By Kacie Craig, Weir High School, Weirton, West Virginia
Looking for a new television show that will tax your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat? You’re in luck; people are raving over the new television series Touch. In this series, a strained relationship between widowed father and mute, autistic son soon grows into something supernatural, something bigger than the both of them.
Previously thought to be emotionally challenged, little eleven-year-old Jake Bohm (David Mazouz) has never spoken a word in his lifetime. He sits, isolated in a corner, writing long, complex strings of numbers in a notebook, or impulsively doodling strange patterns or number sequences in odd places. His father Martin (Keifer Sutherland) begins to explore the “hints” that his son leaves for him. Soon, strange events begin to occur, with separate people, living separate lives in separate places. The strange part is that all of the stories tie together, according to young Jake’s clues. This small boy can somehow predict the future; he possesses the ability to see how totally unconnected lives can touch.
This TV show features the acting skills of Sutherland and Mazouz as the father-son pair, and both do an excellent job at their roles. Mazouz manages the stoic, eerie character Jake requires, despite his young age. Sutherland captures the frustration of a parental figure struggling to connect with a son he does not understand, while simultaneously attempting to understand what his son seems to see.
This is a wonderful series that will keep you guessing until the end of every episode, and leave you wanting more. It is a must-see for teens and adults alike. I personally give the show a 9 out of 10; people who dislike intellectual provocation may not appreciate this series. But if you enjoy the mystery and suspense of puzzling out how the people of the universe can be connected, this is the television show for you. Catch it any Thursday night at nine p.m., right afterAmerican Idol on FOX.the original article from hsj.org, written by Kacie Craig