Tonight´s the night for Touch´s season premiere with a special preview of the pilot for Kiefer Sutherland´s new show. When a father tries to connect with his son, but in that connection may rest the future of mankind. Touch Pilot Premieres January 25 9/8C.
The premise is that we are all interconnected. Our lives are invisibly tied to those whose destinies touch ours. This is the hopeful premise of the new drama TOUCH from creator and writer Tim Kring (“Heroes,” “Crossing Jordan”) and executive producers Peter Chernin (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA) and Katherine Pope (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA). Blending science, spirituality and emotion, the series will follow seemingly unrelated people all over the world whose lives affect each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown.
What is Touch About? Plot Synopsis
At the story’s center is MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, JAKE (David Mazouz). Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son. But Jake never speaks, shows little emotion and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake is obsessed with numbers – writing long strings of them in his ever-present notebooks – and with discarded cell phones. Social worker CLEA HOPKINS (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) believes that Jake’s needs are too serious for Martin to handle. She sees a man whose life has become dominated by a child he can no longer control. She believes that it’s time for the state to intervene. So Jake is placed in foster care, despite Martin’s desperate objections. But everything changes after Martin meets ARTHUR TELLER (Danny Glover), a professor and an expert on children who possess special gifts when it comes to numbers. Martin learns that Jake possesses an extraordinary gift – the ability to perceive the seemingly hidden patterns that connect every life on the planet. While Martin wants nothing more than to communicate directly with his son, Jake connects to his father through numbers, not words. Martin realizes that it’s his job to decipher these numbers and recognize their meaning. As he puts the pieces together, he will help people across the world connect as their lives intersect according to the patterns Jake has foreseen. Martin’s quest to connect with his son will shape humanity’s destiny. The show looks quite promising, since it´s been created by Tim Kring (Creator of Heroes) and stars Kiefer Sutherland, Danny Glover and Gugu Mbatha-Raw while probably turn David Mazouz into the next child star.
Best Quotes and Moments from Touch Pilot Premiere
Jake: This patterns never lie. But only some of us can understand those patterns.
In the first few seconds of Touch, I saw the eyes of Samuel, The Man in Black from Lost (Titus Welliver), and I immediately got psyched about this pilot. And then an image of Danny Glover as a one two punch.
Jake: I´ve never said a single word
Firefighter: Every day at 3:18 The kid is like clockwork
Randy: You should keep that kid in a cage
Niles: “We all have a destiny, Kayla, and yours is to be a megastar”
I don´t know why, but I have a feeling the 87 01 09 20 31 11 is this year´s 04 08 15 16 23 42
Martin: I don´t know what to do, we are already on thin ice
What is it with all the cell phones?
Martin: Jake, how did you do that?
Clea: Three times in three weeks?
Martin: Look at the bright side, at least he´s consistent
Martin: You do not get to talk to me about commitment
Martin: I provided for him ten years
Clea: With less and less success apparently
We learn right from the beginning that Martin´s wife, Jake´s mother died on 9-11
Martin: My God, the numbers, the numbers!
Randy: Hi, It´s me. I really wanna come home now
Clea: Have you ever truly communicated with him? Does he truly know who you are?
Clea: Give us 24 hours before you can see him for your first visit. (Humm… what would Kiefer Sutherland do those 24 hours?)
Martin: They say God never gives you more that you can handle… but I think he did this time. I swear I try to make it work, I try to connect… I just can´t reach him… I failed you both. I hope you can forgive me Sarah, because I can´t forgive myself
Professor Teller: Your son is one of those kids. He discovered the Fibonacci sequence on his own
Professor Teller: Your son sees everything: The past, the present, the future. How everything´s connected
Martin: It´s a phone number!
Now we know that Randy met Martin´s wife the day she died, and he was the one and we also know what the numbers mean from that phone call he almost interrupted.
Randy: I´ve been thinking about her for ten years. I´ve played the same Lotto numbers every week for ten years: 09 11 20 01 87th floor, 31 flights of stairs.
Randy: If I hadn´t missed my train I wouldn´t be here. It´s amazing how things work out
Martin: I can hear you now
What are Touch Numbers on the Lotto?
The Numbers on Touch´s Lotto ticket are 87 01 09 20 31 11
What do those numbers mean? Well, 09 and 11 20 01 is the date of the happening, 87th floor, 31 flights of stairs.
What is The Fibonacci Sequence on Touch?
It is an actual real mathematic thing:
Medieval mathematician and businessman Fibonacci (Leonardo Pisano) posed the following problem in his treatise Liber Abaci:
How many pairs of rabbits will be produced in a year, beginning with a single pair, if in every month each pair bears a new pair which becomes productive from the second month on?
It is easy to see that 1 pair will be produced the first month, and 1 pair also in the second month (since the new pair produced in the first month is not yet mature), and in the third month 2 pairs will be produced, one by the original pair and one by the pair which was produced in the first month. In the fourth month 3 pairs will be produced, and in the fifth month 5 pairs. After this things expand rapidly, and we get the following sequence of numbers:
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233
By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two.
So the Fibonacci sequence would go: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657, 46368, 75025, 121393, 196418, 317811, 514229, 832040, 1346269, 2178309, 3524578, 5702887, 9227465, 14930352, 24157817, 39088169
Applications include computer algorithms such as the Fibonacci search technique and the Fibonacci heap data structure, and graphs called Fibonacci cubes used for interconnecting parallel and distributed systems. They also appear in biological settings, such as branching in trees, arrangement of leaves on a stem, the fruit spouts of a pineapple, the flowering of artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone.
Who Plays Clea Hopkins on Touch?
I know Kiefer Sutherland and Danny Glover need no introduction, but maybe some of you can´t connect the dots on who plays Clea Hopkins on Touch. Well, it´s Gugu Mbatha-Raw: Her television credits include “MI-5,” “Dr. Who,” “Marple – Ordeal by Innocence,” “Bonekickers” and “Fallout.” It was for this latter role that she was selected as a “Star of Tomorrow 2008” by industry magazine Screen International. In 2010, she starred as “Samantha Bloom” in the TV series “Undercovers.”
Her first feature film, “Larry Crowne,” directed by Tom Hanks, and starring Hanks and Julia Roberts, was released July 2011.
Mbatha-Raw’s next project is the Stephen Sommers-directed film “Odd Thomas,” set for a 2012 release. She stars alongside Willem Dafoe and Anton Yelchin.
Where´s the Teller Institute From Touch?
318 West Tesla Street Bronx, New York.
But there´s no Tesla Street in Bronx. There´s one in Pittsburgh, or in Boston, but not in The Bronx
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