I was and remain obsessed with 24. Not just in an 'I like it a little' way, or an 'it is my favorite show of all time' way; but in a 'whoa, you might have a strange problem' kind of way. I watched every single episode of all 8 seasons on-air, starting from the very first one. And, I once was set up on a date with someone simply because I was told that they were more of a fanatic than I was. I know seasons 3, 6, 7 and arguably 8 kind of sucked, but that is something that we can debate another time, because my time now is currently being spent pondering why Jack Bauer is back and suddenly hiding out in another man's body as though he is in the witness protection program?
What I am talking about is a little tragedy called Touch. It's FOX's newest foray into drama, starring Kiefer Sutherland. I watched the pilot episode, and I was like – huh, ok...I can get with this "we are all connected" thing. And, I almost hate to admit it now, but my heart melted, and I might have shed a tear or two when the little kid runs in to Undercover Jack Bauer's arms at the end. The cinematography is top notch and it’s always a pleasure to see the still sane half of the Lethal Weapon duo.
But then, there was episode two.
I'm not sure if I didn't notice it in the first episode, but the first time Jack (yes, I know his character is Martin now, but you don't mind if I still call him Jack, right?) - spoke in his low, firm, authoritative, “you-don't-want-to-fuck-with-me” voice - I couldn't help but wonder if this was some strange new kind of cross promotional series, and all of a sudden he was going to stop a nuclear bomb from killing the world. Hell, maybe the kid was the bomb. But, that didn't happen. Instead his character is working at the airport and following the whims of a mute boy who loves numbers. And, frankly, there already was a show about numbers, and the depiction of numerical Autism was more interesting in Rain Man. It’s not that Kiefer isn't a wonderful actor, because he is, but it almost seems like he has typecast himself in to a role that he played for so long that he just can't stop it now – heavy panting and all.
There is another episode tonight, and while in my heart I really want it to be good, I fear that I will be left with the same empty feeling of wondering why when that infamous cell phone rings, it isn’t Chloe on the other line.