This is a show that I refused to watch when in originally ran.
I think it was the marketing as a “spiritual angled” hour long x-file meets law and order meets Kiefer. Honestly this is not my kind of show at all the show runner previously worked on Heroes which I couldn’t get through either, so I must have been really bored the day that I accepted this review because honestly this is the kind of mainstream network schlock that I usually hate, but I popped it in anyway.
If you didn’t know Touch is a drama that blends science and spirituality to explore the hidden connections which bind together all of humanity. At the center of this distinctive new series is a widower and single father whose quest to reach his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son will shape the destiny of the entire planet through numbers.
And amazingly I kinda enjoyed this one. What I want to know is why Kieffer is always out of breath!! It drives me CRAZY – Get in shape or take out the mouth microphone – honestly!! Does anyone need such an up close nose-mouth breather? He reminds me of Tony Soprano at the end when he was big and fat and snorting out every word!
The concept is quite good and the research gone into it is commendable. The story lines in the first series were just OK in some and good in other episodes, but it almost always culminates in an emotional or heart wrenching manner. The concept of interlinking various happening from around the world is great and well executed. The direction is pretty good as should be for a complex plot like this. The casting is pretty good. Jack Bauer without a gun is refreshing, though his perplexed look continues to fascinate. The other main characters especially the kid do a great job.
My skepticism lies in how they will manage to continue make it more interesting if more series are to come, the classic example being Heroes which was such an excellent concept but just got too complex to handle. Can only hope this goes in a better direction and we’ll have something interesting to watch in the years to come.
I also found the depiction of the main character with autism to be a bit much. He goes from high functions to low functions in seconds without any consistency in his acting.
Overall, this premise was interesting but the execution is muddled and contrived and I keep thinking this could be better. The acting is meh and the subplots are awful but the arc is quite interesting. Touch is good enough to keep me watching until season 2. If you love TV series’ like Touch, you can also watch tv online with LOVEFiLM as well as movies for even MORE choices. You are sure to find something you’ll enjoy!!
Touch: The Complete First Season is available for purchase at your favorite video store.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Overall: 2 more sitcoms about numbers out of 5
Review by Bro’ B – Ben
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