Touch Premiere Review Kiefer Sutherland And The Magic Numbers

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Touch Premiere Review Kiefer Sutherland And The Magic Numbers: The earnest new drama Touch has its heart in the right place and its mind drifting off into unknown areas. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Martin Bohm, a New Yorker whose wife died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and who’s raising his 11 year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz). Jake, who narrated much of the pilot episode on Wednesday night, actually hasn’t spoken since he was born, and cannot stand to be touched. He spends a lot of time working out elaborate series of numbers.

Touch was created by Tim Kring, who also did Heroes, and there’s some of that show’s grand-design ambition here. Jake seems autistic, although Kring and Sutherland have given interviews saying the character is not, but the kid is clearly both immensely gifted and poignantly disabled in his dealings with his immediate surroundings. SPOILER ALERT FOR A FEW PLOT DETAILS FOLLOW.

Danny Glover appeared as an only-apparently odd professor, the actually-wise Arthur Teller, who was there to tell us that some people possess amazing gifts to figure out patterns, and indeed, we saw that Jake’s abilities ended up connecting people, via phone numbers and cell phones and what only seemed like coincidences, to solve a number of folks’ problems and avert at least one very dangerous situation. (When that bomb timer clicked down to “1,” I have to admit I wasn’t exactly sweating with fear — no way was that thing going to explode, right?). Continue Story…

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