DVD Review: "Touch: The Complete First Season" Comes to DVD

TouchTouch follows widower Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) and his mute and autistic son, Jake (David Mazouz). Bohm struggles to raise and communicate with his son, who has run away from school multiple times. He finds out that Jake is actually a genius, who sees the world in patterns of numbers, and with those numbers can predict certain future events.

TouchThe main storyline is about Bohm trying to get through to Jake so he can take care of him properly as a single father, and not have him taken away and institutionalized. Martin believes that Jake can somehow see the connections between people, so he follows the clues his son gives him, which end up helping other people, and at times saving their lives.

He works to find answers to what is going on, some in the form of Professor Arthur Teller (Danny Glover), who seems to see the world in a similar way, but may be mentally unstable. He is also helped by Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbtha-Raw), a social worker with Jake's interests at heart, but who also starts to realize that Bohm may be right about Jake, he just has to prove to the social workers that he has what it takes to take care of his son on his own.

As much as the story is about Martin and Jake, it is also about all the personal interconnectivity, or "quantum entanglement." There is a Chinese fable that everyone in the world is losely connected by a red thread, and what one does can affect another, even on the other side of the world. Jake somehow can see these "threads" and patterns and using numbers can help them with their lives and struggles. Every choice can affect so many things.

This series is different than others on television. It's heartwarming and real. The actors are really effective, especially Sutherland.

The scripts are well written and often very complex, which I greatly enjoy. One of my favorite things about the series is finding out the connections between characters in the end and how one little thing effects someone clear across the world. It's also great to watch how Bohm follows clues, unravels (pun intended) the threads, and finds ways to satisfy his son by fixing people's problems or saving their lives.

When I first started the series, I expected that the idea would get stale, as the episodes rely on a similar type of storytelling for every episode, but I was wrong. I still enjoyed all the story threads and the way the episodes are put together. Whether or not the second season, which starts February 1st, will continue to be fresh, only time will tell, but I'm excited to watch and find out.

Bonus Features

Disc One
Fate's Equation - This is a feature which basically talks about the idea and meanings of the show. Tim Kring, the executive producer, talks about the title of the show and explains how the series was based on the Chinese fable about everyone being losely connected by a red thread. He touches on things like quantum entanglement and how science is starting to back up some of the ideas of interconnection. The director, Francis Lawrence, also talks about wanting to explore interconnectivity and that hopefully the series will make people believe that their choices can have a great effect on other people's lives and maybe live their live a bit differently or make different choices.

The relationship between Martin and Jake is discussed, as well as the realization that they can communicate through numbers.

Deleted Scenes - The first disc contains four deleted scenes, all from the first episode. The first is Martin talking to the social worker, Clea, about Jake; the second is with her being reprimanded by her supervisor for Jake leaving the building on his own. The third is Martin talking to Professor Teller about whether he's been doing the right thing or not. The last is another with Clea, her telling Martin that Jake might have to be permanately institutionalized.

Disc Two
Deleted Scenes - The second disc has three deleted scenes: one about Martin not showing up to the institution when he agreed, one a voice over by Jake, and one an extended scene of a conversation Martin has with Logan Coteweiler.

Touch InfograficDisc Three
Touch the World - This feature is more about the look of the series and the way it is filmed, such as using small intimate moments and subtitles. There are impressions given from the executive producer, director, and cast. There is also some discussion about how the characters are connected and how doing something very small can cause a big change. Also, some of the characters may only appear once on the show, but there are some that might have a small part in one episode, but connect a bigger way in another, and at the end of the season you will be able to map out the connections.

Deleted Scenes - This disc has five deleted scenes, four are from the eighth episode and the last is from the season finale. One of the former includes the alternate cut of a scene where Jake helps a man, Abraham, to find his diamond, and he also lets him touch him, which is obviously signifcant on the show. The other three are smaller and less significant scenes. The one from the finale is Martin talking to Jake about how he was the first person to hold him, as well as that a person in Dr. Teller's office told him that Jake is someone who will suffer for the world, and also that Jake is healing him with what he does, and that he's proud to be his father.

The set comes in a standard DVD case, with three discs, containing all eleven season one episodes, including an extended version of the pilot (it does not include the original version as well). There is no insert, but what is on each disc is visible through the case on the back of the jacket insert. Each disc is only labeled with disc number, not content, which is annoying to me, having to refer back to the case.

If you haven't seen it, or want the discs to view later than I highly recommend the set; however, I don't know that the set would be worth buying only for the bonus features - the two features really don't reveal much that a viewer would not know, and the deleted scenes aren't ones you can't do without. There are also no commentary tracks, which I found surprising. Regardless, Touch is a great series, and offers something different for viewers.

To explore more of the connections from the first season, http://www.touchredthread.com/

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