out to be the 32 righteous people God keeps the world going for) are supposed to save the world; I suppose it saves us the trouble of taking responsibility putting it off on especially vulnerable children like that. Jake, the boy in question, communicates through numbers, and his father finally figures out how and follows the numbers every week to solve a personal problem for people connected in the six degrees of separation. If Keefer Sutherland has to bring import to the line "Jake is trying to tell me something!" one more time I think he should petition SAG for bad working conditions. I'm sure he feels the same based on his line delivery.

We are also supposed to believe that children's services in New York State are filled with mid-town real estate of empty playrooms and new toys and caseworkers who spend an entire afternoon taking one client to the park. Yes, it turns out that an evil corporation wants the boy for his abilities with the Fibonacci sequence and the ability of the dodecahedron to kill, but the caseworkers are supposed to be legit and acting as puppets for the evil corporation. Each week the larger arc is added to, with varying degrees of success and one or more smaller mysteries are solved with Jake's numbers and the six degrees game. The formula is getting a bit stale though and not enough believable information is being added to the larger storyarc of why a mathematic savant, or even several of them, have more than the obvious corporate value. I do keep watching, but partly to see how the writers are going to punch their way out of the corner they are in. I know the tone of this review has been a bit sarcastic, and I am actually sorry to report my findings. I like scripted dramas and even more I like dramas in the speculative or science fiction category. I really am reluctant to report this as math, mysticism and a mixed bag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
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I am very disenchanted with this, because each episode is the same old, same old, same old, which gets boring mighty quickly. The acting, however, is very well done.
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