New Plot Details Emerge for Tim Kring’s ‘Touch’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 17th, 2012 at 9:27 am,

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Touch, the latest pilot from Heroes creator Tim Kring, is finally offering up more substantial plot and character information. Details have emerged on Kiefer Sutherland’s role as well as the rest of the characters – who have not yet been cast.

Please note: the following information contains spoilers for the pilot episode of Touch, and probably one or two episodes into the first season as well.

Kiefer Sutherland plays Martin Bohm, a former journalist working as an airport baggage handler (subtle, huh?) to support himself and his son Jacob – after his estranged wife died in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Jacob is the main source of drama in the series. He can’t, or perhaps won’t, talk and has an obsession with numbers and patterns – particularly 3:18. He resets all the clocks in the house to 3:18 and is caught climbing a local cell tower at the same time. Jacob even begins writing down winning lottery numbers, before they’re announced – making Martin suspect something strange is afoot.

Child Protective Services attempts to separate Jacob and Martin on the grounds that the boy is autistic. He gains at least one sympathetic ear in Clea Hopkins, a social worker who sympathizes with Martin – while remaining skeptical.

Martin seeks the help of a mad genius-type named Boris Podoltsky, who explains that the boy is a “conduit for energy”, and is able to see the exchanges of electrical and biological energy that make up human existence. Essentially, Jacob is able to analyze the basic mathematical functions of events and reactions, and accurately predict future outcomes almost instantly (no word on whether he can “see the code” or not).

The basic gist is that Jacob isn’t a superhero or a mutant, he’s an incredible genius. He doesn’t “see the future” as much as he works out the inevitable sequence of events before they happen, albeit with a degree of insight that doesn’t exist in the real world. His abilities can appear psychic as well – he correctly predicts the sequence of numbers that another character is about to dial on a telephone.

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I have to say, I’m not really impressed. the initial  pitch for Touch sounded like it was going to be a straight superpowers/science fiction affair with a more dramatic, relationship-focused, story. The core idea seems to be there, but why invent a pseudo-scientific mcguffin to explain the boy’s powers? It’s not like “almost-psychic super analytical genius” is any more likely than a pint-sized Charles Xavier.

It will be especially interesting to see how Sutherland handles the role. More of a family man than 24‘s Jack Bauer, Martin is an ordinary guy who can’t catch a break, thrust into an unreal situation – while having to deal with the very real danger of losing his son.

Of course, the show still hinges on the casting. The role of the boy in particular will be difficult to fill, calling for subtlety and nuance that’s rare in child actors (and not all that common among adults, either).

In any case, you’ll be able to judge for yourself before too long. There’s no season order for Touch yet, but with Kring and Sutherland attached to the project, odds are that Fox will pull the trigger sometime this summer.

Source: Hollywood Insider

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  1. Follow up to Heroes? No thanks, I’ll pass. I started watching Lost, then two years later I tried to watch Heroes. Needless to say, I didn’t go past 3 episodes before I stopped..

  2. They should just call this show ‘Cliché’ because every character described is one

  3. Sounds really dull. But with Sutherland involved it guarantees a viewing from me.

  4. this sounds a lot like an episode of fringe that was on a few months back. Where a guy was that clever, he saw the world in code.He could start or see a chain reaction of events before they happen

  5. BLAH MEH

  6. It sounds interesting. If this actually happens I’ll definitely watch, since Kiefer is in it. I’m just scared for him that it won’t live up to the insane success of 24. And I’m not sure people will adjust so easily to the drastic transformation from Jack Bauer to regular Joe. Personally I was hoping to see him more in film, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed this show takes off and that it’s quality material. Good luck Kiefer.

  7. I actually read the pilot script, and it’s very good and moving. Frankly, I loved it.

  8. Here we go again.
    Here’s Tim Kring’s gifted child that can use numbers and letters to tell the future, it’s called a ripped off IP from the real living ” artist that can paint the future named Mr. Eele”.
    Mr. Eele’s art is this:
    “THERE ARE 9 LETTERS IN THE WORD MANHATTAN AND 11 LETTERS IN THE NAME MOHAMED ATTA AND THE NAME ATTA IS IN THE WORD manhATTAn.” c2001Eele( This art was copyrighted and done BEFORE 9-11-01).
    Note:” MOHAMED ATTA WAS THE FIRST TERRORIST TO CRASH A STOLEN AIRPLANE INTO THE TWIN TOWERS IN manhATTAn on 9-11.”
    Tim Kring is a hack with no talent and he’s looking at another lawsuit and just like “zeroes” this show will be pulled off the air at FOX.
    “Touch” is nothing more than a bad copy of Mr. Eele’s child hood as “the world’s only living artist with the real life ability of painting the future.
    Mr. Eele’s tribal artform which is called” LUBA DIVINATION ART” is part of the permanent collections and archives of museums around the world.
    QUESTION: WHY IS TIM KRING STUCK ON FICTIONAL CHARACTERS THAT CAN SEE THE FUTURE?
    ANSWER: HE HAS NOTHIG ELSE AND HE DOESN’T HAVE THE TALENT TO CREATE ANYTHING ELSE.
    Tim Kring is a loser.

    • Wow, you sure seem to be a plant from another network. I think it takes a loser to post a rambling message like yours. I hear Mr Eele painted a picture of your post, it was a steaming pile of waste.

    • If you have any nice to say. Don’t say
      Any thing at all. SHUP UP PUNK
      Butthole

    • let the people think what they want. You have on defense of what YOU.”think” quote unquote.com/ so
      Shut up or pull the weed from your
      Bum.

  9. This is ridick. Phairplay is 100% correct, this is just Fringe ep 3.3 (The Plateau) with Kiefer Sutherland & a child genius (in the Fringe ep, the genius was an adult.)

  10. Fox is so confused right now…they wage on renew or cancel Fringe and order same stuff? Why even bother investing in the first place? Just already renew fringe and leave Kring’s to NBC *they looove comic stuff*

  11. I’m pretty sure they already have a movie about this.

    What’s it called… Mercury Rising??

  12. I know this is going to be awsome
    And I am sort of a side/ but anyway, I would
    Say GO kifier. Cause any thing with kifier
    It it’s gotta be better / a whole better “o”
    Two tops. Niki

    • Cause it’s going to be awsome. Cool :)

  13. Hi all,

    I think that with this story, it will be extremely boring. I miss 24…

  14. I am going to like this show on Jan.25 wed
    On fox. :)

  15. I saw the pilot, it’s awesome! Eat your words cynics and detractors..

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