Touched no more…
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland as Martin Bohm, David Mazouz as Jake Bohm, Maria Bello as Lucy Robbins, Greg Ellis as Trevor Wilcox, Saxon Sharbino as Amelia Robbins.
Series created by: Tim Kring
Episode directed by: Nelson McCormick / written by: Tim Kring / aired in the UK: 25/06/13 on Sky 1
What’s the series about?
From Heroes creator Tim Kring, Touch follows the exploits of widower Martin Bohm and his gifted autistic son Jake who via his fascination with numerical patterns is capable of predicting events…
The story so far…
Following the events of the first season finale, Martin and Jake ‘team up’ with Lucy Robbins who has been searching for her missing daughter Amelia for three years. Martin learns that Amelia is also gifted and is being held by a corporation known as Aster Corps, who are exploiting Amelia in order to discover the ‘God Sequence’ – a numerical sequence that would allow the prediction of future events.
Their journey to find Amelia is fraught with danger as Martin tries to protect Jake from Aster Corps and the murderous Guillermo Ortiz (Said Taghmaoui), a former priest on a mission to kill the ‘Righteous 36’ – those with talents like Jake.
Well, another one bites the dust as they say, yet another series given the chop by the powers that be. I actually quite liked Touch, granted I couldn’t have envisaged it running beyond four (possibly five) seasons but the show’s second season presented us with a more dynamic and serialised storyline, bolstered by the addition of some new recurring cast members and guest stars (including quasi love interest Maria Bello and the enjoyably quirky Avram Hader, played by Bodhi Elfman).
However, even from its first season Touch was the welcome antithesis of darker and grittier shows of contemporary times (as great as they are) and had a life affirming quality with the ‘story of the week’ centric first season often reminding me of Quantum Leap in this respect.
“Leviathan“ opens with Martin waking in hospital (following the car crash at the end of the previous episode) and finding that Jake and Amelia are missing. Together with Trevor, Martin begins a relentless search for his son and sets about putting a stop to Aster Corps once and for all.
Attempts to ramp up the tension are made and succeed to an extent although there are a couple of moments where you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching (Sutherland’s certain other Fox show) 24 including an unnerving scene in which Martin presses Aster Corp thug Joseph Tanner (D.B. Sweeney) for information, employing – shall we say – Jack Bauer-esque methods.
Luckily there is some closure to the series as the episode offers a conclusion to the Aster Corps focused storyline with the company exposed and its CEO arrested (played wickedly by Frances Fisher), along with former employee Calvin Norburg (Lukas Haas). Unfortunately it’s not all tied up neatly, as the curtain fall approaches we are left with a couple of tantalising threads (hints at Jake’s destiny as the guardian of the 36 for example) that if you’ve enjoyed the series will leave you salivating for more.
The episode flows consistently with the pace of the rest of the season and although the show doesn’t quite go out with a bang it is a fitting and relatively satisfying conclusion (more so than say, Stargate Universe).
It’s hard to recommend Touch to new viewers given the cancellation of the series but if you’ve stuck with it up until now, you may as well see it through to the end if you haven’t yet caught up with the whole season.
The bottom line: Touch was too short-lived at just 26 episodes, an unfortunate trend over recent years with American produced genre shows. It was an enjoyable series which improved with the second season’s tweaked format and edgier pace and one can only wonder where it might have gone in subsequent seasons.
Did you know?
As well as being the new voice (and face) of Solid Snake in the forthcoming Metal Gear Solid V video game, Kiefer Sutherland will reprise the role of Jack Bauer in next year’s limited event series 24: Live Another Day.
Touch Season 1 is out on DVD now, there is no release date set for Season 2 at present.
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