Touch: Is the FOX Series Worth Watching?

Touch TV showTonight, 24’s Kiefer Sutherland returns to FOX in Touch, a new dramatic series from Heroes’ Tim Kring. This evening’s pilot serves as a special preview as the show won’t be a regular part of the network’s schedule until March.

Sutherland plays Martin Bohm. He was a highly successful reporter who’s been toiling in a series of smaller jobs since the death of his wife on 9/11. He’s now a baggage handler who isn’t able to connect with his seemingly-autistic son Jake (David Mazouz), who doesn’t like human contact. A stranger (Danny Glover) tells the frustrated father that there is a pattern to everything and a connection between all of us. If we can figure out the correct formulas, it may be possible to foretell the future.

Is Touch worth watching? Here’s what the critics are saying:

LA Times: “It is, without question, handsomely made, and Sutherland, who managed to keep Jack Bauer something akin to likable through eight seasons of 24, is appealing and should grow more so if the scripts let him relax a little; he is an overwound mainspring when we meet.”

NY Magazine: “Some of the regrettable subplots and incidental details don’t exactly push against typecasting. I really don’t know why Kring and company thought it was necessary to drag 9/11 into their story by making the boy’s mother a casualty of the World Trade Center attack… These, alas, are but a few of the show’s misjudgments; a far bigger problem, from an audience-interest standpoint, is the way Kring and the writing staff lard the story with way, way, way too many personal tragedies and amazing twists of fate, to the point that, to misquote Rick in Casablanca, the world’s problems are reduced to a hill of beans.”

SF Chronicle: “Yes, to a large extent Touch is pretty much like CBS’ Numb3rs with more schmaltz. But it bears a more intriguing similarity to another current CBS show, Person of Interest. That series’ gimmick is a supersecret machine that crunches data to predict when seemingly random individuals will be involved in violence, as either victims or perpetrators… It’s a little tougher when the ‘machine’ is a little kid, and it gets more challenging when we’re asked to follow links to other characters around the world like one of those serpentine dotted lines in a Family Circus panel.”

Chicago Sun Times: “Like Heroes, Touch also makes a great first impression. It can be a tad hokey at times, and the word ‘farfetched’ is bound to show up in more than one review. But overall, the first episode delivers a suspenseful ride around the world, peppered with some tear-jerking moments. The bar has been set high. Here’s hoping “Touch” continues to reach it.”

Hollywood Reporter: “Each week, Kring said, there will be a new stand-alone story involving Martin and Jake (and presumably Clea) that spirals out into the world and affects others elsewhere. And while the pilot was compelling — emotional, mature and hopeful — not every week can end with a ‘social benefit,’ Kring noted… Given that reassurance, viewers should try to connect with Touch. There’s something intriguing about it. Let’s see where in the world it ends up.”

What do you think? Will you tune in to see Touch? If you’ve already watched it, will you come back for more?

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  1. blue-cricket says

    Loved it! Having a child with autism I relate to how gifted these children are in so many ways, this is extreme, but still awesome.

  2. Bryan says

    Loved it as well! Like Heroes, I think it will last abs kerri the audiences interests. Let’s hope that it won’t suffer from last season of Heroes syndrome.

  3. 318 says

    Just watched the show tonight. I really liked it. I will watch it in March for sure. I am a sentimental person to begin with so I don’t mind tear-jerker scenes. As for some things, that in real life might be a stretch, I don’t mind. After all, it’s a TV show, and I like to be entertained. This one is a keeper. I hope a lot of others think the same way.

  4. Bobbye Galuppo says

    Never watched 24 but I can’t wait for Touch to officially start. Watched the pilot. Thought it was great.

  5. Dave says

    Loved it!! Really looking forward to more episodes. Don’t understand why they aired the pilot so far before the series will actually be on the air but my DVR is set up to record it for it when it does finally air.

  6. says

    Everything my husband and I want to see in a movie; but in a televsion show. It was like watching a movie; great star power, good plot and the moment with the jumbotron, well I will admit my eyes welled up with tears. Yes, they left you with a cliff hanger too!
    Love, love, love it!

  7. Dan says

    I absolutely loved the pilot! I am a big Sutherland fan, and and probably skewed by that a bit. I liked the fact that Dad and son connected at the end of the FIRST show. I hate it when they drag that stuff out. Whatever. GREAT PILOT, can’t wait for more

  8. Sherrie says

    I found it fasinating…. The final scene showed the bus destination as Lynchburg, Virginia.
    Being from that viewing audience, I was curious if , by chance the network keyed in other local names from stations airing that episode…. for shock value.
    I think they do this with some commercials from time to time. Clever idea.. if so.

    • Anonymous says

      The firefighter/hero was going to Lynchburg to go home to his wife after PTSDing in NYC for 10 years. So the thread that connected him to Jake also connected him to the busload of kids he saved when Kiefer made him miss the train.

  9. Dylan's Mom says

    Autism is not science fiction. It is a reality for many that should not be exploited for television ratings.

    • Anonymous says

      @ Dylan’s Mom-I love your name! I have a son named Dylan with autism. Although the likely hood of someone on the spectrum having this ability is unlikely, it is still an intriguing show. The frustrations with trying to connect with a child and wondering what they are thinking and feeling is a reality. I cried at certain parts; understanding that frustration. Can’t wait for more. Love the concept.

    • Cameron says

      Absolutely,  10 years from now, when more is commonly understood about autism, this will look ridiculously naive and exploitative

      • Kat says

        Did you two (or more?) miss the part where Sutherland’s character says, “I’ve never bought that label” regarding autism being what his kid has? Chances are, autism was the closest thing anyone could figure for the kid, when in reality (as the entire scene with Danny Glover’s character explained) he’s not autistic, he’s special — he’s a member of a group of people (mostly kids) who can see the connections between us.

        • Kat says

          Oh and by the way, ANYTHING to raise awareness of autism is critical at this point. People need to learn about it the way they already have learned about ADD/ADHD, consider it as a possibility for their kids, so that they can get them evaluated and get them whatever special needs/extra time on exams/etc. they need to succeed.

  10. Pikachu says

    The viewers are getting into Kiefer Sutherland. They watch him on 24 and NOW they plan on watching Touch on FOX. To me, the new TV show has a great cast and Sutherland is among them.

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