I have never been a big Kiefer Sutherland fan. Not that he isn’t good to look at and all, but on the whole I have not been drawn to his movies or television shows. So when I saw the advertisements for his new show – Touch – I initially dismissed it as another new show I could live without being introduced to.
But when I found myself playing the role of couch potato last night with nothing else to watch I thought – what the heck, it is only an hour of my life. So I watched, and I was humbled. What an hour.
Let me be one of the first to say, this television show is going to win awards for writing and an acting award for its youngest star, David Mazouz. Touch has at its core the premise of interconnectivity. The writers bring the message of chaos theory in layman terms and illustrate the patterns that are evident in all things. So every action is connected to other actions – every human interaction matters. Such is the premise of chaos theory and of Touch.
The show examines the interweaving of a rich tapestry of stories – stories that reach across the globe and across the dimensions of human experience. It is a show that I anticipate will resonate with the parents and family members of those on the autism spectrum. It has within it a value message of understanding difference and appreciating the gifts waiting to be liberated in the mute and seemingly distant and unconnected son. Indeed, it examines the paradox of a child who connects to life in ways that are so far beyond the average person’s ability to comprehend while the child seems so completely unreachable to the average among us. This depth of understanding regarding an examination of the dark and light in difference comes from someone who has dealt with these topics before. Tim Kring, the creator and writer of Touch also worked with the show Heroes which examined the acceptance and appreciation (or lack thereof) of superior abilities in human beings. Heroes was an instructive examination of the way those who are different in society are viewed, treated, and distanced. If you appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of those on the autism spectrum, the television show Heroes probably grabbed your attention when it was on television. Given Kring’s newest effort, I can’t help but wonder who he knows on the spectrum. He appears to be entertaining an educationally inspired dialogue through his work that embraces the color play on the spectrum. But perhaps that is just what I see in his work – perhaps that is how his work speaks to me.
If you missed Touch last night you should be able to catch it online at Fox.com in a week. Unfortunately, the series doesn’t start in earnest until March, but it matters not to me. I will still be thinking about the episode I watched come March – watch it yourself and let me know if you too are touched by Touch.
Day nine hundred and thirty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da