June 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
If you’re a 24 fan, then you’ll have probably been a bit sceptical about Keifer Sutherland’s new role. I’ll admit that I was dubious about Touch before I watched it. It was vital that he chose the right role instead of throwing himself into a show just like 24. This move could ultimately define Keifer Sutherland as a versatile actor or prove him to be a one trick pony.
While Martin Bohm is no Jack Bauer, similarly, his actions impact the lives of others. His gifted son, Jake, can ultimately determine fate by analysing number patterns. However, the eleven year old is a mute and too young to prevent or force events, so it is up to his Dad to follow the numbers.
I think Keifer Sutherland made a wise choice when joining Touch, as the role allows him to play to his strengths. The most touching moments in 24 where the scenes which affected Jack’s family life, and Martin Bohm is very much the family man who would do anything for his son and is mourning the loss of his wife. He also gets to run across the city trying to stop an event from happening – just like Bauer. However, he’s a weaker version of the character we all know and love, and this allows him to be more vulnerable. It’s heartbreaking to watch how Martin longs to have some form of affection from his son, but he’s not even allowed to touch him without him freaking out. Sutherland plays Bohm with an intense desperation which pushes each story forward.
I also think it is important to applaud Jake Bohm, played by the magnificent David Mazouz. While his character only talks in the opening voice over, his facial expressions and body language really allow you to feel for him whilst showing how disturbed he is by his own gift.
If you haven’t seen the show then I recommend you start watching it with an open mind and a little patience. It’s a slow burn but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth sticking with – the best shows usually are. You have to admit that you probably wouldn’t have liked The Wire if you never stuck with it, and if you don’t like it then it’s because you didn’t stick with it.
Despite the comparison to The Wire, I wouldn’t say this show is up there with the very best US dramas, but it’s good all the same. It’s interesting, clever, gripping and insightful. The best moments in Touch are the ones that make you really think about the world and fate. However, there were moments in the season which seem a little cheesy, and some of the new actors in the one episode stories weren’t the best.
So, while this show is no 24, it is still a brilliant drama series that is definitely worth a watch. If you don’t go in expecting it to be all action and bravado then you’ll probably be impressed, but if you are looking for something that fills the gap of 24 then maybe this show isn’t the one for you.
I’ll definitely be tuning in for season two.