Touch is the newest show to hit Fox’s circuit this year. It highlights the inner-workings of a family that includes an autistic child named Jake and his father Martin (played by David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland, respectively) and how they are connected to others and ultimately each other. The most intriguing part of the plotline, which is probably the most complex and intellectual show to come out in many years, is that the autistic 11-year old son actually never speaks a word during the entire show. Mazouz should be very much commended for this acting achievement in and of itself, for Jake is an unusual boy and his movement and facial expressions are incredibly natural – Jake is never portrayed as annoying or gets annoying for theaudience.
Plus, Jake’s obsession with numbers is actually a psychic sort of premonition that leads to what may be passed off as mere “coincidences”. You see, the show begins a little over 10 years after September 11th, and Jake’s mother died in the towers that day. As of right now, the show is chronicling many different connections between people all over the world (but especially in New York City). These connections in many ways lead back to Jake’s mother – Martin’s wife. Sutherland is fantastic as a struggling single father and his emotional response to the connections and albeit secrets that unravel right before his very eyes are powerful.
Tim Kring, the creator of the show, was also the creator of Heroes. I can only hope that the extravagant interconnected plotline continues because it always leaves me suspenseful and guessing. The numbers Jake writes down seem to be everywhere, the time on the clock, a street address, someone’s lottery ticket – they’re everywhere. Deep down the show is trying to tell us something greater than (>haha math pun) Jake’s ability to see and match up people through numbers – an 11-year old child knows something in this show that we all seem to forget – we are ALL connected.
Jake’s voice-over musings, which play at the beginning of each show, are quite profound. Read below:
• “We’re always waiting for messages. Hoping for connection.”
• “We live in a world where anything is possible.”
• “These patterns never lie but only some of us can see how the pieces fit together.”
• “Human begins are hard wired with the impulses to share our idea.”
Check out the trailer: TOUCH Trailer