Tim Kring’s Touch started off as a mediocre drama that packaged coincidence together with logic and wrapped it up in a tiny little box of autism. However, if you stuck with the drama, which I thankfully did, you were exposed to quite possibly the best feel-good drama of the 2012 TV season. Touch is a series that makes you think that the impossible can happen and that the problems of the world, specifically your own, can be fixed if the right sequence of events fall into the correct ratio. Sure, sometimes the scenarios can be outlandish. Sometimes you may get hit with a story arc that takes place in outer space, but has something to do with the buying and selling of children. Yet, these far-fetched situations seamlessly ground the show in one word – hope. Something we can all use.
Touch heads into its 2-hour finale with several looming questions. In the beginning we were simply following around Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) running around the city as he tried to make sense of Jake’s numbers. Now, we know that there is a deeper mystery surrounding Jake (David Mazouz). He is one of the 36 righteous ones, a group that included Teller’s (Danny Glover) first test subject, Amelia. We also have a reason to hate Jake’s aunt. The classic “mystery corporation” has been introduced to the series. The company is conducting tests on several gifted children, and using Sheri (Roxana Brusso) to accomplish their diabolical deeds. It feels a little bit like Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) conducting secret tests on meteor freaks on Smallville.
Sheri has also become one of Touch’s despised characters. Instead of representing the state in what’s best for Jake, she’s taking money from the corporation to put Jake through mental tests, using Platonic solids, which tax his brain. Teller was also involved in these kinds of tests with Amelia.
But what really happened to Amelia? Is she alive and hidden away as a cripple in Room 6? If Amelia and Jake are two of the 36 righteous ones, tasked with fixing the world, then who are the other thirty four? Will Martin lose his son to the state and in effect the company? Is Jake’s aunt complicit in the whole affair? Will she turn on the company or side against Martin?
Hopefully, we’ll get some answers in the two-hour finale. These past five episodes have turned me into a believer. Let’s see if the writers can keep the feel-good alive, while adding on more elements of conspiracy.
Walt King (Rob Benedict) returns for the finale event. So we should be in for quite a few surprises.