Kiefer Sutherland’s return to TV was highly anticipated and highly worth it in his starring role in his new Fox drama Touch.
Emmy winner Kiefer Sutherland’s role as Martin Bohm is a complete change from his previous role as Jack Bauer on Fox’s 24. It’s refreshing to see an actor take a completely different role and execute it so well. On 24, Sutherland was the take charge Counter Terrorist Agent how fought to protect America from any kind of terrorist attacks. Now, he’s the one that’s in need of help, trying to control his mute 10-year-old son Jake (David Mazouz), and keep him from being institutionalized by social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).
Touch isn’t just about Martin and Jake, something much deeper is buried in this drama. Jake can predict the future. We don’t know that until we meet Arthur DeWitt (Danny Glover), an expert at The Keller Group who has a gift when it comes to numbers. Throughout the first episode, we see the techniques that Jake possesses that indicate the possibility of him seeing the future. By the end of the episode, we see what Jake is really capable of. A young boy nearly escapes executing a terrorist attack, the marriage of young British couples marriage is saved, schoolchildren are rescued from a bus accident, and a dream career could have possibly started for a young woman working in a call center. He didn’t do this himself, but through connecting all of these people through a set of numbers: 318, the day that all of these events take place – March 18th.
The pilot of Touch offers great potential for this series. Created by Tim Kring, the man behind NBC’s superhero/sci-fi drama Heroes, mildly uses the theory that everyone is connected through somebody else in someway. Everything happens for a reason. The great thing about Touch is that it doesn’t just center around Martin and Jake, its focused on the people who are effected by Jake’s ability to see the future through sets of numbers, even his social worker was effected by Jake when he predicted her mother’s telephone number – something she hadn’t seen for years until the incoming call came at the precise time Jake predicted the numbers. The multiple facets of this show, the way other people’s lives play out as a result of Jake, Martin trying to find ways to help his sons mutism (as they call it in the show), and deciphering his sons messages through numbers is impressive, creative, new, and intriguing.
In one of the final scenes where the audience figures out the meaning for 318, and how everyone is connected through it, including Martin and Jake, will make you want to stick around for the second episode more than anything else. After 60 minutes, we find out all of the supporting characters are connected, and director Frances Lawrence (Water for Elephants, I Am Legend) helps create a scene that’s heartfelt and emotional, while giving the audience the answers that they need to be satisfied from a pilot episode.
It will be very interesting to see how this show progresses with the plot, and how much information will be given to us week-to-week. Despite his short appearance in the pilot, bet on seeing more of Danny Glover’s character, as he is essential in finding out exactly how Jake can see into the future, and what exactly caused it.
Touch premieres Monday, March 19th at 9p.m. on Fox.