Touch: The Complete First Season

November 5, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Martin Bohm (Keifer Sutherland) is a devoted father who lost his wife in the attacks on 9/11 and struggles to raise his young son, who suffers from emotional issues. His son Jake (David Mazouz) hasn’t spoken a word in his life and has severe social problems, to the point that his own father can’t even touch him. But Jake has an outlet in numbers, as he has an incredible gift with numbers and has a notebook he constantly writes down numbers into. Martin sees the numbers as a chance to connect with his son, which he desperately needs to do or risk losing custody to social services. With the help of a expert professor, a supportive social worker, and a man with insight into Jake’s abilities, Martin tries to uncover the truth about his son’s unique notebook of numbers. But when it seems as if Jake has unlocked some incredible secrets about life and the world around us, even Martin struggles to grasp the situation. Can Jake see the invisible connections between our lives and if so, how can Martin use his son’s notebook to not only understand those connections, but make the world a better place?

This series, from the creator of Heroes, explores the web of connections between people. The show is constantly weaving threads back and forth, creating a grand, complex system of connections. As you’d expect, each episode tends to focus in one number, but larger story arcs also come into play. This means past threads tend to pop up in new episodes, which only serves to bolster the overall theme of connected lives. I found the premise to be interesting and while Touch is a little melodramatic at times, the show offers a better than expected experience. Kiefer Sutherland is able to spin a much different performance than his 24 days, while the supporting cast is more than capable as well. The tone is dramatic, but Touch pushes to inspire and create emotional resonance, which isn’t that common with current television. While it has some minor issues, this first season of Touch offers solid entertainment and opens up potential to be explored in later episodes. So if you’re a fan of dramatic television with some sci/fi elements, then Touch: The Complete First Season is worth a look.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The show looks quite good here, with clean and crisp visuals throughout the season. Of course this isn’t going to rival HD presentations, but for DVD, it looks great. I found detail to be strong, with no softness present and that allows the show’s visuals to really shine here. The colors look natural, but bright and warm, while contrast is stark and consistent. This is about as good as this show is going to look on DVD.

Audio: How does it sound?

While not an explosive show in terms of audio, the included Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is rock solid. The surrounds are used for light presence in most cases, but some more potent elements also surface at times. So still not a dynamic track per se, but it gets the job done. The music sounds terrific, while dialogue is clean and clear from start to finish. Not much else we could ask here, as the audio is clear and no errors pop up. This release also includes a French language track, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes an extended pilot episode, some deleted scenes, and two behind the scenes featurettes.

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